- RFID News Roundup
Xerafy upgrades on-metal inlays and labels with more flexible material; Round Rock signs licensing agreements with Impinj, Tyco, Technology Solutions UK Ltd.; U.S. Department of Defense phases out legacy active tags; more than 150 grocery stores to deploy inMarket Bluetooth beacons; midsize retailers most likely to see value in item-level tagging, RSR study shows; tags comprise half of global RFID market, TechNavio says; cold temperatures can cause RFID cattle tags to break, PAMI researchers warn.
- Swedish Armed Forces Completes Tests of RFID to Track Uniforms, Shipments
The military's logistics and materiel divisions have finished testing both active and passive tags, with deployment dates yet to be determined.
- Gravotech, Oridao Unveil System that Prevents Tag Counterfeiting, Cloning
The solution is designed to make it easy for companies to securely track critical information about components, tools and other items that need to be traced throughout their lifecycles.
- RFID Gets Boots on the Ground for Air Force
Wellco is using a solution from Odyssey to create passive UHF RFID labels for every pair of boots, case and pallet, and confirms shipping orders are correct by reading those tags before loading goods onto trucks.
- RFID Gives Richardson, Tex., Officers More Time for Police Work
The department has been using GlobeRanger's GR-AWARE software to track weapons and electronic equipment fitted with Xerafy RFID tags.
- VA Re-awards $543 Million RTLS Contract to HP
HP Enterprise Services has regained its contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide real-time location system technology to VA medical centers nationwide, following a reevaluation ordered by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
- Motorola Updates Its 9000 Series Handheld Reader
Compared with its predecessor, the new MC9190-Z industrial handheld features a faster processor and more memory, as well as a larger screen and additional keyboard options.
- Registration Now Open for RFID Journal LIVE! 2013
RFID Journal's 11th annual conference will feature more than 50 case studies presented by leading end users, as well as solutions from more than 200 technology companies.
- VA to Reassess Contract, Proposals for Nationwide RTLS Deployments
In a decision regarding a protest filed by IBM, the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office requested that the Department of Veterans Affairs reconsider vendor proposals, based on specific changes to its assessment procedures.
- Savi Technology Acquired by Private Investors
The new owners plan to let the company operate under its existing management team, which will continue to market its 433 MHz active tags and readers, as well as develop new solutions for commercial, governmental and military applications.
- Cubic Global Tracking Gets Approval for RF Sensors on Planes
The FAA says the company's low-power mesh-networking devices will not interfere with an airplane's navigational equipment.
- Canada's Foreign Affairs Department Uses RFID to Track Assets Worldwide
The agency is piloting a solution that employs passive UHF tags and readers to better monitor the furniture and appliances located within the residences of its officials and employees stationed abroad.
- Veterans Affairs Implementing RTLS Across Seven Midwest Hospitals
The facilities, located in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, are installing six different types of real-time location systems, as well as passive RFID tags and other auto-ID technologies, with all data managed by Intelligent InSites software on a single platform.
- U.S. Navy Tests Show Visible Assets' Readers, Tags Can Operate at Zero Safe Separation Distance to Ordnance
The results, the company reports, confirm that its RuBee tags can be installed directly on or built into explosive devices, and be combined with a variety of sensors, to help diagnose and manage the maintenance, use and decommissioning of munitions.
- Naval Surface Warfare Center Demos RFID Tool-Tracking Solution for Combat Ships
The system uses EPC Gen 2 UHF tags and readers to identify items loaded onboard, in cabinets stored within steel containers, enabling the U.S. Navy to reduce inventory-tracking time from 32 hours to two minutes.