High Tech AIDCourier Logo
www.hightechaid.com Subscribe to the Courier March 2010

From the Editor's Desk

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

There has been lots of interesting news this month, including several new product announcements that will be of importance to the RFID world. You will see below that we have added a new category for coverage – Mobile Commerce. The subject is starting to see a lot of coverage, and some of the applications that are being discussed have a lot of potential. I downloaded some of the applications to my phone and they are certainly interesting – give them a try.

 I provide a monthly column for Scan, The Data Capture Report, and this month I talked about the problem of education. Here is a snippet from that article.

“When RFID was "new" we did not expect many people to know how to use or install the systems and so our expectations were low and so was the users'. Now, we have RFID mentioned in all the major forms of communications, there are television spots that feature it, the newspapers run stories on it (not always in a positive way) and yet the amount of misinformation out there is enormous.

 I talk to systems integrators all the time and I am often stunned by how little they understand about the technologies they are working with. Where did the industry go wrong? The time has come to solve these problems.

AIM has recently announced that they will be holding a trade show and conference again this year after many years of not having a show. We know that conference and show attendance is a small fraction of what it used to be, so while I believe this show is a great start, I am not sure how it will satisfy the big problem. Maybe now is the time for AIM to solve this problem and create a means to bring education to the people who need it.”

If you are interested in getting involved in solving the problem, or getting more education, let me know and I will make sure the AIM leadership hears you.  

If you have colleagues who do not get their own copy of this newsletter, then tell them to go to
 http://www.hightechaid.com/newsletter/newsletter.htm where they can sign up for their own copy.

Are you interested in sponsoring the newsletter? Drop me a note to editor@hightechaid.com and let me know.

E-mail me at editor@hightechaid.com and tell us what you think. Don’t forget to send this issue to your friends so that they can sign up for their own issue of the free newsletter at www.hightechaid.com. If you have news to share or info you need, let me know at news@hightechaid.com.

Technology News Briefs

RFID Standards

The last month has been quiet in the standards world. March brings us a major standards meeting in Korea with JTC 1/SC 31 subgroups SG1, 3, 5, and 6 plus WG6 and WG7 meeting. One of the items to be covered in Korea is the Ballot resolution Meeting for the 3rd FCD of ISO/IEC 18000-6. We are all looking forward to finally sending this document to publication.

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

Radio Frequency Identification

TI says
Vision sharpened in R&D cuts
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/industries/techtelecom/stories/DN-TIresearch_07bus.ART.State.Edition1.3cf895a.html

No-Signature Card Checkout
May Be Undermining Contactless Growth
http://www.paymentssource.com/news/no-signature-card-checkout-undermining-contactless-3000645-1.html?ET=paymentssource:e273:46352a:&st=email

Scanology delivers
RFID tracking system for diamonds
http://www.rfidnews.org/2010/02/10/scanology-polish-diamond-certification-with-rfid
http://www.morerfid.com/details.php?subdetail=Report&action=details&report_id=6615&display=RFID

Visa Europe to invest €200m
In development of contactless payments by card and mobile
http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/2010/02/04/32639/visa-europe-to-invest-e200
m-in-development-of-contactless-payments-by-card-and-mobile/?utm_campaign=China%20Mobile%27s%20RF%20SIM%20plans%3B%20NFC%20trials%20in%20Spain%2C%20Paris%2C%20Slovenia%20and%20more%2E%2E%2E&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Vertica
lResponse&utm_term=Visa%20Europe%20to%20invest%20%26euro%3B200m%20in%20developm
ent%20of%20contactless%20payments%20by%20card%20and%20mobile

NXP Ships One Billionth ICODE Chip:
The Market Choice for Tags and Labels
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/nxp-ships-one-billionth-icode,1183965.shtml

The real
RFID revolution
http://www.pacetoday.com.au/Article/The-real-RFID-revolution/512479.aspx

Integrating RFID
with Video for Logistics...
http://www.asmag.com/showpost/9231.aspx?f=500

RFID to track
Queensland kangaroo meat
http://www.itworld.com/business/97704/rfid-track-queensland-kangaroo-meat

RosettaStone uses RFID-NFC
To make gravestones interactive
http://www.slashgear.com/rosettastone-uses-rfid-nfc-to-make-gravestones-interactive-2475445/

