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  • Editing Team 12:11 on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Researchers Developed New RFID System with higher Accuracy and Range 

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new system which greatly improves the accuracy and range of RFID systems that are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking.

    The new system improves the accuracy of passive RFID tag detection from roughly 50% to 100%, and increases the reliable detection range from 2-3m to approximately 20m. It can be widely used in many monitoring applications, including support for the sick and elderly, real-time environmental monitoring in areas prone to natural disasters, or playing for goods without the need for conventional checkouts.

    RFID helps in many aspects. It uses radio waves to identify an object in the form of a serial number. The technology is used for applications such as baggage handling in airports, access badges, inventory control and document tracking.

    RFID systems are comprised of a reader and a tag. Unlike conventional barcodes, the reader does not need to be in line of sight with the tag in order to detect it, which means that tags can be embedded inside an object, and that many tags can be detected at once. Besides, passive tags require no internal energy source or maintenance, as they get their power from the radio waves interrogating them.

    The new system is being commercialized by the Cambridge team. This will allow organizations to inexpensively and effectively monitor RFID tagged items over large areas.

     
  • Editing Team 10:52 on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    AT&T Introduces NFC-enabled iPhone Cases for Isis Payments 

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    AT&T has introduced a range of phone cases that add NFC functionality to iPhone, allowing users in the U.S. to make Isis payments.

    Five options are available:

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 5 and 5S, available in black, pink or white for US$65.

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, available in black, white or pink for US$69.

    ■The Isis Ready Case for iPhone 4 and 4S users, available for US$65.

    ■The Isis Ready Charging Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, providing both NFC functionality and a backup battery for US$85.

    ■Otterbox Defender Series Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, offering NFC and rugged protection, for US$129.

    All five options can be ordered from AT&T now.

    “Using the Isis Mobile Wallet on an iPhone is simple. Select the Isis Ready NFC case, slide the iPhone in, download the Isis Mobile Wallet app from the App Store and tap your iPhone at hundreds of thousands of merchants nationwide for a quick and easy way to pay and save.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:57 on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Researchers Develop Human-Powered Battery for RFID Implantable Chips 

    human-powered-battery-implantable-chips-RFID-blogA group of American and Chinese researchers have worked together to develop a tiny implantable battery which is capable of harvesting and storing energy from the natural contractile and relaxation motions of the heart, lung, and diaphragm.

    These little mechanical energy harvesters have had been successfully tested on cows. The researchers say that they could be used to power a range of gadgets in the future. So it might be possible that you will be able to charge your iPhone by plugging it into your body.

    So how does the battery work? The rectifier integrated in the battery converts the electrical signal which then stores in a tiny rechargeable battery.

    One technology that will benefit from this is RFID. Humans will now be able to implant self-powered microcomputers inside of one’s body. Like all technology, it is neutral. It is how we use it that dictates the tools outcome.

     
  • Editing Team 12:29 on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Dutch Shoe Maker to Use RFID Labels During Production 

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    Dutch shoe manufacturer Wolky has decided to attach RFID labels during the production of its products. Each label is embedded with a passive UHF EPC Gen 2 inlay. The labels can be scanned using !D Hand RFID reader.

    In fact, Wolky has already tagged its shoeboxes as shipments were received at the stores. One of Wolky’s resellers that has already integrated RFID successfully at its stores requested that Wolky attach RFID labels at the production stage in order to speed up inventory processes.

    Since Wolky believes other retailers will also wish to use the RFID technology, Wolky has agreed to the phased introduction of a standard Wolky RFID label on its shoeboxes at its footwear factories.

    Not only will each reseller benefit from the RFID labels, but Wolky will be able to use the RFID labels as a means of achieving efficiency benefits within its logistics chain, as well as increase supply chain reliability and improve customer satisfaction.

     
  • Editing Team 16:46 on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New Security Guards’ Check-in System Combines NFC and GPS 

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    FC Solution, a Thailand-based company, has introduced a tracking system which requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag. The system also records the employee’s GPS location to ensure guards can’t cheat the system by removing tags placed around a secured area and putting them in an easier-to-access location.

    “We add the GPS location in the data record after the tag is tapped so the employer can check this tag read against the GPS location,” says FC Solution’s Vanchai Wongthamrin, “Before, without the GPS, the employee could take all the tags with them and keep them in the control center.”

    “All data recorded by the CloudFCS service can be accessed from a back office computer in real time,” says Wongthamrin. “The system can also be used for asset tracking.”

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Ski Maker Madshus Introduces NFC-enabled Skis 

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    Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly.

    The NFC chips will be used to store each ski‘s unique signature, including its flex profile, target skier weight, optimal waxing properties and camber profile. Retailers will then be able to scan the chips in-store so they can quickly identify the right skis for their customer.

    A companion MyMadshus consumer app is also being introduced in autumn 2014, enabling skiers to log each of their ski’s unique “DNA” as well as track snow conditions, wax history and recent workout data.

