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From the Editor's Desk

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

A trip to Sydney Australia for the SC 31 Plenary was the main event of the month. Sounds like a great trip except that it is winter in Australia and my first few days there saw a lot of rain. Later in the week the temperatures fell to 40 F overnight but it never failed to get back up to at least the high 60s each day – a little different from winters here in Pittsburgh, PA. Of course we had some free evenings to do a bit of sightseeing, it always seems strange to me to be sitting outside in a restaurant in winter, but we were lucky enough to do that on several nights. The meetings all went very well (see the report below); as always standards are moving forward.

The economy seems to be hitting some of our industry hard and even here in sunny Pittsburgh, we are seeing the effects with cut backs and a decrease in work. They say the consultants are always the first to go, but there are many ways that a short term consultant can save your company a lot of money. If you need help in these difficult times, visit the website to see what we do and drop me a note to steve@hightechaid.com to see if we can help you.

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Technology News Briefs

RFID Standards

It has been a busy month in the standards world with the biggest meeting of the year (the SC 31 plenary) being held in Sydney, Australia. Several standards groups also had meetings. These were WG4 (RFID) and what will now be WG7 (Security for Item Management) as well as WG 4/SG 7 and WG2 (Data Syntax).

The work of SC 31 continues to grow. If you are not familiar with the work of JTC 1/SC 31, I suggest you visit http://www.hightechaid.com/stdsupdate/stds_update3.htm.

The presentations showed that we are continuing to make a lot of progress in AIDC Standards. SC 31 now has a membership of thirty-three National Bodies voting and twenty-five liaisons working within our seven Work Groups on eighty projects and standards.

Since last year four projects have advanced to Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) status, and two standards (IS) have been published (bringing the total to 47 IS since the formation of SC 31). Eleven (11) new NPs have been filed since the 2008 Plenary.

Several items of note occurred at the meetings last week:
• The formation of a new Work Group on Security for Item Management. This Work Group replaces a sub-group formed under WG4 (RFID) to allow for work on other technologies.
• Closing of WG3 (Conformance). This workgroup was previously broken up to allow the conformance work on RFID and RTLS to be done by their respective workgroups. At this meeting, WG3 was closed down completely and the bar code conformance work was moved over to WG1.
• Review of a new work item to look at possible interference of pacemakers and defibrillators by RFID devices.
• The work of IEEE 1451 (Smart Transducer Interface Standards) is being brought into ISO SC 31 and it was agreed that WG6 will take the lead on this work.

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

Radio Frequency Identification

RFID Market
To Reach $5.56 Billion in 2009

Savi settles patent dispute
With AeroScout

NFC Forum
Launches N-Mark

Debuts GlobalTag

RFID badges
Monitor hand hygiene

Coke tests
RFID-enabled dispenser

RFID-enabled respirator
Improves workplace safety

RFID Safeguards
Where food comes from and whether it is fresh.

Chinese RFID market
To crack $1 billion in 20099

Improves Beer Keg Tracking

Dairy Queen’s Mobile Coupon Experiment:
“Look, Ma. No Phone!””

Slowing Sales Bring Change
To RFID Smart Label Suppliers

New Ways

A Revolution in a Holding Pattern

Highlights from
Baird's RFID Monthly for May

RFID technology
Will be used in billions of things in our worldd

RFID tagging:
Chips with everything


Stansted passengers
Urged to use biometric gates

The Dawning
Of the Biometric Age

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Surgical Sponges/Towels
Left Inside The Patient's Body
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DHS expands
RFID use at borders today


RFID Tags Validated


CIA and Pentagon
Deploy RFID “Death Chips.”

Bar Code

The bar code
Turns 35

The Bar Code
Is Taking a Leap Forward

New '2D barcodes'
Puts info at the tip of your camera phone


To be wireless standard for smart meters in Europe

Homeland Security

US Begins
Collection of Biometric Information on Non-Citizen


New head
For NXP’s ID business

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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:

Sirit Technology Testing Successful at CAPUFE

Paves way for interoperable toll road systems across Mexico

Toronto, ON-6/16/2009- Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a leading provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, along with its partner, Axiompass, a leading integrator and supplier of tolling equipment and RFID systems across Mexico, and Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos (“CAPUFE”), Mexico’s Federal Tolling Authority, announced today they had successfully tested Sirit’s RFID readers and tags for interoperability between legacy and new tolling systems.