Monza 4 Tag delivers
Dramatic RFID application improvements
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textiles-technology-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=82763

ODIN completes
300th RFID project
http://rfidroundup.blogspot.com/2010/02/odin-completes-300th-rfid-project.html

Sun is setting on RFID track-and-trace
For farm animals
http://www.pharmaceuticalcommerce.com/frontEnd/1376-USDA_NAIS_RFID_Vilsack_track_and_trace.html

TransCore notifes
State of layoffs at Clifton Forge facility
http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/local/article/transcore_notifes_state_of_layoffs_at_clifton_forg
e_facility/81940/

CEO ousted
As Mikoh bleeds cash
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/167460,ceo-ousted-as-mikoh-bleeds-cash.aspx

The Advantages Of Using RFID:
How RFID Can Improve Your Business
http://businessmanagement.suite101.com/article.cfm/the-advantages-of-using-rfid

Dash7 sensor network alliance
Rolls working groups
http://www.eetimes.com/rss/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222600763&cid=RSSfeed_eetimes_newsRSS

RFID In Australasia 2008-2018
New Market Report Published
http://www.officialwire.com/main.php?action=posted_news&rid=89362&catid=1040

US Air Force Taps ODIN
To Monitor and Maintain RFID Network
http://logisticstoday.com/operations_strategy/air-force-odin-monitor-maintain-rfid-network-0128/

RFID:
2010 Hot Spots
http://www.aimglobal.org/members/news/templates/template.aspx?articleid=3668&zoneid=45

Mobile Commerce

French government
Offers €3m funding for NFC and RFID innovations
http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/2010/02/15/32784/french-government-offers-e3-million-funding-for-nfc-and-rfid-innovations/

PG debuts
'Smart' barcodes
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10045/1035562-28.stm?cmpid=business.xml

Why Barcodes?
Is NFC Really a Serious Challenger?
http://mobile-barcode.tmcnet.com/topics/mobile-barcode-trends/articles/75435-why-barcodes-nfc-really-serious-challenger.htm

Motorola
Invests in Scanbuy
http://www.wirelessweek.com/News/2010/02/Business-Motorola-Invests-Scanbuy-Mobile-Content/

INSIDE Contactless
Releases Open-Source NFC Protocol Stack
http://www.paymentsnews.com/2010/02/inside-contactless-releases-open-source-nfc-protocol-stack.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PaymentsNews+%28Payments+News%29

QR codes:
A new dimension - packagingnews.co.uk
http://packagingnews.co.uk/news/980776/QR-codes-new-dimension/

Jagtag Extends 2D Barcode System
To All Major US Carriers
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=121597

Microsoft
Tries to reinvent the bar code
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10444432-56.html  

Biometrics

Germany Shows Off
New High-Tech Biometric ID Cards
http://waronyou.com/topics/germany-shows-off-new-high-tech-biometric-id-cards/

Follow your nose
New scan could be better than fingerprints
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8543292.stm  

Healthcare and Life Sciences

RFID Cabinets
Help Track for Cath Lab Inventories
http://www.dicardiology.net/node/36256/3

Why GS1 Standards
Are Crucial to US Healthcare
http://www.mdpublishing.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=377

Alien Technology
Raises $10.9 million
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2010/03/01/daily51.html  

RTLS

White Paper:
RFind Systems & ISO 18000-7
http://www.thertlsblog.com/white-paper-rfind-systems-iso-18000-7-bringing-rtls-to-the-433mhz-band

Privacy

3 Nabbed in Massachusetts
ATM Skimming Ring
http://www.newswiremailer.com/?30568

RFID:
For the Public Good
http://www.rfid-monthly.com/2657/rfid-privacy/

Criminals find way around new technology
In credit cards, passports
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=11948010  

wireless

Target Enables Customers To Use Phones
To Access Store Gift Cards
http://www.paymentssource.com/news/target-enables-customers-use-phones-gift-cards-3000644-1.html?ET=paymentssource:e273:46352a:&st=email

Sponsored By:

Magellan Logo

RFIDTraxx Logo

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:

Magellan Technology releases its new M3DR-4330 Desktop Jewellery RFID Reader
Sydney, Australia 20 January 2010 – Magellan Technology Pty Ltd of Sydney (Magellan), the Australian Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions provider, today unveiled its new 3D Desktop Jewellery RFID reader, the M3DR-4330.
http://www.magellan-rfid.com/news/untitledpost-1

