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Anyone with NEW information on the implementation of RFID chips NANO chips or VERI chips, Please keep this Thread updated... Its our Future of control unless we learn and teach others the endgame to RFID technology.
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Massachusetts General Uses RFID to Better Understand Its Clinics

A patient- and employee-tracking system, provided by Radianse, will enable the Boston hospital's clinics to gather complex information regarding patient flow and bottlenecks, with the goal of improving care.
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By Claire Swedberg

Oct. 23, 2009—After several years of testing RFID to track patients and staff members in its operating room (OR) department, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is now rolling out the same technology in a more challenging environment in which patient movement is not nearly as predictable—at medical clinics throughout the Boston area. Provided by Radianse, the system, known as Radianse Reveal, includes active 433 MHz RFID tags in the form of badges worn by workers and patients. Thus far, three clinics are employing Radianse Reveal, with the system slated to go live at another five locations by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

"Our incentive is to gain a better understanding of how our clinical systems behave," says James Stahl, a medical doctor and senior scientist with MGH's Institute for Technology Assessment. Unlike the tracking of assets or patients through an OR, tracking patients' movements through a clinic, Stahl says, "is a very complex system in terms of how resources are managed."


James Stahl, a senior scientist with MGH's Institute for Technology Assessment
While the goal is to provide patients with better access to care, understanding the movements of those patients and the care they receive is a daunting task that must be undertaken before MGH can determine how such a scenario can be improved. No patient is like any other, nor are his or her conditions and the treatments he or she requires. Although clinics can use anecdotal evidence to determine whether care is being provided as efficiently as possible, without a good means of measuring each visit, it's difficult to know what improvements to make. For example, it's not easy to track where delays had occurred, whether a physician spent the proper time with a patient, or how long a patient sat alone in an examining room.

The three MGH Boston clinics utilizing the system typically serve 20 to 40 patients per physician each day, with approximately three physicians at each location. Two of the clinics installing the system see patients on a scheduled basis, while one is a walk-in clinic.

In 2005, Massachusetts General set up a trial of Radianse RFID technology to track employees and patients in its OR unit. At the time, Stahl served as the research director of the trial project, known as the Operating Room of the Future (ORF). The project's goal was to determine whether RFID technology could track the movements of patients and staff members, and improve the operation room workflow based on that data. The technology is still in place in the OR, Stahl says, but has been deactivated for the time being.

The use of RFID at the clinics is a permanent deployment that will initially be employed for business analytics, Stahl says; in the future, however, the technology is expected to be used by the staff for alerts and real-time locating. As a physician, Stahl suspected that the medical clinics could be made more efficient, but he lacked sufficient data to enable the hospital to understand the systems, and how patients received their care. "People are complex," he states. "To understand the system behavior, you need to use a tool like RFID." The hospital wanted to be able to track not only patient flow at its clinics, but also where people come together, in order to learn how much time patients were spending one-on-one with physicians. With the RFID system, Stahl reports, they now have the infrastructure to begin studying how the clinics function.

Each physician is assigned a Radianse ID badge that can be pinned to a jacket or attached to a lanyard. The unique ID number encoded to the badge's battery-powered 433 MHz RFID tag is linked to the physician's name in the Radianse software. Radianse readers installed in the clinics' ceilings receive that ID number, transmitted by the tag at a rate of every 10 seconds. The readers, with a read range of approximately 30 feet, can pinpoint a tag's location within about 3 feet, using triangulation. Typically, at least three readers capture a tag's transmission at any given time. About 15 to 25 readers are installed at each site, based on a clinic's size, says Steve Schiefen, Radianse's president and CEO.


Steve Schiefen, Radianse's president and CEO
When a patient arrives at the clinic, he or she is registered and given a Radianse ID badge. The staff member first inputs information regarding the patient, then scans a bar code on the tag to link that individual with the ID number encoded to the badge's RFID tag. From that moment, the patient's whereabouts within the building can be tracked. The system stores data regarding where the patient goes, how long he or she remains in any particular location, and the length of time the person spends with clinical employees. At the end of his or her visit, the patient places the badge in a basket at the reception desk so that a subsequent patient can reuse it.

