Welcome to the first of many, RFID industry round-ups with your host me…well, Suze. I love reading the newest stories and latest applications being implemented with RFID. As you know, RFID is growing constantly and expanding into new markets, applications, and unique procedures. Today, I am going to cover three stories that stood out to me in the thousands of stories that accumulate every week.
When I read this story, it made me realize how far we have come with both technology in general as well as RFID. I remember the first time automatic soap dispensers came out, but now, we can monitor people’s hand washing routines on a daily or weekly basis!
The key to this innovative RFID system is the hidden reader inside each intelligentM wristband as well as the corresponding passive tags located in soap dispensers, sinks, and disinfectants. When the wristband passes near a tag located at a soap dispenser, the reader will interrogate the tags and write the time and location to the “report card” on the reader that a staff member will check weekly.
These kinds of new advances in the medical industry will help eliminate contamination and make hospitals even safer for patients as well as employees.
Read the full article at www.rfidjournal.com.
As you’re driving down the highway in the pouring down rain, your gas tank light flashes. Frantically, you search for this nearest exit sign while your fuel gauge hovers on empty. You see the neon sign over the trees between furious windshield blades as you head up the exit ramp. You made it. You pull up to the pump, sit in your seat comfortably as you gas quickly pumps itself. Your credit card is automatically debited as you pull away back into the torrential downpour.
Thanks to RFID, we are getting close! Love’s gas stations have just finalized an RFID system that saves time at the pump as well as money.
A low-cost RFID tag, similar to our windshield tags, is placed on an eighteen-wheeler truck’s windshield and detected by antennas in the diesel lanes at most Love’s gas stations. One electronic signal turns the pump on and off and completes the payment with little human interaction.
Read more at www.cspnet.com.
We’ve all seen commercials and campaigns encouraging us to stop wasting food, but sometimes that idea is hard to implement in food transportation. CATRENE-Pasteur has combined RFID and sensor technology to help curb this problem.
The tag attaches to containers in transportation and provides continuously streamed data on the freshness and quality of the food inside each crate. This could help change the sullen fact that over 40-50% of all food production is thrown out and wasted.
Not only will this affect the food production and management industries, but the possibilities of using this sensor and RFID technology to determine anything from air quality to medical therapy compliance is notably groundbreaking.
Read the full article at electronicdesign.com.
All of these stories that I read from week to week show how much RFID is affecting almost every industry. I hope I could help you guys get all the information as possible and look for my news column next week under News with Suze.
Until Next Week,