HRD Antwerp Releases RFID Application for Diamond Industry
[02/12/10] HRD Antwerp NV is one of the world leading Diamond Certification Institutes of Gemmology. HRD Antwerp is dedicated to serving diamond professionals by offering products and services that benefit the diamond industry and trade.
http://www.morerfid.com/de
tails.php?subdetail=Rep
ort&action=details&report_id
=6615&display=RFID

Verayo Launches Next Generation of Unclonable RFID Chips
New RFIDs Deliver Authentication and Security to Broad Range of Consumer-Based Applications Such as Mass Transit Tickets, Secure IDs, Access Cards and Product Anti-Counterfeiting
http://www.businesswire.com
/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsI
d=20100302005719&newsLan
g=en

Impinj Monza® 4 Tag Chip Family Raises Bar in RFID Performance and Privacy
New Chips Feature True3DTM and QTTM Technologies, Delivering Dramatic RFID Application Improvements
http://www.marketwire.com/
press-release/Impinj-Monza-4-Tag-Chip-Family-Raises-Bar-in-RFID-Performance-and-Priva
cy-1120580.htm

Awarepoint Real-time Awareness Solutions® Obtains Expansion Capital Investment from Leading Venture Firms
$10 Million Round Led by JAFCO Partners will Accelerate Adoption of Company's Real-time Networked Awareness Solutions, including RTLS applications, for U.S. Hospitals
http://www.awarepoint.com/
documents/JAFCO_Awarepo
intPR_FINAL_20100301.pdf

Sirit Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Federal Signal
Toronto,ON-2/26/2010- Sirit Inc. (“Sirit”) (TSX: SI), a leading provider of radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technology, today announced that, at the Company’s meeting of shareholders held earlier today, Sirit shareholders approved the adoption of its amended definitive arrangement agreement with Federal Signal Corporation (“Federal Signal”) (NYSE: FSS).
http://www.sirit.com/pressrel
eases_detail.asp?PressReleases_ID=123

2010 AIM Expo Conference and Exhibition Announced
AIM to Deliver Solutions-Driven Education in a Cross-Industry Event Showcasing
the Full Range of Auto ID & Mobile IT Options
http://www.aimglobal.org/me
mbers/news/templates/templ
ate.aspx?articleid=3658&zoneid=1

INSIDE Achieves First Commercial Deployment of its NFC Technologies
MicroRead NFC Chip, Open NFC Stack and Wave-Me Client Power New Cosyphone
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Spain, February 15, 2010 –INSIDE Contactless, a leading provider of advanced, open-standard contactless chip technologies, today announced the first deployment of its portfolio of NFC technologies in a commercially available NFC handset.
http://www.insidecontactless
.com/eng/Vision/News/INSIDE-ACHIEVES-FIRST-COMMERCIAL-DEPLOYMENT-OF-ITS-NFC-TECHNOLOGIES

INSIDE CONTACTLESS AND NEOWAVE PARTNER TO CREATE FIRST NFC SMART OBJECT
MicroRead Powers Multi-Application Weneo NFC Convergence Device
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE – February 12, 2010 –INSIDE Contactless, a leading provider of advanced, open-standard contactless chip technologies, and Neowave, a developer of smart objects –– intelligent, portable devices that go beyond smart cards ––today announced their partnership to create the Weneo NFC, the industry’s first NFC smart object. http://www.insidecontactless
.com/eng/Vision/News/INSIDE-CONTACTLESS-AND-NEOWAVE-PARTNER-TO-CREATE-FIRST-NFC-SMART-OBJECT

Motorola Tops New ABI Research Passive UHF Handheld RFID Reader Vendor Matrix Ranking
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE )--Motorola Inc. has been ranked at the top of the latest Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research.
Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) and Psion Teklogix Inc. claimed the second and third spots in the company’s new worldwide evaluation of passive UHF RFID handheld reader vendors. http://www.businesswire.com
/portal/site/home/permalink/
?ndmViewId=news_view&news
Id=20100303006120&newsLan
g=en

