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RFID Journal Live in Phoenix - The New Exciting Stuff Was in IEEE RFID
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This year’s RFID Journal Live! was arranged in Phoenix, AZ three weeks ago. I have been scanning through different reports about the show, and they all seem to amplify my own perception: the overall business was good, things are moving forward, but there was nothing particularly new and exciting this time. Sure, the inventory robots were still there, readers are integrating with antennas, and some new chips were announced, but that’s about it.

So, instead of writing about Journal Live!, this year I am focusing my show report on a co-located event that always delivers something new, the IEEE RFID conference.

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Downgrading Your Spec Does Not Make a Quality Tag - Thoughts About RFID Quality
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I work as the CEO of Voyantic, a company that specializes in RFID test and measurement equipment. Since our systems are used by hundreds of companies around the world, we often come across cases where a customer needs our help to verify that their tags work as they should. This is a story about a case where things went wrong…

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What Gen2v2 Security Offers for RAIN RFID Applications
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In October 2013, the management board of GS1 ratified EPC Gen2v2, a new version of the widely used Gen2 UHF RFID standard. Gen2v2 is backwards compatible with Gen2 but adds a number of new features for consumer privacy, authenticating tags and readers, tag memory management, and electronic article surveillance (EAS). These new features ease the adoption of RFID especially in application areas where the tag carries more information than only its identification. Let’s have a more detailed look at one new key feature of Gen2v2: authentication.

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The Pioneers of UHF RFID: The Aerospace Industry
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Retail RFID seems to get the most limelight in the RFID industry at the moment. And that is not surprising because of its huge tag volumes and growth rates. But there are many other industries that are benefiting from RFID use as well. One of my personal favorites is the aerospace industry. To serve this industry, an ecosystem of RFID technology providers has emerged. In addition, the ecosystem has generated business opportunities for the supporting industry.

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The Convergence of UHF RFID and NFC
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I saw my first combined UHF RFID-NFC apparel label at a trade show several years ago. I remember wondering what the reason for this combination was. After all, UHF RFID is primarily used in the business-to-business world of retail: supply chains, inventories, point-of-sale, etc. NFC on the other hand is used in the business-to-consumer interface: in retail, primarily brand enhancement. Could there be a reason to combine these two technologies?

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Is Now the Time for Passive RFID Sensing?
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One of the hot topics at this year’s RFID Journal Live! trade show in San Diego was passive RFID sensing. The show featured several new sensor products from companies like RF Micron, Smartrac, Phase IV Engineering, Farsens, and many others. But what is passive RFID sensing all about? And should you already be working with it?

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