Workers could sign into the Radianse software to locate a specific patient in the facility at any given time, Stahl says, though at this stage, the system is being used for historic information—to determine what may be a bottleneck in the system, for instance. The clinic can also study the impact of any change in patient care that it might introduce. For example, if the center begins utilizing a new electronic medical records system, the Radianse data could be analyzed following that introduction, in order to determine how the new system affected patient flow.

http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/5324/2

Savi Receives $6.6 Million Order to Supply RFID Tracking Technologies from U.S. Department of Defense

Buffalo, New York 10/23/2009 02:25 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)


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Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) business unit Savi, has been awarded orders totaling $6.6 million for standards based active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking technologies and accompanying services under the U.S. Department of Defense's RFID procurement contract. The RFID tags, are attached to cargo containers and other supply chain assets enabling near real time supply visibility with allied defense force and organizations.


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Smug Mug adds RFID chip to coffee cup
A new take on wave-and-pay

20 October 2009 16:16 GMT / By Amy-Mae Elliott

In the States a college inventor has created an RFID-enabled coffee cup, allowing for wave-and-pay transactions in coffee houses without getting your wallet out.

While here in the UK NFC phones and RFID card systems have and are being trialled by both the London Underground and coffee shop type establishments, Chris Hallberg has taken a link out of the chain by adding the RFID chip directly to the cup.

The Smug Mug system will be in use sometime next year at a local Milwaukee coffee chain, Stone Creek Coffee, but Hallberg is hoping the concept might get picked up by larger companies looking to boost customer loyalty from time-pressed commuters.

The suggested price for the re-usable Smug Mug is $15, a price tag that include $5 credit for the relevant store.

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Converging Technologies for 21st Century Security

25 November 2009: Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Converging Technologies for 21st Century Security

Organised crime, terrorism, civil conflict, and natural disasters are sadly commonplace in global society and have developed increasingly complex dimensions. To counter such threats, civil security and emergency response teams are looking towards new technologies that offer more sensitive, rapid, and accurate detection methods; that provide the means to neutralise or effectively deal with the outcomes of such incidents; and that provide greater protection to personnel.

The Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN), through its role in the EU-funded observatoryNANO project, is investigating the role that nanotechnology and other technologies can play in addressing such complex security issues. The conference on 'Converging Technologies for 21st Century Security' brings experts from across the world to present their latest R&D in:

* detection of hazardous materials,
* responding to crisis events,
* protection measures for personnel and infrastructure,
* identification of personnel and goods.

This IoN conference is targeted towards governmental agencies, industrial groups, and technology start-ups with a keen interest in addressing security challenges.

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Pramari Launches Free Open-Source RFID Middleware

The Rifidi Edge Server can manage EPC Gen 2 RFID interrogators and RFID reader data, as well as information from bar-code scanners, sensors and other hardware.



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[October 26, 2009]

Mobile Aspects Awarded Novation Contract for RFID Inventory Management Systems

PITTSBURGH --(Business Wire)-- Mobile Aspects, a leader in RFID enabled clinical process improvement systems, announced today that Novation, the health care contracting services company for VHA Inc., the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), and Provista, has awarded Mobile Aspects a three-year contract to supply radio frequency identification (RFID) inventory management systems to its member organizations.

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The contract covers several of Mobile Aspects leading-edge solutions including the iRISupply® supply automation system and the iRISecure™ tissue tracking technology. For clinicians in surgical specialty settings, the systems create a simple yet highly automated workflow to track and manage surgical inventory by leveraging the unique capabilities of RFID technology. In turn, tangible operational benefits are realized in areas such as improved charge capture, expiration management, and implant documentation.

"We are extremely pleased to have been awarded a contract from Novation and support their efforts to bring innovative, value-creating technologies to their member organizations," shared Bryan Christianson, Vice President of Marketing. "We look forward to helping VHA, UHC and Provista members leverage our RFID inventory management systems to create improved efficiency, increased profitability, and enhanced patient outcomes." About Novation Founded in 1998, Irving, Texas-based Novation is the leading health care contracting services company, delivering unmatched savings and value to nearly 2,500 members of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), two national healthcare alliances, and nearly 12,000 members of Provista, LLC. Through its competitive contracting process, Novation develops and manages contracts with more than 500 suppliers. Novation offers the most extensive range of advanced contracting services, including: contract development, contract and supplier management, custom contracting, enhanced savings programs, online contract management and analytical tools, order management, and online supplier connectivity. VHA, UHC, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase more than $33.1 billion in 2007.
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Nanotechnology: Danger in Tiny Particles?

October 23, 2009, 1:40PM EST
Nanotechnology: Danger in Tiny Particles?
A widely-reported white paper in Germany about nanotechnology generated scary headlines, but the agency behind the report is more enthused than worried

By Christoph Seidler
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Breathless headlines about nanotechnology have ruffled feathers at Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA) this week. "Nanotechnology can make you sick," and "First official warning in Germany" about the dangers of nanotechnology, the headlines read. "The German Environment Agency warns against nanotechnology."

