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In Recognition of Excellence

The finalists for the 2009 RFID Journal Awards reveal just how far RFID deployments and solutions have come.
By Mark Roberti
Mar 16, 2009One of the best parts of my job is learning about the myriad ways in which companies are employing the many types of radio frequency identification technologies to achieve their business objectives. Each year, we ask for submissions for the RFID Journal Awards, and I have the pleasure of reading detailed descriptions of dozens of implementations ranging from cool to extremely impressive. This year was no exception.

Today, we unveiled the finalists in each category—Best RFID Implementation, Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service, Most Innovative Use of RFID, and Best in Show (see Finalists Unveiled for the Third Annual RFID Journal Awards). While those that didn't make the cut may be disappointed, I want them to know that they were up against some stiff competition.

"I thought almost all of [the submissions] were very good implementations that had significant impact," said Tom Cain, a professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and one of the judges in the Most Innovative Use of RFID category.

"The submissions, as a whole, were very good," said Bob Hoheisal, the founder and managing director of Texas State Technical College's RFID Training and Research Center, and a judge in the Most Innovative category. "There were a few that I felt truly showed the essence of innovation and a complete solution that is pure 'out of the box' magic."

We received nearly 80 submissions this year from Asia, Europe, and North and South America, in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, airport management, auto racing, banking, consumer packaged goods, education, energy, health care, manufacturing, publishing, restaurant, retail and skiing. The judges were instructed to evaluate the entries not on the deployment's technical aspects, but rather on the business value created.

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