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RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its Fifth Annual Awards

Gerry Weber International, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Mission Foods, Argonne National Laboratory, Intelleflex and Impinj's Chris Diorio have earned this year's awards, reflecting a variety of uses and achievements.
By Claire Swedberg
Mission Foods won the new RFID Green Award (the first recipient for this category), for a solution enabling the elimination of disposable corrugated boxes. "We wanted to reduce waste," says Eduardo J. Valdes, Mission Foods' VP. The company had been shipping as many as one million corrugated cartons out of its Texas facility alone, and was spending $5 million annually for all of its corrugated boxes. Thanks to an RFID tag attached to each container, he says, the company can now track and reuse the containers, thereby reducing its solid waste stream by 98 percent (see RFID Warehouse Solution Delivers ROI Within Months).

This year's Best in Show award went to Intelleflex for its FMR-6000 and HMR-9090 multi-protocol battery-assisted passive (BAP) tags (the TMT-8500 temperature-monitoring tag, the BAT-8300 badge tag, the STT-8000 standard tag and the SMT-8100 tag for objects containing liquids and metals), as well as its interrogators. The system is based on Intelleflex's XC3 technology, which is compliant with the ISO/IEC and EPCglobal standards for BAP RFID UHF technologies. This new generation of Intelleflex readers and tags provides a read and write range of more than 300 feet in RF-unfriendly environments containing metals or liquids. The tags and interrogators are compliant with the ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 and EPC Gen 2 standards. With the long read range in harsh environments, the technology can be employed for applications involving the recording of temperatures for perishable foods and biopharmaceuticals, as well as for managing assets and tracking personnel. "We're excited and honored to receive this award acknowledging Intelleflex's XC3 technology and temperature-monitoring applications," says Peter Mehring, the company's president and CEO. "By monitoring temperatures, pharmaceutical and perishable-food companies can help ensure quality and reduce waste."

Argonne National Laboratory won the award for the Most Innovative Use of RFID, for its ARG-US system, designed to ensure the safety of nuclear, radioactive and hazardous materials through greater visibility of RFID-tagged containers in transportation and storage for supporting vital DOE missions, as well as for environmental-management (EM) risk reduction. The lab began working on the solution five years ago, looking to ensure the safety of the containers, as well as the materials stored within. For the deployment, active RFID tags were attached to containers of hazardous materials, fixed readers were mounted in trailers wired to satellite devices, and graphical user interfaces were utilized to review the status and history of material movement and location, as well as for tracking vehicles. The system is currently installed at five DOE sites.

Finally, the RFID Special Achievement award went to Chris Diorio, Impinj's chairman and CTO, for his work in the development of the UHF EPC Gen 2 RFID standard. Impinj is now working on the next version of the EPC RFID standard, he says, which includes anti-counterfeiting, security and file-management functionality, in order to enhance the way the tags are used.

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