- Smartrac, Partners Aim for Green Tags
The Green Tag Program offers green certification to UHF and NFC tags sold by Smartrac that omit heavy metals, adhesives and chemical etching processes as tags are increasingly being applied to products and packaging that might be recycled.
- RFID News Roundup
Apex Supply Chain Technologies, Zebra Technologies announce strategic OEM relationship ••• Schreiner ProTech unveils globally usable RFID label for metal applications ••• RFID company Tönnjes acquires Utsch AG's stake in Utsch Tönnjes International ••• eX2 Technology intros smart truck parking system for Iowa Department of Transportation ••• Kerlink, Electronica Elemon partner to accelerate IoT adoption in Latin America ••• PodM2M offers IoT security monitoring, threat detection as standard on all connectivity products.
- Companies Testing New IoT Devices for Refrigerated Container Monitoring
Orbcomm's cellular-based CT 3000 and CT 3100 units can be plugged into the reefer units of containers, thereby providing two-way access to sensor data, along with GPS-based location information, which shippers or transport companies can access via the ReeferConnect software platform, and adjust conditions remotely.
- STMicroelectronics Releases NFC Controller With Built-in Secure Element
The company's system-on-a-chip also includes an eSIM so that a single die can offer NFC and HF RFID functionality, as well as security and built-in memory.
- Swedish Watchmaker Brings NFC Payments to Its Smart Watches
Kronaby's Hybrid Smartwatch incorporates technologies from Fidesmo and STMicroelectronics that enable contactless payments, with access control and other functions slated for further use cases.
- IoT Aids Scooter Sharing for Cities, Companies
Premier Wireless Solutions is teaming with Internet of Things sensor and connectivity company CalAmp to provide a cellular-based solution to detect where motorized scooters are located as they are operated or parked, and to enable individuals to find, pay for and unlock the scooters via an app.
- Barcoding Inc. Aims for RFID Growth With Acquisition of Danforth Systems
The purchase of the Houston technology company provides Barcoding with access to Texas-based customers, particularly in oil and gas.
- Final Round of Brazil-ID Program Prepares Country for the IoT
Several Internet of Things-based services may use the same infrastructure that currently serves merely to collect tolls.
- Fresh Food Provider Sees £150,000 Savings With RFID
Reynolds built its own UHF RFID-based system to track its approximately 60,000 reusable crates as they are packed, then shipped to and returned from customers; the company is now examining other ways in which the technology could help track product shipments or forklift transit efficiency at its distribution center.
- Battling Cargo Theft in Brazil
With the Brazil-ID system in operation, the Wernher von Braun Research Center expects the creation of several services based on the same infrastructure used for toll collection.
- RFID Tracks Fuel Trailers to Prevent Theft in Chile
Technology provider GPS Chile is offering its fleet-management solution to an oil company using Agorabee active RFID technology to link each trailer with a truck, identify the location of the truck and trailer, and gain visibility into when the vehicle leaves its expected route or stops.
- RFID Technology Tracks Conditions Under the Big Top
One Cirque du Soleil troupe has begun using a wireless solution from Blulog to ensure that temperature and humidity levels are comfortable and healthy for aerialists wherever they perform. Blulog has also released a new, low-cost version of its NFC data loggers for a very different industry—food cold supply chains.
- Internet of Things Technology Tracks Pets in Airports
Unisys has released an app- and IoT-based solution that enables passengers to keep an eye on their pets before and after a flight, by viewing their location and the conditions around them, as well as watching the animals on video via wireless sensor technology.
- Rental Company Raises Efficiency, Accuracy With RFID
The UHF RFID system from Aucxis enables Dutch furniture rental company Alvero to manage 200,000 pieces of furniture as each is loaded for customers, and again when they return.
- Moscow Boosts Public Vehicle Efficiency With Internet of Things Technology
The Department of Information Technologies' IoT system is tracking the locations and status of 22,000 vehicles throughout the Russian city, to automate dispatching and thereby reduce fuel overconsumption; next, it plans to examine the possibility of tracking vehicle driver activity via wristbands or brain-wave sensors.