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The Year That Was

2011 saw some economic ups and downs, but many companies turned to RFID to track the locations of their products and assets—and to monitor their conditions.
By Mark Roberti
Energy-Harvesting Sensors to Monitor Health of Jet Engines
The wireless sensors will be utilized to monitor engine bearings on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters while in flight, using their turbines' heat to power RFID transmission.

NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art Adopts RFID
The Met's Cloisters branch is using a wireless sensor system from IBM Research to manage data regarding temperature, humidity and other environmental conditions around artwork.

DB Schenker Uses Temperature-logging Tags to Monitor Drug Shipments
The German logistics services provider is using RFID to track the conditions under which sensitive pharmaceuticals and reagents are transported to the United States.

RFID Keeps Engine Noise in Check at Racecourse
The Nurburgring Motorsport Complex is using a system from sound engineers BeSB, featuring Identec Solutions' RFID technology, to identify the amount of sound made by vehicles passing through residential areas.

It's exciting to see these applications proliferating. The ability to sense an object's condition in the real world can deliver an additional benefit to businesses, and help them to achieve a return on their investment in RFID technology. In an upcoming column, I will offer some predications about the year ahead. In the meantime, I wish you all a happy holiday season and a joyous and healthy New Year.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.

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