- Washington State Rep Reintroduces RFID Legislation
Three bills currently being reviewed by the state's House of Representatives would require retailers to place warning labels on products containing RFID tags, and to obtain opt-in signatures from consumers issued RFID-enabled loyalty cards.
- Japanese Publisher Sees RFID as a Cure for Overstocks
Shogakukan is applying EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to its home medical dictionaries to reduce overordering by book retailers, and to expedite returns.
- Smart Bottles Reduce Glass Breakage
Glass container maker Ardagh Glass, as well as Coca-Cola, Coors and other beverage companies, are using facsimile bottles with built-in active RFID tags and sensors to identify sites on assembly lines that subject the glass to damaging pressure or collisions.
- Car Insulation Maker Uses Hybrid System to Track Materials, Products
At Midwest Acoust-A-Fiber's factory, workers scan bar codes to identify items, while RFID identifies their location within the plant.
- At Glass Factory, RFID Boosts Worker Safety and Productivity
AGC Flat Glass Europe is using EPC tags and readers to help automate the packaging of large sheets of glass, and to ensure forklift drivers are beyond the reach of robot-operated cranes.
- At Mayo Clinic, RFID Slashes Error Rate
A study showed that after the organization's endoscopy unit began using passive 13.56 MHz tags to identify specimen bottles, the rate of labeling errors dropped by 94 percent.
- 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.