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This section includes articles about how companies and individuals can use RFID to improve recycling, become more environmentally responsible and reduce human impact on the environment.

Smartrac, Partners Aim for Green Tags

The Green Tag Program offers green certification to UHF and NFC tags sold by Smartrac that omit heavy metals, adhesives and chemical etching processes as tags are increasingly being applied to products and packaging that might be recycled.

Environment Case Studies

RFID Helps Vacuum Up Waste at Pneumatic Disposal Sites

Finnish technology company MariMatic Oy is providing companies and municipalities with an underground waste and recycling system that uses RFID to allow access to authorized users only, and to store data about who used each receptacle.

Environment Features

Ocean Floor Data Transmitted With Help from Lobsters

Research company Gloucester Innovation and the Massachusetts Lobstermen Association are building a network to track the health and conditions of the sea bed, using Sigfox LPWAN transmissions to capture data from sensors mounted in lobster traps.

Environment Editor's Notes

Managing Sell-By Dates Is Easier With RFID

Europe is trying to reduce food waste in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but it's a real challenge without radio frequency identification.

Environment Expert Views

How the IoT Is Helping Our Environment

The Internet of Things offers numerous applications and benefits for animals and their surroundings.

Environment Best Practices

Thinking Inside the Box

A new era of smart packaging—embedding RFID in boxes—is on the horizon. But first, technical challenges and cost concerns need to be overcome.

    Environment Videos

    Environment White Papers

    • New ZigBee PRO Feature: Green Power
      Published February 2013
      In this white paper, the ZigBee Alliance outlines the basics of ZigBee technology, sensor control networks, battery-free communication, efficient energy usage, energy harvesting and more. The report explains the new Green Power feature included in the ZigBee PRO 2012 specification, which facilitates the deployment of wireless sensors in large areas, such as shopping malls, hospitals and parking garages, in which thousands of devices would otherwise need to be powered by batteries, thereby substantially reducing building maintenance tasks, while remaining environmentally friendly. (9 pages)
    • How to Design a Low-Power Wireless Sensor Network
      Published August 2009
      GreenPeak's Wim de Kimpe discusses a "green" approach to wireless networks, using no network cables or power lines, and requiring little or no maintenance over the life of a device, for use in machine-to-machine networks, as well as for industrial, control, health, security and other applications. (4 pages)
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