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RFID Tags Evolved from Supply Chain to Item Level Tracking
Next Step: Chips that give information to consumers, experts say




FAYETTEVILLE — Radio frequency identification has evolved in the past six years from a way to track pallets of items through the supply chain to chips that can tell Dillard's to restock the red Ed Hardy shirts in medium.

Item-level RFID tags are possible now because the tags have decreased in price — from about $1.25 several years ago to a dime each now.

That was the talk at an item-level RFID conference held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Reynolds Center for Enterprise Excellence at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

University staff have an RFID lab where they test various types of tags, on items from shipping containers to clothing to jewelry.

"We spent a lot of time in the lab at the item level, a lot on apparel and footwear," said Bill Hardgrave, executive director of the university's RFID Research Center. "People suspected it worked but they were still playing around with it."

His research, funded by Little Rock-based Dillard's Inc. and Cincinatti, Ohio-based Procter & Gamble, showed item level tagging works.
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Hardgrave said it can lift sales figures by 2 percent to 15 percent by controlling inventory, reducing theft and reducing time spent on inventory.

Hardgrave wrote a paper in April summarizing his research with Dillard's.

"The amount of product a retailer thinks they have on hand is usually wrong," as previous studies indicated inventories can be off by 51 percent, the paper said.

Hardgrave investigated inventory accuracy in four Dillard's in a major metropolitan area with an audit firm conducting physical inventory counts twice weekly in two departments. The study included 1,100 to 2,000 items with RFID tags and tag readers installed in stores.

The Dillard's inventory accuracy improved by 4 percent after using RFID, Hardgrave's report stated. A store that didn't use RFID and conducted new inventories had accuracy decline by 13 percent, the report stated.

RFID item tags also can reduce shrink, that is, stolen merchandise, said Patrick Javick, director of industry level development for GS1US. The item tags must be able to activate and deactivate quickly, and can tell if something left the store without payment, what the item was or if multiple items left, Javick said.

As RFID evolved, the next step is using RFID chips to tell customers information about products.

"In an Asian market, it is really important to know where fish are from and that it was fresh that day," said Matthew Jones with Newport Digital Technologies, based in Newport Beach, Calif. Jones works from a Bentonville office.

A firm uses RFID tags on fish packages. Customers can hold the packages up to RFID readers in markets and find out on which farm the fish were raised, what day they were harvested and killed, the route they took to market and what the farmer fed them, Jones said.

That's possible as RFID tags, like other technologies, improve each year and their costs decrease, Jones said. RFID tags cost as low as 7 cents for a high-volume purchase of tags.

"In a couple of years, I see a 4-cent tag," Jones said.

Customers worried that others can use RFID readers to spy on their purchases needn't worry, said Ted McCaffrey, business development manager for security firm ADT.

He likens an RFID tag to a vehicle license plate. A reader will show the encoded information as a series of numbers on the RFID tag.

But without the secure database to tell the reader what those numbers mean — the color, size and price of an item and date of purchase, for example — the series of numbers means nothing, McCaffrey said.

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Britons 'could be microchipped like dogs in a decade'


Human beings may be forced to be 'microchipped' like pet dogs, a shocking official report into the rise of the Big Brother state has warned.

The microchips - which are implanted under the skin - allow the wearer's movements to be tracked and store personal information about them.

They could be used by companies who want to keep tabs on an employee's movements or by Governments who want a foolproof way of identifying their citizens - and storing information about them.

The prospect of 'chip-citizens' - with its terrifying echoes of George Orwell's 'Big Brother' police state in the book 1984 - was raised in an official report for Britain's Information Commissioner Richard Thomas into the spread of surveillance technology.

The report, drawn up by a team of respected academics, claims that Britain is a world-leader in the use of surveillance technology and its citizens the most spied-upon in the free world.

It paints a frightening picture of what Britain might be like in ten years time unless steps are taken to regulate the use of CCTV and other spy technologies.

The reports editors Dr David Murakami Wood, managing editor of the journal Surveillance and Society and Dr Kirstie Ball, an Open University lecturer in Organisation Studies, claim that by 2016 our almost every movement, purchase and communication could be monitored by a complex network of interlinking surveillance technologies.

The most contentious prediction is the spread in the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

The RFID chips - which can be detected and read by radio waves - are already used in new UK passports and are also used the Oyster card system to access the London Transport network.

For the past six years European countries have been using RFID chips to identify pet animals.

Already used in America

However, its use in humans has already been trialled in America, where the chips were implanted in 70 mentally-ill elderly people in order to track their movements.

And earlier this year a security company in Ohio chipped two of its employees to allow them to enter a secure area. The glass-encased chips were planted in the recipients' upper right arms and 'read' by a device similar to a credit card reader.

In their Report on the Surveillance Society, the authors now warn: "The call for everyone to be implanted is now being seriously debated."

The authors also highlight the Government's huge enthusiasm for CCTV, pointing out that during the 1990s the Home Office spent 78 per cent of its crime prevention budget - a total of £500 million - on installing the cameras.

