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  • Editing Team 18:10 on December 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Swedish Armed Forces Plans to Roll out RFID System to Track Equipment 

    Having spent more than a year on testing the use of passive UHF RFID tags on uniforms destined for Swedish soldiers, the Swedish Armed Forces intends to begin rolling out a permanent RFID system sometime within the next 2-5 years. The technology will be used to track personal soldier equipment, in order to improve efficiency at multiple locations throughout the country.

    The Swedish Armed Forces has been testing a variety of RFID solutions since 2004 to determine how the technology could help provide visibility to goods sent overseas. Now the military’s logistics and material divisions have finished testing both active and passive tags, with deployment dates yet to be determined.

    “The armed forces have been inspired by civil industries to use passive RFID to streamline different work processes, and obtain a more accurate accounting in near real time.”


  • Editing Team 16:09 on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Helps to Track Attendees 


    North American Prospect Expos (NAPE), which runs business conferences for the oil and gas industry, has embedded a UHF RFID tag to each badge cover to identify traffic levels on conferences floors, as well as monitor attendees at sessions and other events during the programs.

    NAPE is using the technology to track traffic onto the exhibition floor, as well as to monitor attendees during other activities, such as an introductory party held the evening prior to the show. With the RFID data, organizers can determine how many attend the evening event, how many come to the show floor and when this occurs. In this way, the company can better identify which activities are successful and which are less popular, as well as when the number of attendees may require increased or decreased staffing.

    The system not only captures each ID number and links it to a specific individual, but also uses a reporting tool that analyzes read events and transmits the necessary data to clients, thereby identifying traffic patterns and what they mean to the show’s success. For example, software calculates when each attendee arrives and leaves, how often that guest passes a specific area, and when traffic levels are high or low.

  • Editing Team 15:54 on October 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Advice on How to Choose the Right RFID System for Your Application 

    1. Learn some basic knowledge of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. While you learn how the technology is going to benefit your business, you should not leave out its disadvantages, as there is no such thing as a “perfect-in-every-way” technology.
    2. If you think the cost is affordable and the defects are acceptable, you may determine whether you want to use it as a point solution focusing on solving one problem, or as an infrastructure approach to solve multiple problems.
    3. Determine which objects and/or people you would like to track with RFID technology.
    4. Determine over what distance each object or person needs to be identified and tracked.
    5. Determine how accurately you would like to track each item and also the layout of the environment.
    6. Create a table and place all the items that are needed on your list.
    7. Consider other factors that might influence the system:
    • How large is the asset?
    • Do you need to monitor the item’s condition?
    • What other RF devices are in operation in the area in which the RFID system will be used?
    • How much will deploying the system disrupt existing operational activities?
    • How important is data security?
    8. Find a reliable system integrator.
    9. Pilot the system.
    10. Roll out the system and expand it as needed.

  • Editing Team 16:16 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Aerospace Company Uses RFID to Track Handsets for Safety Purpose 


    An aerospace company has piloted an RFID solution which uses GuardRFID’s active label, a 6-millimeter-thick, battery-powered 433 MHz tag small enough for monitoring individuals and assets in real-time location system (RTLS) applications.

    Since the work performed at that facility was highly sensitive, staff members or contractors entering specific areas were required to leave their mobile phones in a locker or other location outside the secured area.

    To solve this problem, GuardRIFD developed a new tag which comes with a battery, a motion sensor and a temperature sensor and is small enough to be affixed to the back of a cell phone. The built-in motion sensor enables the tag to be read more frequently when the object to which it is attached is moving, but less often when stationary, thereby extending the battery life.

    If an individual forgot to remove a phone from his or her pocket upon entering through the door, the exciter awakened the phone’s tag, which began transmitting its ID number. The reader received that ID and forwarded it to the software, which not only stored that event data but also triggered an alarm to be sounded by the doorway’s audio device, thereby reminding the individual to remove his or her phone and store it outside the secured area.

  • 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.


  • Editing Team 17:04 on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Smart Basketball Embedded with Wireless Sensors to Track Athlete’s Performance 

    smart-basketball-94Fifty-wireless-sensors-rfid-blogMotion sensor solution developer InfoMotion Sports Technologies has recently unveiled a new version of its 94Fifty basketball — a ball fitted with wireless sensors designed to transmit data regarding the ball’s speed, arc, spin and dribble force, as well as an athlete’s performance.

