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  • Rui Wang 03:48 on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Cashless music festival by RFID wristband 

    RFID MUSIC FESTIVALThe festival wristband is set to become more than just a piece of souvenir in the UK by next year. Music fans will pay electronically rather than using cash by a RFID wristband and cash top-up systems. Fans can use the wristband to buy everything from food and drink to t-shirts and their favorite CDs. In addition,

    Although the investment on infrastructure for such RFID systems will be significant,  the prospect of allowing fans to use wristbands have many benefits. The big advantage of using RFID wristband is to avoid has millions of pounds of cash on festival sites, which can be seen as a security risk. The wristband can also be use like a entry ticket, that function can lead a easy controlling entry to different parts of the festival, such as backstage or VIP areas.

    The RFID technology has being used in many industries, but the concept of music fans being able to attend festivals without having to carry cash is new to the music industry. If it did goes well, the potential market will be huge in the hot summer season.

     
  • Rui Wang 01:25 on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Smart RFID products from COMPUTEX Taipei 

    COMPUTEX Taipei, which ranks as the world’s second largest, is Asia’s most important ICT exhibition and transaction platform. This year COMPUTEX Taipei celebrates its 30th anniversary amid the theme “Shaping the Future: Smiling for a Better Life” and this was the first time COMPUTEX Taipei adopts RFID technology in its badges. After registered online or at the exhibition, visitors can access into the exhibition by RFID badges rather than the traditional ticket. Furthermore, visitors no longer need a lot of extra business cards or carrying heavy company introduction, they can share their personal or corporate information to exhibitors’ vendors by scan the RFID badge at front of vendors’ booth.

    SMART RFID1

    There were varieties of RFID products on the exhibition, with RFID handhelds and tags are still the most kind, but two innovative products attracted my attention.

    First is the Smart Badge which won the IF product design award 2010 by Apacer Technology. This product is an identification card for office or factory environment, combined with RF Reader, four detachable USB flash drivers and security software capabilities.

    TAIPEI COMPUTEX 2010

    TAIPEI COMPUTEX 2010

    The other product is a digital vending machine at Intel’s exhibition booth, which using a massive touchscreen instead of a glass window, display items for sale and other information like advertising content. What sets this machine apart from other vending machines is buyer cannot purchase by cash, but a RFID card (build-in rfid chip credit card as imagine). The addition feature is a built-in camera that interfaces with facial recognition software to determine the approximate age and sex of the buyer, which potentially provide valuable market information to the vendor.

    TAIPEI COMPUTEX 2010

    TAIPEI COMPUTEX 2010

     
  • Rui Wang 02:21 on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Rapid Development of ETC RFID system in Beijing 

    RFID ETC SYSTEMETC (electronic toll collection) RFID system is a better solution for urban traffic congested problems. China operated ETC RFID system for trial since 2004 at Chinese south-eastern coastal areas, despite a marked effect to solve congestion; the system did not receive widespread coverage. For the car owners to enjoy an express ETC RFID service, they need to pay 450 Chinese Yuan (about 70 US Dollars) to buy a RFID car tag, which is the reason they would rather choose to waiting in a long queue to pay by cash.

    Huaxia Bank, a small Chinese bank, their Beijing branch with Beijing Highway Electronic Toll System Co., Ltd. lunched a joint bank card called “Sutong Card”. Registered user of “Sutong card” can enjoy 5% off discount of high-way tolls by use ETC RFID system and the user’ highway tolls automatically transfer from “Sutong Card” accounts. Most important, user of “China-speed Card” will receive RFID car tag free of charge.

    As far as I know, the total number of ETC RFID users in Beijing is about 170,000 by earlier this year, but 30,000 “Sutong Card” has already issued within 45 days of card launched. Consider there are 5 million vehicles registered in Beijing city, I believe a huge market prospects for ETC RFID system.

     
  • Rui Wang 15:29 on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    China’ 2009 RFID Market Ranks 3rd In The World 

    “RFID and Internet of things in China Development Report 2009” has released by China Information Industry Chamber of Commerce at 6th May 2010, which indicate the industry of RFID and Internet of Things grows very quickly. China has the capabilities that independently developed and produced with low frequency, high frequency and microwave electronic tag and reader. China also made great progress at the chip design and manufacturing, packaging labels, reader design and manufacturing, systems integration and management software etc.

    At present, about hundreds of Chinese companies involved with the internet of things industry. Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuxi, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Wuhan and Chengdu have established RFID industrial park. Statistics show that in 2009, China’s RFID market increase 29.3%, reached 8.51 billion Yuan which about 1.25 billion USD, ranks third in the world after Britain and the United States.