There are now 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain and the average Briton is caught on camera an astonishing 300 times every day.

This huge enthusiasm comes despite official Home Office statistics showing that CCTV cameras have 'little effect on crime levels'.

They write: "The surveillance society has come about us without us realising", adding: "Some of it is essential for providing the services we need: health, benefits, education. Some of it is more questionable. Some of it may be unjustified, intrusive and oppressive."

Yesterday Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, whose office is investigating the Post Office, HSBC, NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland over claims they dumped sensitive customer details in the street, said: "Many of these schemes are public sector driven, and the individual has no choice over whether or not to take part."

"People are being scrutinised and having their lives tracked, and are not even aware of it."

He has also voiced his concern about the consequences of companies, or Government agencies, building up too much personal information about someone.

He said: "It can stigmatise people. I have worries about technology being used to identify classes of people who present some kind of risk to society. And I think there are real anxieties about that."

Yesterday a spokesman for civil liberties campaigners Liberty said: "We have got nothing about these surveillance technologies in themselves, but it is their potential uses about which there are legitimate fears. Unless their uses are regulated properly, people really could find themselves living in a surveillance society.

"There is a rather scary underlying feeling that people may worry that these microchips are less about being a human being than becoming a barcoded product."


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Newport Digital Technologies to Implement Microsoft Licensing Agreement; Prepares to Launch First Ruggedized RFID Reader with the Windows Mobile Opera


N37B Ruggedized Handheld Computing Device Nearing Certification for Major Telecom Company; Company Targets Ingram Micro as First Major Sales Channel Partner

(Vocus) October 30, 2009 -- Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NPDT), a technology solutions driven company focused on rapidly emerging businesses in the wireless technology space, announced today that it has implemented the licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to develop applications for its Windows Mobile platform. The Company has also progressed with their distribution agreement previously announced with Ingram Micro, Inc. (NYSE: IM), which will serve as its initial primary sales channel partner.

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (NPDT), in conjunction with leading Taiwan based R&D technology incubators, the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), is commercializing a number of leading edge Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies. The first product is the N37B Ruggedized Handheld RFID reader and computing device that was unveiled this week at the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS) conference hosted by the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center. NPDT is a named sponsor of this research center at the Sam Walton College of Business. The N37B will also offer two more complementary integrated options that includes 3G connection module and location and navigation based GPS. The 3G option will enable the handheld to have data connectivity anywhere a cellular connection is available making for a “connect anywhere” scenario for RFID business applications. The GPS option will allow for the N37B to not only collect RFID data from item level inventory but to pinpoint and report the location of the inventory scanned by the RFID reader. This greatly enhances and expands the applications that can be offered from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

“We are thrilled to be approaching final certification of this RFID reader for use on a major telecom’s wireless network,” said NPDT CEO Gary DeMel. “We are also excited by the response of the RFID industry at the VICS conference to the total RFID solution NPDT demonstrated at the VICS conference. The N37B, which will run on Microsoft’s Mobile Computing Platform, has wide application in RFID market. NPDT will offer this device along with a comprehensive line of mobile computing products and solutions targeting RFID field applications for asset tracking, inventory management and point-of-sale for various B2B markets.”

NPDT's planned RFID product suite includes: Electronic Product Code (EPC) Global certification laboratories, ruggedized, military/commercial-grade RFID enabled, mobile handheld tablet computers, RFID forklifts, POS kiosks, POS Checkout, EAS readers, USB readers and RFID tags. Utilizing the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system, NDPT will further extend the features and capabilities of its products.

"Newport Digital Technologies has developed truly innovative RFID technologies and we are thrilled to work with them to bring these technologies and applications to the Windows Mobile platform," said Daren Mancini, General Manager in the Windows Mobile Sales division at Microsoft.

"We are very excited to work with Microsoft's technology and business teams to develop the next generation of RFID computing devices by utilizing Windows Mobile with customized application suites," commented Gary DeMel, CEO. "Microsoft, which provides software and hardware products and solutions worldwide, is one of the world's premier companies and we are looking forward to partnering with them through a successful licensing agreement. This agreement may prove to be the springboard that launches Newport Digital into becoming a recognized name in the wireless space. We are proud to be a company with technology that Microsoft believes in."

“At the VICs Conference NPDT was presented as sponsor alongside Motorola, Impinj, Avery Dennison, and ADT; all leaders in the RFID industry today,” said NPDT CTO and COO Weiling Tsao. “The NPDT demonstration booth, in our opinion, was by far the most elaborate, and the only one having live RFID demo’s. NPDT is not interested in just selling a single device or product; our focus is to deliver a total end-to-end RFID solution. Using the Microsoft Operating System enables us to accommodate almost nearly all of our potential customer base. We look forward to providing more guidance to our shareholders and clients as we further develop our RFID solutions.”

About Newport Digital Technologies, Inc.

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. 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. www.newportdt.com

Safe Harbor: This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to NPDT and its business. Statements that are not historical facts are identified as "forward-looking statements." The words "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "believe," "plan," and similar expressions, particularly when used in the "future tense," are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Information on potential risk factors that could affect the Company's business plans and financial results can be found in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc has its headquarters located in Newport Beach, California, and branch offices Taiwan, Australia and Japan.

