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  • Editing Team 17:51 on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nigerian Firm Develops RFID Tracker Solution for Oil and Gas Industry 

    A Nigerian IT firm has developed an RFID tracker solution for the off-shore oil and gas industry in the country. According to the firm, it is the sole and legitimate copyright of the solution.

    The RFID tracker, specifically developed for the oil industry, is the latest evolution in automated data capture technology. It is a solution for the offshore oil and gas sector, effectively securing the pipelines and their maintenance while it still ensuring cost-effective real-time visibility of assets, asset location, with the most minimal human efforts, said the firm’s CEO.

    He added that the solution reduces the time spent on paperwork and manual data entry while accuracy has extremely improved.

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  • Editing Team 12:49 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Korean Tire Company Becomes World’s First to Add RFID to All Tires 

    Korean-Kumho-Tyres-tire-RFID-blogLast month, Kumho Tyres announced a global first — it will place RFID tags on all Tyre products it manufactures. The decision aims to boost workflow efficiency.

    The RFID tag is a tiny, thin patch-type tag to be implanted inside the inner liner of a tire during a high temperature and high pressure manufacturing process.

    Each tire with an RFID tag will be given a unique identity, which can be tracked by a database system at Kumho Tyres’ headquarters building. The tag will contain information on quality and performance and all detailed records relating to production processes to distribution and sales.

    With the expansion of its RFID-embedded tires to all product lines, Kumho Tyres expects to cut KRW10.4 billion (£5.9 million) in annual costs in the area of logistics, production and quality control.

     
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  • 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 12:01 on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Using RFID and Other Technologies to Track Global Food Supply Chain Is Essential 

    Europe-horsemeat-scandal-global-food-supply-chain-RFID-blogRecently, Europe is engulfed in horsemeat scandal — spot checks conducted by Irish beef inspectors led consumers across Europe to realize that they might not be getting beef when purchasing beef products. In fact, one inspection found that about a third of hamburger meat was composed of horsemeat, and not beef. This case is evidence that the global food supply chain is just too complex to monitor without RFID and other technologies.

    The issue here is simple: It is expensive to track every animal using pen and paper, inspect every animal crossing borders, and create a chain of custody showing where the meat used in a particular product originated.

    The world’s food supply chain crisscrosses countries and continents. Monitoring billions of dollars’ worth of food moving from one place to another is impossible with the systems currently being used. This leaves gaping holes for unscrupulous businesses to exploit, potentially putting tens of thousands of people at risk.

    The time has come to use RFID and other automatic data-capture technologies to monitor animals and food shipments. Small farms may say that they can’t afford the technology. But tags are becoming cheaper, and there are systems hosted in the cloud that enable users to read tags via their mobile phones and then upload that information, so it can be shared with business partners and government regulators.

    If there’s an international effort to standardize both RFID’s use for food tracking and the systems utilized for sharing data, the cost will be a lot less than the cost of having people swear off beef because they no longer trust that what they get is pure and safe.

     
  • Editing Team 12:44 on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    JC Penney Slows Down RFID Rollout Pace 

    JC-Penney-rfid-blogRon Johnson, CEO of JC Penney, shocked the RFID industry a little bit last summer when he said in an interview that JCP would be virtually 100% RFID-enabled in its stores by Feb. 1st, 2013. JCP had already been rolling out RFID capabilities in store in several product categories for the usual benefits in inventory accuracy and reduced store labor.

    Johnson observed that “You go to most retail stores, all you see is people doing work to execute the retail strategy. It’s stocking shelves and transacting business,” adding that about 10% of its labor spend in store, or half a billion dollars a year, is involved in processing transactions at traditional POS terminals.

    “That’s going to all change, because of how we use Wi-Fi, RFID, mobile checkout,” Johnson said. “You’ll be able to check out anywhere anytime, from anyone including yourself, because we’re going to roll out self-checkout to our stores next year, and it’s really cool and it’s really easy because it’s RFID-based.”

