- RFID Patent Pool Approved by US Government
The US Department of Justice last week issued a letter to the RFID Consortium, indicating its approval for the organization's intent to manage an industry patent pool that it hopes will facilitate licensing of intellectual property related to Gen2 RFID. The approval process clears the way for the Consortium to "open for business."
- Automotive Manufacturer Tracks Incoming Inventory
Continental Automotive uses an Xterprise RFID system on a Microsoft BizTalk platform to track incoming electronic parts in reusable totes as they pass from third-party logistics providers to the manufacturer.
- Log House Maker Using RFID to Track Material
Honkarakenne, a Finnish firm that makes log houses that are sold throughout the world, is using passive RFID to manage materials and production processes. Logs receive a passive RFID tag that is encoded with order and processing instructions. The system helps ensure logs are properly processed, packaged and shipped.
- RFID Sensor Platform from GE Breaks New Ground
GE Global Research has developed a new battery-less RFID sensing platform that can detect multiple chemical or biological substances using a single sensor.
- Hansgrohe Optimizes Business Process With RFID
The German manufacturer is using RFID-enabled cards in two production facilities to track its stock of components and finished goods.
- Taiwan RFID Technology, Applications Showcased at International Exhibit
The TAITRA exhibit draws 60,000 potential buyers of RFID technology and includes 50 vendors sharing RFID technology developments.
- RFID Journal Launches RFID in Fashion Seminar at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe
Leading apparel producers, retailers and other experts will explain how radio frequency identification is currently delivering benefits, at RFID Journal's fourth annual conference and exhibition in Europe.
- Dow Monitors Hazardous Rail Shipments in Real Time
The system employs an RF-based auto-ID system that uses sensors, satellite communications and GPS to track the location and status of 650 tank railcars in North America.
- Ándale! Spain's Postal Service Deploys RFID
Correos, the Spanish national postal service, has outfitted 37 distribution centers with an RFID system that tracks mail samples to analyze the flow of mail through the system. Reva Systems, whose equipment was used in the project, says the postal industry is a growing RFID market.
- Spanish Postal Service Expands Its RFID Deployment
Correos is now using a total of 65,000 EPC Gen 2 RFID tags, enabling it to monitor and improve the movement of mail at 56 sorting centers.
- Navy, Marines Track Assets on Oahu
Military warehouses at Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe Bay are using EPC Gen 2 RFID to track inbound and outbound supplies and equipment.
- Walgreens RFID Deployment Announced
Walgreens is using RFID at its most advanced distribution center to make sure orders sent to stores are complete and loaded in the right truck in the right sequence. The largest drug store chain in the US is currently outfitting a second DC with the system, which will go online next year.
- Taiwanese Company Unveils EPC Gen 2 Chip With 128-kbit Memory
Favite says tags made with the IC will be available in early 2009, and that its RFID interrogator module supports the chip's large memory size.
- Evigia Launches 433 MHz Active RFID Product Line
The company's new EV3 product line includes seven transponders and three interrogators—all compliant with the ISO 18000-7 standard.
- Swiss Retailer Using RFID to Track Cases in Reusable Containers
Swiss retailer Manor is using RFID to track reusable transport containers at eight stores and two distribution centers, and plans to expand the system to all 82 of its retail locations. RFID applications automate shipping and receiving operations at stores and DCs.