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IBM Builds ‘Bar Code Reader’ for DNA

IBM Builds ‘Bar Code Reader’ for DNA
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Jeremy A. Kaplan



Imagine a world where medicine is guaranteed not to cause adverse reactions because it’s designed for an individual’s DNA.

Imagine a diet tailored to the precise speed of a person’s metabolism. Using a little microelectronics, a little physics, and no small dose of biology, IBM has brought that futuristic world a little bit closer.

The DNA Transistor is a project from IBM Research that aims to advance personalized medicine, by making it simpler (and much cheaper) to read an individual’s unique DNA sequence — the special combination of proteins that makes you unlike anyone else.
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Introduction

International Business Machines Corporation, abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue" (for its official corporate color), is a multinational computer technology and IT consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. IBmamanufactures and sells computer hardware and software (with a focus on the latter), and offers infrastructure services, hosting services, and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.[2]

IBM has been well known through most of its recent history as one of the world's largest computer companies and systems integrators.[3] With over 388,000 employees worldwide, IBM is one of the largest and most profitable information technology employers in the world. IBM holds more patents than any other U.S. based technology company and has eight research laboratories worldwide.[4] The company has scientists, engineers, consultants, and sales professionals in over 170 countries.[5] IBM employees have earned Five Nobel Prizes, four Turing Awards, five National Medals of Technology, and five National Medals of Science.[6]

1935 – SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION - During the Great Depression, IBM keeps its factories producing new machines even while demand is slack. When Congress passes the Social Security Act in 1935, IBM - with its overstocked invtory - i isonsnsequently perfectly positioned to win the landmark government conact, wich is s called "the biggest accounting operation of all time






Black emphasizes, as he no doubt must to avoid litigation, that the Holocaust would have happened with or without IBM and its Hollerith machines. Nevertheless, the purpose of the book is clearly not just to document, in often excruciating detail, IBM's role in the Fuhrer's plan to rid Eope of J Jews, but to suggest that it was by means of the Holleriths that the Nas were ablble to organize in order to annihilate millions. IBM, which now markets itself as "The Solutions Company," was willing and able to provide technological solutions to the Third Reich's Jewish problem: "When Germany wanted to identify Jews by name, IBM showed them how. When Germany wanted to use that information to launch programs of social expulsion and expropriation, IBM provided the technologic wherewitha When the t trains needed to run on time, from city to city or between concentration camps, IBM offered that solution as well. Ultimately, there was no solution IBM would not devise for a Reich willing to pay for services rendered." But machine-like efficiency was only part of the equation; IBM punch card technology also played the important role of making the mass extermination of human beings something that could be contemplated through scientific eyes, something that could be dispassionately documented and analyzed by Nazi raceologists and populion experts.s. (During the war years, statistical publications in the Third Reich would feature such detailed data as Jewish population per square metre, with sliding projections of decrease resulting from forced labour and starvation.) And so the Hollerith codes, compilations, and rapid sorts became the tools and techniques of genocide.








The first reported experiment with an RFID implant was carried out in 1998 by the British scientist Kevin Warwick [1]. As a test, his implant was used to open doors, switch on lights, and cause verbal output within a building. The implant has since been held in the Science Museum (London).



RFID tags vary in shape and size and are either active or passive. Active RFID tags like VeriChip's Infant or Asset Tag a powered b by an internal battery and are commonly read/write, which allows the tag's data to be modified or rewritten. The memory size of an active tag varies depending on the application requirements. Passive RFID tags like our patented implantable microchip, on the other hand, are not powered by a battery, but instead rely on power generated by the reader.

The read range for active tags ranges from a few inches to over a hundred feet. The read range for passive tags ranges from one to ten feet.
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Learn How Your Company Can Benefit From RFID
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RFID Journal LIVE! 2010

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RFID Journal LIVE! is the most important RFID event in the world. It's where companies come to learn how others are using the technology to cut costs and improve the way they do business.

"Sponsoring RFID Journal LIVE! 2009 has been, by far, the most effective spending we've done on marketing. We've gotten more new and immediate business opportunities-even getting deals on the show floor-than at any other industry conference where we've exhibited."
—Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution, Inc.

"When we were planning for RFID Journal LIVE! this year, because of the recession, we prepared ourselves for low attendance. But it turns out we got more leads at LIVE! than we did at HIMSS, two weeks earlier. HIMSS (health care IT) is a much larger show—with 800 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees. At RFID Journal LIVE!, the traffic was heavy, and visitors were doing some serious shopping."
—Judson Vaughn, Marketing Manager, Ekahau, Inc.

