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Finalists Unveiled for Ninth Annual RFID Journal Awards

RFID Journal has announced the finalists for its 2015 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be revealed at this year's LIVE! event, being held in San Diego, Calif., on Apr. 15-17.
By RFID Journal
Mar 05, 2015

RFID Journal, the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification and its many business applications, has unveiled the finalists for its 2015 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2015, the company's 13th annual conference and exhibition, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, Calif., on Apr. 15-17. All finalists in the end-user categories will be invited to speak at the event, and the winners, along with the other end-user finalists, will each receive a prestigious crystal award.

"The scope and complexity of the deployments in this year's submissions were beyond anything we've seen in the past, which indicates that RFID has matured to the point that some companies are using it on a large scale and in core parts of their operation," said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "We're excited to have the finalists come and speak so attendees can hear these case studies, and view the hardware, software and solutions featured in our Best New Product category."

End-user companies were nominated in five categories:

Best RFID Implementation
DIRECTV, for its use of RFID to track 200,000 pieces of broadcast equipment, dramatically reducing the amount of time required to perform inventory counts of these items (see DIRECTV Uses RFID to Cut Inventory Time From Years to Months)
Interstate Batteries, for its use of RFID on racks to monitor inventory and streamline replenishment across a large number of retail locations (see RFID Brings Greater Efficiency, Product Visibility to Interstate Batteries)
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, for its use of an active RFID-based real-time location system across multiple applications (see New Cross Hospital Boosts Hand Hygiene, Efficiency via RTLS)

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service
Clarisonic, for its use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the handle of its Clarisonic Smart Profile skin-cleansing device to interrogate the attached brush and set up specific treatment protocols dependent on brush type
Kuehne+Nagel, for providing active and real-time temperature monitoring of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and health-care products in transit during intercontinental transportation
RSH Energy, for its use of RFID to enhance pipeline construction by identifying sections of pipe, their unique characteristics and their GPS location

Most Innovative Use of RFID
Age Steel, for its use of an RFID-enabled drone to take inventory of steel products within a 65,000-square-meter yard (see RFID-Reading Drone Tracks Structural Steel Products in Storage Yard)
• The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, for its use of a passive RFID temperature sensor inside a urine processing unit, enabling it to recover the most amount of water possible
TriggerSmart, for its use of RFID to create a smart gun that fires only when the owner is holding the weapon (see Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands)

RFID Green Award
Detroit Diesel Corp. (a Daimler company), for its use of a visual RFID tag that saves more than 7 million sheets of paper annually (see Omni-ID's View 10 Tag Aims to Replace Paperwork at Detroit Diesel, Other Factories)
Ambiente Brasil, for its use of RFID to reduce the illegal dumping of hazardous waste
Sabesp, for its use of RFID to better manage and authenticate water meters, thus reducing the incidence of unauthorized consumption

Best NFC Deployment
Free the Children, for its use of NFC-enabled bracelets during an 11-event We Day tour to enable attendees to check in via Facebook, post and share pictures on social media, enter contests, receive content by e-mail and more (see RFID Makes We Day's Day)
Skoubee, for its use of NFC-enabled pet tags to allow owners to find lost pets, socialize with other pet owners through the Skoubee platform and manage all pet medical information
SM Prime Holdings, a mall operator in the Philippines, for its use of NFC in its e-PLUS Tap to Pay nationwide loyalty, e-payment and automatic fare collection (AFC) solution

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