The maelstrom began earlier this week, when UBA specialists posted a 28-page paper about nanotechnology on their Web site—a move that prompted a very vocal response. But officials at the agency feel they have been misunderstood. They claim the posting is neither a warning nor a new study—it's just a background paper. "We haven't done any of our own research," UBA scientist Wolfgang Dubbert told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Dubbert is one of the authors of the paper, an updated version of a document published in 2006.

René Zimmer, an expert at the Independent Institute for Environmental Concerns (UfU), argues that the paper "really isn't new." He described it as a background paper that "is more or less a compilation of issues UBA had previously raised."

Extremely Small—and also Exciting

Nanotechnology, which is widely considered one of the most exciting technologies of the 21st century and, according to experts, will be worth trillions of euros globally by the year 2020, utilizes materials at an atomic or molecular level—nano literally means "extremely small" in Greek. Such materials now have many commercial and scientific applications—from providing extra UV protection and skin care in sun cream and cosmetics to helping clean graffiti off walls more efficiently to significantly advancing industry, health care and the military.

In fact, there are already countless products on the market that feature nano-technological innovations. They can be found in everything from sunscreen to ketchups and powdered sugar. They have also been used in enviromentally-friendly products such as a thermal-insulating paint.

Germany is one of the European leaders in this area. A report by Nanoforum, an online gateway for nanotechnology news funded by the European Community, reports that the German government support for the technology is strong and that, "between 1998 and 2004, the volume of projects funded in Germany quadrupled to around €120 million."

"We do not know how many products there are on the market that contain nano-particles," Wolfgang Dubbert a spokesperson for the UBA told German press agency DPA on Wednesday. And consumers can't really avoid them either. Apart from sunscreen, "the products on the shelves are not labeled" as containing nano-particles.

Still, Dubbert said he felt the discussion sparked after the update was heading in the wrong direction. "You can't just talk about the risks—you also have to look at the opportunities," the researcher said. UBA estimates that 800 German companies are currently active in the field of nanotechnology. The new government currently being formed between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the business-friendly Free Democrats are considering making their support for the nascent industry a priority for the next administration.

Cautious Criticism

The paper, updated on Wednesday and named "Nanotechnology for Humans and the Environment: Increasing Chances, Minimizing Risks," certainly expresses plenty of reservations about nanotechnology. For example, the agency calls for a register of products that use nanotechnology as well as a recognizable consumer labelling indicating that a product contains nano-particles.

But the agency is cautious in its criticism and certainly not anything close to the near hysteria expressed by some respectable German newspapers. "In the opinion of many people in the industry, nanotechnology holds not only prospects for business, but also for improvements in environmental and health protection." They can also contribute to better efficiency. With the use of nanotechnology-optimized synthetics, the paper notes, the weight of cars and airplace could be reduced, thus helping save fuel.

And because of their particularly long lifespan and greater efficiency, nanotechnology-optimized LEDs could help conserve energy.

Part 2: 'Irrefutable Potential'

"Nanotechnology has considerable and irrefutable potential to provide environmental relief, some of which is already being applied now," UfU expert Zimmer said. But criticism that has been carefully formulated by the UBA researchers remains part of the public perception.

"Through the increasing use of synthetic nanomaterials, one must assume their increased entry into the environmental media, including the soil, water and air," the experts write in the paper. "Up to now there has been a partial lack of testing methods appropriate for determining the risks of nano materials and for ensuring monitoring." The paper also states that too little research has been conducted on health risks.

In the press release accompanying its backgrounder, the UBA said, "although nanotechnology offers significant potential for ecological product innovation, there is also risk for the environment and to human health. There are still some serious gaps in knowledge. This suggests that there are plenty of possibilities for research and regulation."

There are programs in Germany seeking to determine the safety of nanotechnologies, including the Nanocare program funded by the Federal Education and Research Ministry, which produced data for 11 different nanomaterials over the summer. A second phase of the project just began. There are also programs like Nanonature, which is studying the eco-toxilogical effects of nanotechnology. And the Dana program comprises of a database that will compile all the results collected in these research projects.

"I don't have the feeling that we're neglecting the risk issues," said researcher Zimmer. "They are being taken very seriously."