"Congratulations on a fantastic conference. I and my colleague found it a valuable learning experience and a great opportunity to engage RFID vendors."
—Russ Havlak, Lockheed Martin

"I was very pleased to see all of the exciting examples of what you can do with RFID. Everything was very professionally organized. It was worth the trip over the ocean!"
—Thomas Beckman, Head of Supply Chain, Charles Vőgele Group

"Thanks for all of your hard work in putting together such an impressive event. I'm honored to have been a part of your masterpiece."
—Charlie Fletcher, Director of Logistics Command and Control, The Boeing Co.

"We held a co-located workshop at the event. The facilities were perfect, and the audience was larger than expected and HIGHLY focused on the topic. The team is very pleased, and we look forward to working on future events with you."
—Jim Del Rossi, ADR Advisors Incorporated

"I congratulate you on putting on a really good show. It was worth every penny!"
—Robert J. Charles, GenuTech, Inc.

"I enjoyed the learning atmosphere that was created at the event, giving me more confidence on the knowledge that I have about RFID. The CompTIA RFID+ training course helped me concentrate on the things that matter. And the event's seminars and exhibits helped to cement my ideas about RFID, and opened the door to be a subject-matter expert on the field."
—Julio C. Valencia, MBA, RFID+ Trading 4 Valencia, Inc.

"The show was phenomenal for us, and we are already looking forward to next year—with an even bigger booth!"
—Houston Klassen, Intelligent InSites

"In light of the economic climate, you and your team really knocked it out of the park."
—John F Scott, ODIN Technologies

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—David J Ferruzza, Seidenader Vision, Inc.

"Great turn-out! Only RFID Journal could pull off such a feat in such a troubled economy. The leads we got were excellent, and the energy was very encouraging!"
—Anthony Palermo, Director of Business Development, Academia RFID

"This is the third RFID Journal LIVE! event Cadbury has attended, and our team has found each conference to be more informative and valuable than the preceding ones. Truly, RFID Journal and the LIVE! events have played a major part in Cadbury's efforts to stay abreast of RFID advances and applications in the marketplace."
—David Sasdi, Director of Customer and Supply Chain Integration, Cadbury North America

"Supported by a diversity of case studies, end-user representatives, relevant lectures, and panels that focused on experiences with RFID (as opposed to hopes for it), this show provided more value to the end user than ever before, and from what I was hearing from the exhibitors … much higher quality leads."
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Carnaval Puts RFID Hangtags on Kids' Clothing


The Mexican designer of children's apparel will use the EPC Gen 2 tags to track garments as they arrive from the factory, as well as when they are inspected, stored and then shipped.
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Nov. 2, 2009—Mexican children's fashion company Carnaval is launching an RFID system to track the items it distributes as they arrive from the factory, as well as when they are inspected, stored and then shipped to a retailer. The tags can also be tracked by Liverpool, a department-store chain that sells Carnaval's products at its 68 Mexican locations. Workers at Carnaval's third-party clothing factory are currently in the process of tagging approximately one million items as they are manufactured (the factory produces about 1 million garments each month). The company expects the RFID system will be ready to go live within the next few weeks, says Mauricio Cohen, Carnaval's business administrator.

Carnaval is the distributor of children's fashion in Mexico for such global brands as Disney Kids Apparel and Hello Kitty. It typically designs the clothing, sends those designs to third-party contractors that sew a prototype of that design, and sends the final order with the fabric to be used to another third-party contractor that sews the clothing. The clothing then returns to Carnaval to be inspected, stored and shipped to retailers.



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Note: After purchase, you will be sent a link where you can download the training course.

Introduction
Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID in short) is the hottest new technology today, with applications ranging from car parking systems to hospitals and supply chain management. Mandates by some large retailers like Wal-Mart and other big and influential organizations like the US DoD have driven the rapid adoption of this technology, by a variety of suppliers. It is estimated that, there are today now about 3 billion RFID tags already produced this year. The number is going to go up exponentially and it is expected that 31 billion tags will be in operation by the beginning of the year 2010. This is one of the few technology areas which will have rapid adoption and usage in almost all businesses, one way or the other.

However, rapid adoption of the technology does not mean that it is widely understood. The number of professionals who would be required to know something about this technology, vis a vis the number who actually do, is very small. This is in no small measure due to the multiplicity of vendors who tout their own technology as THE real technology. The lack of standards is another problem. There are standards of course, but their development lags behind the technology, as well as the implementation, causing lots of confusion amongst RFID implementers, as well as users of the technology.

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A cursory search on the internet will reveal that most courses on RFID technology are either by vendors (or by their agents, which is the same), are classroom based or web based. The courses are by themselves divided into several different types, with no course big enough to give an overall picture, without being too complicated.


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RFID Reader Works on Both Low and High Frequency Modes

03/11/2009 11/03/2009 02:15 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)



Toronto, Canada - GAO RFID Inc. (www.GAORFID.com) is offering its simple- to- use dual frequency RFID reader, which operates at the frequency of 125kHz and13.56 MHz. It enables users to read a variety of RFID cards. This technologically advanced RFID reader is primarily used for access control, system logon/logoff and for the identification and authorization of system operators by scanning the user's RFID enabled card. For example, the card must be in contact with the reader which will then allow the device to transmit data. Overall, this RFID reader is an ideal system logon key that protects against unauthorized system use.

