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Xerafy, Omni-ID resolve RFID patent-infringement dispute; Farsens unveils Titan battery-free RFID-operated relay switch; Credit card website develops iBag—an RFID-enabled purse to curb debt; Meditek adds new Skytron SkyTrac smart cabinets to product portfolio; PiiComm, NeWave partner on RFID-enabled medical inventory-management solution; Smartrac, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas enter distribution agreement.
Meditek Adds New Skytron SkyTrac Smart Cabinets to Product PortfolioMeditek, a Canada-based provider of health-care products, has announced that it has added RFID-enabled smart cabinets from Skytron to its product lineup. First announced in August 2013 (see RFID News Roundup: Skytron Unveils RFID-enabled Smart Cabinets for Tracking Health-care Products), Skytron's SkyTrac cabinets are designed to help health-care facilities automatically track such consumable items as sutures, stents and implants used for patient care. The smart cabinets feature RFID technology from WaveMark, which includes 13.56 MHz RFID readers compliant with the ISO 15693 standard, as well as reader antennas. In addition to allowing hospital personnel to spend less time on inventory control, the cabinets are also able to issue alerts for recalled or expired products. The associated data-collection and -analysis benefits, Meditek reports, help hospitals avoid under- and over-stocking, and capture critical product use data for patient records to improve efficiency and patient safety. According to Meditek, WaveMark has reported that individual hospital departments have saved more than 500 staff hours thanks to its RFID technology, as well as reducing on-hand inventory by as much as 30 percent and experiencing annual savings of $350,000 to $750,000. Some examples of the benefits of using SkyTrac smart cabinets include automatic RFID data-collection reads in the cabinets every 30 minutes, integration with such technologies as a hospital information system (HIS), an electronic medical record (EMR) system and an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Several designs and sizes are available, including a five-shelf cabinet (model HF1000) measuring 80 inches tall (with wheels), 44.5 inches wide and 21 inches deep. There is also a smart cabinet for guiding catheters and other long products stored on hangers (model HFH1000), a tabletop smart cabinet (model HFT1500) for small assets, and a four-shelf mobile cart that can be easily transported from a storage room to a procedure room (model HFM1500).
PiiComm, NeWave Partner on RFID-enabled Medical Inventory-Management Solution
Smartrac, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Enter Distribution Agreement
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