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Finalists Unveiled for Sixth Annual RFID Journal Awards

The winners will be revealed next month at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, for Best Implementation, Most Innovative Use, Best Use to Enhance a Product or Service, Best in Show, Special Achievement and the Green Award, as well as a new award for Best RFID Thesis.
Mar 20, 2012RFID Journal has unveiled the finalists for its 2012 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, the company's 10th annual conference and exhibition, to be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort, in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 3-5, 2012. Each end user that wins an award will be invited to present its case study at the event.

"Each year, the submissions get better and better, so it's no surprise that this year's entries covered some truly impressive RFID deployments," says Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "Attendees at LIVE! 2012 will benefit from hearing the winners present their stories live on stage, and will be able to view some of the new products featured in our Best in Show category."

End-user companies were nominated in four categories:

Best RFID Implementation
Bell Helicopter Textron, for a warehouse-management system that uses RFID to track parts shipped from a central warehouse to several production facilities
Cisco Systems, for an RFID solution that allows the company to track IT assets across all of its facilities worldwide, and to have real-time visibility into their locations (see Cisco Tracks IT Assets Via RFID)
V.M. Salgaocar & Bro. Pvt. Ltd., for an RFID system that captures, monitors and records trips made by trucks hired to transport ore from mines to two processing plants (see V. M. Salgaocar & Bro. Mines Automation From NFC-based Process)

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service
Gates Rubber Hoses, for an RFID-enabled service called SENTRY that automatically determines and tracks hose life so that hydraulic assemblies can be replaced prior to a possible failure
Intel Corp., for a system of linking passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags to Intel processors, thereby enabling new features and capabilities for computers, tablets and other electronic devices
Speedy Services, for an RFID-enabled pod that allows construction and industrial-services firms to efficiently track and manage tools at remote locations

Most Innovative Use of RFID
Animal Performance Systems, for an RFID system for tracking animals in real time, in order to determine their level of activity and use the collected data for various conservation, research, educational and visitor-experience purposes
BP International, for an RFID-based control-of-work solution that makes refinery "isolation" work safer and more efficient, and that maintains accurate records updated in near-real time
• The Village of Thiensville, for an underground utility asset-location and -identification system that allows the Wisconsin village to locate buried pipes and cables

RFID Green Award
• The City of Dayton, Ohio, for its use of RFID-enabled recycling totes that boosted participation in a recycling program by 40 percent (see RFID News Roundup: Dayton Recycles With RFID)
HP Brazil, for an RFID-enabled system of tracking the recycling of the company's printers
Wild AG Research, for an RFID-enabled system that could improve wildlife research and minimize crop damage

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