GAO RFID Inc.'s dual frequency RFID reader, model 211004, reads unique serial number and communicates with a PC via the RS232 interface. It supports multi-detection; transponders compliant with ISO 14443A Mifare MF, Ultralite, DESfire are available for this portable reader. The compact sized RFID reader offers a high baud rate from 2400bps to 19200bps.
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RFID Is Poised for Widespread Adoption

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There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but if you are thinking this will take five or 10 years, you are mistaken.

companies across all industries are now exploring RFID's potential. A quick scan of the articles RFID Journal has published in the past week reveals stories about the auto, fresh-produce, taxi, defense, beef, toy, transportation and health-care industries using RFID in one way or another.

At some point, companies are going to have all their ducks in a row. By that time, standards will likely be in place, or very close to being in place, and the technology will likely perform better and cost less. All of these things could come together very quickly. And anyone sitting on the sidelines today, thinking RFID adoption is many years away, is going to be in for a rude awakening.
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Netc Announces Netc N*VISION RFID WatchDog(TM) Tape Tracking System


TRUMBULL, Conn., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Netc, the leading provider of storage media barcode label printing software and printed RFID and media barcode labels, today announced the Netc N*VISION RFID WatchDog(TM) Tape Tracking System with PassPort Technology(TM). The system utilizes state-of-the-art RFID technology to help you better manage your valuable data tape and IT assets. The system is based upon the Netc N*VISION RFID media barcode label, an integrated, customized, RFID enabled label designed by Netc specifically for data tapes. Unlike other RFID tape tracking systems, WatchDog(TM) is not a barcode system converted to RFID. WatchDog(TM) is completely designed from the ground up to take advantage of the many benefits of current RFID technology. This includes both hardware and software, resulting in a completely integrated system suite that enables you to quickly deploy the solution in your company without the pain, time and expense of extensive system integration.

The patent-pending Netc N*VISION RFID WatchDog(TM) system enables you to effectively manage the movement of your data tape assets. PassPort Technology(TM) lets you create your manifest (list) of data tapes to be tracked and monitored through the PassPort portals deployed in your organization. As the tapes move through each PassPort checkpoint, the N*VISION RFID labels are interrogated and verified against the manifest for accuracy and completeness. If the manifest cannot be completely verified, an anomaly and status will be displayed so the operator may take the appropriate remedial action. The WatchDog(TM) system is completely scalable from one to many portals depending upon your business requirements. The system also features a complete reporting engine facilitating management reporting, analysis and real-time security alerts. The result is a more secure, controlled and compliant data center environment.

A PassPort(TM) Hand-Held unit is available to complement the Netc N*VISION RFID WatchDog(TM) system. The portable RFID unit contains hardware and software to enhance the tracking and auditing of your data tape assets. The PassPort(TM) Hand-Held contains a UHF Gen2 RFID reader that reads N*VISION RFID VolSer labels. It also can read both 1 and 2 dimensional barcodes. The intuitive, easy to use software works with you to expedite the tape inventory, auditing and location process. Netc N*VISION WatchDog(TM) is RFID technology you can easily identify with.

For additional information on Netc N*VISION RFID WatchDog(TM) contact us Netc at 203-372-6382, email NVISION@netcllc.com, or visit www.WatchDog.LabelArchitect.com.

About Netc - Netc, the RFID media barcode label experts, is a leading global provider of tape storage media products including Netc Label System Software, Netc eXpress Labels, Netc eXpress Tape Cartridges, Netc Label Architect, Netc N*VISION RFID Labels, and now, Netc N*VISION RFID WatchDog(TM) Tape Tracking System.

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GPS/RFID Handheld Unit monitors security guards in real time.


November 5, 2009 - Model GT2 Security Force Locator lets users track, monitor, and manage personnel in real-time indoors and outdoors. Measuring 2.5 x 6 in., it fits in horizontal belt holster and has water-resistant case and lithium-polymer battery that lasts up to 24 hr/charge. It includes panic button for distress calls and motion sensor to report absence of motion for predetermined time period. Non-keyed incident alert sends message to GuardTrax server if unit is taken in/out of predefined area.


Guardtrax Introduces Real-Time Security Personnel Monitoring and Management Technology That Tracks, Monitors, and Manages Indoors and Out

GT2 Overcomes Existing Wand Limitations with GPS/RFID Handheld Unit that Increases Security Productivity, Safety and Cuts Security Costs

CRANFORD, NJ - September 21, 2009 - GuardTrax today introduced the new "GT2" enabling security firms and corporate security managers to finally track, monitor and manage security personnel in real-time indoors and out.

The GT2 Security Force Locator combines GPS and RFID functionality, enabling security personnel to scan specific interior and exterior checkpoint tags as well as facilitate real time location and position monitoring.

"GT2 overcomes the existing limitations of guard tour wands predominantly used in the security industry that don't provide real time tracking, reporting or management capabilities over the Internet," explains Mike Petty, vice president of GuardTrax sales, a product of Intergis, LLC. GT2, with its robust and diverse capabilities gives security firms compelling cost and operational justifications to advance into real time monitoring of security personnel with GuardTrax."