    “Individual skis vary in many ways,” said global brand manager Chris McCullough, “Because cross country skis are designed for specific snow conditions and user weights, the overall camber, flex, length and base of a ski varies significantly from one to the next. By making fine adjustments to the ski presses during production, we can target key properties of their final design and so design skis that meet targeted needs in the market.”

    “The importance of having an internal NFC chip that stores all of the ski’s DNA is a huge added value to the retailer. Rather than having to take a pair of skis into a back room to manually use a ski flexer to designate the correct wax pocket for the consumer, the retailer can now scan the ski and get the necessary info in a matter of seconds.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:50 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    HOAX: ObamaCare Mandates American Citizens to Implant RFID Chip? All European Newborns Must Take Microchip Implants from May 2014? 

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    There has been rumor circulating over the past few years about ObamaCare RFID Microchip implant. It says that wording from the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) contains a section that requires the implantation of a RFID chip in all Americans by a certain date and allows for data collection from those devices.

    Sounds scary, right? Truth is the Act did not mandate the use of any such devices, however. Nowhere in any version of the bill did it say Americans must have microchips or any other devices implanted anywhere in their bodies. More importantly, the provision creating a national medical device registry was entirely stricken from the final legislation signed into law by President Obama.

    Recently, similar rumor goes that all European newborn babies will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip beginning in May 2014. However, the rumor is obviously false, with absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever — there are no laws currently on the books in any European country requiring newborns to receive microchip implants.

    Hoaxes like these gain viral success through the medium of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter because they exploit a common fear of a lack of privacy and control from a prying, authoritarian Government.

    Yet, who’s it for us to say what will happen in 500 years or even 1,000 years? We simply have no idea what the future holds but what we do know is that any plans like the mandatory implanting of all a countries’ citizens are unfeasible and thus are certainly not going to happen in the foreseeable future, in America, Europe, or anywhere else.

     
  • Editing Team 18:22 on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple New Patent Combines NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for Mobile Payments 

    Apple-patent-NFC-Bluetooth-WiFi-rfid-blogApple has published a new patent which uses a secure element in a mobile phone to store cardholders’ data, NFC to initiate a transaction and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to complete the processing of a transaction and return coupons and other information to the customer’s device.

    In US patent number 20140019367, “Method to send payment data through various air interfaces without compromising user data”, Apple sets out a system that uses a secure element to store payment card data. This data could then be sent directly from the secure element to the merchant’s POS terminal via NFC in the usual way or, alternatively, NFC could be used only to initiate a transaction.

    In this case, once an initial link-up had been established via NFC, payment card data would be sent from the secure element to the application processor and then on to the POS terminal, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, in an encrypted format, since, as Apple explains, “the confidentiality of data sent to the application processor may be compromised, e.g. by a rogue application.”

    The system could also be used to make online purchases, Apple adds, as well as in an offline retail environment.

     
  • Editing Team 18:12 on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Five UK Banks to Launch NFC and QR Payments 

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    Five banks in the UK — the UK’s HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank — are going to make NFC and QR code payments available next year to their 18 million UK customers. The payments use an online and in-store mobile payments service that integrates with the banks’ existing mobile apps.

    The banks have all signed up to use Zapp, a mobile payments startup which uses secure digital tokens, which means consumers don’t need to reveal any of their financial details to merchants during a transaction. It is also fully integrated into financial institutions’ mobile banking apps, enabling consumers to see their account balances and select from multiple accounts when they make a purchase.

    “Zapp will go to market with real scale offering simpler, more secure and efficient payments to millions of customers and businesses,” says chief executive Peter Keenan.

     
  • Editing Team 18:24 on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Transit Ticketing to Go live in Chicago and Washington 

    NFC-transit-ticketing-Chicago-Washington-rfid-blogTransportation authorities have announced the use of NFC payments in Chicago and Washington DC in the coming years, which means passengers in the two cities will be able to use their NFC phones to pay for the tickets. New York is also to get contactless transit cards, but it’s not yet known whether NFC phone payments will also be supported.

    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently testing an NFC mobile ticketing solution that will work on both trains and buses. The test is being conducted with a limited number of the NFC devices currently on the market. No date has yet been set for when the service will go live but “an announcement could come later this year,” the CTA says.

    The other city, Washington, is upgrading its existing fare payment system for more payment options including NFC mobile payments, EMV chip-enabled bank cards and federal government ID cards.

    “The new technology will provide more flexibility for accounts, better reliability for riders and real choices for customers to use bank-issued payment cards, credit cards, ID cards, or mobile phones to pay their Metro fares,” says Metro general manager and CEO Richard Sarles.

    In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is to go live with a replacement for its current MetroCard system in 2019. The new ticketing system will use contactless NFC or RFID cards, produced and distributed by a third party, and is designed to save the MTA money as well as eliminate swipe errors.

     
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