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  • Editing Team 11:07 on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID-enabled Automatic Water Vending Machine 

    Similar to a traditional vending machine, this new water vending machine is totally automatic and needs no manual intervention.

    To buy water, you simply put the specialized water bottle on the machine and it will automatically fill the bottle with drinking water. The machine communicates with the user’s smartphone via RFID technology and deduct money directly on the phone, which saves manual labor.

    Besides, the water bottle, which is specifically designed for the machine, is portable and reusable, contributing to environment protection.

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  • Editing Team 02:06 on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Famous Manhattan Hotel Installs UHF-RFID Uniform System to Streamline Operations 

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    The New York Palace is a famous hotel in Manhattan which has 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features. In addition to full concierge services and a lengthy list of in-room amenities, The Palace offers 22,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, a fitness center and spa; and a convenient location that positions the property as an ideal choice among Midtown luxury hotels for business or leisure guests.

    Recently, the hotel is undergoing some upgrades in many areas. The renovation will cost $140,000,000, establishing the hotel as a new luxury stand bearer in New York City.

    In addition to sophisticated, modern design elements, the property operators also wanted to streamline operations and create a more efficient hotel. One part of the property’s transformation included automation of the uniform system that delivers garments to more than 1,000 employees.

    In this case, an UHF-RFID uniform system from InvoTech Systems and a high-speed White Conveyors U-Pick-It uniform delivery system are installed in the hotel. InvoTech’s Uniform System communicates with the White Conveyors U-Pick-It uniform delivery system to reduce labor and operating expenses by automating management of over 10,000 uniforms at The New York Palace. With RFID technology, the hotel is able to increase efficiency and automate manual processes such as uniform tracking, management and delivery.

     
  • Editing Team 07:51 on April 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Love’s Completes RFID Fueling System 

    Loves-fueling-system-RFID-blogRefueling Services Provider Love’s is completing the addition of an RFID-enabled payment system at its travel stop locations, saying it’s the first travel stop company to give customers the ability to process payment at the diesel bay through RFID technology.

    The radio frequency system operates through a secure, low-cost RFID tag placed on a truck’s windshield. The tag is detected by an antenna installed in diesel lanes at Love’s locations. The electronic signal turns the fuel pump on and off and completes a payment transaction with little driver interaction.

    RFID technology is easy for drivers to use, is a major fuel theft deterrent, and provides more accurate payment tracking information, Love’s says.

    “A gallon of diesel fuel costs roughly $4. If RFID technology can eliminate just 1% of fuel theft or other unauthorized fuel purchases, the trucking company has saved four cents per gallon,” explains Jon Archard, director of fuel marketing for Love’s.

    Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution, El Paso, Texas, has more than 100 trucks on the road using the RFID payment system at Love’s.

    “It’s a huge benefit to us by saving time at the pump and ultimately, money,” said Scott McLaughlin, president of Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution. “The entire transaction is quicker and because the process is automated, we are assured that every gallon of fuel we purchase for our trucks is going into our tanks.”

     
  • Editing Team 14:30 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Jabra Motion Headset Features Easy NFC Paring 

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    Wireless audio specialist Jabra’s new Jabra Motion headset features easy NFC pairing.

    “You simply tap the headset with your NFC-enabled devices to connect,” says the company.

    The high end Bluetooth headset features a folding boom for easy “pocketability” and incorporates motion sensors to register any movement instantly: “When you pick up the headset — the call is answered simultaneously; when you start walking, the speaker volume is automatically adjusted; just as it will turn off and takes a power nap when laid down,” says Jabra.

     
  • Editing Team 18:07 on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    American Public Library Uses RFID System to Automate Check-in/Check-out 

    American-public-library-automates-check-in-RFID-blogDowners Grove Public Library in Illinois has adopted an RFID inventory management system to keep track of its 300,000 item collection and 30,000 person customer base.

    By placing an RFID target tag in every item in the library’s collection, Downers Grove staff will improve the ability for its customers and staff to identify, locate, check-out, check-in and re-shelf books and other media materials.

    Self-checkout scanning stations and automatic sorting equipment are also in the works, aiming to further streamline the check-in/check-out procedures. The automated system will allow staff to focus less time checking in materials and allow more time spent with patrons searching for books and other materials.

    RFID tagging began last summer after the purchase of a large supply of tags and the leasing of the equipment needed to activate them, and is slated for completion later this year.

     
  • Editing Team 15:55 on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Samsung TecTiles? 

    In the previous article, we introduced how to use S Beam. This one will talk about how to use the Samsung TecTiles.

    With TecTiles, you can adjust settings on your phone depending on where you happen to be at the moment, with fewer taps.

    To use the TecTiles, first you need to purchase TecTile tags, which can be bought directly from Samsung’s website or other authorized sellers and cost $14.99 for a set of five NFC tags/chips. These tags store commands and limited data (they are not attached to devices, so don’t mistakenly stick it to your device). Besides, you also need to download the free Samsung TecTiles app from Google Play Store, to program the tags (store commands in them).

    Once you have both the tags and app ready, you can read from and write to the TecTile tags. To program and use a TecTile to do a certain task, follow the steps below:

    ■Ensure that NFC is turned ON.

    ■Launch the TecTile application. Select the “TecTile Type”.

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    ■Select the action you want to do and then tap “Next”.

    ■Follow the instruction and hold your phone over the TecTile (with your phone’s back facing the TecTile) until you have successfully written the tag. This reportedly takes just a matter of seconds.

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    ■To use the tag to execute the command on the device, just unlock your device and hold it over the TecTile tag.

    NOTE: TecTiles wouldn’t function when placed near metal bodies.

    You can set a tag to perform a specific function permanently. But be aware that it cannot be edited or re-written after that.

    You can put a TecTile on the light switch in your office to make sure your phone is on vibrate so you’ll not disturbed with a ringing phone while working. You can also use a tag in your car to turn on Bluetooth, turn off Wi-Fi and launch Slacker.

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    There are a lot more options out there. You can make lots of different types of tags like change phone settings, launch an app, set alarm, make a call, send an SMS, Facebook & Foursquare check-in, make a tweet, etc.

    S Beam and TecTiles are just two of NFC using cases. NFC can do a lot more. Just give it a try and you’ll love it!

     
  • Editing Team 00:24 on December 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Hyundai Demonstrates Locking and Unlocking Vehicle via NFC 

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    This week Hyundai have previewed a concept vehicle system which enables you to use your smartphone to unlock your vehicle with a tap. The system deploys NFC tags to build the connection between your smartphone and your vehicle, saving you from taking a bunch of keys.

    The system, which is called “Connectivity Concept”, uses NFC technology to make the connection. Your smartphone makes the vehicle unlock its doors. Then you can place the phone in a center console in the vehicle for further use. Once you’re connected within, you’ve got a 7-inch touchscreen to work with up front on the dash where you’re able to access music, phone contacts, radio, and phone settings.

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    This system also works with wireless charging, this we must assume being compatible with all of the new devices that are working with said technology including the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC DROID DNA (and Butterfly), and the LG Nexus 4. Of course it’s no guarantee, and the device they’re using in the demonstration thus far is none of these, but we can dream.

    “Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers. With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops, there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.” noted Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO Hyundai Motor Europe.

     
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