"The new GuardTrax device will greatly enhance Metro Protective Agency's ability to manage its security personnel, since administrators can monitor officers in real-time to identify and correct problems as they occur," states Aaron Thieriault, operations manager. "It also enables us to reduce management and supervision costs, since fewer personnel are now required."

CEO and President of Sun City Security Service, Inc., Dave Scepanski, concurs, adding that, "We have already benefitted from this state-of-the-art guard management solution and our clients will greatly benefit from its real-time RFID tracking capabilities." According to Scepanski," Prior to using GuardTrax, data from each guard's tour wand was manually downloaded into the software program only after the shift was completed, and often not until the next day. Our guard tour wands frequently crashed and were unreliable since they depended on guards to correctly touch checkpoints to record information."

Measuring approximately 2.5" x 6", GT2 is slightly larger than the average cell phone and fits comfortably in a horizontal belt holster. Its rugged design, water-resistant case and lithium-poly battery make it a highly functional and durable device, lasting up to 24 hours without re-charge. The durable, ergonomic GT2 provides a number of extremely valuable features enabling security personnel to carry a single device for guard tour and phone communication.

The GT2 has a panic button for instant distress calls and alert notifications to management. Also, security personnel can use GT2 to post activity status updates through a unique set of user input codes allowing supervisors and managers to monitor officer activity on the fly through their mobile phones. This new generation GuardTrax device is equipped with a motion sensor that will report if the device has remained in a motionless state for a pre-determined time period. The supervisor is immediately alerted if the guard hasn't moved and can make a phone call to the officer through the GT2. Each GT2 can call four operation critical telephone numbers (e.g. police, fire, supervisor or client contact)

The new device also has a non-keyed incident alert called the "geo-fence violation." If the device is taken in or out of a pre-defined area, it then sends a message to the GuardTrax server reporting that the device has entered or exited a defined area. All incidents and events reported through the GT2, after reaching the GuardTrax server can be relayed through SMS or emailed to any number of desired recipients.

"Regardless of a guards' location indoors or out, the GT2 provides the visibility you need to successfully manage your personnel and make informed decisions," said Jeffrey Cohen, CEO of Intergis. "Sleeping guards, abandoned posts and unproductive shifts are effectively eliminated by using the GuardTrax Security Force Locator."

Among the benefits of the GT2, security firms will immediately realize:

Improved Worker Productivity - Remotely track and manage an entire roster of guards in real time, ensuring all job duties are being performed indoors and outdoors, without the need for onsite checks. GT2 eliminates sleeping guard syndrome, while protecting guards at every minute.

Reduced Costs - Automated guard performance monitoring via the Internet reduces worker supervision requirements, resulting in decreased operational and labor costs.

More Accurate Timesheets and Billing Operations - Automatically record shift start/stop times ensuring accurate employee compensation. Document shift begin and end times, when breaks are taken and specific security related events for accurate reporting and client billing.

Decreased Risk - Pinpointing a guard's location at the time of an incident and documenting movement in real time reduces liability, risk and ensures guard safety.

Enhanced Customer Service - Increased accuracy in billing combined with proof of guard tours and a wide range of reporting capabilities increases customer service and reputation for providers of security services.

GT2 is leased on a monthly basis with pricing based on quantity. Until January 2010, GuardTrax will give a $100 credit towards purchase of a GT2 in exchange for any security "wand" RFID only device. For a demo, please visit www.guardtrax.com.

About Intergis

Intergis is a leading single-source provider of mobile resource management and logistics solutions for small, medium and large businesses in a variety of industries. Intergis solutions perform as promised by integrating GPS tracking and navigation technology with scheduling route optimization, personnel and asset tracking applications. Intergis helps customers quickly garner operational efficiencies and measurable results demonstrating productivity enhancement cost, control minimized risk as well as increased security and customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.intergis.com.


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Rumor Has It: 8GB 3GS, RFID-Capable iPhones on the Way?

By Darrell Etherington





Watch the VIDEO HERE.... http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/2933...g-rfid-iphones


iPhone3GS-2What better way to end the week than with two fresh, shiny new iPhone rumors to chew on? According to various reports, the iPhone 3GS could get an 8GB model just in time for the holidays, and Apple is said to be testing iPhones that support radio-frequency identification (RFID), a tech that allows devices to sense nearby embedded chips without coming in actual contact with them.

While the timing of both rumors happens to be concurrent, please note that it is very unlikely that if Apple were to release an 8GB iPhone 3GS in time for the holiday season, it would use the new RFID tech. It’s more likely that the RFID integration will come to fruition in later models of the iPhone.
$99 8GB 3GS

Rumors of the smaller capacity 3GS come via Boy Genius Report, which has proved fairly reliable in the past when it comes to predicting product launches by Apple. They claim to have heard news of the 8GB model from two separate sources at AT&T:

Definitely not confirmed, but rather interesting nonetheless. We’ve heard now from two sources that AT&T, and we guess Apple, are contemplating launching an 8GB iPhone 3GS at the $99 price point before Christmas. One source said this was AT&T’s way of combating the Droid madness.