    China’s RFID application areas are continuously expanding,from identification, electronic ticket, to asset management, food and drug safety supervision, electronic documents, library, logistics etc. Furthermore, some cities are chosen as pilot city for Internet of Things applications. Qingdao as example, RFID applications has being used in financial, industrial production, public security, taxation, urban public utilities and more than 10 areas.

     
  • Rui Wang 00:24 on April 8, 2010 Permalink
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    RFID for Food Supply Chain 

    Hong Kong always needs the huge support of food supply from mainland China since 1962 due to their limited resource and geographical reasons. The Hong Kong citizen concerns about food product quality from mainland since  several food safety crisis happen in mainland by 2005. As the result, the HK Government Center for Food Safety was established on May 2006 to ensure the safety of food sold in Hong Kong.

    Guangdong Province is located on north of Hong Kong, 80% of mainland food supplied to Hong Kong are from Guangdong. The local government encourages business to use RFID technology in food products fields, to ensure the quality of food supplied to Hong Kong. The successful “RFID pig tag” pilot project as example, a total of 640 pigs has tested with “RFID pig tag” which is different from the traditional livestock ear tag. It will provide more and more accurate information, including the origin of pig; the feed during breeding; the drugs and vaccines had been injected etc. The quarantine testing result indicate that all pigs meets the health and safety requirements of HK SAR.

    Not only in Guangdong, more and more Chinese local governments and related business are focuses on RFID technology to track food products through the supply, so that the food industry can achieve two most important objectives by RFID solution, which is tracking the origin of food and the fully transparency in the food supply chain.

     
  • Rui Wang 01:38 on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Wallet 

    Shenzhen, a fishing village next to Hong Kong about 30 years ago, is now become one of few mega-cities in mainland China. This city’s rapid development has reflects the success of China’s economic strategy since 1980s. Shenzhen has being well-known for its electronics manufacturing, and now the local government decide to build itself into a innovation-oriented city, and strive to become the first Chinese e-commerce model city.

    On 15th of March, China Mobile’s Shenzhen branch officially announced that it will launch a trial of new mobile e-commerce service base on RFID technology. This is an enhance service of earlier application of the “Mobile Wallet”, the service will fully covered on transportation, consumption and enterprise businesses.

    To enjoy the service, citizens need to go to one of China Mobile’s high street shop, change their old SIM-card to a RFID-SIM card which they can stay with their original phone number, the mobile phone then can be use as a bank card. From now on, citizens can take a bus or underground with just lightly brush their mobile phone on a reader instead to buy the ticket. They can use mobile phone to buy cinema ticket, to pay their bill at restaurant, to sign their attendance at company front door etc…

    If China Mobile can runs this new project successfully, that will greatly promote the share of RFID industry in Chinese market, while the citizens will benefit from an efficient life.

     
  • Rui Wang 03:57 on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Technology on Chinese Liquor Product 

    Chinese liquor has a long history and brewed with distilled grain alcohol, it is one of the world’s top seven distilled liquor. Chinese people consumed about 5 million tons a year liquor, illustrating the market’s big, but also precisely because of this, in China’s liquor market is obsessed with the existence of counterfeit spirits, which always endanger the health of consumers.

    In recent years, food safety has been the focus of attention of the whole society. At the 15th November 2009, Jiangsu Shuang’gou Distillery held a “new anti-counterfeiting RFID Shuang’gou liquor news conference,” in Nanjing. opened the first of China’s liquor businesses use the RFID technology to protect consumer from counterfeiting product.

    Jiangsu Shuang’gou Distillery has work with the “China RFID Association” and the relevant professional experts at the beginning of 2007, to applied the RFID security system into their well-sale product- “Shuang’gou Treasures”.

    Each bottle “Shuang’gou Treasures” liquor is equipped with a unique “RFID electronic chips,” consumers can use the special RFID reader(free with liquor) gently by clicking around the bottle, reader will quickly display the date of manufacture, quality grade and other information about the bottle of liquor they bought. The RFID chips cannot reuse once the bottle has opened up. If consumers have a 3G smart phone, they can also use their mobile phone as a reader, after reading the label on the bottle, they will automatically receive an SMS, which gives them all the information about this bottle of liquor.

    According to Jiangsu Shuang’gou Distillery Website, that with its powerful new anti-counterfeiting RFID products, counterfeiter hardly can make the false products due to the technical barriers and expensive costs.I expressed cautious support, but in any case, Jiangsu Shuang’gou Distillery did a big step in China’s liquor industry. They use RFID technology to set a precedent to prevent counterfeit products, that’s may encourages other companies to consider the use of RFID technology in the field of food safety in China.

     
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