- Alien Software Adds Context to Tag Reads
A free firmware upgrade will enable owners of Alien fixed readers to determine the direction, distance and speed of an EPC Gen 2 UHF passive tag.
- In Finland, Your (RFID) Chip's in the Mail
Itella, which operates the postal system in Finland, is implementing passive RFID readers at its 11 postal distribution systems to track, time, and analyze the flow of 7,000 to 8,000 sample pieces of mail with embedded RFID tags that will be placed into the system monthly.
- RFID, Sensors Could Help Army Keep Guns On Target
The US Army is testing RFID tags integrated with sensors mounted on the heavy gun barrels of tanks to record each time the weapon is fired. The data will be used for maintenance planning and to determine when each weapon should be retired.
- Army RFID Contracts to Create Market Boost, Not Boom
The US Army's current efforts to contract for thousands of passive RFID readers and related software and services may not provide a windfall for RFID vendors, but will play a more important role in validating the technology, according to industry observers.
- US Army Issues RFP for Large RFID Purchase
The US Army issued a request for proposals (RFP) to supply more than 8,000 fixed position and handheld RFID readers, 53,000 tags, 600 printer/encoders, 3,800 software licenses plus personnel, services, and maintenance during the next three years.
- Newest Drug Pedigree Proposal Highlights RFID
A bill introduced in the US House of Representatives calls for the establishment of drug pedigree and identification standards, and directs federal officials to assess RFID's suitability for meeting them. The new legislation, however, appears to duplicate requirements set forth in the PDMA and the FDA Amendments Act of 2007.
- RFID Electronic Vehicle Registration Spreads
More evidence that electronic vehicle registration is growing as a niche RFID application came this week as the Philippines Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced its intention to deploy RFID stickers for vehicles across the country.
- RFID-Based Robots Come to the Rescue
German researchers have developed a system enabling robots and humans to use passive RFID tags to map out a disaster area and send information to a command center.
- FDA, EC Considering RFID for Drug Pedigrees
The FDA and the European Commission are each seeking input on technologies and methods for pharmaceutical serialization and tracking. The FDA is required to develop track-and-trace identification and technology standards, while the EC is broadly reviewing options to improve the drug supply chain.
- Washington RFID Law Could Pave Way For More
Some RFID industry observers think RFID regulations recently enacted in the state of Washington will lead to a bevy of similar laws around the country. At least 28 states are believed to have pending RFID legislation, and there are federal-level efforts underway around the world.
- California Not Ready for Drug Pedigrees -- Is RFID?
California delayed implementation of its pedigree law for pharmaceuticals by two years, to January, 2011. In its ruling, the California Board of Pharmacy said companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain were not ready to meet the complex new requirements, and also called into question RFID technology maturity.
- Lockheed Martin Uses RFID to Help Track Stealth Fighter
Lockheed Martin asked suppliers to its Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program to apply RFID labels to shipments by the end of 2008 and suggested RFID tagging requirements could be expanded to other suppliers. The Joint Strike Fighter features cutting-edge stealth and avionics technologies that also features innovation in the procurement process.
- Washington RFID Bill Expected to Become Law Today
A new law in the State of Washington makes it a felony to skim personal information encoded in RFID tags. The law applies to Washington's new RFID-enabled Enhanced Driver Licenses, federal PASS Cards used in the state, and also to access control cards, loyalty cards, and any other RFID card or document that holds personal information.
- Companies, Agencies Use Clandestine RFID Systems to Catch Thieves
The NOX system includes RFID readers embedded in walls, surveillance cameras and—in some cases—luminescent dust to track the movement of personnel and assets.
- Printer-Encoder Order Represents New DOD Milestone
Lowry Computer's $8.7 million contract for 1,804 EPC Gen 2 RFID printer-encoders will enable defense distribution depots to extend RFID use further down the supply chain.