    He added that RFID would have big benefits for the consumer over bar coding: “You don’t have to scan an item. You just throw it down and there’s the price,” Johnson said.

    However, news this week from several SCDigest readers say that Penney’s is slowing down the tagging tollout, meaning the company will be far from fully RFID-enabled by Feb. 1.

    So why the pull-back?

    “I think JC Penney was just caught in a sort of Rubik’s cube in terms of merchandising, store layout and product tagging,” one Penney’s vendor told SCDigest this week.

    “They are changing the merchandise plan, so there is no need to tag products that may be eliminated soon. Store layouts are also changing, being done in conjunction with the merchandise plan, and which include the ‘sores in store’ concept for things like Levi’s jeans and more. There are just too many moving and inter-connected parts to go forward with a full RFID rollout.”

    SCDigest’s view is that the explanation offered by the Penney’s vendor makes sense, the Johnson’s accelerated roll out was probably unrealistic, and that all new technologies take longer to adopt than expected.

     
  • Editing Team 12:22 on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ZTE Launches NFC Phone Deal with Inside Secure 

    ZTE-Inside-Secure-NFC-rfid-blog“The long-term cooperative relation with Inside Secure gives us access to mature, even proven NFC technologies and first-class support which are bringing our handsets to market quickly and cost effectively.” The general manager of GSM and UMTS handset products at ZTE, Wang Yongzhong said “Both smartphones and feature phones are vital to our long-term success in the global mobile phone market, and NFC acts an important role of these platforms.”

    It’s reported that Inside Securer’s Simon Hu announced, “We look forward to expanding our partnership with ZTE to provide best-of-breed NFC solutions as they develop more high-value handsets and enlarge their business all over the word. Then Today’s announcement is the latest result of our long-term relationship with ZTE in developing NFC solutions for their handset offerings, which now cover GSM 2G and TD-SCDMA 3G networks.”

    This cooperation is integrating NFC technology into the smartphone both GSM and next generation TD-SCDMA on the basis of Android operating system. It can predict that using internal MicroRead NFC controller chip which may open NFC protocol stack.

    In 2010, the sale of ZTE was reached 90 million. Recently, the group begins to expanding its sales area in Western Europe, Japan and USA quickly.

     
  • Editing Team 09:32 on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The RFID-enabled Scrabble Board Costs £20,000 

    Mind-Sports-Festival-Scrabble-board-rfid-blogMind Sports is the company behind the “world’s most advanced and expensive Scrabble system.” The company has spent 20,000 pounds ($30,000) to build a custom, RFID-enabled Scrabble board.

    The reason why it cost so much? That’s because there is an RFID tag on every tile and an RFID antenna on every square. The function of these RFID chips is to “read” what is happening on the board and transmit it over the internet for people all over the world to watch it on live.

    The technology allows scores to be calculated instantaneously. The RFID chips monitor the board almost continuously (every 974 milliseconds) and transmit the data via a specially developed software.

    There are 100 letter tiles with RFID tags, 225 RFID antennas (one for space on the 15×15 game board), nine circuit boards embedded under the game board, and seven sensors on every tile tray.

    This is all part of MSI’s Mind Sports Festival, where top Scrabble players from around the world will compete. The high-tech tweaks will make it the most spectator-friendly Scrabble competition ever. Live HD video streams will also be available online.

     
  • Editing Team 09:07 on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Norwegian Company Uses RFID to Track Logistics 

    Norwegian-Recycler-track-logistics-recyclable-materials-RFID-blogNorsk Resirk is a non-profit Norwegian company that processes discarded plastic bottles and aluminum cans. It has completed the first phase of a plan to utilize UHF RFID tags and readers to improve its management of recyclable materials.

    Initially, the firm is reading RFID labels attached to plastic bags containing the recyclables at one of its plants. Now, the company has a long-term goal: to have the tags read by bottle- and can-collection sites at the point at which the bags are filled, interrogated again by truck drivers transporting those bags, and finally read a third time at all three of Norsk Resirk’s plants.