Calls for Mandatory Nanotech Labeling

But it could be years before these major research projects provide answers. For that reason, UBA's paper calls for a mandatory registration of products that contain nanotechnologies in order to "increase transparence." New EU directives require the registration of chemicals in products, and the same ought to be applied to nanoproducts, they argue. "So that people have the freedom of choice," the Federal Environmental Agency said, "we need to strive for a suitable labelling system that informs without suggesting a danger."

Germany's Green Party has welcomed the proposal. Party officials in parliament said nanotechnology presents a great economic opportunity, but warned the technology should only be used if the risks are recognized and controlled. The party called on the government to implement corresponding legislation. "Those who don't recognize and mitigate the risks are wasting the oppotunities these technologies represent," the party said in a statement. When asked about the prospects for labelling legislation, a spokesperson for the German Agricultural and Consumer Protection Ministry told SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Before we can introduce a register, we must first ensure there is no excessive bureaucratic complexity that would be a hindrance to doing business in Germany."

The debate over the UBA paper comes at the same time as a new report from Bonn University which indicates that the average German does not know enough about nanotechnology. Overall the thousand Germans polled by the university had a mostly positive impression of nanotechnology. "To them, nanotechnology appears to be a clever reproduction of what happens in nature anyway," Johannes Simons of the university told the GLP news agency. "Many consumers hope that nanotechnology might help to solve important problems in medicine or in the environment. Negative impressions—like those associated with genetics or nuclear energy, for example—are not the first thing that comes to mind."

Studies Show Dangers

Yet some studies have emerged that do appear to show nano-sized ingredients can be harmful. One, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the United Kingdom, found that when mice inhaled carbon nano-tubes, they developed lung inflammations similar to those caused by asbestos. The lung inflammations did eventually subside. Another theory posits that nano-materials could have an impact on human DNA and more science-fiction-style scenarios involve the deadly military potential of items like the flexible amour and lightweight combat equipment being developed at Florida State University in the United States.

Generally, however, the feeling of most researchers has more to do with concern about lack of information on the subject, rather than outright fear and loathing. A balanced approach is required, they say.

For example, the authors of the study on the mice with inflamed lungs called for more transparency in the nanotechnology industry. In the recent past both the National Research Council in the US and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in the UK have called for more research into the potential impacts of nanotechnology. Additionally the European Parliament has called for clearer regulations and policy on the issue—though positions vary. While departments for environment and health want further precautions and would like to see mandatory labelling and a register of nanotech materials, the EU's departments for enterprise and industry prefer less specific legislation and fewer barriers to trade.
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Mobile Aspects to supply RFID inventory management systems for health care organizations
27. October 2009 04:28

Mobile Aspects, a leader in RFID enabled clinical process improvement systems, announced today that Novation, the health care contracting services company for VHA Inc., the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), and Provista, has awarded Mobile Aspects a three-year contract to supply radio frequency identification (RFID) inventory management systems to its member organizations.

The contract covers several of Mobile Aspects leading-edge solutions including the iRISupply® supply automation system and the iRISecure™ tissue tracking technology. For clinicians in surgical specialty settings, the systems create a simple yet highly automated workflow to track and manage surgical inventory by leveraging the unique capabilities of RFID technology. In turn, tangible operational benefits are realized in areas such as improved charge capture, expiration management, and implant documentation.

"We are extremely pleased to have been awarded a contract from Novation and support their efforts to bring innovative, value-creating technologies to their member organizations," shared Bryan Christianson, Vice President of Marketing. "We look forward to helping VHA, UHC and Provista members leverage our RFID inventory management systems to create improved efficiency, increased profitability, and enhanced patient outcomes.”



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Metro Details Some of Its RFID Successes

Speaking at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2009, Gerd Wolfram, head of the retailer's CIO office, provided metrics on how EPC RFID technology is improving its operations.

By Mark Roberti

Oct. 27, 2009—Metro Group has been steadily expanding its use of radio frequency identification based on Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards since 2006. Last week, at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe, Gerd Wolfram, head of the company's CIO office, spelled out some of the benefits the retail giant has seen since implementing the technology.

One application for which Metro utilizes RFID is receiving pallets of goods into inventory. Wolfram said his company tracks approximately 3 million pallets annually in Europe, and that there has been a "significant reduction of shipping mistakes and resulting compensation claims," a 15 percent decrease in the time it takes to unload trucks and a 50 percent drop in the amount of time required to verify that the correct items have been delivered. "RFID is not just enhancing efficiency," he told attendees. "It is also providing better data quality."

