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From the Editor's Desk

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

This issue marks the first in the new format. Along with a new format for the newsletter we have a new web site up and running. The new formats are much easier to read and should work in all email clients. Be sure to let me know if you have a problem reading the newsletter. As always we encourage you to forward this copy to your colleagues to sign up for their own copy.

This month has been a busy one, with standards meetings as well as a lot of news in the industry. The newsletter covers some of the standards work, but if you are looking for help in your company regarding the state of RFID, then feel free to give us a call and let us see if we can help you.

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Technology News Briefs

RFID Standards

Standards meetings this month have moved the progress of several standards. Here is a brief summary of the status in RFID standards:
• ISO/IEC 18000-6 UHF air interface, currently in FCD ballot, closes in April 2009,
• ISO/IEC 18000-3 HF air interface, CD ballot passed, changes are being made and it will go to FCD ballot
• ISO/IEC 15961 Data protocol, in FCD ballot closes April 2009
• ISO/IEC 15962 Data encoding rules and logical memory functions, in FCD ballot closes April 2009
• ISO/IEC 24791-1 Software System Infrastructure – Part 1: Architecture – FCD ballot passed, sent to FDIS and publication
• ISO/IEC 24791-2 Data Management, will be sent to CD ballot in next few weeks
• ISO/IEC 24791-3 Device Management, will be sent to CD ballot in next few weeks
• ISO/IEC 24791-5 Device interface, passed CD ballot, will go to FCD ballot in next few weeks
• ISO/IEC 24791-6 Security, FCD ballot closes in Feb 2009.
• ISO/IEC 18046-2 Test methods for interrogator performance, will be sent to CD ballot in next few weeks
• ISO/IEC 18046-3 Test methods for tag performance, will be sent to CD ballot in next few weeks
• ISO/IEC 18047-7 RFID device conformance test methods for ISO/IEC 18000 Part 7, FCD ballot passed, sent to FDIS and publication.
• ISO/IEC 29167 Air Interface for file management and security services for RFID, work will start in the next few weeks to create a working draft, contributions are welcome.

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

Radio Frequency Identification

ACMA’s 4 Watt ruling
A win for EPC/RFID
http://www.manmonthly.com.au/Article/ACMA-s-4-Watt-ruling-a-win-for-EPC
-RFID/435101.aspx
http://www.idm.net.au/story.asp?id=16513

2009 will be the year of contactless payments
Says Visa Europe boss
http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/2009/01/27/3642/2009-will-
be-the-year-of-contactless-payments-says-visa-europe-boss/

Carrefour announces
Major move toward contactless and NFC
http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/2009/01/27/3637/carrefour
-announces-major-move-toward-contactless-%e2%80%94-and-nfc/

London Underground
Signals move to NFC
http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/2009/01/19/3552/londo
n-un
derground-signals-move-to-nfc/

The Five-Cent Tag is Here!
Well, Almost
http://www.scdigest.com/assets/On_Target/09-01-27-2.php?cid=2201
http://www.rfidupdate.com/articles/index.php?id=1733

Food poisoning outbreaks
Could prove a boon to RFID
http://cwflyris.computerworld.com/t/4257379/406208/164653/0/

Wal-Mart Finds Do-It-Yourself
May be easiest path for RFID enablement
http://www.scdigest.com/assets/On_Target/09-01-21-1.php?cid=2188
http://www.rfidupdate.com/news/01262009.html

What Sam's Club Decision means
Confirms the company's commitment to RFID
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/4553/1/128/

World's largest casino' replaces chips
With high-tech discs
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2009-01-28-foxwoods-casino
-chips_N.htm?csp=Travel

TI Scales Back
RFID Business
http://www.rfid-world.com/news/212903381;jsessionid=D4SSCT5OZJ2QEQSN
DLPSKHSCJUNN2JVN

Privacy advocate
Katherine Albrecht to head U.S. media relations for Ixquick.com
http://www.rfid-world.com/blogs/212903382

Moscow Metro goes contactless
With NXP's MIFARE
http://www.contactlessnews.com/2009/01/26/moscow-metro-goes-conta
ctless-with-nxps-mifare

