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Confidex announces Confidex Links service for NFC tags ••• William Frick & Co. releases RFID-based asset-tracking Android app ••• PANMOBIL intros apps for RFID-enabled logistics, asset-tracking ••• Avery Dennison's RFID sales up more than 35 percent in third quarter ••• Pepperl+Fuchs buys ecom instruments, a provider of RFID devices for hazardous areas ••• TransCore to provide all-electronic tolling for NYC bridges, tunnels.
By Beth Bacheldor

PANMOBIL Intros Apps RFID-enabled Logistics, Asset-Tracking

German automatic-identification company PANMOBIL has announced a new app that uses RFID and bar-coding to help companies manage logistics and merchandising. The MyPANMOBIL App for iOS and Android devices works with PANMOBIL's auto-ID tools, including the SCANNDY line of scanners.

PANMOBIl's SCANNDY scanners are hybrid systems that can read 1D and 2D bar codes, as well as read and write to low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF) or ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags, or a combination of those technologies. The scanners include common communication interfaces, such as USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or 433 MHz. PANMOBIL says it offers a variety of form factors, including the smartSCANNDY, a hybrid auto-ID device that weighs only 80 grams (0.18 ounce) and is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket.

The MyPANMOBIL's apps let users automatically send the bar-code and RFID data collected using the scanners to any destination, via the communication capabilities of the mobile device running the app. No installation is required, the company reports.

The MyPANMOBIL apps are now available via the Apple App Store and Google Play websites.

Avery Dennison's RFID Sales Up More Than 35 Percent in Third Quarter

During a conference call with investors and analysts regarding its corporate earnings for the third quarter ending Oct. 1, 2016, Mitch Butier, Avery Dennison's CEO, reported that his company's sales were up slightly more than 2 percent in the company's Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) division. Those sales were "organically driven by radio frequency identification," Butier said during the call, adding that RFID sales were up by more than 35 percent in the third quarter of this year, and are expected to exceed 30 percent for the full year. "We expect that RFID will continue to be a key growth driver for us," he stated.

Avery Dennison will continue to invest in RFID, according to Butier, expanding its capacity and improving its manufacturing processes, as well as participating in new ventures such as PragmatIC Printing, a global provider of flexible electronics. Late last month, Avery Dennison made a strategic investment in PragmatIC Printing, joining existing shareholders Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) and ARM (see Avery Dennison Invests in Flexible Electronics Company PragmatIC). The $22 million in funding will be used to advance PragmatIC's growth, including further development and commercialization of its FlexLogIC equipment.

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