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From the Editor's Desk

Steve HallidayWelcome to the latest issue of the High Tech AIDCourier.

This year certainly seems to be flying past us. It seems amazing to me that April is upon us and that RFID Journal Live is just around the corner.

The Journal Live show should be a good barometer of the state of the RFID industry and I am looking forward to seeing who is there and who is not. In past years we have seen great shows and average shows. Could this be the one that signals the return to normality? I will be at the show, so drop me a note if you want to meet there.

March was a really busy month for standards (see below) and April looks like being as busy. If you want to know more about standards, then let me know, we are working on a new opportunity for everyone to get more information.

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Technology News Briefs

RFID Standards

March was a very busy month for standards with a two week long meeting in Korea of several of the SC31 standards groups.

The week started with WG4/SG1 RFID Application Interface Protocols where the discussions focused on the mechanism of how file management in an RFID tag might work. This work will be built into the new standard ISO/IEC 29167 that covers security and file management.

Following this meeting WG4/SG3 RFID Air Interfaces met. The main reason for meeting was to hold a ballot resolution meeting (BRM) for ISO/IEC 18000-6 UHF RFID. There have been many changes to the published standard and this BRM was the latest in the progress of the document. The standard has been modified to include support for a Type D tag, battery assisted tags and the use of sensors by the tag. The group resolved all the comments and agreed to send it to FDIS ballot and subsequent publication.

Next the WG4/SG5 RFID Implementation Guidelines met. This group spent most of its time working on a BRM for ISO/IEC 200017 "Experimental evaluation method for impact distance and mitigation method of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) from RFID interrogators on active implantable medical devices". The PDTR ballot received many comments and it was agreed that the document should be sent back to the working group to allow the document to be improved.

WG6 Mobile Identification and Item Management, have many documents related to the use of RFID with mobile devices. All of these documents required a BRM after the latest round of balloting. All of these documents were either sent on to the next round of a balloting or back to redo the current round.

WG7 File Management and Security has one work item, ISO/IEC 29167. This document is still in working draft form and is made up of, a general part and then parts specific to various RFID air interface standards (ISO/IEC 18000). It will include a means of creating a highly secure RFID tag.

The final group to meet was WG5 RTLS and their work is concentrated on a revision to ISO/IEC 24730-2 and a new work item ISO/IEC 24730-6 Ultra Wide Band.

If you want more information on ISO standardization or on any issue of RFID standardization, then email steve@hightechaid.com.

Radio Frequency Identification

$1 billion opportunity
Seen in applied RFID technology

Cheap Printed RFID Tags
May Replace Barcodes

RFID Transforming Food Retailers
Like Wal-Mart

Security and privacy
In RFID system

Overall RFID market
To hit $5.35 billion this year

Verayo claims
Its RFID chips are 'unclonable'

Korea Sets Trend
In Mobile Radio Tags

Sirit and RF Controls Deliver
Groundbreaking RFID System

RFID System
For Keeping Track of Documents and Files

Alien Technology
Raises $10.9

Oyster card
Upgrade underway

Mobile Commerce

Expands pay-by-iPhone pilot to 1000 stores

Target Stores
To Bring Mobile Coupons Mainstream


UK ID card data
To be split among three databases

Speed Identity
Tapped for Swedish ID cards

Hitachi's Biometric Coke Machine
Lets You Pay With Your Pulse

A national ID card
In 2010?

DEA issues rule
On e-prescribing for controlled drugs

FBI's past and future use
Of biometric technology

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Korea Plans
Radio Tags for Drugs

National Healthcare
Will Require National RFID Chips

Patent Awarded
For Terso RFID Enclosure Technology

Swiss Study Finds
RFID Tags Safe for MRI, CT Scans

Bar Code

Use your iPhone
To help scan food barcodes

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Press Releases

A regular feature of HighTechAIDCourier will be a review of interesting press releases from around the world. Please send your press releases to news@hightechaid.com,, but do not forget to include a URL to the full release on your web site. Here are this month's selections:

Intelleflex Announces New Standards Based Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) RFID Platform
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelleflex, the leader in Extended Capability RFID, today announced their next generation, standards based Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) XC3 technology platform.

Impinj Unveils High Performance Speedway� xPortalTM Integrated Portal Reader
Compact, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Solution Employs Innovative Antenna Technology to Increase Performance While Reducing Deployment Cost by Over $1,000

Invengo Announces New RFID Tags, with Impinj Monza 4 Chip, and Also the Release of a UHF Gen 2 Hand Held Reader
Herndon, VA, April 05, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The products are set to be showcased at the RFID Journal Live Show, which takes place April 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando FL.

World's First Dual Biometric Reader Verifies Identity by Either Face, Fingerprint, RFID and/or PIN in Less Than Two Seconds
March 24, 2010 12:00 PM

- Compatible with any Platform and Application, ZK Software's iFace 302 is the Perfect Solution for Access Control and/or Time and Attendance

Digital Angel's Destron Fearing Unit Awarded up to $2.0 Million in New Orders for Fish Monitoring RFID Tags
SO. ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital Angel (NASDAQ: DIGA - News), an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions, announced today that its Destron Fearing unit has been awarded new orders for Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) fish-monitoring RFID tags from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Alien Technology� Announces Ultra High Performance Next Generation Global RFID Reader At Its User & Partner Conference In Dayton, Ohio
March 10, 2010
New Ultra High Performance and Feature-Rich ALR-9900+ RFID Reader Supersedes All Alien Global Enterprise Category Readers in a Common Hardware Platform

University of Michigan Health System Expands Use of Mobile Aspects Tissue Tracking System
PITTSBURGH - (Business Wire) Mobile Aspects announced today that the University of Michigan Health System has signed an agreement to expand the use of its tissue tracking solution into the Operating Room at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children�s Hospital.

Sirit Obtains Court Approval for Acquisition by Federal Signal
(Source: Canada Newswire) TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - Sirit Inc. ("Sirit") (TSX: SI), a leading provider of radio frequency identification ("RFID") technology, announces that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ("the Court") has issued a Final Order approving the previously announced plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) ("the Arrangement") under which Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sirit (the "Common Shares") for $0.46 per share in cash.

The Final Comment

We 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:

The sincerest form
 of feathery flattery http://www.youtube.com/wa

Never tasted so dog-gone good http://www.youtube.com/wat

How not to rob
A liquor store http://www.glumbert.com/me

Very cool (!)
Snow and ice sculptures http://www.rtoddking.com/ch

All about auroras:
Paintings in the sky http://www.exploratorium.edu

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