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Welcome to the latest issue of the High Tech AIDCourier.
As we head towards the summer here in Pittsburgh, PA, the weather is
starting to lose that cold, wet feeling and we are starting to feel the
warmth at last. The business world is starting to warm up as well and we
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Technology News Briefs
There is plenty going on in the world of standards at the moment with several key RFID ISO standards out for ballot. The voting on 18000-6 (RFID at 860 – 960 MHz) closes in a just a few days and we will have a ballot resolution meeting in May. The document is already over 500 pages and I am expecting a lot of comments on the document, so we should have an interesting review.
The ballots for the RFID data standards are also underway and I expect that we will see a lot of comments on them as well. They don’t close for a while and the ballot resolution meeting is not until August.
The final document out for ballot that is key in the world of RFID is the one that describes how to deal with sensors attached to RFID tags. While this standard uses the IEE 1451.7 standard as its foundation, I expect that there will be considerable discussion about this as well.
If you want more information on ISO standardization or on any issue of RFID standardization, then email email@example.com.
Radio Frequency IdentificationRFID Software Provider
GlobeRanger Raises $8.3M
Will buy Swiss RFID manufacturer http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2009/03/16/daily42.html
To Earn More Than $5.6B In '09: Study
To Incorporate RFID Technology
Lays off 23, cuts expenses
Nuclear Tracking Solution
Microsoft, Georgia Tech
Partner up for research
Ford concept car
Offers RFID-enabled features
Sees improvement in baggage handling
RFID firm Reva
Lands $5M, names new CEO Bruce Berger
Cargo Monitoring Intelligence Service Gets Smarter
Ekahau Refines Wi-Fi RTLS Performance
With New Location Beacon
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Tracks Trays Packed With Surgical Instruments
FedEx's CIO talks about recession cleanups,
Packaged Monza(TM) 3 Tag Chips
To run RFID Consortium's licensing program
Locates people in imminent danger http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_618345.html
Volkswagen and IBM Shift Into Higher Gear
To Create Smart Supply Chain Through RFID
Baird's RFID Monthly for March
Raises $8.3M in funding
Bringing Jobs to IBM
Launches new biometrics site
Healthcare and Life SciencesAwarepoint Unveils
Healthcare's First Autoclavable Active RFID Tray Tracking Application
Launches RTLS Solution Based on Passive RFID
Time Domain Releases
PLUS Ultra Wideband (UWB) Proximity Zone Pak
Time Domain Puts UWB
On RTLS Users' Radar
PrivacyHow Secure is Your RFID Passport?
Bar CodeGS1 and Obscure University Researcher
At Odds over Barcode Error Rate
Top 10 'inventions'
That changed the world
New bar code system
Could flag unsafe meat
WirelessWireless, MEMS advancements
Boost energy harvesting
Calls it a day
Launches UWB Evaluation Kit for CAP Microcontroller
Homeland SecurityThe U.S. passport
Press ReleasesA regular feature of HighTechAIDCourier will be a review of interesting press releases from around the world. Please send your press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org,, but do not forget to include a URL to the full release on your web site. Here are this month’s selections:
Awarepoint Unveils Healthcare’s First Autoclavable Active RFID Tray Tracking Application
Significant installation success at UCSD highlights capital budget savings Medical Center
SAN DIEGO (SPECIAL TO HIMSS, April 6, 2009) – Awarepoint quietly launched the first-to-market Sterilizable Active RFID Real-time Location System (RTLS) asset tag a year ago, and has seen tremendous installation successes to date.
RFID Security Guideline Published
RFID Tag Data Security Technical Report Based on Guidance from AIM's RFID Expert Group is Published by ISO
Warrendale, PA -- March 31, 2009 -- AIM Global, the trade association recognized as the worldwide authority on automatic identification and mobility, is pleased to recognize the publication of ISO/IEC TR24729-4, Information technology — Radio frequency identification for item management — Implementation guidelines — Part 4: Tag data security by the International Organization of Standards (ISO).
Hi-G-Tek and Trojan Defense Collaborate to Develop a Global Nuclear Threat Early Detection and Warning System
Unique, Wireless Sensor Designed for Rapid Reporting of WMD in Transnational Shipments
Rockville, Md. -- March 24, 2009 -- Hi-G-Tek (www.higtek.com), a developer and manufacturer of active-RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) sensing and control solutions for tracking high-value cargo and sensitive materials, has established a Letter of Intent working relationship with Trojan Defense (www.trojandefense.com), a nuclear electronics research firm currently under contract with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security.
Sirit RFID Solution Selected for Inventory Tracking Program
Cal Poly Sponsored Project at PG&E Results in Increased Inventory Accuracy
Toronto, ON-3/31/2009- Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, today announced that its INfinity 510 (“IN510”) reader and RSI-647 Corkscrew RFID tags have been selected for deployment at Pacific Gas & Electric’s (“PG&E”) Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California.
Sirit Closes Fiscal 2008 with its Strongest Quarter
Toronto, ON, Canada-3/11/2009- Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, today reports its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.
UPM Raflatac and Blue Spark Technologies partner to drive new battery assisted passive RFID research and product development
TAMPERE, Finland & CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPM Raflatac and Blue Spark Technologies announce that they have recently formed a partnership specifically targeted towards the development and launch of new and innovative products and applications in the emerging battery assisted passive (BAP) RFID market.
Sisvel to Administer RFID Consortium's Patent Licensing Program
UHF RFID Patent Pool Will Foster Global Adoption of RFID and Remains Open to New Licensors
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sisvel US and the RFID Consortium today announced that Sisvel will administer the Consortium's ultra-high frequency radio frequency identification (UHF RFID) patent licensing program.
PowerID Announces Release of Smaller and Improved PowerG and PowerM BAP RFID Labels
Petah Tikva, Israel – March 30, 2009 – PowerID Ltd., the industry leader in battery-assisted, passive (BAP) RFID technology, announced today the availability of smaller, improved versions of its EPCglobal Class 1, Generation 2-compliant PowerG and PowerM BAP labels.
Reva Systems Extends the Reach of Healthcare Tracking Systems
Reva-4-Healthcare Solution Package Supports Innovative RFID Healthcare Applications
CHELMSFORD, MA, Apr 01, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Reva Systems, the leading RFID infrastructure provider, today announced it will demonstrate the first passive RFID solution package, Reva-4-Healthcare, designed to support healthcare tracking applications at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) trade show next week in Chicago, booth #8149.
The Final CommentWe always try to find something to keep away those boring evenings while you wait to get back to work. This month is no exception, try these:
Putting the 'art' back into your arteries! Do you like those fast food burgers? Here’s another use for them:
Don't be sheepish, they're a shear delight!
No special effects here, just man and his best friend:
A great drink or great fun?
Are you a safe driver? Take the test:
Who knows how old you are?
Find the famous landmarks:
Lies, damn lies and fake statistics:
An Alaskan volcano as seen from spacee:
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