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U.K. hospital prescribes RFID to track medical records, supplies and more; Adesto introduces low-power, sterilization-tolerant memory for wearable electronics, RFID bio apps; Nestlé delivers recipes via contactless communication to shoppers at Woolworths; Radius Networks updates is RadBeacon USB proximity beacon; Xtreme RFID joins Reusable Packaging Association.
By Beth Bacheldor

"Beacon technology is hugely promising, but has been largely limited to the iOS mobile ecosystem. RadBeacon support for both iBeacon and AltBeacon proximity technologies will solve this problem and make Android a first class player in mobile proximity," said David Helms, Radius Networks' chief product officer, in a prepared statement. "AltBeacon is free for all to implement and doesn't favor one vendor over another. We are excited to be the first beacon technology provider to offer it our developers who depend on us to deliver proximity solutions to their customers."

In addition to the RadBeacon USB proximity beacon update, tools and libraries supporting the AltBeacon standard have already been released for Android, Macintosh OSX and Linux, Radius Networks reports. The standard allows implementation on any other platform supporting BLE.

Xtreme RFID Joins Reusable Packaging Association

Xtreme RFID, a custom manufacturer of one-piece, fully encapsulated RFID tags for asset tracking, has announced that it has joined the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA). The association is a collaborative effort between manufacturers, poolers, distributors, retailers and educators to promote the environmental, safety and economic benefits of reusable packaging. Xtreme RFID offers several RFID tags that can be employed in reusable packaging applications, according to the company.

Xtreme RFID encapsulates RFID inlays in one-piece plastic housings for IP 68 tags that can withstand harsh chemical and environmental conditions, the company reports, for greater durability and resistance to impact, abrasion, high temperatures, chemicals and water spray. Its RFID tagging solutions, such as the Duo Tag, can offer RFID performance combined with human-readable text and bar codes, in a durable form that will survive as long as the container, the firm adds. The Xtreme RFID Duo Tag is an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Class 1 Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C compliant tag that features an IP 68 rating (signifying it as dustproof and waterproof) and provides resistance to severe impacts, high pressure, outdoor use and a wide range of chemicals typical of industrial environments.

The Duo Tag has been selected by one of North America's largest food manufacturers to enable the better management of its food-handling processes, Xtreme RFID says. The company uses the tags to trace foods it produces from the farm field, through its processing facilities and to its customers. The tags also help the food manufacturer comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in January 2011, and to track plastic returnable containers. In a prepared statement, Mike Lewis, Xtreme RFID's business unit leader, said that being a member of the RPA will help his firm stay on top of trends and innovations in the industry, as well as develop opportunities for strategic relationships. "Xtreme RFID is a great addition to the association," RPA president Jerry Welcome added in the statement. "Their tags and the reusable containers they track all need to withstand numerous trips through rigorous supply chains. Xtreme RFID tags are a good technology fit for the reusable packaging industry."

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