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RFID to support cancer awareness, document Guinness record; Intelligent InSites expands RTLS with RF Code's RFID technology, partners with Secure Care Products; Xterprise releases footwear version of its Clarity Mobile software; NFC-enabled PatientID+ solution aims to streamline patient registration, authentication and payment; TraceTracker announces mobile asset-tracking application; TransCore intros new solution for monitoring traffic and driver safety.
NFC-enabled PatientID+ Solution Aims to Streamline Patient Registration, Authentication and Payment
An alliance of vendors—The CliniCard, a provider of point-of-sale solutions for the health-care sector; Health Portal Solutions, a supplier of health-data-management solutions; and Near Field Communication (NFC) company Merchant360—have developed a new solution aimed at streamlining the registration, authentication and payment experience for patients and health-care providers. Merchant360 sells its NFC products to others to rebrand or cobrand, and provides customization, development, integration and custom development services to create differentiated solutions for each client, according to Steve McRae, Merchant360's CEO. The company also provides such services as transaction switching, identity verification, loyalty processing and payments processing. The solution, known as PatientID+, allows health-care providers to verify identity, screen for eligibility and process payment. Identity, benefit and payment information can be shared via a mobile contactless tag or in a patient's mobile phone equipped with NFC technology. The solution includes the PatientID+ Card, which can be a standard insurance-benefits card, in card format equipped with an NFC tag, or as an NFC tag for a mobile phone. That covers patient identification for authentication and validation, for use in identifying that individual. The PatientID+ Card can be used to authorize records access and handle insurance claims, and can also be tied to forms of electronic payment. Included in the solution is a payment terminal equipped with NFC capability and a Web-based portal that administrators and health-care workers can access for tracking and reporting, as well as eligibility and claims processing tracking. "The goal is to get rid of those forms we all dislike to fill out when we get to the doctor's office," McRae said in the statement, "thereby speeding up the process, making it more convenient for the patient and increasing data accuracy. Having one solution that can act as my insurance card, my identity across multiple systems, and payment card is bound to cut costs and improve service." The PatientID+ solution is currently available for customization, McRae says, and Merchant360 is now in the process of customizing the system for The CliniCard and Health Portal Solutions, both of which plan to make the solution commercially available to their customers in January 2012.
TraceTracker Announces New Mobile Asset-Tracking Application
TraceTracker, a provider of product-traceability, asset-tracking and business-intelligence solutions, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, has announced a new mobile application for its TraceTracker Asset tracking solution, which leverages RFID technology. The TraceTracker Asset software is designed for use by construction or warehouse companies in keeping tabs on inventory and assets. The assets are tagged, and the tag data is input into TraceTracker Asset, after which the software then provides such capabilities as search functions based on name, number, location or status that can be leveraged across numerous projects. The software also enables the viewing of large maps of tool locations, with drill-down features for details; equipment histories; project inventories; special reports, such as equipment utilization; and alarming mechanisms, in the event that tagged tools are removed from project sites. The new TraceTracker Asset Mobile system—the mobile supplement to TraceTracker Asset—is focused on work processes within the field. It currently runs on small, mobile Tertium Technology Blueberry RFID readers, designed to interrogate EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags (though both TraceTracker Asset and TraceTracker Asset Mobile work with a variety of RFID equipment and solutions), and is integrated with TraceTracker Asset. Each piece of equipment is marked with a 2-D bar code or RFID tag that can be read using a person's mobile phone camera, or a small RFID reader that communicates with the phone via Bluetooth. The application then accesses TraceTracker Asset Mobile via the Internet, in order to access information regarding the equipment, along with its status and location. The user can flag assets to make them available for other sites, or search for specific types of available equipment across an entire company. TraceTracker Asset is presently being utilized by Norwegian construction firm Grunnarbeid, as part of a solution to track its tools as they are transported to—and stored at—construction sites (see Grunnarbeid Begins Full-scale Rollout of Tool-Tracking System).
TransCore Intros New Solution for Tolls and Monitoring Traffic and Driver Safety
TransCore has introduced a new product—the Real-time Onboard Vehicle Reporting (ROVR) system—that combines GPS navigation and GSM wireless technology with each automobile's unique vehicle identification number (VIN). The technology is aimed at powering a new generation of infrastructure-free toll solutions, the company reports. The ROVR system also includes an optional driver-safety monitoring feature that, according to TransCore, has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of accidents, improve fuel economy and decrease the amount of greenhouse gases. There are two tag models: the ROVR and the ROVR3. The ROVR3 tag plugs into a vehicle's onboard diagnostic (OBD) port, located under the dashboard, to access the VIN, while the ROVR tag is designed for use in fleet vehicles without an OBD port. The OBD port is located near the steering column of every car built since 1996, TransCore reports, and installation takes only seconds to complete. A GPS device inside the ROVR and ROVR3 tags logs the vehicle's location as it traverses a given road. The tags' built-in GSM cellular technology wirelessly transmits both vehicle position and ID information to an online, cloud-based system, managed by TransCore, which then automatically and wirelessly processes the transaction with the tolling system. For the technology, TransCore notes, it developed new algorithms designed to deliver high accuracy while using minimum bandwidth for both infrastructure-less toll plazas and high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane systems. Side-by-side test results at highway speeds using a ROVR device showed transactional performance identical to that of conventional transponder-based systems, the firm reports. The ROVR solution can be deployed in just weeks or months, and at little to no cost to the transportation agency. According to TransCore, the ROVR technology can eliminate the need for toll structures. "The multi-application nature of ROVR can not only deliver congestion management benefits much sooner than conventional approaches but provides a critical tool to help save lives and reduce greenhouse gases," said Kelly Gravelle, TransCore's CTO, in a prepared statement. The optional driver scorecard is ideal for commercial vehicle fleets, parents of teen drivers, state motor-vehicle departments or driver-education schools that require performance data or asset-location devices. While most people consider themselves to be above-average drivers, TransCore says, objective data can help improve driving patterns. Measuring certain driving characteristics—such as excessive idling, hard braking, rapid acceleration or speeding—has been shown to effectively quantify driver performance and risk. With the driver scorecard option, a scorecard is e-mailed to the motorist each week, highlighting important aspects of that person's driving behavior compared to others, and to the previous four weeks. No vehicle-tracking data is exposed, the company notes, thereby eliminating any potential "Big Brother" concerns, while keeping the focus on safety and fuel economy.
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