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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 17:46 on November 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Fast-casual Restaurants Use RFID to Speed Service 

    fast-casual-restaurnts-speed-service-RFID-blogA number of fast-casual restaurants are improving customer services with RFID technology, including Blue Lemon in Utah and Jason’s Deli in Texas.

    Previously, these restaurants delivered food to tables by having runners hunt down numbered placards or tents given to guests at the time they ordered. But now, with RFID systems in place, service times are improving: they can use the system to track and expedite orders.

    The technology requires the operators to place under each table an RFID “mat” or a device pre-programmed with a table number. When customers order their meal, counter employees provide them with an RFID reader device which looks like a drink coaster.

    When the guest places their coaster-like device on the table they choose, the device immediately reads the table number information from the “mat” and broadcasts it to a computer at the order expeditor station. The food runner then looks for an RFID device ID number on the order ticket and matches it with the location information for that device to quickly figure out where the food should be delivered.

    Knowing the destination as they leave the expo station eliminates the need for food runners to visually scan the dining room for placards or tents or call out numbers to complete the delivery, thereby speeding up the process, according to Dave Prows, executive chef for Blue Lemon LLC.

    “If a guest moves from outside [on a patio table] to inside, we always know where they are,” he added. Besides, the technology also tracks order time beginning with payment.

     
  • Editing Team 15:48 on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Argentina Vineyard Automates Grape-Picking Counting with NFC/RFID 

    Argentina-Bodega-Norton-winery-grape-venieyard-NFC-rfid-blogBodega Norton winery in Argentina has deployed a new system that uses NFC phones and RFID tags to track how many grapes each worker has harvested. This means the winery now can save a day every week in collating how much each worker has picked and how much they should be paid.

    With the old system, thousands of aluminum or plastic chips of different colors and shapes were used to signify the amount of grapes picked by each harvester, in order to work out how much they should be paid. These were then manually collated each week, which took an entire day to complete.

    “A harvester would collect an appropriate chip from a supervisor each time they picked a full bin of grapes and delivered it to a collection site,” the logistics solution provider HID Global explains. “The harvester would pocket the chip, then return to gather another bin full. At the end of a workweek, each harvester would present their chips to a manager, who would tally them and issue a voucher which would be exchanged for payment.

    Using the new system reduces much more work. With the new system in place, each of Bodega Norton’s 150 harvesters is issued with an armband equipped with an HID Global contactless card. Grape collection bins are tagged with RFID Epoxy Disc tags and vineyard supervisors are outfitted with NFC smartphones.

    The supervisors then read the harvester’s armband each time they deliver a full bin to a grape collection point, assuring both the worker and the supervisor that the collection bin has been counted and credited to the correct worker.

    “Hand picking is the only way to harvest grapes properly to ensure the best wine, and at Bodega Norton, if you cultivate the best people, they will help you produce the best wine,” says Pablo Minatelli, vineyard manager for Bodega Norton.

    “Due to the efficiencies of the new system, we pay better than other vineyards, and that means we attract the best harvesters… With the best people and reduced administrative time and expense, we get a better harvest and yield.”

     
  • Editing Team 23:07 on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    UHF RFID Adopted in Grand Rapids Library to Improve Efficiency 

    Grand-Rapids-Library-UHF-rfid-blogAfter years of research and development, Grand Rapids Public Library has launched an RFID system this month, enabling it to speed up checkout, track check-in, provide security and manage inventory. The Michigan library believes it is the first public system to adopt UHF RFID in North America.

    Aiming at reducing labor costs and improving efficiency, the library installed a more expansive RFID system at all of its 8 branches. The technology consists of fixed and handheld readers, tags on all media, and software designed by the library’s IT department to manage RFID read data and integrate it with the existing library-management system.

    In the world, HF passive tags are employed if the library has implemented RFID technology. However, since HF tags have a short read range, libraries require a separate security system to track media leaving through the exit, or they must install a large antenna array specifically designed to read HF tags passing through a portal.

    By deploying UHF, a library can have a faster and efficient system, which takes up less space and costs less. With the new system in place, now a pile of books can be read simultaneously. Besides, employees now can use a handheld reader or a portable interrogator on a wheeled cart to locate or count the inventory books in stacks.

    Users only need to place the entire stack of books or other materials on the counter above the reader. Since UHF tags have a considerably longer read range than HF tags, the device can capture the ID numbers of multiple items in a single stack without need to be in proximity.

    If a patron is unable to find a book, he/she can request help from the staff. Workers could then utilize one of the handhelds to look up the book’s location in the Evergreen software. If the book is found not to be where the software indicates it should be located, employees can use the handheld’s Geiger-counter mode to walk through the stacks and pinpoint it.

