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CNRFID, NRFLab collaborate to offer EPC-compliant UHF RFID tag tests; NFC technology supports Rock the Vote campaign; HID Global deploys Voyantic Tagsurance UHF tester for tag quality control; ADR Software to provide real-time workforce info for Baltimore and D.C. construction projects; Diamond Pet Foods adopts iGPS RFID-tagged plastic pallets; RFID Hotel acquired by Lodging Access Systems.
ADR Software to Provide Real-time Workforce Information for Baltimore and D.C. Construction Projects
ADR Software has announced that it has been awarded assignments to provide its proprietary Workforce Monitor service, which leverages EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID, at three new projects in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., metro areas. In Washington, D.C., ADR was awarded assignments by Grunley Construction to provide real-time workforce-monitoring service for two projects taking place at American University. The projects will be monitored by ADR's Workforce Monitor service for a period of nine to 12 months, based on projected construction completion dates. In Baltimore, ADR was awarded an assignment by RAM/KBE Ventures to provide real-time workforce monitoring and local employment initiative analysis at the East Baltimore Learning Center under the oversight of East Baltimore Development Inc. The projects will be monitored by the Workforce Monitor service for a period of 12 to 14 months, based on the projected construction completion date. Workforce Monitor is designed to track the number of workers assigned to those projects, as well as their identities. By utilizing the service, construction projects' managers and supervisors can capture the identity of every worker entering or leaving a site, by means of Workforce Management Stations—RFID portals that read tags attached to hardhats. The Workforce Monitor software application processes the data collected from readers related to individuals passing through the portal, providing a user with such details as which contractors have employees on site at any given time, the number of workers at that location, whether those personnel possess the necessary training or certification required to be there, workforce demographics and each worker's zip code—thereby enabling a user to know the number of local jobs created by that project. The solution also provides such information as which workers have gone belowground on sites in which trenches or tunnels, for example, are being dug. Thus, in the event of an emergency, supervisors would know, in real time, who was below grade (see At Construction Sites, RFID Tracks Arrivals, Departures). According to Bruce Labovitz, ADR Software's president, ADR utilizes adhesive-backed Alien Technology Squiggle tags adhered to hard hats, ID badges and/or safety gear, in conjunction with Alien's ALR-9900+ readers and Laird Technologies' reader antennas. Labovitz adds that ADR has also introduced a new Mobile Monitoring Service employing a Venture Research handheld RFID reader, with a circularly polarized antenna, hand-trigger reading and a miniature PC.

Diamond Pet Foods Adopts iGPS RFID-tagged Plastic Pallets
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), a provider of all-plastic pallets with embedded EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags, has announced that Diamond Pet Foods will immediately begin shipping its products on iGPS' pallets. Diamond Pet Foods—which was founded in 1970 and aims to provide high-quality pet foods at an affordable price—is using the RFID-enabled pallets at the request of one of its private-label customers (which the pet-food company says it is not at liberty to name). Each iGPS pallet has four identically encoded RFID tags, one embedded in each corner, which enables the tracking and tracing of products throughout the supply chain. IGPS handled the implementation, which included adding RFID interrogators throughout Diamond Pet Foods' production facility to track pallets as they move throughout the facility, are loaded onto trucks and are then returned. Switching from wood pallets to lighter-weight iGPS plastic pallets yields operational savings, according to iGPS, which cites studies performed by its customers that have shown savings of up to $2 per pallet load, due to lower transportation costs, decreased production downtime, larger loads per pallet, reduced product damage and fewer rejected loads. Additionally, the company reports, the pallets can be easily cleaned, do not absorb fluids that can cross-contaminate food and never require treatment with toxic pesticides or fungicides.

RFID Hotel Acquired by Lodging Access Systems
RFID Hotel, a business that supplies the hospitality industry with a spectrum of RFID key cards and credentials complying with the ISO 14333A standard for 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags and readers, has announced that it was recently acquired by holding company Lodging Access Systems LLC. The holding company is owned and operated by Steve Brooks, who has more than 20 years' experience in the sales, service and installation of electronic locks, in-room safes and aftermarket products related to the support of security solutions. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., RFID Hotel has an exclusive strategic joint venture agreement with what it calls a premier manufacturer of RFID cards and credentials to represent its products in North America (RFID Hotel declines to disclose this manufacturer's identity). According to RFID Hotel, its products include full-color guest and staff PVC key cards, available for immediate shipment, that leverage NXP Semiconductors RFID chips. The cards come with an unconditional lifetime warranty, and have an instruction panel on the back, printed in English and six other languages. The company also provides custom key cards for special events. All products are compatible with the RFID lock systems produced by the major manufacturers of lock and point-of-sale systems used by major hotel chains throughout North America, according to RFID Hotel. Prior to acquiring RFID Hotel, Lodging Access Systems held a long-term agreement representing Onity, a provider of facility-management technologies, such as electronic locks and smart-card systems, electronic in-room safes, and energy-management systems. Onity is a unit of UTC Fire & Security, a division of United Technologies.

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