March 18, 2004

Nokia Mobile RFID Kit

Touch the photo of your grandson with your phone to get automatically connected - Nokia does some user-friendly breakthroughs using RFID! The possible uses for this new product promises great examples of accessibility increases for impaired users.
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March 17, 2004

IBM works with US DoD

IBM will help the department of defense develop a strategy for using RFID technology to improve its supply system and inventory management.
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March 16, 2004

RFID and data privacy: hype vs reality today

''The privacy scare surrounding radio frequency identification tags is greatly overblown. No company or government agency will be secretly scanning your house to find out what products you've purchased, because there's no feasible way to do so. But if RFID chip makers don't soon allay these fears, the escalating public emotion about this issue may effectively ban the most valuable implementations of this remarkable technology.''

Putting RFID to work for the consumers

Researchers at Philips want to make RFID fun!

Utah: No Right to Know

Utah's Right to Know Bill runs out of time after objections from retailers
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March 15, 2004

Making an RFID investment more generic

This middleware is such a cool idea for making generic RFID implementations: hook up any reader and the middleware will translate the data and trigger generic events in either custom or commercial enterprise software. Neat.

Goodyear looking at RFID

''As part of its effort to stake out a leadership position in radio frequency identification (RFID) applications, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said it is taking part in a massive retail implementation of this important new technology.''
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Forrester: ''the price of RFID tags won't drop to €0.05 in the next eight years''

Forrester: ''The initial hype around the potential for adding an RFID tag to every item in a supermarket persuaded RFID manufacturers to target the retail supply chain. Retailers and CPG manufacturers bought into the idea that they could use RFID tags economically if they cost €0.05. But complex manufacturing techniques, a costly assembly process, and a lack of demand means the price of RFID tags won't drop to €0.05 in the next eight years.''

Ubiquitous Sensor Network

Korea plans to build a ubiquitous network of RFID sensors
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March 12, 2004

Integration is everything

Two years ago, 7-Eleven piloted a VIP (Virtual Instant Payment) card at the 7-Eleven store inside the company’s corporate headquarters in Dallas and at a store in Plano, Texas.
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RFID and Privacy: market or legal regulation?

Will the market powers and consumer organizations really take care of the public's right to privacy when RFID becomes more widespread?

March 11, 2004

eCAP for medicines

Med-ic eCAP(TM) is a programmable RFID reminder and monitoring solution that tracks medication usage without active patient input.
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March 10, 2004

Forrester: Three challenges for RFID

Forrester: ''without significant technology innovation, suppliers can't meet schedules or capital investment requirements. In the end, the [Walmart/US Dept of Defense/Target] mandates are unattainable unless RFID vendors solve three of the largest technology problems.''

Where to concentrate RFID privacy efforts

Where should RFID privacy campaigners and RFID industry reps concentrate their efforts?

March 09, 2004

IconNicholson and Matrics partner on RFID

IconNicholson, a New York-based IT professional services firm, and Matrics, Inc., a pioneer in the advanced development and standardization of EPC-compliant UHF RFID tag technology has announced a strategic alliance.

UK ahead of Europe and US in RFID implementations?

''Companies at the forefront of RFID deployment in the United Kingdom are confident that a mix of corporate attitudes and government initiatives has helped push the U.K. ahead of Europe and the United States in terms of RFID implementation. ''

Meta Group: ''There is no positive ROI within the first two years for suppliers''

Meta Group: ''There is no positive ROI within the first two years for suppliers focusing on complying with the Wal-Mart RFID mandate. That is the result of an analysis of client interactions centered on the forced adoption and implementation of Wal-Mart's RFID plans in open supply chains. ''

A.T. Kearney: ''Tout RFID Benefits To Consumers''

''A.T. Kearney Inc. says retailers and suppliers should look beyond back-end benefits to their supply chains when implementing radio-frequency identification technology. [...]''

March 08, 2004

Food and drug retailer Albertsons Inc implements RFID

Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho, operates about 2,300 retail stores in 31 U.S. states. The chains includes Albertsons, Acme, Sav-on Drugs, Osco Drug and Super Saver.

The Chameleon Card

''The Chameleon Card is a programmable credit-card and the Pocket Vault is a programming terminal for it. Feed it your credit-card magstripes and your loyalty-card bar-codes, seal it with your fingerprint, then, on demand, it can mimic any of the cards in your wallet. Oh, and it's got an RFID-mimic built in too [...]''
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''Smart Dust'' reality?

A disposable paperboard computer has been developed and is already in use in Sweden. Developed by Cypak AB, the paperboard computer can collect, process, and exchange several pages of encrypted data, the company says.
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Want to discuss RFID?

The RFIDbuzz discussion forum is open for your registration, discussions and submissions.
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Smart Possessions

Pete Winer writes about his visions on ''Smart Possessions'' in a recent blog entry. Some clever visions on the ''Internet of Things''
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March 06, 2004

Benign by Design?

San Fransisco chief librarian describes RFID technology as ''benign by design''.
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March 05, 2004

We Know What You Read

San Francisco public libraries are preparing to embed RFID into their books; anyone with an RFID scanner could potentially know what you're reading.
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March 03, 2004

Background research on the ''burning US 20 dollar bills'' story

Someone was microwaving their US 20 dollar bills and claimed that ''RFID tags'' in the bills caught fire when doing so. Several websites have picked up the news and provided commentary - conspiratorial as well as sceptical. Here is a summary of explanations and theories:

March 02, 2004

More on the Metro RFID consumer loyalty cards

''Metro had embedded RFID chips in loyalty cards for the sole purpose of identifying the age of shoppers wanting to view DVD trailers [...]''

March 01, 2004

''RFID Tags'' in New US Notes Explode When You Try to Microwave Them

We've previously mentioned that the IRS has been playing with the idea of RFID'ing money; is this already in place in the new US twenties, or is it just a (non-RFID) metallic component of the bills that explode in the above mentioned experiment? All comments that can shed some light on the phenomenon are welcome!