Texas Instruments and VeriSign this week jointly announced "Authenticated RFID", a model of RFID data encryption and security that the companies intend to aid the fight against counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
This week saw the announcement of four companies rolling out what is considered the first commercial electronic pedigree program for pharmaceuticals.
A three-month pharmaceutical tagging pilot in the U.K. has completed with successful results, and the system will probably be expanded throughout the U.K. within the next 12 months.
Label making giant Avery Dennison is forging ahead with an aggressive $35 million commitment to RFID development in 2005 alone.
At the Automation 2005 show held in San Jose, California, electronics company Maxell showcased an RFID system to track test tubes in a laboratory.
Sun Microsystems, whose mantra "the network is the computer" fits notably well with an RFID-enabled Internet of Things, announced a slew of RFID developments on Monday.
VeriChip announces IPO; RFID consortium to hold open workshop; Nordic ID rolls out UHF handheld for Europe; RFID maturing rapidly, says report; firms partner on retail RFID solutions; do-it-yourselfers devise tag killer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking at using EPC tags to ensure the integrity of pharmaceutical drugs.