– Sun Microsystems is hosting a suite of RFID4U training courses in its one of its kind state of art RFID testing lab to help businesses unveil opportunities from this disruptive technology and take the next steps to harness the benefits of RFID technology. The courses available are Asset Tracking using RFID on April 17, 2007, RFID in Pharma on April 18, 2007 and CompTIA RFID+ boot camp on April 19-20, 2007.

These application oriented trainings and certification allow individuals to gain new skills quickly, enabling them to apply that knowledge in the workplace much more rapidly than before.
Training format offers lab-intensive, scenario-based sessions for experienced professionals in a learning environment built around scenarios and troubleshooting in hands-on labs and analysis of best practices.

Brian McGrane the RFID Business Development Manager for Sun’s APT/RFID Lab states that "We have seen increased market demand for environmental RFID tag testing and item level RFID testing. We are therefore offering specific vertical application workshops such as asset tracking and Pharma application workshops to meet this demand."

Sun's APT Lab for RFID and Sensors is the world's first to combine "industrial-strength" environmental stress testing with comprehensive interoperability and standards-compliance testing. Companies from around the world had used the earlier Dallas based Sun RFID Test Center to simulate thousands of RFID and sensor deployments to verify that multi-vendor solutions are interoperable and meet industry technical standards and mandates. Last year Sun had reorganized the RFID Test Center into its Colorado-based Sun APT lab to add the ability to test RFID and sensor solutions under adverse environmental conditions such as excessive heat and cold, shock, humidity, vibration, altitude and pressure.
Technology group Hitachi has developed a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip which is 64 times smaller than those currently on the market.

According to Pink Tentacle, the RFID powder-type chips are five microns thick and could be embedded in currency notes, paper identification documents and a host of other goods.

The technology was made possible through semiconductor miniaturisation applications where beams of electrons were utilised in order to write data on the tiny chips, which can store a serial number in order to act as identification.

Reports suggest that the miniature data storage products can hold an identification number of up to 38 digits and are most likely to be used as an anti-forgery device when they emerge onto the market within the next two to three years.

Hitachi already manufactures and sells the miniature Mu-chip, which the company claims is the smallest RFID circuit in the world and has the capability to trace and monitor goods as well as enhance security of goods in transit.

RFID systems, which typically comprise a tag with a microchip and antenna plus a reader emitting electromagnetic waves, require an integrated chip in order to modulate radio waves and enable them to be turned into digital data.
Radio frequency identification chips that keep track of pets and library books are being used in a whole new way.

A growing number of hospitals are using baby trackers called “baby Lo-Jack.”

From the very first few seconds of life, a newborn is the focus of attention.

During the following days, a parade of doctors, nurses and well-wishers will touch and hold a newborn. The last thing anyone wants is someone taking away this precious gift.

"I don't even want to imagine it. It's terrifying,” said one nurse.

Another nurse said, "We are always checking, checking, checking on the babies.”

Infant abduction is not a crime that happens very often, but it is something every parent and hospital should be prepared for.

One hospital administrator said, "There have been some abductions and that's why we have what we call baby Lo-Jack.”

Baby Lo-Jack is actually known as the HUGS Security System, which uses radio frequency microchips to keep track of newborns and children during their stay in the hospital.

At John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, some hospital staff members said they see the system as a deterrent and want to get the word out.

"As soon as the baby is bathed we put (the device) on," said nurse Stacey Seit.

The HUGS tag placed on an infant’s ankle or wrist contains a microchip and an antenna.

"If anybody tries to get past this door here, in this hallway, the alarm goes off. The baby can't get past it," said Seit.
PanGo, The Enterprise Asset Tracking Solutions Company, announced the availability of its third-generation Wi-Fi-based active RFID tag, giving organizations new ability to identify and monitor the location of thousands of mobile assets, inventory and personnel at a significantly lower total cost of ownership.

Key new features of PanGo’s tag include an updated ergonomic form factor, battery life of over 5 years and integrated alert-button functionality. Additionally, the new tag is the first to be compatible with the Cisco Certified Extensions (CCX) Tag Protocol, a Wi-Fi communication mode that enables a higher level of location accuracy for Cisco 2700 Series Location Appliance customers and the ability for the tag to provide enhanced telemetry reporting.

“One of the primary challenges faced by customers adopting asset tracking solutions has been sourcing a long lasting tag at a reasonable cost,” said Michael McGuinness, president and CEO of PanGo. “Our third generation tag is the most advanced Wi-Fi-based RFID tag in the industry, supporting a wide spectrum of vertical market applications and capable of efficiently and cost effectively enabling precise location information needed by the applications that drive real business value.”

Markets including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and government are increasingly leveraging real-time location and radio frequency identification systems to optimize their business processes and efficiencies. In all industries, PanGo customers will gain expanded ability to leverage the mobility features of their wireless local area networks (WLANs) to accurately locate tagged mobile assets, minimizing time-consuming and cost-prohibitive manual searches.

“PanGo has long been a champion of standards-based approaches to location-tracking – and that matters to customers because it helps to ensure future-proofed solutions while instantly extending investments in wireless networking infrastructures,” said Alan Cohen, senior director, mobility solutions, Cisco. “PanGo’s new Wi-Fi asset tracking tag makes location information readily available to an organization’s business processes while lowering the key barriers to entry – the combination generates a rapid and compelling ROI.”

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Advanced features of PanGo’s new tag give users unprecedented flexibility to optimize tag performance for every use-case. Customizable location reporting intervals and rules, detachment detection, remote configuration and management and enhanced security features make maintaining tagged assets easier than ever. The high availability of these features are made possible, in large part, by the first chip designed specifically for use in active RFID tags, from G2 Microsystems.

G2’s ultra-low-power, active RFID System-on-Chip enables companies to tap asset-tracking capabilities at an average 75 percent reduction in total cost of ownership over earlier solutions. Designing chips to seamlessly integrate location information based on Wi-Fi, active RFID technologies or passive RFID sensors, G2 is the first company to develop an integrated circuit architecture specifically for the demanding power requirements of active asset tracking tags.

“Effective battery life has long been a weak link for many RTLS systems,” said John Gloekler, president and CEO of G2 Microsystems. “We are pleased to partner with PanGo to turn this question mark into a non-issue, as this new tag represents a quantum leap in power efficiency and location information availability. It will surely represent a key catalyst for driving the continued, exponential growth of this market.”

The PanGo tag is a key component of PanGo’s enterprise asset tracking solution that includes the PanOS® location management platform and the PanGo Locator® asset tracking application. The new tag begins shipping in February.