Another application is tracking promotional displays at Metro's Real hypermarket chain, where promotions account for 23 percent of the store's total sales volume. The information provided by the RFID system, Wolfram said, shows that sales are 54 percent higher if a promotional display is on the sales floor at the proper moment, when Metro or the manufacturer is advertising it. "With RFID," he stated, "we can ensure that the right product is in the right place at the right time."

Metro has also been testing RFID's ability to track meat stored in refrigerated displays at its Future Store (see At Metro's New Future Store, RFID Helps Assure Meat Quality). The system automatically tracks trays of meat within the refrigerated units, and informs butchers when they need to replenish a specific cut. The system significantly reduces out-of-stocks, Wolfram indicated, and by enabling more precise demand forecasting and real-time sales intelligence, it also decreases the incidence of write-downs by 25 percent. However, he added, tag cost still makes it too expensive to roll the application out to all of the company's stores, and the savings from reduced write-downs does not yet cover the expense of tagging the meat.

Metro has also been tracking goods tagged in Asia and shipped to Europe, beginning in 2006 (see Metro Group Expands RFID Pilot in Asia). Now, Wolfram said, the company could analyze its suppliers' ability to ship goods on time. He showed a chart that chronicled shipments from Hong Kong. Nearly two-thirds of the shipments, he said, were more than 5 days too late, while approximately 2 percent arrived too early. Having this data enables Metro to work with its suppliers to improve their performance.

One of Metro's next projects will be to test RFID's ability to reduce shrinkage. To that end, the retailer is currently working with Checkpoint Systems to deploy a system based on GS1 EPCglobal's recently announced guidelines for employing RFID in anti-theft applications (see GS1 Releases Guidelines for RFID-based Electronic Article Surveillance).

Wolfram reaffirmed that Metro is utilizing EPC RFID technologies to more efficiently respond to customer demands, by making its business processes leaner and more efficient, and by leveraging the additional data its RFID systems provide to manage the company more effectively.


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Registration Open for RFID Journal LIVE! 2010

The RFID industry's largest conference and exhibition, to be held on Apr. 14-16 in Orlando, Fla., will feature three co-located events designed to deliver additional value to attendees.

Oct. 28, 2009—RFID Journal announced today that registration is now open for RFID Journal LIVE! 2010, a conference and exhibition focused on radio frequency identification and its many business applications. Motorola is the Cornerstone and Registration sponsor for the conference, which will include three co-located events on Apr. 14: the Auto-ID Conference, IEEE RFID 2010 and the Aerospace RFID Summit.

RFID Journal LIVE! 2010, the eighth annual event produced by RFID Journal, will be held on Apr. 14-16 at the Orange Country Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla. The event will feature eight industry-specific and level-of-expertise conference tracks, eight in-depth preconference seminars, fast-track CompTIA RFID+ training and certification, and the RFID Journal Awards, as well as numerous technology exhibits and demonstrations conducted by leading technology firms. For 2010, the program will include more than 75 hours of educational programming, more than 50 end-user case studies and more than 175 technology companies. As in years past, the focus will be to help attendees learn how to employ RFID to solve their business problems.

"It's clear that RFID technology has matured to the point where businesses can now invest in solutions that provide true business visibility," says Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "Companies can now track and manage mobile assets, inventory, tools, vehicles and individuals in a way that was never before possible. The data provided by RFID systems allows them to optimize their business processes."

The three co-located events are designed to provide added value to attendees, by enabling them to access additional education sessions.

Auto-ID Conference
This one-day conference is designed for executives looking to understand how automatic-identification technologies other than RFID can help solve their business problems. Sessions will cover the various types of bar codes, contact memory buttons, bokodes, Microsoft Tag applications, RF-resonant inks and more. In addition, this conference will address how various auto-ID technologies can be integrated to provide seamless visibility for managers.

IEEE RFID 2010
The 2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID is the leading technical conference for researchers, developers, integrators and vendors to discuss and expand their knowledge of technologies, systems, networks, algorithms and applications of RF-based wireless communications and identification systems. IEEE RFID 2010 will provide insights into research currently underway that will likely drive future advances in radio frequency identification.

Aerospace RFID Summit
This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to understand how radio frequency identification is being applied in the aerospace sector. Participants can learn about RFID technology basics, including overviews of the physics, hardware and software; business and use cases of RFID for aerospace and defense; and standards and regulations that are key to effective deployments.

