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World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 deploys 20,000 NFC posters, stickers; CAEN RFID launches new UHF long-range reader with embedded PC and GPRS; Identec Solutions' technology to safeguard personnel at Swedish nuclear-waste facility; FastPoint Technologies earns GS1 EPCglobal software-certification mark; SITA develops NFC demo solution for airports, travelers; Thinfilm establishes partnerships for creating fully printed RFID tags, sensors.
Jan 26, 2012The following are news announcements made during the past week.

World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Deploys 20,000 NFC Posters, Stickers
Global digital service design firm Fjord and the World Design Capital (WDC) Helsinki 2012 organization have deployed nearly 20,000 UPM BullsEye passive Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags, embedded in posters and stickers around the city of Helsinki, as well as a number of other locations in surrounding cities. By tapping an NFC phone against one of the tags, a user can download a mobile application for WDC Helsinki 2012. The mobile app, known as WDC 2012, is a "digital program book" that delivers information regarding planned activities and exhibits, as well as related news and event updates. This represents the first time that a WDC program guide was provided as a mobile application, according to UPM. In addition to current highlights and the WDC Helsinki 2012 program, sorted by time and location, users will have access to a map, a monthly calendar and information related to approximately 300 WDC projects and their locations in Helsinki. The free app is available for tourists and city residents, and is presented in English, Finnish and Swedish. The app currently supports only for phones using Android or Nokia operating systems, UPM reports, but is expected to be released in the near future for Apple iPhones and iPad tablets. WDC Helsinki 2012 is a joint venture between the Finnish cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti, and is this year's choice of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). Every second year, ICSID recognizes a global city for accomplishments in using design as a tool to improve social, cultural and economic life. The first World Design Capital event, in 2008, honored Turin, Italy, while the second, in 2010, recognized Seoul, South Korea.

CAEN RFID Launches New UHF Long-Range Reader With Embedded PC and GPRS
CAEN RFID, a supplier of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID systems, has announced the release of its new Ion EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID long-range reader, available with an optional integrated GPRS modem. The reader is well-suited for on-vehicle applications, smart shelves or smart displays, the company reports, or in any installation requiring RFID usage in remote areas. The Ion model, part of the firm's easy2read family of readers, is optimized for portal installation, featuring full power for up to four antennas, complete network interfaces, and support for EPC Gen 2 dense-reader mode (DRM) management, which is designed to increase read rates when more than a handful of interrogators share the same space. The Ion device embeds an Intel ATOM processor. In addition to supporting data transfer via an optional integrated GPRS modem or an optional Wi-Fi connection (via the USB port), it also includes a USB 2.0 High Speed Host Port. The reader measures 10.8 inches by 6.1 inches by 1.5 inches, and weighs 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds). It can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees to +55 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees to +131 degrees Fahrenheit). The Ion reader is currently available through CAEN RFID's sales network.

Identec Solutions' Technology to Safeguard Personnel at Swedish Nuclear-Waste Facility
Identec Solutions, a provider of active RFID and wireless sensor network-based solutions, has announced that its WatcherSystem personnel-safety solution has been selected for deployment at the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) for the firm's underground Hard Rock Laboratory, on Äspö Island. Located in Stockholm, SKB was established in the 1970s by two Swedish Nuclear power companies. The SKB facility's mandate, according to Identec Solutions, is to conduct cutting-edge research on the most effective management and disposal methods possible, in order to secure maximum safety for human beings and the environment. The WatcherSystem will be used within SKB's underground facility, and is designed specifically for the challenging environments associated with remote oil platforms, mines and tunnels. The solution is self-contained, and its applications can be integrated into existing infrastructure for real-time visibility. The system features on- and offsite emergency evacuation coordination, alarm management and situation monitoring. During the deployment, the WatcherSystem will be used to automatically track personnel and guest location within SKB's facility, as well as provide a real-time headcount. This information, according to Identec Solutions, will enable enhanced emergency response in the event of a potentially dangerous situation or safety evacuation. With personnel often working in isolation and with risky materials, the "lone worker" feature will automatically trigger alarms and/or action in the event that an employee exceeds set parameters within a defined area. Sweden-based Neosys, an RFID-based security solutions provider for the nuclear industry, worked with Identec Solutions to tailor the wireless tracking system to meet SKB's needs. Other organizations using Identec's Watcher solutions include Trafikverket, Sweden's national transport administration, which has deployed Identec RFID tags in conjunction with sensors to ensure that workers are not exposed to excessive levels of toxic gases (see Swedish Tunnel Uses RFID to Monitor Air Pollution). Identec's Watcher series of personnel-tracking safety system also includes Watcheroffshore (see Active UHF RFID Tags Muster Support for Oil Rigs).

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