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  • Editing Team 10:28 on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    What Hinder the Internet of Things from Arriving? 

    The term “Internet of Things” was coined more than a decade ago, by radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology pioneer Kevin Ashton. The idea was to connect every item, product, or “thing” to the Internet through a unique identifier, with RF tags functioning as the means of tracking and identifying.

    Logistics managers can benefit a lot from the Internet of Things, for it would make it possible to track the flow of goods into and out of a warehouse at the item level. Some retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers are already experimenting with item-level tracking. However, it seems to have to take another few years before realizing the ability of tracking everything.

    The benefits of an RFID-enabled “Internet of Things” seem undeniable. So why is it taking so long?


    A recent report from Frost & Sullivan, a market-research firm, titled “Analysis of the Active RFID and Sensor Networks Market” gives some insight into the barriers to making the Internet of Things a reality. It notes that one of the top challenges is getting more companies to buy the type of tags necessary to make this possible.

    To use the Internet of Things, active tags are indispensable. These tags are equipped with a transmitter and their own power source, typically a battery, and periodically transmit their identifying information. That continuous flow of information regarding an object’s presence at a particular time and place provides visibility into the movement of goods as they travel through the supply chain.

    However, although users are generally aware of active tags and their capabilities, they still prefer passive RFID tags, Frost & Sullivan’s research indicates. There are a few reasons of it.

    Above all, there are no common industry standards for active tags. On the other hand, passive tags use data standards developed by the EPCglobal consortium. At the moment, makers of active tags use different technology protocols, such as Wi-Fi, Rubee, Zigbee, ultra wide band, infrared, and ultrasound. All of those protocols require different standards, which prevents wide-scale adoption of the technology.

    Besides the need of a standard for active tags, the cost is another obstacle. Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Nandini Bhattacharya says, a passive basic tag costs $2 to $5 per unit, while an active tag costs between $10 and $15. And that’s the low end of the range. If those tags are embedded with sensors and support multiple technologies, the cost of an active tag can top $100 per unit. At those prices, active tags are still too costly for most companies to justify their deployment.

    Despite those impediments, the Frost & Sullivan report notes that more companies are looking to migrate from traditional active tags to more advanced technologies such as real-time locating systems (RTLS) and active RFID-based sensors that allow users to track the location and condition of objects in real time. In its report, Frost & Sullivan predicted that the total market for all types of RFID and sensors, which stood at $964 million in 2010, would reach $8.39 billion in 2017.

    Just how accurate that prediction will prove remains to be seen. But it looks like it will be at least another five years before the Internet of Things arrives.

  • Editing Team 11:28 on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Android@Home — Google’s First Step into “the Internet of Things” 

    Android@Home-NexusQ-NFC-rfid-blogThis June, the company announced the launch of its first Android@Home product, the Nexus Q. It’s a wireless music and video streaming box shaped like a big black octopus, which allows users to connect all their mobile phones and tablets to the device using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity or NFC.

    The device costs $299. The Nexus Q has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Flash memory, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

    The launch of the box comes a year after Google announced its Android@Home initiative at last year’s I/O developer conference.

    Last year, besides announcing Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music and a number of other new projects, one significant announcement from Google was Android@Home, Google’s entry into the home automation market. At that time, Google said that it wanted to create a service that would run your entire home into a network of Android accessories, with Android as “the operating system for your home”.

    That means some day in the future, you could control home applications — your dishwasher, the heating system, the lights in your house — using your Android device as a remote control.

    For Google, the Android@Home Project is a first step into “the Internet of Things”, a term used to describe the growing trend of manufacturers producing intelligent, connected objects. In essence, projects like this ultimately aim to turn “dumb” or unconnected objects into “smart” (connected) ones.

  • Editing Team 15:22 on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Internet of Things in Daily Life 

    the-internet-of-things-rfid-blogThin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) is a company producing very thin printed circuits that can be built into packaging materials. Bemis is a manufacturer of both consumer products and wholesale packaging. Both have signed an agreement that will add circuits to your cereal box, or maybe sensors to your salad bags.

    Bemis makes packaging for those products (and more). By 2014, it hopes to use thin-film printed electronics to add a few bits of memory and little intelligence to its packaging. In this way, manufacturers can track items and consumers can see how fresh their produce or meat might be. The partnership is a big move for Thinfilm, which has been pioneering technology to embed chips into more and more objects.

    The Oslo-based Thinfilm was established in the mid-90s. It has been manufacturing thin-film memory chips that provide about 20 bits of storage, which were used in toys and games, and those chips have been added more memory. Thinfilm has a partnership with Xerox PARC that added transistors to its circuit, by this way giving its chips enough intelligence to track inventory or send environmental data from a sensor back to the network.

    The ideas of smarter circuits that are still cheap enough to be used in packaging are integral to creating an Internet of things. Having a cheap way to store and process small amounts of data at the very edge of the network is essential in creating the Internet of things. The cheaper these chips are, the more places one can put them. It won’t replace RFID or even more complex sensors, but it adds another tool for tracking the physical world in the digital one.

    This partnership means that at least one packaging company, even a smaller one at $5.3 billion in sales in 2011, believes that consumer products companies want to spend a few more cents to add intelligence and traceability to the items we buy at grocery stores. Davor Sutija, the CEO of Thinfilm, envisions that the Bemis deal is a first step in packaging that will have both freshness indicators and sensor platforms that can share data on where an item has been and what the environment was in those locations.

  • 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.

  • Derek Du 01:59 on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Creativity and application of China’s Internet of Things Competition 

    RFID-BLOGFrom Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Wuxi “Internet of things” Technology Park at August 2009, to “speed up the Internet of things technology development in China” writes into the annual government report by March 2010. The concept of “Internet of Things” has never been taken so seriously like today in China.

    On 27th April, the first “Creativity and application of China’s Internet of Things Competition” was officially launched in Shanghai. The purpose of this competition is to find good business ideas about Internet of Things and promote the applications on the Internet of Things. Government officials from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences have attended the opening ceremony.

    Competition will last 3 months, creativity and application is the two sub-parts of the competition.All creative work, commercial design, application examples and innovative business models about the Internet of Things are welcome nationwide, the final winners will be announced in September this year. Will you join in? click here then.

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