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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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日本のコンビニエンスストアがRAIN RFIDの導入に適している4つのファクター
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Nikkei Asian Review に、日本の大手コンビニエンスストアが深刻な人手不足を解消するためにRFIDの導入を検討しているという記事がリリースされた。まず、個人的に私は日本が大好きであること、次に私はこれまでRAIN RFIDをリテール市場で展開させることに多大なる尽力をしてきている。しかしながら今回の発表には驚かせられた。その理由を説明したい。

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Four Factors That Make Japan the Perfect Place to Deploy RAIN RFID in Convenience Stores
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The Nikkei Asian Review released a story about how some of the largest Japanese convenience stores plan to deploy RFID as a fix to severe labor shortage. Firstly, I am personally a huge fan of Japan and secondly, I’ve done quite a bit of work to speed up RAIN RFID deployments in the retail market. Still this announcement from Japan took me by surprise, and let me explain why. Nikkei Asian Review: New RFID self-checkout systems will eliminate the need to scan each item individually, helping to cope with a severe lack of manpower. Unconventional Motivation This is the fi... Read more →


RAIN RFID, UHF RFID, EPC RFID, ... - Confused by the Different Names?
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I am frequently lecturing to RFID users and technology providers about quality and performance in RFID. Every now and then a question about the terminology comes up. RFID technology has developed through several paths and as a result there are a lot of names and definitions for RFID. A beloved child has many names, says a Finnish proverb. Understanding the different points of view in naming and the origins of the terminology help to understand the many names.

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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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RFID Companies Should Stand United to Defend the RFID ETSI Frequencies – We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet
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Listen up now Alien, Avery Dennison, GE, Honeywell, Intel, Impinj, NXP, Metro, Smartrac, SML, SATO, Tesco and Zebra. You have a world of hurt coming in - the ETSI UHF RFID band might get cannibalized, and you cannot afford it. We are facing a serious situation where other technologies may cripple the-already-narrow RFID ETSI band. Read on to learn more what you should do to defend your business.

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National UHF RFID Standards and RFID Performance
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ISO 18000-63 (6C, EPC Class 1 Gen 2) has been by far the most used UHF RFID standard for several years. There have been some competing standards such as Tagidu, IP-X (tag-talks-only) and ISO18000-62 (6B), but they are nowadays rarely used in new applications. However, new RFID standards still emerge: for example in Brazil, SINIAV has created a protocol aimed for vehicle tracking applications, and in China, a new UHF standard, GB/T29768-2013 has been recently published.

There are several chip and tag manufacturers working with these new standards. Why do these national RFID standards exist? And what does it mean for performance testing?

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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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