- RFID News Roundup
Checkpoint Systems reports momentum building for RFID ••• U.S. Navy successfully demos RFID inventory application offshore ••• Steamboat, Winter Park resorts installing RFID technology ••• Target tests beacons at 50 stores ••• Indian Water Park implements RFID-enabled solution ••• Bluetooth beacon shipments to break 400 million units in 2020.
- Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Expands RFID System to Manage Location of Drug Trays
The San Diego medical facility is now using MEPS' Virtual Logbook, in conjunction with the company's Intelliguard Kit and Tray Management System, to enable personnel to more quickly find RFID-tagged medications when they're needed elsewhere, or if any are recalled or nearing their expiration dates.
- U.K. Hospital Pilots RFID for Bed and Hoist Tracking
Heart of England NHS Trust is using active RFID tags and readers from Harland Simon at one of its three hospitals to determine how well the technology helps manage the facility's 2,000 beds and hoists, to ensure they can be found, inspected and maintained in a timely manner.
- Spectech Brings RFID Kanban System for Aerospace to the United States
The European company has opened an office in Seattle, and has also built a cloud-based solution and an iOS app that lets customers view inventory levels on their iPhone.
- RFID Journal Announces Exhibitors Participating at RFID in Retail and Apparel Event
RFID solution providers serving the retail, apparel, jewelry and accessories industries will share their latest innovations during the conference, being held in New York on Sept. 17.
- Tesco Deploys Tag-Reading Robot at Five Stores to Track F&F Clothing
The global retailer is one of a half-dozen companies trialing RFspot's robotic RFID reading solution to identify which goods are at what location throughout sales floors and storerooms.
- RFID Market for Retailers Forecast to Grow 39% Annually
In a new report, Frost & Sullivan predicts that yearly RFID revenue will reach $5.4 billion in 2020, due to increased omnichannel sales fueled by better understanding of the technology by retailers, more online purchases, and the increased tagging of goods by product manufacturers.
- Amazon Announces Program With Auburn RFID Lab
The new initiative aims to integrate RFID into the online retailer's existing high-tech fulfillment system to further improve supply chain efficiencies.
- Auburn RFID Lab Holds Grand Opening
Some 250 people from RFID end-user companies and technology providers gathered at Auburn University to officially open the lab, which moved from the University of Arkansas.
- Target Announces Nationwide RFID Rollout
The retailer is deploying item-level RFID-tagging for women's, baby and children's apparel, home décor and other key merchandise categories, at a dozen stores this year, and at all 1,795 of its U.S. stores in 2016.
- University of Tennessee Medical Center OR Monitors Supplies, Safety Via Trash Bins
Five of the hospital's operating rooms are already using the system to automatically identify the discarded packaging of supplies in order to document which items were used for each patient's procedure.
- RFID Carves Out a Place in Woodworking Industry
Woodworking factory equipment companies are highlighting how RFID technology can be used for tracking inventory and work-in-progress, as well for other purposes, to improve efficiency and enable the quick production of made-to-order furniture.
- Marks & Spencer Expects to Achieve 100 Percent RFID-Tagging by 2017
The global retailer is also eyeing ways to leverage RFID technology at its stores to further improve in-store inventory accuracy and efficiency.
- Army Training Centers Enlist RFID to Help Track Uniforms
Nearly all items are being tagged for four U.S. Army Recruit Training Centers, including the one at Fort Leonard Wood, where the RFID system is already in action.
- Inlay Companies Testing EM Micro's Dual NFC and EPC Chip
EM Microelectronic's new dual-interface chip could enable inlay manufacturers to sell products that can be read using EPC UHF readers for tracking inventory, and by NFC-enabled phones or tablets in stores by consumers or store personnel.