"We are extremely excited about next year's event," Roberti says. "More companies understand the value RFID can provide, and we are pleased to be able to help them determine which system will offer the visibility they need to improve the way they do business. The three co-located events will offer attendees even more value."

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VeriChip Corporation and RECEPTORS LLC Announce Webcast Details for Today's Event to Unveil Development Details of Virus Triage Detection System for the H1N1 Virus and In Vivo Glucose-Sensing RFID Microchip

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VeriChip Corporation (“VeriChip”) (NASDAQ: CHIP) and its development partner RECEPTORS LLC ("RECEPTORS"), a technology company whose AFFINITY by DESIGN™ chemistry platform can be applied to the development of selective binding products, announced webcast details for today's event for the medical, patient and investor communities in New York to unveil details of their virus triage detection system for the H1N1 virus and Phase II development of an in vivo glucose-sensing RFID microchip.

The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt at 4:30 p.m. ET and feature a presentation by Robert E. Carlson, Ph.D., President and Chief Science Officer of RECEPTORS LLC, and an expert in the field of proteomics and the development of artificial receptors. A webcast of the event will be available at www.verichipcorp.com in the Investor Relations section under Events & Presentations.

About RECEPTORS LLC

RECEPTORS LLC develops SMART MATERIALS products for laboratory, clinical, industrial hygiene and healthcare use that selectively capture and measure chemical, biochemical and cellular targets from complex biological, environmental or industrial samples. The Company's patented AFFINITY by DESIGN™ platform has broad applicability, ranging from the isolation of disease pathway proteins for drug discovery and production of therapeutic antibodies, to the capture of bacteria and viruses for disinfection and diagnostic purposes. RECEPTORS LLC is a private company based in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. For further information please visit http://www.receptorsllc.com.

About VeriChip Corporation

VeriChip Corporation, headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, has developed the VeriMed™ Health Link System for rapidly and accurately identifying people who arrive in an emergency room and are unable to communicate. This system uses the first human-implantable passive RFID microchip and corresponding personal health record, cleared for medical use in October 2004 by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

On September 8, 2009, VeriChip Corporation announced it agreed to acquire Steel Vault Corporation (OTCBB: SVUL) to form PositiveID Corporation. PositiveID will provide identification technologies and tools to protect consumers and businesses. The companies expect the merger to close in the fourth quarter of 2009.

For more information on VeriChip, please call 1-800-970-2447, or e-mail info@verichipcorp.com. Additional information can be found online at www.verichipcorp.com.

Statements about VeriChip’s future expectations, including its development of a triage detection system, the expectation that the triage detection system, if developed, will function as intended and be a marketable product, the expectation that Phase II will demonstrate a glucose concentration response in the presence of blood and interstitial fluid matrix components, the ability of RECEPTORS LLC to complete the Phase II goal, the expectation that the merger will close in the fourth quarter of 2009, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, and VeriChip’s actual results could differ materially from expected results. These risks and uncertainties include the Company’s ability to successfully develop and commercialize the microchip, the market acceptance of the microchip, the Company’s and RECEPTORS’ ability to develop a microchip, the validity, scope and enforceability of the Company’s patents and those related to the microchip, the protection afforded by the Company’s patents and those related to the microchip, the Company’s ability to complete the development phases in certain time frames, government regulations relating to the microchip, the Company’s ability to fund the continued development of the microchip, the timing and success of submission, acceptance and approval of required regulatory filings; as well as certain other risks. Additional information about these and other factors that could affect the Company’s business is set forth in the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in the Company’s 10-K filed on February 12, 2009, under the caption “Risk Factors.” The Company undertakes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

On September 8, 2009, VeriChip and Steel Vault issued a joint press release announcing the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, among VeriChip, Steel Vault and VeriChip Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriChip (the “Acquisition Subsidiary”), pursuant to which the Acquisition Subsidiary will be merged with and into Steel Vault, with Steel Vault surviving and becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriChip (the “Merger”). Upon the consummation of the Merger, each outstanding share of Steel Vault’s common stock will be converted into 0.5 shares of VeriChip common stock.

In connection with the Merger, VeriChip filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that will contain a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus of VeriChip and Steel Vault. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus carefully because they contain important information about VeriChip, Steel Vault and the proposed transaction. The Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s web site (www.sec.gov). In addition, investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of other documents filed by VeriChip or Steel Vault by directing a written request, as appropriate, to VeriChip at 1690 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200 Delray Beach, Florida 33445, Attention: Investor Relations, or to Steel Vault at 1690 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200 Delray Beach, Florida 33445, Attention: Investor Relations. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and the other relevant materials before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction.

