- New York May Regulate Retail RFID Use
Draft legislation would require businesses in New York state to inform consumers if RFID-tagged merchandise is present and to deactivate tags at the point of sale. Businesses would also be banned from requiring RFID tags to accept returned merchandise, and from sharing data collected by RFID.
- U.S. Defense Department Picks Four for RFID III
The U.S. Department of Defense has authorized Savi Technology, Northrop Grumman, Unisys and SPEC to bid for orders to supply 433.92 MHz active RFID tags and readers, as well as related software and services.
- SecureRF to Develop Secure RFID for US Air Force
The US Air Force wants active RFID tags it can use with sensors to monitor the location and status of assets but which can't be read by enemies. SecureRF received a grant to help develop the RFID system, which will also securely encode all data transmission.
- DHS to Track Immigration Detainees with RFID
The US Department of Homeland Security is equipping 19 domestic facilities with active RFID technology to track immigration detainees. The project may mark the first use of RFID for prisoner tracking by a US federal government agency.
- EPCglobal Plans Multi-technology RFID Pilot
EPCglobal is planning an international logistics pilot that will use passive and active RFID technologies, the EPCIS RFID data communication protocol, and multiple standardized numbering systems to track and secure ocean-bound cargo shipments from Japan to the Netherlands.
- NASA Discovers RTLS Works Well in Small Spaces
Boeing and NASA installed an ultra-wideband (UWB) real-time location system (RTLS) at the Kennedy Space Center to track thousands of assets used to support the International Space Station. One innovative feature is the use of vehicle-mounted readers to track items delivered to the launch pad.
- RFID Patent Pool Approved by US Government
The US Department of Justice last week issued a letter to the RFID Consortium, indicating its approval for the organization's intent to manage an industry patent pool that it hopes will facilitate licensing of intellectual property related to Gen2 RFID. The approval process clears the way for the Consortium to "open for business."
- Dutch Forensics Lab Tracks Evidence With RFID
The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) tracks crime scene evidence in real time using RFID, providing complete chain-of-custody documentation to authorities.
- DOD Awards Passive RFID Contract to Six Vendors
The contracts have the potential to provide the military with $75.5 million worth of products and services during the next six years.
- US Army Signs $75M Contract for Passive RFID
ODIN technologies this week announced its selection as a prime contractor for a new $75.5 million contract for passive RFID solutions from the US Army's Product Manager Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (PM J-AIT) Office. The selection is a nice win for ODIN and also a positive signal of ramping adoption by the US military.
- DOD Needs to Enforce Its Own RFID Mandate, Says Inspector General
Many suppliers and contracting officers are failing to comply with the U.S. Defense Department's directive for applying passive RFID tags to certain shipments, according to a recent investigation by the DOD's inspector general.
- Ándale! Spain's Postal Service Deploys RFID
Correos, the Spanish national postal service, has outfitted 37 distribution centers with an RFID system that tracks mail samples to analyze the flow of mail through the system. Reva Systems, whose equipment was used in the project, says the postal industry is a growing RFID market.
- Authentication Solution Embeds Invisible EPC Gen 2 Tags Into Watch Crystals
The Winwatch system offers retailers a way to validate watches at the point of sale, and can also be used for supply chain management, after-sales services and repair, and other applications.
- RFID Driver's Licenses Gain Traction in the US
RFID-enabled driver's licenses saw a major adoption milestone Tuesday as the state of New York began issuing the so-called enhanced driver's licenses, or EDLs. The wireless identification documents are designed to be used in lieu of a passport at land and sea crossings with Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean islands.
- Navy, Marines Track Assets on Oahu
Military warehouses at Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe Bay are using EPC Gen 2 RFID to track inbound and outbound supplies and equipment.