- Key Findings from RFID Reader Benchmark
ODIN technologies has released the latest in its RFID hardware benchmark series, this one covering Gen2 readers. The , sponsored by Unisys, includes the test results and analysis of seven RFID readers currently in production. RFID Update spoke with ODIN's chief operating officer Bret Kinsella about the findings.
- Cardinal Health's RFID Adoption Expands
Cardinal Health, the $75 billion medical distributor and supplier, yesterday announced that it is moving into the next phase of its end-to-end RFID pilot. It will now begin tagging pharmaceuticals at the item, case, and pallet levels.
- New RFID Standard Groups at EPCglobal
Standards body EPCglobal has announced the formation of two new working groups: the HF Air Interface Working Group and the UHF Air Interface Working Group. The former will focus on creating a Gen2 standard of HF, and the latter will work to extend the existing Gen2 capabilities to better support item-level tagging.
- First RFID Item-Level Tagged Store Opens
Yesterday Dutch book retailer Boekhandels Groep Nederland (BGN) opened what it calls the world's first item-level tagged store. Every book in the Almere, Netherlands-based SmartStore has a Rafsec Gen2 tag attached to it. Another item-level tagged BGN SmartStore is slated to open in October. Progress Software led the deployment.
- OATSystems Gets $12.5m, New CEO
Leading middleware provider OATSystems today announced the closing of $12.5 million in funding and the appointment of a new CEO.
- RFID at the Item -- For Some, Sooner Than Later
Peter Abell, analyst with research firm Manufacturing Insights, discusses in this guest contribution the benefits of item-level tagging for high-value product categories, citing Hewlett-Packard's printer-tagging initiative as a prime example.
- Wal-Mart RFID Initiative to "Continue Unabated"
Late last week Wal-Mart issued a press release which provides the most recent public guidance on the company's RFID initiative. This article highlights the three key points.
- Strong RFID Optimism from ABI Research
After what was by all accounts a disappointing year in 2005, the RFID market has seen meaningful progress already in 2006, and that progress is only expected to accelerate. Upon completion of a market overview report, ABI Research's Erik Michielsen spoke with RFID Update about his optimism for the rest of this year and beyond.
- Renewed Buzz around RFID
Mike Witty, analyst with research firm Manufacturing Insights, notes in this guest contribution that despite predictions of stalled RFID adoption as recently as a few months ago, the first quarter of 2006 has seen great strides, and it appears that industry may be coming out of its funk.
- EPCglobal Tracks Item-Level RFID
EPCglobal hosted an event last week at which RFID vendors demonstrated their item-level tagging technology solutions. Hosted at the MET Laboratories in San Jose, California, the item-level technology demonstration saw 56 demos from 23 vendors. RFID Update spoke with EPCglobal's Sue Hutchinson about the event.
- Report: HF Wins First Round of RFID Frequency Battle
ODIN technologies today will release a new benchmark that could be considered the end of round one in the ongoing debate between high frequency (HF) and ultrahigh frequency (UHF) RFID technology. The winner: HF. "By technical knockout," said Patrick Sweeney, ODIN's president and CEO.
- GlaxoSmithKline Tags HIV Drug
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline yesterday announced that it has begun an RFID pilot for the HIV drug Trizivir. The news represents the most significant pharma-tagging announcement since Pfizer announced in January that it had begun tracking and tracing Viagra.
- Vue RFID Platform Chosen by Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble yesterday announced that it will use the TrueVUE RFID platform from item-level tagging solution provider Vue Technology in its RFID innovation center. RFID Update spoke with Tim von Kaenel, Vue's senior vice president of product management, about the announcement and what his company's technology brings to P&G.
- Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for March
Baird has released its March report. The thirteen-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.
- Item-Level Tagging, at Production-Line Speed
The application of RFID tags to cases and pallets has been, it's generally agreed, a major step forward in tracking and tracing products through the supply chain.