Are you using barcode technology now but considering using RFID in the future?

November 29, 2011

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RFID Means First-Class Fun At ‘World’s First’ Indoor Doggie Daycare

March 15, 2010

That’s why the “world’s first indoor dog day-care center” uses RFID technology to speed up its canine charges’ entry and exit to the facility, automate billing, and track the park’s usage, all without hiring extra employees.

Thousands of dogs visit Unleashed each week for exercise and play. To keep track of them all, there are two RFID interrogators stationed side by side at each of the park’s two entrances and two exits. Each pair of interrogators is equipped with an RFID reader. Only an authorized RFID read will prompt the gates to unlock and allow a pet to enter or leave the park. Each pet, meanwhile, wears a plastic dog tag with an embedded EPC Gen 2 RFID chip in it. The chips contain unique ID numbers linked to the animals’ specific information, including breed, vaccination history, health records and disposition—all of which the owners provided on their first visit to Unleashed. The ID numbers interact with the center’s back-end software to verify that the dog’s information is up to date; then a third-party financial management provider links the ID numbers to encrypted credit card data. Upon verification, the owner is automatically charged with the cost of the visit.

Thanks to the RFID system, park visitors are spared waiting in long lines to enter, exit, and pay, while Unleashed benefits from higher numbers of satisfied guests. The park has been so successful that it is planning to expand in other areas of the country, using the same RFID system.

Penske Logistics Turns to RFID for Real-Time Visibility and Management

March 7, 2010

A subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics ( provides supply chain management and logistics services to leading companies through operations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. It makes sense, then, that the logistics company is deploying an RFID solution to achieve real-time visibility and management of its own trailers and yard assets.

Penske’s primary goals are to reduce inbound and outbound trailer bottlenecks, build an effective yard plan, and enhance operations. To achieve these objectives, the company will use a solution with a combination of passive RFID and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which will provide updates about where trucks and trailers are located, as well as their status and condition, in real time. Initially, the system will be implemented at Penske’s Garland, Texas facility.

Penske chose this particular solution for several reasons:

    Ability to simultaneously use RFID, GPS, and cellular technologies
    No significant investment in infrastructure required
    Comprehensive functionality to support yard operations

With the browser-based RFID yard system, Penske will be able to dynamically assign trailers to dock doors, quickly give yard workers new tasks based on changing conditions, and benefit from event management and alerting capabilities.
For more information, find the full press release in the Journal of Commerce (

RFID Adoption Soars in Retail Sector

March 1, 2010

All over the world, retailers are applying RFID technology throughout the supply chain and in stores to cut costs and boost profits and productivity. In its 2009 report, “Apparel RFID 2009-2019,” IDTechEx ( profiled 60 brand owners and retailers that were using RFID. Below are a few examples.
Ralph Lauren ( is testing woven RFID tags in its merchandise in China. The primary goal: anti-counterfeiting.
Krause Outlet (, which sells off-season brand-name clothing bought from retailers, is using RFID to display garments on a 180-degree rotating rack in each store window. Customers can use their mobile phones to reserve clothes and then buy them from a vending machine, or call a hotline and punch in each desired item’s unique ID number.

Charles Vogele Group (, a major European retailer with 851 branches, has RFID-enabled its supply chain with a Checkpoint Systems Merchandise Visibility System. Using EPC Gen 2 labels, garments are tracked at item-level from manufacturer to point-of-sale. The system has resulted in improvements in inventory replenishment, reduction of out-of-stocks, and better on-hand inventory.

Headquartered in Turkey, Eren Holding ( manufactures and distributes about two million high-end garments per year through 88 retail fashion stores. The company has improved supply chain traceability by tagging garments at the point of manufacture and tracing them in real time to inventory at retail stores.

While the list goes on, these companies exemplify the range of possibilities for deploying RFID in the retail sector. See a more complete list at

Med Center Uses RFID to Ease Parking Garage Woes for Staff & Guests

February 22, 2010

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a new hospital on the UCLA campus, is developing an RFID system that it hopes will make parking in its garage easier and more convenient for hospital staffers, patients, and guests.

For now, the RFID solution includes a network of sensors mounted at the parking garage’s entry and two exit points. When cars enter and leave the garage, the system records the information and sends it to a back-end software application. From there, UCLA administrators can analyze the data to determine the number of available parking spots on the monitored floors. Future plans include monitoring not only each floor but also each individual parking space.

In the long run, according to UCLA’s Department of Transportation, the data could enable the hospital to optimize the number of parking spots allotted to staff and guests, as well as provide guests with guidance to exact available parking spots. In addition, there are plans to create a mobile application that will show these visitors where available spots in the garage are before even arriving at the hospital, which could encourage the use of alternate transportation if the garage is full. This could keep the medical center from needing to perform the expensive and inconvenient task of expanding parking on the UCLA campus—a bonus, as there is only room for about 2,000 more spaces.

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Malaysia Launches Country’s First RFID-Enabled Public Library

February 12, 2010

In Penang, Malaysia, more than 800,000 library patrons share about 500,000 copies of reading materials in six public libraries. Now, Penang Public Library has taken steps to better serve its readers by implementing an EPC Global Gen 2 standard-compliant RFID system. It is the first library in Malaysia to upgrade to this system.

The RFID solution leverages a combination of technologies to help Penang Public Library achieve its goal of becoming fully automated. The system uses RFID tags whose readings are taken in a split second; that data is then recorded using an RFID Inventory Management system. With this data, Penang Public Library can take fast, accurate inventory on its vast quantity of library assets.

In addition, library patrons no longer have to wait for librarians to check them in and out using barcode scanners or date stamping. Instead, the solution includes RFID self check-in and check-out stations, which enable library patrons to easily conduct their own transactions, review their account status, and renew books and other materials in real time.

The stations work by having patrons place their items directly on top of the ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader, which instantaneously updates the item and user information in the library system. The reader has a range of up to seven meters—significantly greater than that of a high-frequency (HF) reader. As an anti-theft component of the RFID Library System, the reader also automatically detects tagged books that don’t contain a checkout code and triggers an alarm when items without such a code pass through.

Dunlop tags tires for British racing league

February 2, 2010

In what is being dubbed a “world first,” the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and Dunlop have teamed up to incorporate RFID into racecar tires. Now, all tires on BTCC cars (which are exclusively provided by Dunlop) will be scanned as the cars enter the pit lane, automatically ensuring that tires are correct and up to par—and drivers, safe.

Every Dunlop tire has a mini RFID tag—only one centimeter long—embedded within it. When they are scanned, the RFID tags transmit information to a backend software system, which enables officials to track each tire from production and allocation, through its use, and back to Dunlop for recycling. According to Tony Duffy, operations manager for Dunlop Motorsport Europe, the project has been “quite an undertaking,” as there were several unique challenges that the manufacturer needed to overcome.
For example, it is crucial that the RFID tags remain stable in the tire throughout its rotations, and that no tire is “missed” upon a car’s return from the track. Both are significant feats considering the high rate of speed at which racecar tires revolve, even when the cars slow to match the pit lane speed limit. Despite these challenges, however, Dunlop has been able to provide the BTCC with a 100% accurate log of each tire’s activity.

In the future, Dunlop expects to incorporate similar RFID systems for other race series in which its tires are used (