     
  • Editing Team 23:50 on September 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID in Australian Livestock Industry 

    livestock-industry-sheep-ear-tag-rfid-blogThe Sheep RFID Industry Panel Session was held at the Livestock Saleyard Association of Victoria (LSAV) conference. All of the industry bodies stated that they were interested in deploying an RFID system, but the panel differed in who would be responsible and how would it be funded.

    Victoria is the prime to introduce an electronic tag system, due to the large number of sheep through the saleyards.

    However, there are some speculations over it: should the implementation of RFID be a single State trial or should it be done nationwide? And if it is to be a State trial, should it be Victoria?

    Comments arouse against Victoria of being an industry leader, because of cross-border movements between Victoria and NSW, and cross-contamination of information.

    Everyone would have to work together for a successful outcome; therefore it should be national, said Ian Feldtmann, a member of the panel.

    Right now, without electronic tags or a tag reading system, producers have to list tag numbers on the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms by their own. If there is any change, they need to recheck the information and add it onto the forms.

    With RFID, the process can be cut down into a much shorter one. Deploying electronic systems make it a lot easier for producers to collect the information.

    Another member of the panel Dr. Britt said, introducing an RFID system would benefit all involved in the livestock industry.

    “Otherwise, if we have a Foot and Mouth outbreak, and we cannot instantly say where livestock are, or where they are going, the impact on export alone will be huge,” he said. “Even if we can do it correctly, it will take a lot to convince other countries that we have the disease under control and can offer a safe product.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:02 on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    India Deploys RFID in Toll Plazas 

    India-NHAI-electronic-toll-collection-rfid-blogThe National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is considering launching an RFID electronic toll collection system on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway, as part of its efforts to introduce this system throughout the country. The State Bank of India will be in charge of collecting the proceeds and distributing it among the respective concessionaires.

    “Initial meetings have been held with the concessionaires and the bank. This will be the first toll road in South India where NHAI will introduce RFID,” said an official source in NHAI.

    There are seven toll plazas in the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway, managed and maintained by various concessionaires including Soma, L&T, Reliance and NHAI. The 372-km long road is witnessing a significant increase in traffic.

    Trucks, heavy vehicles and those travelling long distances can choose to use this convenient system. RFID cards, valid throughout the country, would initially be sold at the toll plaza where RFID details will be scanned, the cash will automatically be debited and the boom barriers will be raised to allow vehicles through.

    Right now, 70% of the toll revenue on the road comes from trucks and the rest from cars and other vehicles. R. Sukumar, President, Confederation of Surface transport (Tamil Nadu) said such a system would help reduce waiting time at the toll plazas. “It takes us at least 25 minutes to cross the plazas when the shifts change. In this new system, if separate lanes are provided, it would help trucks.” he said.

    There are 32 toll plazas on national highways in the State of which 12 are being managed by the NHAI.

     
  • Editing Team 15:54 on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    DFAIT to Track Assets Worldwide via RFID 

    Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) owns totally 170 locations worldwide. As a result, the agency has to employ and house personnel stationed abroad. When every new employees move into one of its residences, DFAIT conducts an audit to determine which assets are within that house, as well as their condition. In the past, this task was performed manually, but recently the department is piloting a solution that employs passive UHF tags and readers, provided by Ontario company PiiComm.

    In some cases, the homes in which DFAIT’s employees live while abroad are fully furnished, with not only appliances and furniture, but also items such as lawnmowers, tools and generators. James Ritari, the manager of logistics and project systems at DFAIT’s Corporate Financial Systems division, says, although the agency has a centralized SAP system, tracking the assets can be time-consuming, even when using bar-code scanners.

    In March, 2011, DFAIT put out a contract to bid for technology companies that could resolve these and other asset-management problems. PiiComm’s RFID-based solution, known as Advanced Information Data Capture (AIDC), was selected. DFAIT decided to adopt this solution to manage data from RFID tags attached to assets, to better monitor the furniture and appliances. The information is stored in the department’s SAP system and the AIDC software manages the SAP-based data on handheld readers.

    Before checking inventory, a user connects a handheld reader to a PC, where SAP software stores a list of which items should be located at each residence. The software also stores the unique ID number of each RFID tag attached to an asset. The operator can simply select a prompt to load that data onto the handheld, and then proceed to the residence. By walking through a room with the handheld reader, Ritari says, the user can interrogate most of the assets’ tags within approximately 30 feet (tags mounted on metal objects have shorter read ranges). After viewing the results on the handheld unit and selecting a list of items deemed missing, he or she then has the option of walking through another residence in an attempt to locate those assets. As required, the user can also change an item’s condition directly on the handheld.

