- Wal-Mart, DOD Point to Sustained Progress
Leaders of the two flagship EPC users say they are not backing off their respective RFID efforts, and that both organizations have made "sustained progress."
- Kovio Unveils Printed-Silicon HF RFID, Chip Tag
The low-cost chip complies with the ISO 14443A standard and can contain 128 bits of factory-encoded data; commercial products should be available in 2009.
- DOD Needs to Enforce Its Own RFID Mandate, Says Inspector General
Many suppliers and contracting officers are failing to comply with the U.S. Defense Department's directive for applying passive RFID tags to certain shipments, according to a recent investigation by the DOD's inspector general.
- Researchers Work on Using RFID to Calculate an Item's Carbon Footprint
The Bits to Energy Lab has developed a prototype system utilizing data collected via RFID to calculate an individual item's carbon footprint and display it on an RFID-enabled mobile phone.
- At William Ashley, RFID Name Tags Improve Service
The Canadian retailer is using Ubisense's real-time location system to speed the process of bringing the goods to customers, and of summoning sales help.
- Norwegian Food Group Nortura to Track Meat
The company's IT subsidiary, Matiq, is teaming with IBM to deploy a system that uses RFID to track meat from the slaughterhouse to the store.
- EV3 Uses RFID to Streamline Inventory
The medical device maker has realized important business benefits by employing RFID to track its stock of stents and other products used for treating vascular diseases.
- European EPC Competence Center Updates UHF Tag Study
According to the updated study, new tag designs and improved antennas have increased UHF tag performance during the past year.
- At Metro's New Future Store, RFID Helps Assure Meat Quality
The company's Real Future Store is using EPC Gen 2 tags to track individual packages of meat, ensuring its display cases are well stocked, and that no one buys expired products.
- RFID Helps Dallas Morning News Distribute Correct Fliers
The newspaper employs EPC Gen 2 tags to track the delivery of carts loaded with Sunday supplements, and to make sure they go to the appropriate distribution center.
- Industry Groups Study RFID at the Supply Chain's End
New ISO guidelines explore the environmental impact of RFID tags, and how to employ them to facilitate product recycling; an EPA-funded project is studying the use of RFID to aid in the recycling of consumer electronics.
- Weyerhaeuser Offers High-Volume Source Tagging, But Demand Still Low
The company is supplying pretagged cardboard boxes to several of its customers, and plans to license its process for manufacturing RFID-tagged cardboard to International Paper and other firms.
- All Eyes on FDA for Drug E-Pedigree
Now that California has extended its electronic-pedigree deadline to 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could become the first governing body to issue e-pedigree requirements for protecting the pharma supply chain—assuming it meets its goal.
- Kodak Markets Optical Marker as RFID Alternative
The company says its Traceless System, which requires a Kodak optical reader, can be used in conjunction with bar codes to authenticate pharmaceuticals. Unlike RFID tags, however, the Traceless marker requires a clear line of sight.
- Children's Hospital Boston Joins Others Using RFID to Track Implantables
A growing number of hospitals and surgical suppliers are employing passive RFID tags to help them monitor the inventory and usage of implantable surgical devices, as well as to manage billing.