Tagent produces
The first passive UWB RTLS and antenna on chip
http://rfidwizards.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=539
&Itemid=392&emc=el&m=300797
&l=8&v=58594f9f6a

$250 kit
Lets you clone passport RFID chips just by driving past
http://www.techdigest.tv/2009/02/250_kit_lets_yo.html

Former IBM Executive Diana Hage
Hired as Chief Executive Officer
http://www.centredaily.com/business/technology/story/1096887.html

RFID Emblem Pages
Have Been Updated
http://www.aimglobal.org/standards/RFIDEmblem/

No More Lost Bags:
The One-Step Solution
http://www.centredaily.com/business/technology/story/1096887.html

P&G's Decision
To Pull Back From Wal-Mart RFID Trial Quite Understandable
http://www.storefrontbacktalk.com/e-commerce/pgs-decision-to-pull-back
-from-wal-mart-rfid-trial-quite-understandable/
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/4619/

Texas Instruments
To consolidate RFID unit
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/industries/techtelec
om/stories/021409tibrf.371e556.html
http://www.rfid-world.com/news/212903381

RuBee Aims to Be
A Rugged Alternative to RFID
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/industries/techteleco
m/stories/021409tibrf.371e556.html

Payback Is Not Sweet for RFID
ABI Research Says
http://www.itjungle.com/fhs/fhs021009-story10.html

Organic RFID Transponder Chip
Makes Big Progress
http://www.azom.com/news.asp?newsID=15544

INSIDE Celebrates Banner Year
For MicroRead NFC Chip
http://www.rfidsolutionsonline.com/article.mvc/INSIDE-Celebrates-Banner
-Year-For-MicroRead-0001?atc~c=771+s=773+r=001+l=a

GS1 announces
Success of BRIDGE project
http://www.it-analysis.com/blogs/RFID_Scanlines/2009/2/gs1_announces_s
uccess_of_bridge_pr_.html

Baird RFID Monthly
January Summary
http://www.rfidupdate.com/articles/index.php?id=1732&from=rss

Baird RFID Monthly
February Summary
http://www.rfid-world.com/news/213001342

New Financing Program for
Mobile Aspects RFID Solutions
http://www.centredaily.com/business/technology/story/1096791.html

RFID helps
Army better track tank parts
http://defensesystems.com/Articles/2009/01/19/Army-gets-better-tank-part
-tracking-with-RFID.aspx

New York may regulate
Retail RFID use
http://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/article.php?id=910

SkyeTek Launches
New Compact 1-Watt UHF RFID Reader Modules
http://www.bbwexchange.com/pubs/2009/01/16/page1423-5388017.asp

2008 Report
On China's RFID Industry
http://www.pr-inside.com/report-on-china-s-rfid-industry-r1005925.htm

A New Generation of RFID
Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN)
http://www.industryweek.com/articles/a_new_generation_of_rfid_18184.a
spx

Biometrics

FBI studies biometrics
To plan its future research
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090113_5430.php?zone=NGpopular

U.S. Military wants
Domestic biometrics standards
http://www.secureidnews.com/2009/01/28/us-military-wants-domestic-biom
etrics-standards

Motorola wins four-year contract
With Dutch police agency
http://security.cbronline.com/news/motorola_wins_four_year_contract_with
_dutch_police_agency_300109

Calif. DMV
Tried to sneak in biometrics for driver's licenses, groups claim
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticle
Basic&articleId=9127461&source=NLT_AM

Where does RFID stand?
It's still alive, but it isn't exactly kicking.
http://www.dcvelocity.com/news/?article_id=2208

Voice biometrics
For UK banking?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/moneybox/7875541.stm

School begins
Facial scan trial
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7828626.stm

ID

Malware
Swipes Millions of Credit Cards
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22007/?nlid=1714&a=f

Testing
Aims to make sure cards can stand the test of time
http://www.contactlessnews.com/2009/01/29/testing-aims-to-make-sure-ca
rds-can-stand-the-test-of-time

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Wireless RFID tag
Flags Alzheimer’s
http://www.itexaminer.com/wireless-rfid-tag-flags-alzheimers.aspx

New RFID tag
Can track blood samples in real time
http://www.smartbrief.com/news/aabb/storyDetails.jsp?issueid=12040A88-9
390-4B2D-829E-FF0E96AA7760&copyid=56D39E19-E06B-4D98-A08A-0C9644C
68489