    Upon returning to the office, the operator places the reader in the computer’s docking location and loads all of the new read data into the system, where DFAIT can then access that information from its central headquarters in Canada. In this way, Ritari says, he can maintain a current list of which assets are at which locations. This information reduces the risk of overstocking some offices due to assets appearing to be missing when they are simply misplaced, and also alerts employees regarding when they need to search for missing items. This can be especially important in some nations, Ritari notes, in which ordering assets can take a great deal of time, often resulting in their being stockpiled.

    The pilots at six locations will end in September, Ritari says, at which time his office plans to review how well the technology works, as well as his staff’s response to the technology. To date, he reports, “They are impressed with its ease of use.” He adds that he expects the solution to save the department money in terms of labor previously required for inventory checks, and by reducing excess inventory. “Days of auditing should be reduced to just a few hours,” he states.

     
  • Editing Team 15:29 on August 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC/RFID Enhancing Events 

    NFC-bracelet-wristband-events-festivals-mobile-payment-rfid-blogBringing a bulging wallet for cash and credit cards, fishing through pocket for some change, waiting in extremely long lines for beer, or simply lacking the accessibility to check-in or upload to Facebook — all these could destroy an originally pleasant event. Consequently, event organizers have been looking for ways to enhance events and strive to offer attendees with convenience, simplicity and interaction. Now all of these can be simply achieved via the implementation of NFC technology.

    The integration of NFC into mobile devices, wristbands and smart cards allows users to easily make a contactless payment, share content and gain access to social media, which has greatly sparked the interest of event organizers everywhere. A number of events such as sports, entertainment and leisure realms have commenced to use NFC technology as a catalyst.

    Today, a host of event vendors are now accepting contactless payments via NFC stickers affixed to the back of mobile devices or through means of an NFC-enabled wristband. At popular, highly-visited music festivals, ticketholders are now being given the unprecedented option of loading up “cash” on their wrist, which is later deactivated at completion of the festival, with the remaining unused amount reloaded to the owner’s credit/debit card account. All in all, NFC is appearing more frequently in all kinds of events, festivals and theme parks.

    GALA EVENTS

    The opening night Gala at the New York Public Library offered nearly 30,000 different cocktails, created by over 150 different bartenders, which made it difficult for attendees to “like” a particular cocktail on social media.

    In order to solve this problem, guests were issued NFC-enabled bracelets, and then instructed to tap the NFC readers positioned atop each bar. From here, guests had the ability to check-in on Facebook or Twitter accounts, automatically upload pictures at the party’s web-connected photo booths, post a real-time message by merely tapping touch-point on the library walls, and “like” for the cocktails they were consuming.

    Furthermore, smartposters were strategically positioned throughout the event, offering guests the unprecedented opportunity to enter raffles via a simple tap of their NFC-enabled wristband.

    THEME PARKS

    Disney World, one of the most renowned tourist locations in the world, wants to bring guests more happiness. It has unveiled plans to roll out a FastPass system employing RFID technology and iPads to accelerate the ticketing queues.

    Guests will select and receive a list of the FastPass attractions they’ve chosen. They will then be granted an RFID wristband to wave by the specifically-designed-for-FastPass scanners in order to check-in upon arrival to the ride. The wristbands are embedded with RFID chips, which have been rumored to include the names, credit card information and favorite attraction data ahead of your arrivals, allowing for your identity and data to be encrypted directly on it, thus acting as your park ticket.

    According to Disney Projects, when the guests arrive at their reserved time, they will wave their RFID band by a sensor, which sends their reservation information to a nearby cast member’s iPad. The RFID-based system is expected to replace the existing system of distributing paper FastPass tickets with a digital format that lets people bypass long queues and indicates when they can enter a ride or a show.

    Additionally, the RFID capabilities of the wristband would communicate with sensors deployed throughout the parks and resorts, which can then trigger interactive features. Envision yourself walking up to Space Mountain, where you are then greeted by name. One of the interactive places ever may soon become even more interactive.

    MUSIC FESTIVALS

    In a large-scale festival, all kinds of problems could appear — from losing wallets in the mud, trying to locate ATM machines, having trouble exchanging or uploading social media data, tracking people and possessions, etc. Thus, events like Barclays Wireless Festival, Coachella Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo Festival, Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury Festival have deployed or considered RFID technology. Besides solving all the problems above, using RFID, organizers can expedite fast-track entry, VIP upgrades and offer access to various perks and accommodations.

    In the UK’s first cashless event, the Wireless Festival provided event-goers with NFC-enabled wristbands to “wave and pay” for goods, significantly downsizing line times for food, memorabilia and most of all, alcohol. This is not the only British music festival rolling out NFC wristbands this summer, as an emerging number of organizers have developed an acquired taste in the convenience and ease of this contactless technology.

    At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 30,000 fans signed up to “live click” throughout the event, commencing a new era and digital age in social media. Using RFID-enabled bands, registered ticketholders were able to check-in, update their status on Facebook, as well as have the availability to a collection of other individualized options tailored to each respective guest, thus enhancing their event experience. Registered guests can automatically “check-in” upon arrival on various “touch points” located throughout the grounds.

