- EC Floats Plan to Facilitate RFID Usage
Steering clear of legislative proposals, the European Commission seeks guidance from industry groups and consumers.
- EU Opts for Hands-Off Approach to RFID Regulation
The European Commission yesterday used CeBIT as a platform to publicly deliver its decision regarding the near-term regulation of RFID technology. In what will surely come as a very welcome development to the industry, the executive body of the EU declared that it would seek to minimize regulating the technology.
- Smart Card and Retail Supply Chain Applications Expected to Drive RFID Growth
IDTechEx predicts the sale of tags for pallets and cases will more than double in 2007, but that tag usage for high-value and store-brand items will grow much faster.
- Ultra-Wideband RFID Tracks Nuclear Power Plant Workers
Radiation measurements, combined with real-time location information, enable managers to track workers and assess safety based on radiation exposure.
- Retailers Test RFID Smart Tables
Two stores are using the tables, which have built-in UHF EPC RFID interrogators, to display marked-down products and track their movements.
- U.S. Military Ramps Up Adoption of Satcom-RFID Kits
Most of the nation's military branches have deployed the technology, which combines RFID and satellite communications, to track and manage supply shipments in the field.
- RFID Border Tracking Plagued By Low Read Rates
The US Department of Homeland Security has decided to cease using RFID in its US Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program after the technology's read rates proved inadequate.
- U.S. Military Resumes TacMedCS Testing
The Marines will try out an improved version of the Tactical Medical Coordination System, which combines RFID technology and satellite communications to track and transport wounded soldiers.
- Yakka Uses RFID to Size N.Z. Military
The clothing maker says passive tags help it provide correctly fitting uniforms to recruits more quickly.
- Zebra Buys WhereNet
The provider of passive RFID labels and printer-encoders broadens its RFID reach by adding active-tag technology to its product portfolio.
- GAO Report Highlights RFID Weaknesses in US-VISIT
Citing low read rates of an RFID system that US-VISIT is testing, as well as other concerns, the Government Accountability Office wants an updated report on the goals and progress of the program.
- U.S. Military Unit Reports Passive Tags Viable for Containers
Although the test results were positive, no decision has been made about whether EPC Gen 2 RFID tags will supplement or supplant the active tags currently used to track cargo containers.
- De Facto Global Standard for Active RFID is Emerging
The ISO standard for active RFID, ISO-18000-7, has been gaining traction in recent months, and industry analysts think it will likely become the de facto global standard for tracking shipping containers as they are transported around the world.
- Satellite Equipment Center Automates Inventory Tracking
A military center for satellite communications equipment has successfully deployed an RFID-based inventory-tracking system that has reportedly led to significant time and labor savings.
- RFID Journal Announces Keynote Speakers for RFID Journal LIVE! 2007
RFID Journal's fifth annual conference and exhibition, to be held Apr. 30 to May 2, 2007, will feature addresses by Wal-Mart CIO Rollin Ford and Sara Lee CIO George Chappelle.