The RFID Journal Awards, presented each year at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, recognize companies and organizations that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of radio frequency identification (RFID), or by their introduction of a valuable new RFID product or services (see Finalists Unveiled for Eighth Annual RFID Journal Awards and RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its Eighth Annual Awards).
Congratulations to our 2014 winners:
Best RFID Implementation
This year, there was a tie in this category. Marks & Spencer won for its use of item-level RFID to improve on-shelf availability at all of its store locations (see Marks & Spencer Embraces Change and Marks & Spencer Rolls Out RFID to All Its Stores). And Bechtel won for its use of thousands of active RFID tags to manage materials for the construction of three mega-size industrial projects off the coast of Western Australia (see RFID Helps Bechtel Manage a Megaproject).
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Most Innovative Use of RFID
Skyview High School won for its use of a real-time location system (RTLS) and location-based messaging to improve the safety of school children in the event of an emergency (see RFID Protects Students and Teachers and Idaho School Installs RTLS to Make Students Safer).
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RFID Green Award
The Taiwan Fiscal Information Agency won for an RFID-based solution that eliminated more than 4 billion paper invoices annually (see Electronic Invoices Reduce Paper Consumption).
Best NFC Deployment
Post Foods won for its use of Near Field Communication (NFC) cards to engage customers and generate brand loyalty at a summer concert series (see Post Foods Adds NFC to Cereal Marketing Mix and At Miami Concert, NFC RFID Helps Post Foods Market Its Products).
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Best in Show
NXP Semiconductors won for its NTAG I2C (NFC Connected Tag), which offers both an NFC interface and an I2C connected interface, allowing the tag to communicate with the microcontrollers of other electronic devices, such as washing machines, refrigerators and sensors (see Smarter Things).
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RFID Special Achievement Award
Joe Andraski, the former president and CEO of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS)—which merged with GS1 US in 2012 (see GS1 and VICS to Merge)—won for his support for and commitment to promoting RFID adoption at the item level in retail (see Item-Level Idealist and The RFID Industry Owes a Big Thanks to Joe Andraski).
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