- Annin Puts ROI on Hold
Although its RFID system can do more than merely satisfy Wal-Mart's requirements, the flag maker says wider use will have to wait. In the meantime, the company has learned some valuable lessons.
- RFID World Announces Date Change, New Strategy
CMP Technology, the media company that owns the annual RFID World event, today announced a three-year plan for its RFID business. In 2008, RFID World will be moved from its originally scheduled spring slot to mid-September. Then in 2009 and 2010, the show will return to the spring and be co-located with the business technology event Interop.
- Italian Textile Firms Rolls Over to RFID
Griva applies an EPC RFID tag to each roll of fabric it processes, resulting in lower labor costs, increased production and a rapid ROI.
- BRIDGE Expects to Launch Five European RFID Pilots This Fall
The biggest of the EU-funded projects involve seven pharmaceutical and health-care organizations, using RFID and 2-D bar codes to trace drugs from the point of manufacture to delivery at a pharmacy.
- New Battery Could Drive Semi-active RFID Growth
A venture-backed startup called Infinite Power Solutions is developing a cutting edge battery chemistry that it believes could be incorporated into semi-active RFID tags, thereby widening the potential applications for the technology.
- AMA Issues Ethics Code for RFID Chip Implants
The American Medical Association recommends that physicians disclose uncertainties about the risks of implants, add extra layers of security to protect patient privacy and support ongoing research regarding the implantation of RFID devices in human beings.
- 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.