    All these wristbands provide enhanced e-ticketing, cashless payment and access control, subsequently reducing lines and eliminating fraudsters, providing secure and speedy payments, and boosting the overall fan experience.

    In terms of tracking guests, checkpoint zones are set up to track what zone an attendee has just exited and entered, theoretically placing them in a zone at a specific time and place. This allows for event organizers to track traffic flows to improve planning for succeeding festivals. It also provides means of assistance when it comes to theft and other forms of crime.

    SPORTING EVENTS

    Olympic Games is the sporting world’s largest global competition, with hundreds of millions of visitors from different nations flooding into the host city. An advanced technology like contactless payment can alleviate many problems.

    Samsung and Visa have worked together to install over 3,000 terminals on the 2012 London Olympic grounds to coincide with its official payment app, “payWave”.

    Visitors were granted the option to use NFC to purchase snacks and memorabilia. Consumers throughout London were granted the opportunity to experience NFC and become educated on it, which helped facilitate the speedy universal adoption of the technology in the near future.

     
  • Editing Team 17:50 on August 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Kiosks Speed up Border Crossing at El Paso 

    RFID-kiosk-border-crossing-rfid-blogU.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have added two new self-service kiosks using radio frequency identification scanning technology to pass pedestrians border crossers through an international crossing at the El Paso, Texas, according to El Paso’s KTSM Channel 9.

    The RFID-scanning Ready Lane kiosks at the Paso Del Norte international crossing in El Paso can be used for a faster border crossing by any traveler with an approved document that has an RFID tag, such as U.S. passports or passport cards, trusted traveler cards and the newer versions of the legal permanent resident and laser visa/border crossing cards issued after 2008.

    “These kiosks provide CBP with the ability to leverage existing technology to speed up processing times for pedestrian border crossers,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. “We continue to strive to create systems which further enhance border security and gain efficiencies.”

     
  • Editing Team 11:45 on August 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Five Ways NFC Could Transform Business Life 

    NFC-security-business-rfid-blogExpenses/payment

    When people talk about NFC, what first comes to their minds may be mobile payment, as nowadays “mobile wallet” is a hot topic.

    More and more leisure outlets, shops and transport hubs now have NFC readers at checkouts which allow customers to make an instant payment, debited either from their bank account or added to their monthly mobile service charge, by tapping their NFC-enabled handset on the NFC terminals.

    No need for carrying a large wallet full of cards or fumble in pockets for cash, this solution aims to make the everyday purchase of small items such as lunch and train tickets faster and more convenient. For business people on the move, this also eliminates the need to gather paper receipts, for all transaction data – including date, time, location and amount – can be automatically logged and transmitted back to a central PC at head office for quick and efficient processing of expenses.

    Time & attendance

    Besides used for mobile payment, NFC can also be used for many other functions. Equipping staff with low-cost NFC handsets provides employers with an immediate system for tracking and logging attendance.

    When they enter and leave an office, an NFC reader within the doorway can automatically log their arrival and departure times, relaying this data to a central point to create an accurate digital record of attendance.

    Such a system may have implications for HR policy and is particularly useful where flexible working hours are in place. It may also feed information to help determine salary or overtime payments, or leave allowance.

    Scheduling

    To remote or travelling workers, NFC can help a lot. In addition to automatically “check in” at given locations, these staff can automatically receive information about tasks that should be carried out at that location as well as updates on where they should go next and work that is required.

    Among those that benefits the most are hospitality, leisure and healthcare organizations, since care, cleaning, carrying or facilities management teams may be spread across a large site, or visiting numerous external locations during the course of a working day.

    In terms of workforce management and rostering, this enables day-to-day schedules to be changed and updated in real time to avoid costs, time delays and unreliability associated with the exchange of phone calls.

    Safety

    Another significant advantage of the NFC revolution is the impact it could have on the personal safety of employees.

    As NFC-equipped handsets intuitively log time and location details whenever they are in close proximity to an NFC tag or reader – whether at a shop checkout, transport hub or building entrance, for example – the organization can quickly compile a record of the employee’s movements. This could prove particularly useful for companies seeking to bolster the safety of remote staff as they move between different locations.

    What’s more, when security staff perform routine checks throughout a site during the night, for example, a digital record of the security guard’s regular movement would be stored.

    Efficiency

    As is known, NFC technology exchanges information in digital format and can transmit this into a central database via software, thus the costs associated with “manual communication” are naturally cut down.

    With NFC, forms and paperwork relating to payment transactions, staff rosters and attendance are dramatically reduced. The immediate and automatic exchange of data also reduces the need for phone calls, which could eliminate additional costs and delays.

     
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