It should be noted that BGR specifically points out that they haven’t heard any of this from Apple or any of its personnel, which could mean that AT&T is pitching the idea but doesn’t necessarily confirm that Apple is receptive. Still, a 3GS at the magical $99 sweet-spot would definitely take some of the wind out of Droid’s sails.

Of course, there is the fact that Phil Schiller said the Apple holiday lineup is set. That should mean no new products, right? Or it could mean that the 8GB 3GS was already on the roster and that it just hasn’t been announced yet. Still, if it is coming in time for Christmas, Apple is already missing out on some prime holiday buying time. We’ll definitely see it before Black Friday if we’re going to see it at all.
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Apple is looking into integrating RFID swipe support into new iPhone prototypes, AppleInsider reports. iPhones boasting RFID capabilities could allow for things like making swipe payments, proximity alerts, and getting data from swiping RFID-embedded objects or even animals.

RFID tech is ideal for this sort of thing because it requires little power, since the data transferred is often small in size, usually only a number or a URL. There’s also the cost benefits of the tech, and the fact that they’re already in wide use. According to AppleInsider:

The cost of RFID chips is now down to just a few cents each in quantity, making it possible to apply them to a wide variety of uses. Shipping companies and retailers already use RFIDs to track packages much like barcodes; libraries use them to track books, farmers use them to identify animals in herds, and the army, theme parks and schools attach RFIDs to people.

The site also speculates that Apple could then leverage its existing iTunes accounts, broadening it to make it a method for paying for anything via your iPhone, so long as the vendor you’re dealing with is equipped to accept RFID payments. Such payment systems using cell phones have already been used widely in parts of Asia and Europe.

If Apple gets in early on widespread RFID adoption here in North America, it could see the kind of industrial and business success it’s been missing thus far. It might become as common to see an iPhone-based device on the loading dock as it is to see one in a Starbucks.

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Ex-IBM Employee reveals TV Abandoned Analog Band to Make Room for RFID Chips
Posted by sakerfa on July 12, 2009

According to a former 31-year IBM employee, the highly-publicized, mandatory switch from analog to digital television is mainly being done to free up analog frequencies and make room for scanners used to read implantable RFID microchips and track people and products throughout the world.
So while the American people, especially those in Texas and other busy border states, have been inundated lately with news reports advising them to hurry and get their expensive passports, “enhanced driver’s licenses,” passport cards and other “chipped” or otherwise trackable identification devices that they are being forced to own, this digital television/RFID connection has been hidden, according to Patrick Redmond.

Redmond, a Canadian, held a variety of jobs at IBM before retiring, including working in the company’s Toronto lab from 1992 to 2007, then in sales support. He has given talks, written a book and produced a DVD on the aggressive, growing use of passive, semi-passive and active RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification Devices) implanted in new clothing, in items such as Gillette Fusion blades, and in countless other products that become one’s personal belongings. These RFID chips, many of which are as small, or smaller, than the tip of a sharp pencil, also are embedded in all new U.S. passports, some medical cards, a growing number of credit and debit cards and so on. More than two billion of them were sold in 2007.

Whether active, semi-passive or passive, these “transponder chips,” as they’re sometimes called, can be accessed or activated with “readers” that can pick up the unique signal given off by each chip and glean information from it on the identity and whereabouts of the product or person, depending on design and circumstances, as Redmond explained in a little-publicized lecture in Canada last year. AFP just obtained a DVD of his talk.
Noted “Spychips” expert, author and radio host Katherine Albrecht told AMERICAN FREE PRESS that while she’s not totally sure whether there is a rock-solid RFID-DTV link, “The purpose of the switch [to digital] was to free up bandwidth. It’s a pretty wide band, so freeing that up creates a huge swath of frequencies.”

As is generally known, the active chips have an internal power source and antenna; these particular chips emit a constant signal. “This allows the tag to send signals back to the reader, so if I have a RFID chip on me and it has a battery, I can just send a signal to a reader wherever it is,” Redmond stated in the recent lecture, given to the Catholic patriot group known as the Pilgrims of Saint Michael, which also is known for advocating social credit, a dramatic monetary reform plan to end the practice of national governments bringing money into existence by borrowing it, with interest, from private central banks. The group’s publication The Michael Journal advocates having national governments create their own money interest-free. It also covers the RFID issue.

“The increased use of RFID chips is going to require the increased use of the UBF [UHF] spectrum,” Redmond said, hitting on his essential point that TV is going digital for a much different reason than the average person assumes, “They are going to stop using the [UHF] and VHF frequencies in 2009. Everything is going to go digital (in the U.S.). Canada is going to do the same thing.”

Explaining the unsettling crux of the matter, he continued: “The reason they are doing this is that the [UHF-VHF] analog frequencies are being used for the chips. They do not want to overload the chips with television signals, so the chips’ signals are going to be taking those [analog] frequencies. They plan to sell the frequencies to private companies and other groups who will use them to monitor the chips.”

