- Bluetooth SIG Specification Enables BLE Mesh Networks
With the newly released spec, companies can build networks in which Bluetooth Low Energy nodes communicate with each other, as well as with hundreds or thousands of BLE-enabled devices and smartphones that move around a facility.
- European Hotels Deploying RFID-enabled App for Linen Management
The Acuity Connect app, used with handheld RFID readers, enables hotels or other linen-using companies to leverage the tags on their towels, bedding or uniforms to track inventory at their facilities.
- Boeing Deploys RFID In-House for Assembly Management
The company is using Fujitsu's new RFID Integrated Label to track up to 7,000 different components built into aircraft at four Boeing factory sites.
- Hospital Pilots New Bluetooth Low Energy System from GE Healthcare, Zebra Technologies
The technology companies have launched Encompass—a BLE solution consisting of cloud-based software, fixed and mobile beacon receivers, and beacon tags for assets, personnel or patients—to boost efficiency at less than half the cost of typical RTLS solutions.
- Registration Now Open for RFID Journal's 13th Annual European Event
RFID Journal LIVE! Europe, to be held on Nov. 16 in London (with a day of certification training on Nov. 15), will focus on the benefits of employing RFID to improve business operations across Europe.
- Lockheed Martin to Deploy BLE Solution for RTLS at Orlando Facilities
The Tracko solution, from OnyxBeacon, was commercially released in late 2016, and includes beacons, an app and software platform to identify location, and sound alerts as configured by users.
- New App from RedBite Makes RFID Deployments Lower in Cost
By the end of this month, the company reports that its itemit app for Android and iOS devices will enable smartphone users to monitor assets via RFID for about $200 annually, plus the price of a Bluetooth-enabled reader.
- Bluvision Boasts New RTLS-EZ Solution Deploys Within Hours
The system uses Bluetooth Low Energy gateways that plug into outlets, as well as beacons and cloud-based software, to enable a fast and low-cost solution for RTLS tracking with granularity down to 1 meter.
- RFID News Roundup
Purple Deck Media announces NFC system compatible with Apple products; Talkin' Things releases NFC smart packaging for iPhone, Android; Quad Industries, Agfa, Imec, TNO demo plastic 12-bit RFID tag and readout system with screen-printed circuitry; GE Healthcare, Zebra Technologies bring BLE wireless asset-tracking technology to hospitals; Versus Technology offers RTLS for BLE wayfinding.
- Burglars Stung by IoT Bees in Santa Clara
Technology startup Roambee helped police locate the company's own stolen goods with its Internet of Things devices used to track assets and shipments via GPS, cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy functionality.
- RFID News Roundup
Weir Oil & Gas launches mobile iron asset management solution ••• Elatec intros new development board for RFID modules ••• Datamars Textile ID, Impinj form strategic partnership in RAIN RFID laundry market ••• Murata acquires ID-Solutions ••• Toshiba announces new ICs for BLE smart devices ••• Tyco Retail Solutions joins GS1 Alliance Partner Program ••• Atlas RFID Solutions wins 2017 President's "E" Award.
- Active RFID Tracks Kit Carts Through Assembly
The system links each loaded cart as the kit is assembled, then is staged for shipping, shipped to the assembly plant and received, thereby reducing the amount of time workers previously spent searching for missing carts required for assembly.
- Tamper-Evident Tag Transmits Whether or Not Seal Breaks
HID Global's edTamper Seal Tag was designed for airline use to track whether life vests packed under passenger seats were present and unopened, thereby ensuring they will operate properly if needed.
- Hospital to Track 12,000 Assets via Active RFID
Michigan Medicine has already tagged about half that many items, and is tracking them with a Stanley Healthcare MobileView Wi-Fi- and ultrasound-based system.
- RFID News Roundup
Fujitsu announces ultra-thin washable UHF RFID tag for fashion apparel, accessories ••• Altova launches cross-platform mobile development framework with NFC features ••• CDO's asset-tracking solution supports AsReader's UHF RFID reader-writers ••• MSS Software expands client solutions with RFID asset-tracking capabilities ••• Zebra Technologies intros large-format, direct-to-card printer ••• Murata Americas releases three-axis MEMS accelerometers ••• Xerafy receives Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award.