RFID in Healthcare:
The Next Generation
http://www.devicelink.com/emdm/archive/09/01/020.html

RFID Helps St. Joseph's
Keep an Eye on Cold Storage
http://digg.com/hardware/RFID_Helps_St_Joseph_s_Keep_an_Eye_on_Cold_
Storage

Silica Gel RFID Wristband Tag
Targets healthcare industry
http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/823391

RTLS

RTLS Market
To Exceed $1.6 Billion by 2010
http://www.rfidupdate.com/articles/?id=949

Bar Code

What is GS1?
GS1 standards, barcodes and labelling explained
http://www.prisymls.com/library/what_is_gs1/

Privacy

Anti-Skimming Laws
In the United States
http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=articles&id=3
CBB9AFC-C985-48A9-9195-DB2316878B74

Looking to hike security
With RFID devices
http://www.isa.org/InTechTemplate.cfm?Section=Technology_Update1&te
mplate=/ContentManagement/Content
Display.cfm&ContentID=73689

Wireless

UWB Market Sees Major Setbacks
But Some Progress
http://www.communicationsdirectnews.com/do.php/140/34043

Homeland Security

European Parliament
Has voted to implement biometric passports
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/article/273122

General

Invisibility-Cloak Breakthrough
Metamaterials work with a broad band of frequencies.
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/21971/?nlid=1694

STMicro Faces Nightmare Year
Cutting thousands of jobs, but structural weaknesses remain.
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/28/stmicroelectronics-infineon-technolog
y-markets-equity_0128markets10.html?partner=alerts

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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:


High Tech Aid Announces New Web Site
New format offers easier access to information.
PITTSBURGH, February 5, 2009, – High Tech Aid, internationally recognized for its expertise on AIDC standards, training, and education, announced today the launch of its new, re-designed web site for the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry.
http://www.hightechaid.com/
press/hta_pr3.htm

Evanhoe Appointed Chairperson of AIM North America
Warrendale, Pa. - February 19, 2009 - Charles Evanhoe, President, Evanhoe & Associates in Dayton, OH, was named chairperson of the AIM North America (NA) Board of Directors.
http://aimna.savvior.com/SA
VVIOR_temp_301.php?pagev
ersion=_&PHPSESSID=3
qc4crrcjseqdgcfr8dq928ne3

Sirit’s Technology to be Installed on First T-21 Toll Road in Canada
New Golden Ears Bridge expands Sirit’s western North America tolling stronghold
Toronto, ON – February 18, 2009 - Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, today announced that it has received the order for RFID Title 21 (“T-21”) toll equipment to be installed on the Golden Ears Bridge near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
http://www.sirit.com/event_
release-info.php?id_news=109

Motorola Executive to Deliver Keynote Address
Gerald McNerney to Open AIM Technology Leadership Summit
Warrendale, PA -- February 12, 2009 -- AIM Global, the worldwide trade association and authority on automatic identification and mobility technologies, announced today that Gerald McNerney, vice president of strategy and business development for Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business, will serve as the keynote speaker for the annual AIM Technology Leadership Summit to be held April 20-22, at the Hyatt Woodfield in Chicago, IL, USA.
http://www.aimglobal.org/m
embers/news/templates/tem
plate.aspx?articleid=3430&zo
neid=1

First modelling software for new RFID for Libraries standard
CHIPPENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM, 9 FEBRUARY 2009 – ISO 28560 Information and Documentation – RFID in Libraries – PART 2: Encoding based on ISO/IEC 15962 is a new standard that increases the opportunity for interoperability of RFID in libraries.
 http://www.convergent-software.co.uk/default.htm

Nedap Security Management releases AEOS 2.3
 AEOS 2.3 makes Nedap's successful security management software a truly comprehensive management platform.
http://www.nedap-aeos.co
m/en/news/news58.php