Sirit, eriginate™ Partner on UHF Livestock Tracking Solution

System provides superior performance for cattle traceability

Toronto, ON-6/2/2009- Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, today announced its partnership with eriginate Corporation, a subsidiary of HerdStar™, LLC and a global integrator of track, trace and monitoring solutions to the livestock food industry.

American Barcode and RFID Inc. Signs as Omni-ID's North American Value Added Reseller

Phoenix, AZ - June 10, 2009 - American Barcode and RFID Inc. (AB&R), a nationally recognized leader in data-capture solutions, will offer the entire product line and becomes the first reseller for Omni-ID's Innovative On DemandTM Solution, teams With Zebra Technologies to deliver a full service RFID solution.

AIM Identifies RFID Healthcare Partners

Georgia Tech and MET Laboratories to Develop and Test Protocols for RFID in Healthcare Settings

Warrendale, PA -- May 26, 2009 -- AIM, the trade association recognized as the worldwide authority on automatic identification and mobility, today announced that protocols for testing RF emitters to ensure a benign effect in a healthcare setting will be developed and validated in collaboration with Georgia Tech Research Institute and MET Laboratories, Inc.

Sirit Extends its Borrowing Facility

Sirit moves to specialist technology bank for its future growth plans

Toronto, ON-6/18/2009- Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, announces that it has signed with Silicon Valley Bank, a premier commercial bank for technology companies, to increase its borrowing capacity to a maximum of US$2.5 million.

Savi Releases SmartChain(R) 6.0 Adaptive Applications to Simplify the Integration of RFID Into the Enterprise

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Today, Lockheed Martin's (LMT) Savi Technology released Savi SmartChain(R) 6.0, a flexible software application for managing assets, inventory and shipments both within facilities and throughout the global supply chain. Savi's sixth-generation software drives "just-in-time" operations by providing decision makers with quality, up-to-date information about the location, condition and security of their assets.

Savi Unveils New Low-Cost, Simplified RTLS Wireless System to Locate Assets in Facilities and Yards

 PR Newswire WASHINGTON, June 10, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin (LMT) company, today unveiled a wireless Real Time Locating System (RTLS) to automatically locate assets in facilities or industrial yards that's far less expensive and easier to implement than conventional RTLS systems. The announcement was made here at the National Press Club along with availability of two other Savi innovations - a hybrid RFID/SatCom GlobalTag and upgraded SmartChain 6.0 Adaptive Application suite - on the company's 20th year in business.

ODIN's Free RFID Tag Pricing Guide™ Assists End-Users

ODIN's RFID Tag Pricing Guide™ is the industry's first objective report on current tag costs for end users. The free download includes standard pricing for UHF and HF tags and an explanation of key tag features that drive costs.
Download at http://www.od

ScanLife 2D Barcode Platform Releases Two New Features That Launch Twitter Posts and Instant Win Promotions on the Mobile Phone

Barcode actions give users new ways to use quickly growing technology.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 4, 2009 -- Scanbuy, Inc. announced today that is has added two new features to its ScanLife mobile 2D barcode platform. One new barcode action, the Twitter Code, can automatically post a custom message or "Tweet" to the popular social networking platform. The other, called the Lotto Code, allows marketers to easily enable an instant win experience through the mobile phone.

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:

In the world of extreme sports,
There's never a dull moment. I had to watch this one twice and I still am not sure if it was luck or skill

Amazing Japanese fish
Swimming in perfect formation:

People are strange,
when you're on Craigslist. Take a look at Weird Al Yankovic's take on it.

Name that tune's

Make it through the maze
(harder than it looks)

Fun text tools

Online coloring book
Not easy

Rock stacking:
 the next new craze? Don't miss trying the virtual rock stacking.

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