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NFC Forum unveils new special interest groups to champion Near Field Communication across markets; Ubisense RTLS gains momentum in manufacturing, including implementations for Daimler; Danbury Hospital implements RF Technologies' active RFID to protect infants; Identive Group announces developer's kit for creating RFID-enabled electronic games; LAB ID introduces UHF tag for intelligent waste collection and management; ASAP Systems adds new features to its Web-based inventory- and asset-management solution.
Identive Group Announces Developer's Kit for Creating RFID-enabled Electronic Games
Identive Group, a provider of products, services and solutions for the security, identification and RFID industries, has announced its GameChangeR developer's kit, designed to enable the creation and integration of contactless RFID technology into electronic games without the need for specialist RFID knowledge. RFID can allow physical objects to interact with virtual environments for a richer user experience, the company reports, adding that the electronic gaming industry is increasingly beginning to incorporate RFID and NFC technologies into games in order to enable interaction between physical game pieces and the virtual environment. As an example, Identive Group cites the success of Activision Blizzard's Skylanders, a toy and video game experience that lets gamers bring real-world characters to life in a video game via interactive figures leveraging RFID (see NFC Technology Brings New Life to Games). Identive Group is working directly with electronics games developers and major silicon manufacturers to jointly explore new opportunities, according to Darby Dye, Identive Group's director of investor relations. The GameChangR RFID solutions development kit comes with a specially configured RFID reader, three GameChangeR passive 13.56 MHz RFID tags and a USB-UART converter. According to Identive Group, the reader, compliant with the ISO 14443A standard, comes with a simple-to-use, high-level application programming interface (API) that allows developers to interact with the GameChangeR RFID tags in a protected manner, and without any prior knowledge of or experience working with RFID technology. Both the reader and the pre-initialized GameChangeR tags are configured to work only with each other, which the company says ensures the integrity of the tag content and also protects the gaming experience within a given ecosystem. Identive Group is currently taking orders for the kit, which is expected to be made available in late February 2013.

LAB ID Introduces UHF Tag for Intelligent Waste Collection and Management
Italian RFID firm Lab ID has introduced a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag—product number INSKYL2-G2iL—designed to be used for a variety of applications, including a project involving disposable garbage bags containing recyclables. That project included readers from CAEN RFID and trash bags from Sfregola Materia Plastiche (SMP). SMP produces an RFID-enabled trash bag called the RadioBag. Lab ID's EPC Gen 2-compliant INSKYL2-G2iL tag, made with NXP Semiconductors' G2IL chip, measures 54 millimeters by 18 millimeters (2.1 inches by 0.7 inch) and features a dipole antenna configuration. At present, according to Giovanni Codegoni, Lab ID's sales manager, there are approximately 100 towns throughout Italy using an RFID-enabled system for intelligent waste management. The INSKYL2-G2iL tag, he adds, is also suitable for apparel-tracking and item-level logistics applications.

ASAP Systems Adds New Features to Its Web-Based Inventory- and Asset-Management Solution
ASAP Systems, a provider of inventory-management and asset-tracking systems, has announced new enhancements for its ASAP BarCloud cloud-based application. The solution can leverage RFID, and the company can provide ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID tags and labels, as well as Motorola Solutions' MC3100 and MC9000 series RFID-enabled handheld mobile units that can also be used with portals for a hands-free, automated system. Enhancements to ASAP BarCloud include the ability to back up to Box, a provider of online collaboration software. In addition, ASAP BarCloud is now capable of handling advanced stock inventory, including batch-lot and serial inventory. Batch-lot inventory tracking enables businesses to track date codes, lot codes and expiration dates, while serialized inventory allows companies to individually tag items using an ID or serial number, and also allows for the item's content to be quantified. With ASAP BarCloud, a firm's inventory and asset data is centralized in a single online workspace, thereby making it easy for employees to share real-time updates, reports and more. All a user requires is an Internet browser to access inventory and asset information anytime, anywhere and on any platform. Although ASAP BarCloud can work with RFID, the company indicates it currently has no customers utilizing that capability.

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