VeriChip, Steel Vault and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction.

Information regarding the interests of these directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction will be included in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus referred to above. Additional information regarding the directors and executive officers of VeriChip is also included in VeriChip's Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 12, 2009. Additional information regarding the directors and executive officers of Steel Vault is also included in Steel Vault's proxy statement (Form DEF 14A) for the 2009 annual meeting of Steel Vault's stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on February 9, 2009, as amended. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) and by contacting Investor Relations at the addresses above.



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VeriChip Corporation to Present its Glucose-Sensing RFID Microchip and Virus Triage Detection System for the H1N1 Virus at ID World International Congress, the World's Premier Event on Identification Technology


ID World International Congress

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VeriChip Corporation (NASDAQ:CHIP) ("VeriChip" or the "Company") announced today that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Scott R. Silverman, will present at the ID World International Congress in Milan, Italy, which runs from November 3-5, 2009, and is the world's leading symposium on the future directions of identification technology. Mr. Silverman will discuss, among other things, the Company's in vivo glucose-sensing RFID microchip and virus triage detection system for the H1N1 virus. There will be more than 150 speakers at ID WORLD 2009, including visionaries, CEOs, key end users and government representatives from all continents, and thousands of attendees from across the globe.

The ID WORLD International Congress is the most comprehensive showcase on the evolving world of RFID, biometrics and smart card technologies, and is the only international forum that looks at the automatic identification industry as a whole, rather than focusing on a specific technology or vertical sector. It offers a full-scale and complete vision of social, technological and business aspects related to the deployment of the automatic identification systems. The ID WORLD International Congress has consolidated its position as the most comprehensive and highly targeted global summit on automatic identification.

About VeriChip Corporation

VeriChip Corporation, headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, has developed the VeriMed™ Health Link System for rapidly and accurately identifying people who arrive in an emergency room and are unable to communicate. This system uses the first human-implantable passive RFID microchip and corresponding personal health record, cleared for medical use in October 2004 by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

On September 8, 2009, VeriChip Corporation announced it agreed to acquire Steel Vault Corporation (OTCBB: SVUL) to form PositiveID Corporation. PositiveID will provide identification technologies and tools to protect consumers and businesses. The companies expect the merger to close in the fourth quarter of 2009.

For more information on VeriChip, please call 1-800-970-2447, or e-mail info@verichipcorp.com. Additional information can be found online at www.verichipcorp.com.

Statements about VeriChip’s future expectations, including its development of an in vivo glucose-sensing RFID microchip and a virus triage detection system for the H1N1 virus, the expectation that the merger will close in the fourth quarter of 2009, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, and VeriChip’s actual results could differ materially from expected results. These risks and uncertainties include the Company’s ability to successfully develop and commercialize the microchip, the market acceptance of the microchip, the Company’s and RECEPTORS’ ability to develop a microchip, the validity, scope and enforceability of the Company’s patents and those related to the microchip, the protection afforded by the Company’s patents and those related to the microchip, the Company’s ability to complete the development phases in certain time frames, government regulations relating to the microchip, the Company’s ability to fund the continued development of the microchip, the timing and success of submission, acceptance and approval of required regulatory filings; as well as certain other risks. Additional information about these and other factors that could affect the Company’s business is set forth in the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in the Company’s 10-K filed on February 12, 2009, under the caption “Risk Factors.” The Company undertakes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

On September 8, 2009, VeriChip and Steel Vault issued a joint press release announcing the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, among VeriChip, Steel Vault and VeriChip Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriChip (the “Acquisition Subsidiary”), pursuant to which the Acquisition Subsidiary will be merged with and into Steel Vault, with Steel Vault surviving and becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriChip (the “Merger”). Upon the consummation of the Merger, each outstanding share of Steel Vault’s common stock will be converted into 0.5 shares of VeriChip common stock.

In connection with the Merger, VeriChip filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that will contain a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus of VeriChip and Steel Vault. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus carefully because they contain important information about VeriChip, Steel Vault and the proposed transaction. The Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s web site (www.sec.gov). In addition, investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of other documents filed by VeriChip or Steel Vault by directing a written request, as appropriate, to VeriChip at 1690 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200 Delray Beach, Florida 33445, Attention: Investor Relations, or to Steel Vault at 1690 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200 Delray Beach, Florida 33445, Attention: Investor Relations. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and the other relevant materials before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction.

VeriChip, Steel Vault and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction.

