- RFID Provider Intelleflex Lands $15.5m
Intelleflex, the Silicon Valley-based provider of battery-assisted RFID platform solutions, today announced $15.5 million in a Series B round of equity funding. Led by Morgenthaler Ventures, the round was over-subscribed.
- Unilever Launches Trial Using EPCIS Protocol
The trial uses software that complies with EPCglobal’s proposed Electronic Product Code Information Services draft standard, following a successful test involving an EPCIS-based data repository from IBM and data analysis application from T3Ci.
- New RFID Chip Product Launch Imminent
The official launch of a Gen2 chip product is expected very soon. While no one would go on record with respect to the development, a number of sources have confirmed that in the coming weeks at least one silicon manufacturer will be announcing the availability of Gen2 chips in production quantities.
- Demand-Driven Supply Networks Give RFID Momentum
AMR Research data collected from over 450 retailers and manufacturers suggests that DDSN leaders are turning to RFID to instrument and accelerate their sensor networks. Analyst Colin Masson discusses how RFID is gaining momentum as demand-driven supply chains become a reality.
- Intermec and Symbol Settle RFID Lawsuits
After 15 months of legal wrangling, industry leaders Intermec and Symbol Technologies have announced an official agreement to lay down their arms -- that is, lawyers. While specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed, it is described broadly as having settled "all outstanding intellectual property disputes between the two companies."
- Gen2 RFID Versus the New Hewlett-Packard Chip
Hewlett Packard made headlines this week with its announcement of a tiny, wireless microchip capable of relatively high storage and data transfer rates. It seems like a Gen2 tag on steroids, and indeed some articles about the chip are calling it a competitor to RFID. Not likely.
- Intermec, Symbol Resolve Outstanding IP Disputes
The companies have worked out a cross-licensing agreement and a covenant not to sue one another over intellectual property rights for four years.
- Semi-Passive RFID Deployed at Global 3PL
Power Paper of Israel, together with value-added reseller NBG ID of France, have announced two large-scale RFID deployments at the French distribution centers of a leading global logistics company. The projects have utilized tens of thousands of battery-assisted passive UHF RFID tags from Power Paper's PowerID division.
- Global Logistics Provider Deploys Battery-Assisted RFID Systems
Since the systems need to track pallets of goods containing RF-unfriendly liquids and metals, the company chose battery-assisted tags to achieve the high reads required by clients in France.
- China Post Deploys EPC RFID System to Track Mailbags
The technology will track express-service mailbags transported to various postal-collection and sortation centers throughout Shanghai.
- ISO Incorporates Gen2 into RFID Standard
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has amended its existing passive UHF RFID standard to include the EPCglobal Gen2 standard. The inclusion now means that Gen2-compliant RFID hardware will also be considered compliant by ISO standards.
- RFID Industry Implications of the FDA Update
The pharmaceutical industry eagerly anticipated an update to the FDA's 2004 report. The update, released June 9th, clarifies the FDA's plans regarding the Prescription Drug Marketing Act and RFID adoption. ABI Research's Sara Shah discusses its implications for the future of RFID-based track and trace.
- Gen 2 EPC Protocol Approved as ISO 18000-6C
The International Standards Organization has made EPCglobal's UHF Gen 2 air-interface protocol a part of its ISO/IEC 18000-6 standard.
- RedPrairie Adds RFID Features to WMS
The latest version of DLx Warehouse aims to make RFID a more integral part of supply-chain and distribution operations.
- RFID Systems Integrator ASURYS Shutters
ASURYS, the RFID division of paper and packaging giant International Paper, shuttered in recent weeks after being shopped around the industry for purchase, according to sources. The company employed about 25 people which International Paper will attempt to place in other positions at the company.