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Zebra Technologies completes acquisition of Motorola Solutions' enterprise business ••• PDC Healthcare partners with MEPS Real-Time to sell Intelliguard system ••• EPC Solutions Taiwan adds Farsens RFID sensors to data-center solution ••• Tageos signs RFID licensing agreement with Round Rock Research ••• M2M Spectrum Networks, GlobeRanger prepare pilot project with Texan sheriff office ••• NC State professor studying ways to reduce RFID chip costs.
By Beth Bacheldor

Tageos Signs RFID Licensing Agreement With Round Rock Research

French RFID label manufacturer Tageos has announced that it has entered into a patent licensing agreement with Round Rock Research LLC for RFID tags and labels. This agreement allows Tageos to provide RFID labels and tags to suppliers and end users, including retailers, brand owners and partners within the United States and worldwide.

The licensing agreement follows numerous, similar agreements between Round Rock and a variety of RFID vendors (see Round Rock Completes Licensing Deals With Majority of RFID Vendors and Round Rock Signs Sign Licensing Agreements With Impinj, Tyco, Technology Solutions UK Ltd.).

According to Tageos, the licensing agreement strengthens its position to support the adoption of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID at the item level, particularly for apparel retailers and brands. "This agreement, along with our recent-won deals with European leaders in luxury and retail apparel sectors, will allow Tageos to accelerate its development in the U.S. and support RFID adoption," said Matthieu Picon, Tageos' co-founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Our customers will be able to benefit from our lower-cost 100 percent paper-based RFID labels, ensuring them the opportunity to continue to deploy RFID solutions while reducing their RFID budget."

M2M Spectrum Networks, GlobeRanger Prepare Pilot Project With Texan Sheriff Office

M2M Spectrum Networks and GlobeRanger have announced a pilot project involving the Val Verde County Sheriff Office in Texas, to electronically track the law-enforcement agency's vehicles, officers and assets.

A rack of servers tagged with passive RFID tags, including a Farsens temperature-pressure sensor tag
The pilot will leverage a machine-to-machine (M2M) communications network that M2M Spectrum Networks announced in April 2014 (see M2M Spectrum Launches Nationwide Wireless Machine-to-Machine Network), and is designed to enable a variety of electronic devices, including RFID systems, to send data to a server without requiring a cellular or Wi-Fi connection (see M2M Spectrum Launches Nationwide Wireless Machine-to-Machine Network). GlobeRanger was part of the April announcement, providing its iMotion Edgeware platform to link RFID data to the M2M network. The iMotion platform provides a software infrastructure that connects the physical world of automated data collection with enterprise software systems, and will be used during the pilot with the sheriff's office.

The pilot installation will include M2M radios hung from existing county communications towers, and from towers that M2M has leased, as well as M2M radios mounted in sheriffs' vehicles. According to George Brody, GlobeRanger's CEO, the radios will receive data that RFID readers cull from tags on assets, and those radios will share the data with the radios on the towers. The RFID equipment, which is still being selected, will be similar to that used by Texas' Richardson Police Department (RPD), which is employing a GlobeRanger RFID-enabled asset-tracking solution (see RFID Gives Richardson, Tex., Officers More Time for Police Work). The Val Verde County pilot will begin next month, and is expected to be taken live within 60 days, according to an M2M spokesperson. Recently approved by county commissioners, the pilot is slated to last at least 18 months, and will be conducted at no cost to the county.

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