Information regarding the interests of these directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction will be included in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus referred to above. Additional information regarding the directors and executive officers of VeriChip is also included in VeriChip's Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 12, 2009. Additional information regarding the directors and executive officers of Steel Vault is also included in Steel Vault's proxy statement (Form DEF 14A) for the 2009 annual meeting of Steel Vault's stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on February 9, 2009, as amended. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov) and by contacting Investor Relations at the addresses above.


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Container Centralen selects RF Code's active RFID technology


Oct 29, 2009 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- RF Code, a provider of wire-free adaptive asset management solutions, has announced that Container Centralen, or CC, a Danish horticultural logistics company, has chosen RF Code's active RFID technology to track the shipping racks CC supplies to its customers throughout North America.

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RFID-based enterprise intelligence


SixthSense is a platform for RFID-based enterprise intelligence that combines RFID events with information from other enterprise systems and sensors to automatically make inferences about people, objects, workspaces, and their interactions, writes Nivedan Prakash

We all are aware of the benefits that can be leveraged out of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. RFID is basically an electronic tagging technology that allows the detection and tracking of tags and consequently the objects that they are affixed to. This ability to do remote detection and tracking coupled with the low cost of passive tags has led to the widespread adoption of RFID in supply chains worldwide.

Microsoft Research India has come up with a technology called SixthSense, which is a platform for RFID-based enterprise intelligence systems. The vision behind this is the workplace or home of the future where computing is extended to encompass non-computing entities such as people, objects, and spaces to enable rich user experiences.

The technology comprises inexpensive tags that are attached to objects and readers that are able to read these tags from some distance. In SixthSense, the researchers have extended the domain of RFID to settings, such as the workplace, where there is rich interaction amongst people and between people and objects.

SixthSense has been designed and developed by Venkat Padmanabhan, Principal Researcher - Mobility, Networks and Systems Group, Microsoft Research India and Lenin Ravindranath, formerly an Assistant Researcher in the same group.

Padmanabhan said, “The idea of SixthSense is to use RFID technology in conjunction with a bunch of other enterprise systems such as the calendar system or online presence that can track user activity. Here, we consider an enterprise setting of the future where people (or rather their employee badges) and their personal objects such as books, laptops, and mobile phones are tagged with cheap, passive RFID tags, and there is good coverage of RFID readers in the workplace.”

The rationale behind coming up with this kind of technology is the underlying fact that RFID is widely used to track the movement of goods through a supply chain—whether it be pallets shipped between warehouses, cases delivered to stores, or items placed on the store shelves, thereby optimizing inventory management and yielding significant cost savings.

“If you look at the technology trends, RFID has really taken off in a big way in the world of warehouses and retail stores amongst others wherein you can tag items and then track their movement through the supply chain. Although it’s expensive, it is becoming cheaper. In the supply chain setting, there is typically a linear flow of objects. The question we asked was whether RFID technology could be used in an interesting way in a different environment like an office building or an enterprise. That’s how we started off and we basically realized that rather than working with RFID technology in isolation, it would make sense to use it in conjunction with other enterprise systems that already existed. This led to the SixthSense system,” added Padmanabhan.

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Newport Digital Technologies is Now A Lab Sponsor of RFID Research Center at University of Arkansas

Buffalo, New York 10/29/2009 02:35 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NPDT) has become a Lab Sponsor to the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. NPDT will also be participating this week in the VICS Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas to introduce the company's total RFID Solutions. NPDT will demonstrate their capabilities as a RFID solution provider.

ABOUT NEWPORT DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (www.newportdt.com) is a technology solutions driven company organized to focus on serving five of the fastest-emerging businesses in the technology space -- RFID (radio-frequency identification), WiMax, eLearning, Digital Signage & LED Lighting and Security & Surveillance solutions. NPDT develops and delivers these technology solutions through strategic collaborations with global partners, including Taiwan Industry and Taiwan's premier technology R&D incubators -- the Institute for Information Industry (III) www.iii.org.tw/english and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) www.itri.org.tw/eng. NPDT will customize these technology solutions and market them through Fortune 1000 channel partners and systems integrators on a worldwide basis.

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Yesterday, October 28, 2009 was approved in Brazil, the law that requires all cars to have a national identification chip with data from the car. These data will be read by a network of antennas installed in streets, avenues and highways. The driver who does not have the chip installed will be committing a serious offense, a fine, currently R $ 125.69 and recording five points in the drivers' license. The vehicle must also be withheld until the installation of equipment.

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