Verayo Launches Next Generation of Unclonable RFID Chips
New RFIDs Deliver Authentication and Security to Broad Range of Consumer-Based Applications Such as Mass Transit Tickets, Secure IDs, Access Cards and Product Anti-Counterfeiting
http://www.businesswire.com
/portal/site/home/permalink/
?ndmViewId=news_view&new
sId=20100302005719&newsLa
ng=en

Omni-ID Sets Pace for Pivotal 2010 in Passive UHF RFID Technology
Passive RFID Tag Leader's Innovation Drives Increased Customer Order Size and New Market Penetration
http://www.marketwire.com
/press-release/Omni-ID-Sets-Pace-for-Pivotal-2010-in-Pas
sive-UHF-RFID-Technology-1117342.htm

Confidex Received 5 Million Euros Funding For its RFID Tag Technology
Suomen Teollisuussijoitus Oy, Aura Capital Oy and previous owners have invested a total of 2.7 million euros into Confidex, the RFID vendor focusing on contactless RFID technologies.
http://www.morerfid.com/de
tails.php?subdetail=Report
&action=details&report_id=
6587&display=RFID

DENSO ADC Launches New Web Site
LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE )--DENSO ADC, one the world’s largest manufacturers of mobile data systems and the inventor of the QR Code®, has launched a new Web site at www.denso-adc.com . http://www.businesswire.com
/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&news
Id=20100223006786&newsLa
ng=en

Airbus Selects Ubisense as a Strategic Real-Time Location Partner and Awards First Major Contract
Toulouse and Cambridge 12 February 2010. Airbus selects Ubisense to extend the world’s largest radio-frequency identification (RFID) enabled manufacturing initiative, with the addition of the Ubisense precise real-time location (RTLS) system at multiple Airbus facilities.
http://www.ubisense.net/en/
articles/2010/02/Airbus+

WaveMark® Announces the Availability of New RFID Smart Cabinets
LITTLETON, Mass. - (Business Wire) WaveMark, Inc., a leading provider of real-time inventory management (RTIM) solutions for high value medical products, today announced several new RFID smart cabinet styles to store and track a wider variety of critical supplies used in specialty departments. The increased variety of RFID storage units for the real-time tracking of medical supplies is enabling hospitals to improve cost containment, patient safety, and regulatory compliance.
http://www.earthtimes.org/a
rticles/show/wavemarkreg-announces-the-availability-of-new-rfid-smart-cabinets,1177236.shtml

Shopper iPhone App Adds Redlaser UPC Scanning, a BlackBerry Version, and a Web Portal
ReachEverywhere's Shopper App now includes barcode scanning directly from the iPhone camera, enabling even easier list building and visual product search capabilities.
http://www.prweb.com/relea
ses/reacheverywhere/shopp
er/prweb3524384.htm

Sonitor Technologies Announces New Staff Tag and Battery Powered Ultrasound
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Sonitor Technologies, the world leader in ultrasound-based real time locating systems for hospitals and long-term care facilities, introduced today the industry’s first battery-operated ultrasound receiver and a care-provider Staff Tag.
http://www.auto-mobi.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=v
iew&id=16539&Itemid=50

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:

Make music
On the cheap with soda bottles
http://www.youtube.com/wa
tch?v=lhiP4cNgHxs

From Lucky Charms to …
Toy charms?
http://www.collegehumor.co
m/video:1929031

The Phobia List:
What are you afraid of?
http://phobialist.com/#A-

Googlism:
What does Google think of you?
http://www.googlism.com/

Stereograms
(I love these things)
http://www.eyetricks.com/3d
stereo.htm

Online lectures:
Get educated without leaving your computer
 http://internet-tv-search-engi
ne-swicki.eurekster.com/onlin
e+lectures/?=lectures

Stone mouse
New desktop accessory
http://blog.makezine.com/arc
hive/2006/11/mouse_made_of
_stone.html

Good at US geography?
 Well then, give this grade 3 level at try: http://www.squirtsplace.com
/games/MapTest.swf

Please tell us what extra you want from the newsletter and don’t forget to tell your friends to subscribe. You can forward your ideas to
news@hightechaid.com.
No part of the newsletter may be reproduced without written permission. No liability is accepted for any action arising from the contents of the newsletter; readers are advised to seek professional opinion on the use of any products described. Opinions expressed in any article by an outside contributor are not necessarily endorsed by the publishers of the newsletter. 

Unsubscribe: See the link at the bottom of the page