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AdvanIDe launches kit to check for Mifare clones; HID Global expands SlimFlex RFID tag family; ADR's RFID-enabled Workforce Monitoring Service keeps tabs on San Antonio construction projects; SATO acquires stake in Nexgen Packaging; Wavetrend selects Silent Partner Technologies as its U.S. distributor; Curie-Cancer, Biolog-id team up to develop RFID system for tracking chemotherapy preparations; Toppan NFC tags provide info, deals and services to visitors in Tokyo's Shibuya area.
By Beth Bacheldor

Wavetrend Selects Silent Partner Technologies as Its U.S. Distributor
Wavetrend, a U.K. provider of RFID technology for asset visibility and access control, has announced that it has signed on Silent Partner Technologies (SPT) as its lead distributor in the United States. SPT is an independent provider of various RFID technologies and solutions, and its clients include Hess, Mitre, BMW, Home Depot, Michelin, and Wal-Mart. Ted Kostis, SPT's president, notes that his company has been providing and integrating the Wavetrend technology suite for nearly 10 years. The timing could not be better, he adds, considering SPT's recent product launches, EMS solutions (see Emergency Medical Services Providers Try New Equipment-Managing RFID Solution) and offerings for the oil and gas sector, in which the Wavetrend product plays an integral part to the overall solution. One such joint solution was developed in partnership with OCTG Tubular Finishing Services, which inspects and finishes steel pipes used at oil-drilling sites and is currently using RFID to track personnel and tools at its facility near Houston, Texas (see Steel Tube Finishing Firm Tries RFID to Track Personnel, Tools).

Curie Institute, Biolog-id Team Up to Develop RFID System for Tracking Chemotherapy Preparations
Curie-Cancer, the group in charge of developing industry partnerships for the Institut Curie (Curie Institute), and Biolog-id, a French company that develops, manufactures and markets complete labeling and traceability solutions under some 20 international patents, have partnered to develop an RFID solution for use in tracking bags of pharmaceuticals used for chemotherapy. The Curie Institute is a French hospital group founded in 1909 by Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize—and the award's first double-winner. The institute combines cancer research and patient care, and employs approximately 3,200 scientists, physicians, nurses, technicians and administrative staff. Curie-Cancer and Biolog-id say they hope to make it possible to comprehensively track chemotherapy preparations through the entire process, from centralized pharmacy preparation to administration to patients in health-care settings. Within a multi-site hospital setting like the Curie Institute, the drug circuit is a structured process involving multiple functions, and the more steps (prescribing, preparing, dispensing and administering), clinical stakeholders (doctors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses) and information and product flows involved, the more complex the process and the greater the potential for error, according to the two organizations. Such errors include the preparation of a chemotherapy treatment intended for one health-care department being routed to another. Given the considerable cost of some cancer drugs, as well as the disruption to activity within the department, such an error can have significant consequences. In such an environment, cost control, safety, quality control and standards are crucial. The solution being developed by the two organizations will leverage technology that Biolog-id has created for tracing blood bags (see RFID News Roundup: Fenwal Signs Deal to Become Exclusive Provider of Biolog-id Blood-tracking System), and Biolog-id intends to apply its expertise to the monitoring and tracking of bags of drugs used for chemotherapy. The bags will have RFID labels affixed to them, and the tag information will be updated automatically at different stages of the process (preparation, transportation and administration). Preparations thus become "intelligent," supporting the storage of additional information, such as drug dosage and patient identity, as well as stages in manufacture, inspection and routing, according to the two organizations. The project involves more than a dozen people, with the initial aim of defining the technical specifications for Biolog-id's proposed traceability solution in conjunction with medical staff, and then testing it in parallel with the existing system. Biolog-id's goal, the companies note, is to verify the pilot solution in place at the Curie Institute, and then make it available to other institutions in France and worldwide.

Toppan NFC Tags Provides Info, Deals and Services to Visitors in Tokyo's Shibuya Area
Tokyo's Shibuya district, filled with shopping, nightlife and the Shibuya Station, one of city's busiest railway stations, is implementing Near Field Communication (NFC) technology as part of this month's "Shibuya Clickable Project," in an effort to provide visitors and residents with a variety of services and information. The initiative is being spearheaded by CyberAgent, a Japanese Internet company, in cooperation with Shibuya Television Co., Ltd. and Toppan Printing, and will include various commercial businesses located in the vicinity of Shibuya Station. The initiative includes stickers provided by Toppan, featuring embedded NFC tags affixed to about 300 streetlight poles along Shibuya Koen-dori, Dogenzaka, and Miyamasuzaka, around Shibuya Station. When visitors or residents hold their NFC-enabled smart phones near the stickers, information specific to that area will be downloaded onto their phones, such as special deals redeemable at neighborhood restaurants or event information.

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