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Psion and CAEN RFID unveil UHF-RFID snap-on for the Ikon; Rush Tracking Systems releases Orchestrator for RFID-enabled forklifts; Zebra offers RXi4 RFID printer-encoder to EMEA market; ROC IT Solutions delivers RFID-enabled solution to medical device manufacturer; Cedar Rapids library uses RFID to sort items for shelving; RF Code signs ITM Communications as first U.K. partner; TagMaster, SKIDATA partner on long-range UHF.
Cedar Rapids Library Uses RFID to Sort Items for Shelving
Iowa's Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) has finished installing a new RFID-enabled automated materials-handling system designed to improve the check-in and shelving processes for its staff, ultimately reducing the amount of time it takes for materials to get into the hands of patrons. CRPL, the second-largest library in that state in regard to circulation, circulated more than 700,000 items last year. The solution comes from RFID Library Solutions, a new provider of automated handling systems for libraries. The system leverages high-frequency (HF) passive RFID tags and readers compliant with the ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards, as well as sorting systems, conveyor belts and related software. The RFID solution was installed and tested earlier this month at CRPL's Westdale library, according to Roger Rayborn, CRPL's computer information services manager, and is now up and running live. An RFID-tagged item, once dropped into the item return slot, lands on a conveyor belt. As that item moves through the conveyor system, a reader captures the ID number of its RFID tag, which is then correlated with back-end data that enables the system to determine where the item should be shelved. That information is relayed back to the conveyor system, which then distributes it to the appropriate bin alongside the belt. In other libraries, CPRL reports, systems such as these have been shown to reduce the time required for an item to return to a shelf from a mean of 50 hours down to only two. The system should not only help speed up the shelving process, CRPL indicates, but also reduce the number of repetitive-motion injuries to staff members, and increase the amount of time workers spend planning and facilitating programs, performing reference and research, and working with customers. The library received a $500,000 grant from the federal government in 2009 to replace its previous RFID system, which was destroyed in a flood in 2008.

RF Code Signs ITM Communications as First U.K. Partner
RF Code, an RFID firm and IT asset-management solutions provider, has announced that it has signed ITM Communications Ltd. (ITM) as its first certified partner. ITM, a provider of service-focused information and communications infrastructure solutions, such as networking and data-center systems and services, serves a variety of clients in the United Kingdom, as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA). The partnership announcement follows last month's launch of the RF Code European Channel Program, according to RF Code, which provides such solutions as active RFID-based IT asset-management and environmental- and power-monitoring solutions. ITM has completed both sales and technical training on RF Code solutions. In addition, the firm has also invested in a demonstration suite at its facilities in Milton Keynes, in the United Kingdom, to highlight RF Code's value in automating the real-time discovery, tracking, monitoring and management of high-value physical IT assets found in diverse environments, including data centers and geographically dispersed enterprises, health care, government, corporate and educational organizations, as well as in logistics applications across industries. The suite also provides a full spectrum of environmental-monitoring solutions that help firms achieve compliance with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centers, by providing access to real-time energy-consumption information. ITM will use RF Code's technology to help monitor and react to energy consumption, RF Code reports, in order to achieve a reduction in operating costs within data centers and assist clients in meeting corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals.

TagMaster, SKIDATA Partner on Long-range UHF
TagMaster, a provider of RFID solutions for automatic vehicle identification, and SKIDATA, a provider of access solutions, have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby both companies have agreed to cooperate in the field of supplying integrated long-range ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID solutions. This integration, the companies explain, will support the SKIDATA Keytag, a UHF solution that includes an RFID-enabled transponder and RFID-enabled windshield sticker, to be read by TagMaster XT-readers designed for installations in parking, thereby providing contactless hands-free entry and exit for parking facilities.

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