Leading Analysts to Share Insight with AIM Executives
Finance and Market Analysts Will Kick Off AIM Technology Leadership Summit
Warrendale, PA -- January 29, 2009 -- AIM Global, the trade association recognized as the worldwide authority on automatic identification and mobility, today announced the participation of leading analysts at the AIM Technology Leadership Summit April 20-22, 2009 at the Hyatt Woodfield, Chicago, IL USA.
http://www.aimglobal.org/me
mbers/news/templates/temp
late.aspx?articleid=3423&zon
eid=1

Qimonda commences insolvency proceedings
Neubiberg, Germany, January 23, 2009 – Qimonda AG today filed for insolvency at the Munich Local Court. Infineon Technologies AG currently holds a 77.5 percent equity interest in Qimonda.
 http://www.infineon.com/cm
s/en/corporate/
press/news
/releases/2009/INFXX200901-
028.html

“Old meets new” with Nordic ID Morphic & Scanology @ La Trappe
Dutch based Nordic ID partner Scanology has implemented a control system based on the Nordic ID Morphic at LaTrappe breweries in The Netherlands.
http://www.scanology.eu/sit
e/pdf/106.pdf

GPI Wins Large RFID Orders From Two New Asian Casinos
LAS VEGAS, NV UNITED STATES New Macau and Philippine Casinos choose GPI's RFID technology for Casino Currency Control(R) security, tracking and verification at gaming tables
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gaming Partners International Corporation (Nasdaq: GPIC) ("GPI"), a leading provider of casino currency and table game equipment worldwide, announced today that it has secured two substantial orders to supply casino chips and RFID technology to two casinos, one in Macau and the other in the Philippines, each due to open in the middle of 2009.
http://news.prnewswire.com
/DisplayReleaseContent.asp
x?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/
story/01-16-2009/000495590
7&EDATE=

Tego, Inc. Revolutionizes RFID Across All Industries With Introduction of TegoTag
World's first high memory, passive tag will change the way companies do business
WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Tego, Inc., the industry-leading developer of intelligent RFID tagging solutions, today introduced its first generation of high memory TegoTags(TM). Tego's transformational approach and advanced technology have broken through the memory limitations that have held back traditional RFID tags for years.
http://news.prnewswire.com/
DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/stor
y/01-28-2009/0004961908&ED
ATE=

Sierra Army Depot Deploys Savi Software to Automate Visibility and Management of Inventory
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2009 – Savi, a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] company, has gone live with an automated asset and inventory tracking system at the Sierra Army Depot in northern California. The depot is a 59-square-mile complex encompassing about 1,200 buildings that serves as an Expeditionary Logistics Center for the storage, maintenance, assembly and containerization of operational stocks and other items – from depot to foxhole.
http://www.savi.com/about
/press-releases/2009-01-14.h
tml

Raytheon Chosen to Help Provide Department of Defense Biometrics Operations and Support Services
Raytheon one of 12 companies selected for BOSS-U $497 million award
 RESTON, Va., Jan. 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army Biometrics Task Force has selected Raytheon Company to provide biometric-related services and support to enhance the ability of the Department of Defense infrastructure, architecture and standard for biometric defense capabilities.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prne
ws/090127/ne62754.html?.
v=1

3M Announces Launch of the 3M RFID Patient Record Tracking Solution
Diversified technology company 3M has announced the launch of its new RFID enabled Patient Record Tracking Solution. With a successful track record in RFID related markets and technologies, 3M now offers a solution that allows hospital staff to quickly and easily locate any of their Patient Records.
 http://www.ehealthnews.eu
/content/view/1475/26/

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:

Even Santa can go a little holiday crazy
http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=ysI1SzusIOc

More exciting than circling classified ads!
http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=3XGJq8wrw5I

Is it a car, is it a plane?
Yes it is real. But it hasn’t flown yet. It is however only $148k and they have orders.
http://www.terrafugia.com/
images/NewsPhotos/
TransitionGasStation.jpg

History Buffs' Heaven
http://www.besthistorysites.n
et/

Figure out the card trick
http://www.caveofmagic.co
m/

Printable maps of the U.S.
http://nationalatlas.gov/
printable/reference.html

Hard-to-find 800 Numbers: here they are!
http://www.hardtofind
800numbers.com/

Jet-powered bug (includes sound, QuickTime required)
http://www.sfgate.com/
cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/
a/2006/04/30/MNG
JGII7BB1.DTL&type=cars

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