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  • Editing Team 12:11 on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Researchers Developed New RFID System with higher Accuracy and Range 

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new system which greatly improves the accuracy and range of RFID systems that are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking.

    The new system improves the accuracy of passive RFID tag detection from roughly 50% to 100%, and increases the reliable detection range from 2-3m to approximately 20m. It can be widely used in many monitoring applications, including support for the sick and elderly, real-time environmental monitoring in areas prone to natural disasters, or playing for goods without the need for conventional checkouts.

    RFID helps in many aspects. It uses radio waves to identify an object in the form of a serial number. The technology is used for applications such as baggage handling in airports, access badges, inventory control and document tracking.

    RFID systems are comprised of a reader and a tag. Unlike conventional barcodes, the reader does not need to be in line of sight with the tag in order to detect it, which means that tags can be embedded inside an object, and that many tags can be detected at once. Besides, passive tags require no internal energy source or maintenance, as they get their power from the radio waves interrogating them.

    The new system is being commercialized by the Cambridge team. This will allow organizations to inexpensively and effectively monitor RFID tagged items over large areas.

     
  • Editing Team 17:57 on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Researchers Develop Human-Powered Battery for RFID Implantable Chips 

    human-powered-battery-implantable-chips-RFID-blogA group of American and Chinese researchers have worked together to develop a tiny implantable battery which is capable of harvesting and storing energy from the natural contractile and relaxation motions of the heart, lung, and diaphragm.

    These little mechanical energy harvesters have had been successfully tested on cows. The researchers say that they could be used to power a range of gadgets in the future. So it might be possible that you will be able to charge your iPhone by plugging it into your body.

    So how does the battery work? The rectifier integrated in the battery converts the electrical signal which then stores in a tiny rechargeable battery.

    One technology that will benefit from this is RFID. Humans will now be able to implant self-powered microcomputers inside of one’s body. Like all technology, it is neutral. It is how we use it that dictates the tools outcome.

     
  • Editing Team 12:29 on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Dutch Shoe Maker to Use RFID Labels During Production 

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    Dutch shoe manufacturer Wolky has decided to attach RFID labels during the production of its products. Each label is embedded with a passive UHF EPC Gen 2 inlay. The labels can be scanned using !D Hand RFID reader.

    In fact, Wolky has already tagged its shoeboxes as shipments were received at the stores. One of Wolky’s resellers that has already integrated RFID successfully at its stores requested that Wolky attach RFID labels at the production stage in order to speed up inventory processes.

    Since Wolky believes other retailers will also wish to use the RFID technology, Wolky has agreed to the phased introduction of a standard Wolky RFID label on its shoeboxes at its footwear factories.

    Not only will each reseller benefit from the RFID labels, but Wolky will be able to use the RFID labels as a means of achieving efficiency benefits within its logistics chain, as well as increase supply chain reliability and improve customer satisfaction.

     
  • Editing Team 17:50 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    HOAX: ObamaCare Mandates American Citizens to Implant RFID Chip? All European Newborns Must Take Microchip Implants from May 2014? 

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    There has been rumor circulating over the past few years about ObamaCare RFID Microchip implant. It says that wording from the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) contains a section that requires the implantation of a RFID chip in all Americans by a certain date and allows for data collection from those devices.

    Sounds scary, right? Truth is the Act did not mandate the use of any such devices, however. Nowhere in any version of the bill did it say Americans must have microchips or any other devices implanted anywhere in their bodies. More importantly, the provision creating a national medical device registry was entirely stricken from the final legislation signed into law by President Obama.

    Recently, similar rumor goes that all European newborn babies will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip beginning in May 2014. However, the rumor is obviously false, with absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever — there are no laws currently on the books in any European country requiring newborns to receive microchip implants.

    Hoaxes like these gain viral success through the medium of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter because they exploit a common fear of a lack of privacy and control from a prying, authoritarian Government.

    Yet, who’s it for us to say what will happen in 500 years or even 1,000 years? We simply have no idea what the future holds but what we do know is that any plans like the mandatory implanting of all a countries’ citizens are unfeasible and thus are certainly not going to happen in the foreseeable future, in America, Europe, or anywhere else.

     
  • Editing Team 17:49 on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Gets More and More Popular at the Festival Market 

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    The festival market is at a tipping point where RFID systems are proven to both increase revenues and be 100% reliable, according to Serge Grimaux, chief executive of Intellitix.

    “The two fears that have prevented more promoters and festival organizers from adopting RFID up until now have been concerns about it not working and that it’s too expensive,” said Grimaux, adding, “2013 was a tipping point for both of these concerns.”

    “It is no longer a question as to whether RFID works or ultimately costs an event money to deploy, it is now just a question of whether the technology suits the event and the organizer wants to open up additional revenue streams, or not.”

    However, the rapid growth of RFID wristbands may not necessarily mean festivals will also switch to cashless payment systems.

    “I think that quite a number of festivals use RFID wristbands, but still not a lot doing full cashless,” said Christof Huber, head of European festivals organization Yourope.

     
  • Editing Team 17:58 on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    More Than Half of Consumers Are Interested in RFID Wearable Technologies 

    wearable-device-RFID-blogSurvey from consulting company Accenture has found that 52% of consumers are interested in buying wearable technologies, many of which utilize RFID and wireless sensors, such as fitness monitors for tracking physical activity and managing their personal health.

    The survey involved more than 6,000 participants from six countries — Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, UK and U.S. It shows that 52% in a fitness monitor and 51% in a personal safety monitor.