    In that way, the company will be able to know when and where empty bottles and cans are picked up and delivered, in addition to who may be responsible if the recyclables fail to reach their destination.

    By reading RFID tags on those sacks as they arrive at the plant, the firm saves thousands of dollars by better knowing how many bags were received, and from whom, and then paying users accordingly.

    Norsk Resirk’s logistics and operations controller, Martin Ludvigsen says, in the future, when Norsk Resirk installs RFID readers at all three plants, more data will be available to identify instances of incorrect goods deliveries. “This is important,” he explains, “because when bags are delivered to the wrong channel, they go right into the production facilities, and the articles will not be counted, leaving the deposit point (DP) without a correct payment.”

    Besides, having the data, Norsk Resirk will also be able to conduct business analytics, such as comparing how bags of recyclable bottles and cans were received from which locations.

    Ludvigsen predicts that the RFID solution—once it is installed at all three of its plants, as well as at the DPs—will save the company tens of millions of Norwegian kroner (about six kroner equals one U.S. dollar).”A single plant installation saves money in the chain of logistics regarding its area,” he notes, “but we need to install the solution at all plants and DPs to close any possibility of losing bags in any area.”

     
  • Editing Team 23:25 on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Family Wellness Center Uses RFID Tracking Technology to Protect Towels 

    YMCA-track-bath-towel-rfid-blogThe Maryland Farms YMCA has adopted RFID tracking technology to protect their full-sized bath towel inventory.

    The family wellness center serves more than 2,500 people each day. And the YMCA finance committee had discovered that up to 5,000 towels were leaving the facility in a month and 100 a day. “Right now we can’t keep up stocking them up front that is how fast we are losing them,” said membership director Brett Peterson.

    Although the towels were not intentionally taken, the loss still added up to an estimated $30,000 in expenses to replace the towels.

    To solve the problem, they decided to deploy RFID technology.

    Now, some thousands of towels are being equipped with RFID tags to curb towel loss. With RFID installed, when a towel nears an exit, a friendly reminder will sound a friendly alarm and the towel can be dropped off before the member leaves the building.

    “Five years ago, it might not have been an affordable option, but now that it’s being used much more widely, the cost of the tags and readers has come down considerably,” said Greg Lemon, a volunteer on the YMCA finance committee.

     
  • Editing Team 18:26 on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reusable RFID Water Bottle Makes a Hit on College Campus 

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    To solve the problem of throwaway, single-use water bottles, founder of Evive Station LLC and WVU graduate Thomas L. Petrini came up with an idea in 2007 — a machine that would clean and fill college students’ water bottles at no cost as it delivered targeted messages on a TV screen.

    Evive began its test at WVU in April by giving away about 4,000 stainless steel bottles equipped with RFID tags. The test has been a hit at WVU, with an enrollment of almost 30,000.

    Now the company is going to sell newer-model plastic reusable bottles on Evive’s website from December, priced at $10 for each. Each buyer will fill out a profile with details such as his/her academic major, expected graduation year and interests such as skiing or video games.

    When the student stops for a drink, he/she can simply swipe the RFID tag, which is situated at the bottom of the 20-ounce, insulated bottle, on a reader, and a personal identification number is entered and the bottle is cleaned and filled with purified chilled water.

    The process takes about a minute. In the meantime, ads are shown on a 32-inch screen. These ads are chosen to suit the student, based on his/her profile. Some will be for products or travel, while others might carry messages from employers or the university, targeting finance or nursing majors, for example.

    Questions don’t go further than what students already might have posted on their Facebook pages, Petrini said, and the PIN protects their profiles from being hacked.

    “Our only intent is to make the advertising interesting to the user, and relevant to the user,” said Len Kosar, the new CEO of Evive, addressing privacy concerns that some may have over the use of RFID tags.

    Now Evive is looking beyond college campuses to fitness centers or corporations where its machines could be installed, he said.

     
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