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Russian Olympic city picks NXP's Mifare Plus for transportation systems; Ohio RFID business incubator extends services to companies around the world; Equipment BC offers RFID-based meters for monitoring forklifts, machinery; Ryzex, Zebra Technologies launch educational microsite on warehouse management that features RFID; Ekahau Site Survey offers ZyXEL customers advanced Wi-Fi planning, auditing; Nordic ID launches new mobile RFID readers.
Ryzex, Zebra Technologies Launch Educational Microsite on Warehouse Management That Features RFID
Ryzex, a provider of bar-code, wireless and RFID solutions, has teamed up with Zebra Technologies on a new educational, interactive microsite, known as WarehousingOperations.com, for warehouse management and performance that includes a variety of resources on the use of RFID in warehouse management. The site includes white papers, video case studies, podcasts and more. For example, the site features a track-and-trace section that includes a product video on Zebra's mobile RFID readers, as well as a white paper on how RFID- and bar-code-enabled asset tracking can increasing a company's profits and productivity.

Ekahau Site Survey Offers ZyXEL Customers Advanced Wi-Fi Planning, Auditing
Ekahau, a provider of Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems (RTLS), has announced that it has signed an agreement with ZyXEL Communications, a provider of broadband access solutions, to integrate the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) into supporting ZyXEL Wi-Fi access points and antennas. ESS is a Wi-Fi planning, verification and troubleshooting tool that businesses can utilize to identify, map and manage their wireless local area networks. According to ZyXEL, the integration will strengthen the performance of ZyXEL's wireless LAN products, while enabling its customers to quickly and easily create, improve and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks. Ekahau has worked with ZyXEL to integrate its products' characteristics into the ESS, offering users the ability to design and analyze their networks based on specific capabilities of the ZyXEL devices, and to leverage the advanced features of and best practices offered by ESS. According to the two companies, ESS allows network administrators to automatically determine optimal locations and configurations for the ZyXEL access points, verify and optimize the network, and quickly troubleshoot network issues. "By accurately modeling ZyXEL access points and antennas into ESS, users have more accurate, three-dimensional network planning capabilities, which ultimately results in a more cost-effective Wi-Fi solution with optimized performance," said Jussi Kiviniemi, Ekahau's senior product manager, in a prepared statement. "The ZyXEL Wi-Fi infrastructure also is compatible with the Ekahau RTLS solution, providing a seamless migration path for deploying location tracking applications. Customers can easily add asset or people tracking solutions without any change to their hardware or software, and ESS verification can ensure that the Wi-Fi network is optimized for location application, saving users time and resources."

Nordic ID Launches New Mobile RFID Readers
Finnish handheld reader manufacturer Nordic ID has introduced a new series of mobile RFID interrogators, known as the Nordic ID Merlin. The mobile readers are available in an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) version that supports the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C specifications, with a reading distance of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet), and a high-frequency (HF) model that supports the ISO 15693 standard, with a reading speed of up to 40 tags per second at a distance of 3 to 10 centimeters (1.2 to 3.9 inches). The series also includes a UHF RFID Cross Dipole version, with a reading distance of up to 3 meters (9.8 feet), and the Nordic ID Merlin Basic, which supports 1-D and 2-D automatic-identification scanning. The Nordic ID Merlin, built on the company's Nordic ID PL3000 series, runs the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system. It has 256 megabytes of memory, a microSD card slot and a rechargeable, removable lithium-ion battery pack. It also has an IP54-rated enclosure, so it is resistant to both dust and water.

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