    According to the report, wearable technologies can be used in a variety of ways. Fitness monitor can track a person’s heart rate and calories burned, while Internet-connected eyeglass displays enable consumers to browse the Internet, take digital photographs and receive hands-free notifications.

    “In the past year wearable technologies have emerged as the next big consumer electronics market category, particularly for health and wellness,” said Mattias Lewren, the global managing director of Accenture.

    “To capitalize on this growth opportunity, consumer electronics companies should consider investing in wearable product innovation and industrial design, and building ecosystems that connect wearables to the broader array of interactive digital networks. Every consumer is a digital consumer, and the keen interest in wearable technology provides further evidence of that.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:22 on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Top Reasons That Drive Retail RFID Implementations 

    A new report from ChainLink Research indicates that the three top reasons that drive retail RFID implementations are improving accuracy, reducing out-of-stock and increasing on-floor availability.

    The report says that improved inventory accuracy should be a top priority, because it is so critical to strong sales, and that RFID technology can enable faster inventory accounts (about 25 times faster than traditional, manual barcode scanning), which, in turn, means inventory counts can be performed more often and more accurately. In addition, accurate cycle counting improves inventory accuracy, typically by 20%-30%, which allows retailers to achieve 99% inventory accuracy. This, in turn, enables replenishment alerts to be reliably generated, thereby increasing on-floor availability and decreasing out-of-stocks, typically by 15%-30%. All of this, results in a sales uplift ranging from 1%-10% or more.

    The report indicates that many of the challenges associated with earlier RFID use have been resolved through technology advancements, and also identifies other reasons that retailers are more often turning to RFID, including for loss prevention (specifically by using RFID at store exits).

    Besides, the report also explores the lessons learned from projects that stalled or were cancelled. According to the report, top reasons why an RFID program was cancelled or halted include lack of well-defined use cases, lack of executive support, and other competing business priorities.

     
  • Editing Team 18:01 on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Global RFID Adoption Accelerating in Retail Industry 

    The Big Ideas panel session hosted this week focus on the acceleration of global RFID adoption by retailers.

    “Of the top 30 retailers in the US, two out of three have something going on with RFID. If you’re not doing it now, you’re already behind, and if that doesn’t scare you, it should,” says industry expert Dr. Bill Hardgrave, “To succeed in the retail and apparel industry, you’ve got to solve the fundamentals first, which means inventory accuracy, and then you can focus on enhancing the customer experience. If you haven’t started addressing the fundamentals, you are behind.”

    “RFID is about sales growth and improving customer experience,” says expert Pam Sweeney, “We’re moving forward with additional categories and penetration into existing categories. The greater the penetration of RFID throughout the supply chain, the greater the benefits we see. I encourage more retailers to get on board.”

    “We’re seeing a significant number of retailers piloting and adopting RFID around the world,” says expert Francisco Melo, “This is due to the return on investment RFID delivers, its ability to significantly improve inventory accuracy and the simplification of implementation.”

     
  • Editing Team 11:37 on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    TechNavio: Tags to Contribute Half of Global RFID Market in 2014 

    Statistics from latest research findings of TechNavio show that RFID tags are expected to account for a bit more than 50% of the revenue in the global RFID market, which also includes readers and services.

    According to the firm, the global RFID market this year is expected to be in the range of $9 billion to $11 billion, and this figure is expected to double by 2018.

    Numerous factors are expected to drive this growth in the RFID market, including the possible lowering cost of RFID systems and tags, as well as various initiative by retail establishments to have RFID tagging as part of their logistical support.

    Of the total market size, RFID tags are expected to contribute to a little more than half the value of the RFID market in 2014, and a significantly reduced amount by 2018.

    The report covers the forecast period of 2014 to 2018, and analysis of that period indicates that the RFID tags market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.7% during the forecast period, with the software and services segment following closely and growing at a CAGR of 22.9%, followed by the readers segment, growing at a CAGR of 20.9%.

    As of 2013, TechNavio indicates, the Americas was still the leading contributor to the global RFID market accounting for close to half the global revenue, followed by Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asia-Pacific region. The Americas (particularly the U.S.) was one of the early and highest adopters of RFID. In terms of growth, however, the Asia-Pacific region exhibits the highest potential throughout the next 10 years, during which period numerous projects will be implemented in this region by private and government enterprises.

    The study also found that RFID started primarily as tool for tracking within a confined area, but that this has changed over the years, with the technology becoming an important tool for business-planning purposes, wherein data obtained from RFID tags is being used to determine what measures need to be taken within an organization. For example, the firm reports, employing RFID to track the quantity of containers being loaded onto a truck can help a company decide how many vehicles it requires, and to identify a trend, thereby enabling it to plan ahead.

    “In the coming years,” says Arijit Rakshit, a TechNavio spokesman, “we expect RFID to be more visible in terms of the number of deployments, and in the number of applications for which they can be used. We also expect lower costs of active tags that will help in the above scenario to take place in the coming years.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:22 on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Research: Cold Can Affect RFID Tag Retention 

    The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has mandated the use of RFID for traceability of individual cattle from birth through to slaughter. Several forms of tags have CCIA approval based on the tags’ retention, readability and ability to withstand tampering.

    However, a research team working with the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) has found that very cold temperatures can prevent the tag from staying put on cattle’s ears.

    According to the results of the test, tags were much weaker than to those inserted at room temperature. Besides, the tags were also more difficult to insert when cold, and broke apart “far more easily, even when back at room temperature”.

    The lesson learned, PAMI said, is that it’s best to avoid tagging animals in extremely cold temperatures. Producers, if the job can’t be avoided, should keep both the tag applicator and the tags themselves warm while the tagging is taking place, PAMI recommended.

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