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NGV Global recommends RFID for monitoring compressed natural gas refueling; TagMaster announces expanded port installation in South Africa; Rome's Capitoline Museums install NFC RFID tags in exhibit halls; Ekahau, Juniper Networks partner on wireless integration for RTLS; Tagsys joins VICS Item-Level RFID Initiative.
Ekahau, Juniper Networks Partner on Wireless Integration for RTLS
Ekahau, a provider of Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems (RTLS), has announced that it has joined network infrastructure provider Juniper Networks' Technology Alliance program. As part of the collaboration, Juniper's family of wireless local-area network (WLAN) controllers and access points will be integrated with Ekahau's RTLS and WLAN planning and analysis tools, which, according to Ekahau, will provide a greater number of choices as organizations utilize location services and plan and verify their network coverage. The integration enables Ekahau's RTLS solution to leverage Juniper's wireless networks, in order to derive real-time location, status and other information about Ekahau Wi-Fi tags. The tags in the Ekahau RTLS use Juniper's WLAN to incorporate advanced two-way communication to initiate alerts, alarms, requests and other workflow- and safety-related events. Ekahau's RTLS can be deployed locally to serve a single building or campus, the company reports, or it can be installed within a data center to provide enterprise-wide visibility in internal or externally hosted cloud architectures. As part of the RTLS deployment, Ekahau's Wi-Fi Site Survey suite of products have been integrated into the solution, which provides end users and systems integrators with a toolkit for Wi-Fi network planning, verification and tuning.
Tagsys Joins VICS Item Level RFID Initiative
Tagsys has announced that it has joined the joined the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative (VILRI), an inter-industry group of retailers, suppliers, industry associations, academia and solutions providers dedicated to quantifying the benefits of item-level RFID and exploring how the technology can improve business processes along the retail value chain (see Major Retailers, Industry Groups Launch Item-Level RFID Guidelines Initiative, Item Level RFID Initiative Focuses on Supplier Benefits and VICS Item Level RFID Initiative Enters Phase II). The group is part of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS), which is focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire supply chain. Tagsys reports that it will contribute both technical and business process knowledge to the VLRI subcommittees in which it will participate, and that support of VILRI will enable opportunities to educate potential customers regarding the value of emerging RFID applications within the retail sector. According to Tagsys, participating in VILRI will also provide it with access to a new level of visibility into trends within other retail segments. "Tagsys is focused on providing complete RFID-based solutions to the apparel and footwear supply chain, and we recognize the importance and value of the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative in educating the market and driving the adoption of this technology in that sector," said Douglas Karp, Tagsys' VP of North American operations, in a prepared statement. "By participating in the VILRI, we further enhance our efforts in promoting item-level RFID adoption in the retail sector, while simultaneously gaining new market insight that will help us develop solutions to better meet the needs of our customers." VILRI is supported by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, GS1 Canada, GS1 US, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Council of Canada and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
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