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RFID News Roundup
Fosstrak releases open-source LLRP software; Invengo kicks off June promotions on inlays, labels, smart cards, readers; Savi unveils new RTLS solution; Sirit, Eriginate partner on UHF livestock tracking solution; WinWare adds new RFID-enabled drawers to CribMaster system; Hong Kong International Airport expands RFID implementation; smart card association forms in Middle East.
WinWare Adds New RFID-enabled Drawers to CribMaster System
WinWare Inc. has announced three new sizes of its CribMaster Accu-Drawer RFID Modular Drawer System that leverages EPC Gen 2 RFID tags and readers to help companies manage tooling, spare parts or any indirect material at the point of use. The new sizes include the Accu-Drawer Mini, the Accu-Drawer Mobile and the Accu-Drawer (in addition to the existing original-size Accu-Drawer). All models work with the CribMaster inventory-management application, and consist of a heavy-duty modular drawer cabinet internally equipped with four RFID antennas. Upon walking up to the Accu-Drawer, a user must identify himself or herself by using the touch-screen monitor located on the top of the cabinet, or with a bar-code or proximity badge scan, prior to the drawer being released. Whenever inventory is removed, the RFID antennas capture the tagged items' unique ID numbers, and inventory levels are automatically adjusted and properly accounted for in the CribMaster software. On the touch screen, an "Items Out" icon appears to inform users that something is missing from the cabinet. By touching that icon, a user can then determine which items have been removed, who took them, and where they are being used.
Hong Kong International Airport Expands RFID Implementation
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), which serves approximately 48 million passengers per year on flights to 150 locations, is adding EPC Gen 2 RFID technology at its Terminal 1. The airport has hired ETI Consulting Ltd. (ETIC), Jardine Engineering Corp. (JEC), Shun Hing Systems Integration Corp., and RFID technology provider Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) to support the implementation. CSL is providing its EPC Gen 2 CS461 4-port reader and antennas, while ETIC and JEC are serving as project managers and systems integrators on the project. HKIA has been leveraging RFID for several years, and announced last month that it is now utilizing RFID baggage tags for 100 percent of the 40,000 bags that leave its site every day (see Hong Kong Airport Says It Now Uses Only RFID Baggage Tags).
Smart Card Association Forms in Middle East
Arab-Smart, a new association for smart cards and related technology, has announced its formation. The association aims to educate and build awareness of smart card technology throughout the Middle East and African regions. Based in Cairo, Egypt, the association plans to establish chapters in at least seven countries throughout that region. Amr G. Shawki, chairman of Egytek—an Egyptian company focused on bringing together local and international professionals, agents, suppliers and industry leaders in a variety of industries—has been elected as Arab-Smart's chairman. The association is open to individuals, technology providers, non-government organizations (NGOs) and academia. Arab-Smart will hold its first forum on Dec. 14, 2009, at the Digital Identity Assurance Conference and Expo, to be held in Cairo. RFID technologies are gaining traction in the Middle East, and RFID Journal will host its first conference in that region, RFID Journal LIVE! Middle East, next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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