- Investor Analysis of Intermec RFID Deal with METRO
Intermec last week announced the deployment of its products as part of the major RFID deployment ramp-up by German retailer METRO Group. Investment advisory firm Raymond James has published a report on these developments and how they might affect the company in the near and medium term.
- Converter Licenses Innovative RFID Antenna Technology
Label converter Nashua signed an exclusive license to use patented, non-traditional RFID antennas from Fractal Antenna Systems. Fractal designs feature repeating geometric patterns to produce compact antennas that reportedly have more range and precision than traditional designs. Nashua intends to include Fractal's antennas in Gen2 tags.
- Printed RFID Tags Still Several Years Away
Industry leaders at the Printed RFID conference agreed that much research remains to be done before printed tags become commercially available and can be printed directly on packaging.
- Manufacturer Tags Vehicle Seats to Help Meet Safety Regs
Grammer, which makes seating for a variety of vehicles, is using passive RFID to document when seats are produced so they can be more easily located during recalls.
- DHL, AeroScout, Microlise Team to Track Temperature for Pharma Maker
A European pharmaceutical manufacturer is testing RFID and sensors to monitor temperatures inside vans transporting drugs from Belgium to Sweden.
- Metro Group Expands RFID Pilot in Asia
The retailer's new Tag It Easy program with Checkpoint Systems will enable 30 Chinese suppliers to tag goods bound for Metro stores in Germany.
- Checkpoint Combines EAS Tags With RFID
The labels contain both a Checkpoint 8.2 MHz RF antitheft inlay and an EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tag.
- Spain's Post Office Improves Delivery Speed
A UHF RFID system tracks letters moving through processing centers and identifies where mail delivery slows down, enabling the postal service to correct procedural problems.
- New Office Laser Printer Encodes Tags
Lexmark has introduced a laser printer able to print 8.5-by-11-inch paper and encode RFID tags.
- RFID Tag Provider Confidex Lands EUR 5m
Specialty RFID tag manufacturer Confidex today announced its first round of institutional funding in the form of €5 million. Lead investor Logispring, a Swiss venture capital firm focused on opportunities in industrial processes, logistics, and manufacturing, was joined by Finland's Aura Capital.
- Washington State Representative Introduces RFID Legislation
If passed, House Bill 1031 would impose rules on how companies could deploy RFID and retain personal information gathered via the technology.
- Flexible, Cheaper RFID Converting Machine Released
Label converting company Worldlabel is now selling an RFID smart label converting machine for the first time. Worldlabel and TÜV SÜD PSB Group co-developed the new Infinity V1 smart label converting machine, which can accommodate a wide range of inlay types and sizes and label media up to 21 inches wide.
- RFID-Enabled Cart Set to Provide Shoppers With Product Info, Ads
Two grocery retailers, one on the East Coast and a second in the Dallas area, are expected to begin testing the system in a retail setting.
- Polymer Electronics Consortium Inches Closer to Its Goal
By the end of 2007, European consortium PolyApply expects to finish the working prototype of a semi-printed polymer RFID tag.
- Zebra Acquires Active RFID Provider WhereNet
Specialty printer solution provider Zebra Technologies has entered the active RFID market by acquiring real-time locating systems (RTLS) technology provider WhereNet for $126 million in a deal announced yesterday.