    The new 94Fifty ball aims to attract individual users. It is fitted with a small module incorporating a total of nine sensors that measures such properties as the angle and speed of a ball’s movements, as well as a chip that processes that information, a rechargeable battery and a Bluetooth transmitter to forward the relevant details to a mobile phone, tablet or other handheld running an Android or Apple operating system.

    The phone or tablet then uses the 94Fifty app to enable individuals to view the quality of their performance, compete or compare it with others’ performances using the same technology, set up challenges, and share data with others via social networks.

    The company hopes to start shipping the balls with the wireless charger and app in October 2013. The balls will be available for sale online at the company Web site.

  • Editing Team 23:52 on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Philippines Develops RFID Sensors to Predict Meteorological Disasters 

    Philippines-sensors-predict-meteorological-disasters-RFID-blogThe Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Republic of the Philippines is developing a series of RFID-based smart sensors which it plans to use in the nation’s disaster prevention program.

    DOST Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) is developing an RFID system to monitor weather and geological conditions, as well as other aspects of its “Smarter Philippines” program, which is to generate, gather and analyze data to enable timely and effective decision making and planning.

    RFIDs will initially be put to use in DOST’s Program NOAH (Nationwide Operation on Assessment of Hazards) as automated rain gauges and weather stations. These stations transmit real-time data on the amount of rainfall, temperature, pressure, humidity and wind speed, direction, and velocity.

    Sitting astride the typhoon belt, most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms from July to October, with around nineteen typhoons entering the Philippine area of responsibility in a typical year and eight or nine making landfall.

  • Editing Team 09:27 on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID & RTLS Help Hospitals to Ensure Patient Safety 

    Technologies like radio-frequency identification (RFID) and real-time locating systems (RTLS) are already transforming how some hospitals operate and they are going to play an even bigger role in the hospitals in the future, yet they are still underused in healthcare.

    In fact, beyond asset tracking and supply chain management, wireless technology can provide real-time data which can increase patient safety.

    The best way to put RFID and RTLS to work is with an integrated, enterprise-wide approach. That isn’t easy. But the Healthcare Symposium, which held early this month, showcased best practices for putting the proper building blocks in place and then reaping their rewards: capturing data, aggregating it, analyzing it and extracting knowledge to drive efficiencies and improve care.

    In the session, John Wass, CEO of Wavemark, Inc., showed just how important real-time information can spur better care delivery.

    A hospital is “almost like a war environment,” said Wass: periods of quiet punctuated by dramatic and often chaotic situations where “everything is going crazy.”

    In those situations, “real-time information is absolutely critical,” he said. One way of getting that information is via RFID — active or passive tags that can show whether a needed piece of equipment is there or not — and if it is nearby, where exactly it is. They can track critical medication, and tell whether it’s safe to administer or expired.

    Wireless technologies allow caregivers “to focus on the patient,” rather than on time-draining administrative tasks, said Wass. In emergency situation, they can offer clear directives, preventing nurses and physicians from overreacting to stress.

    In a “battle against time,” with “limited human resources,” he said, “automated or semi-automated data collection is critical to winning the battle.”

  • 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 16:42 on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    FitTap App Uses NFC Tags to Quickly Update Your Fitbit Activities 

    Using an activity tracking system, be it a Fitbit or Jawbone Up, the biggest problem is that you have to enter some information manually, which is often forgotten. For example, if you want to track how much water you drink in a given day, you have to remember to enter it into the Fitbit app.

    Now here’s an Android app to help you with that — it’s called FitTap, which combines Fitbit activity logging with NFC.

    There are two versions of the app: one is free, but requires you to use NFC tags purchased through the app; the other is a pro version, which allows you to use any compatible NFC tag and costs $1.99.

    The creation process is rather simple and requires no professional knowledge: scan the blank tag, confirm that you want to associate it with FitTap, and then assign a task to the tag.

    The tags can be designed to log an activity, food, sleep, water or weight. Each category has all of the appropriate fields required when logging the same activity with Fitbit.


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