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California Legislature advances RFID bills; four new UHF modules for Asia; EPCglobal accredits ADT test center; RFID bar-tending software available worldwide; NFC Forum membership grows; Stora Enso joins Parelec's RFID Partner Program; Identec Solutions secures new financing.
By Andrew Price
RFID Bar-Tending Software Available Worldwide
Nuvo Technologies, a company selling RFID products for inventory management, says its BarVision 1.0 for Palm OS software is now available worldwide. BarVision is an RFID-based system for monitoring liquor distribution in the hospitality industry. By using RFID pour spouts that transit data to a handheld device running the BarVision 1.0 for Palm OS software, bars, restaurants and other liquor operations can to track the amount of liquor poured for each drink. The system automatically records the brand, portion size, time, cost, price category and location of every pour (see RFID on Tap). Bartenders and managers can monitor each drink pour using a handheld running the software, which Nuvo says can help bartenders learn and maintain pouring accuracy and a proper pouring style. They could also use the handheld as a reference to see what they've poured as they mix a drink.

NFC Forum Membership Grows
The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum, a nonprofit industry association founded in 2004 to advance the use of NFC short-range wireless interaction in consumer electronics, mobile devices and PCs, has announced that 14 new organizations have joined the Forum as members since February, bringing the total number of members to 80. New members include ALPS Electric Co.; ARM; Dai Nippon Printing Co.; KDDI Corporation; MobileLime; OMNIKEY; Oberthur Card Systems; Sprint; SFR; Sirit, Inc. and Telenor International. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has also joined the Forum as a non-profit organization. The Forum recently unveiled its technology architecture, which will serve as the foundation for interoperable NFC products and services (see NFC Forum Announces Technology Architecture).

Stora Enso Joins Parelec's RFID Partner Program
The Global Speciality Papers Group of Finland's Stora Enso has signed an exclusive agreement with Parelec to join Parelec's Certified RFID Partner Program as a strategic partner for RFID antenna paper substrates. Under the exclusive arrangement, Stora Enso will supply paper substrates for inlays, labels, packaging, and other applications requiring rapid turnaround and low cost. The antennas will be printed using Parelec's Parmod conductive inks by Parelec's Certified RFID Printers, Parelec and Stora Enso say they have also initiated joint development and demonstration programs to pursue new RFID applications that use conductive ink and paper technologies.

Identec Solutions Secures New Financing
Identec Solutions, a Lustenau, Austria-based supplier of industrial, RFID track and trace solutions, has secured $15 Million in new financing. RFID Invest AG, a Lichtenstein-based venture capital firm specializing in RFID startups, will act as lead investor. Identec Solutions' says it plans to use the capital as a basis for long-term expansion. Specifically, the company will use the funds for product development and to strengthen its global marketing capabilities and to enter new markets.

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