Albrecht responded to that quote only by saying that it sounds plausible, since she knows some chips will indeed operate in the UHF-VHF ranges.
“Well over a million pets have been chipped,” Redmond said, adding that all 31,000 police officers in London have in some manner been chipped as well, much to the consternation of some who want that morning donut without being tracked. London also can link a RFID chip in a public transportation pass with the customer’s name. “Where is John Smith? Oh, he is on subway car 32,” Redmond said.

He added that chips for following automobile drivers – while the concept is being fought by several states in the U.S. which do not want nationalized, trackable driver’s licenses (Real ID ) – is apparently a slam dunk in Canada, where license plates have quietly been chipped. Such identification tags can contain work history, education, religion, ethnicity, reproductive history and much more.

Farm animals are increasingly being chipped; furthermore, “Some 800 hospitals in the U.S. are now chipping their patients; you can turn it down, but it’s available,” he said, adding: “Four hospitals in Puerto Rico have put them in the arms of Alzheimer’s patients, and it only costs about $200 per person.”

VeriChip, a major chip maker (the devices sometimes also are called Spychips) describes its product on its website: “About twice the length of a grain of rice, the device is typically implanted above the triceps area of an individual’s right arm. Once scanned at the proper frequency, the VeriChip responds with a unique 16 digit number which could be then linked with information about the user held on a database for identity verification, medical records access and other uses. The insertion procedure is performed under local anesthetic in a physician’s office and once inserted, is invisible to the naked eye. As an implanted device used for identification by a third party, it has generated controversy and debate.”

The circles will keep widening, Redmond predicts. Chipping children “to be able to protect them,” Redmond said, “is being promoted in the media.” After that, he believes it will come to: chip the military, chip welfare cheats, chip criminals, chip workers who are goofing off, chip pensioners – and then chip everyone else under whatever rationale is cited by government and highly-protected corporations that stand to make billions of dollars from this technology. Meanwhile, the concept is marketed by a corporate media that, far from being a watchdog of the surveillance state, is part of it, much like the media give free publicity to human vaccination programs without critical analysis on possible dangers and side effects of the vaccines.

“That’s the first time I have heard of it,” a Federal Communications Commission official claimed, when AFP asked him about the RFID-DTV issue on June 2. Preferring anonymity, he added: “I am not at all aware of that being a cause (of going to DTV).”

“Nigel Gilbert of the Royal Academy of Engineering said that by 2011 you should be able to go on Google and find out where someone is at anytime from chips on clothing, in cars, in cellphones and inside many people themselves,” Redmond also said.
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Forgetful patients to be fitted with microchips to remind them to take their pills

By Ryan Kisiel
Last updated at 11:33 AM on 22nd September 2009

Patients will be fitted with a microchip in their shoulder to remind them to take their medicine, under a new scheme being developed by a drugs company.

Older people will be given pills containing a harmless microchip that sends a signal to the chip in the shoulder when the pill is taken.

But if the pill is not taken by the forgetful patient, the chip in the shoulder will then send a text to a carer or the patient to remind them.
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A microchip could let carers know if a forgetful patient has failed to take their medicine

Swiss pharmaceutical group Norvatis is developing the electronic pill that it hopes will reduce the number of patients who have to be supervised taking their medicine.

Joe Jiminez, head of pharmaceuticals at Novartis, said tests of the 'chip in the pill' to a shoulder receiver chip had been carried out on 20 patients.

The experiment with a drug that lowers blood pressure had increased the amount of times patients had taken their medicine on time from 30 per cent to 80 per cent in six months.

Drug companies are keen to improve 'compliance' rates among patients as most end up not taking their correct dosages because of unpleasant side effects or a failure to gain symptoms quickly.

Medical companies hope it will reduce the number of hospitalisations from patients whose conditions have deteriorated from not taking their drugs.

Mr Jiminez said: 'This industry is starting to explode.' He added that his company would have to work closely with medical watchdogs and doctors.

Rival drug company Pfizer recently developed an automated system to telephone patients to encourage them to take their medicine.

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HK to become RFID trendsetter

http://www.news.gov.hk/en/category/i...110en06002.htm


Commissioner for Innovation & Technology Janet Wong says the Government is working to make Hong Kong a Radio Frequency Identification centre and a RFID trendsetter in the Asia Pacific Region.



Speaking at the Hong Kong RFID Awards 2009 presentation ceremony today Miss Wong said the Government spares no effort in promoting the development of RFID technology, to facilitate its adoption in local industries, as well as to encourage the public to realise its importance.



"The establishment of the Hong Kong RFID Centre last year in the Hong Kong Science Park and the continuous funding support for RFID research projects are some examples [of RFID development]," she said.



However, all these efforts will not bear fruit without staunch support from industry and the community, she added.



On the introduction of the new U-21 Awards, she said they will enhance youngsters' awareness of the importance of technology development, facilitate experience sharing and knowledge transfer, and encourage more innovation
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