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RFID News Roundup

SML unveils item-level RFID tagging and software package; Nordic ID intros RFID reader, IoT platform; Silicon Labs, Allegion collaborate on IoT security solutions; VMware announces new features for its Pulse IoT Center; NFC Forum to host event in China; Festicket acquires Event Genius and Ticket Arena; SensThys offers new RFID antennas; Nedap launches RFID Loss Prevention Academy.
By Rich Handley
Aug 29, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML Group; Nordic ID; Silicon Labs, Allegion; VMware; the NFC Forum; Festicket, Event Genius, Ticket Arena; SensThys; and Nedap.

SML Unveils Item-Level RFID Tagging and Software Package

SML RFID, an RFID solution provider, has announced the launch of its RFID TotalCare offering, an all-in-one systemic package of its item-level RFID tagging and software solutions. The new offering is aimed at retailers, the company reports, and is intended to simplify compliance and adoption.

According to SML, an estimated 12 percent of the retail apparel and footwear market will have implemented RFID by the end of this year, with 2020 anticipated to be the largest single year of adoption. However, many brand owners will be either adopting item-level RFID for the first time or expanding existing projects and facing challenges around how to effectively scale these solutions. In addition, an industry challenge has been the increasing number of brand owners facing new tagging mandates from retailers requiring them to source-tag the products they provide.

SML's TotalCare suite is intended to help brand owners comply with such requirements. The all-in-one package provides a range of RFID solutions, including tag development within current product categories, source tagging at the factory level, process enhancement at factories and distribution centers, improved inventory accuracy at stores, and consulting services.

"Within the past eight months, we have seen more retailers and brand owners initiate meaningful adoption of item-level RFID across numerous distribution centers and thousands of stores," said Dean Frew, SML's CTO and senior VP of RFID solutions, in a prepared statement "However, many brand owners are learning about the technology for the first time and seeking ways to leverage it for business benefits rather than just meet the mandates. This, combined with emerging retailer mandates, can make the technology seem more complex than it is. As a result, we're thrilled to launch SML's TotalCare as a one-stop-shop for all retail RFID needs."

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