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  • RFID Fetches Cars, Shreds Paper

    Alli-Solutions delivers paperless, real-time tracking of automotive inventory Problem: automotive auction inventory is difficult to track The automotive auction industry is a quiet giant. The National Auto Auction Association reported $83.1 billion in sales of used vehicles at its member auctions for 2008. The Association's average auction member operates a 74-acre facility and employs 141 people with a payroll of $3.1 million....
  • RFID Boosts Recycling Bins, Local Businesses

    Rewardsforrecycling.com changes household habits in Michigan Problem: Benefits of recycling is understood, accessible, but not practiced. Americans recycle about a quarter of their residential trash – a rate that has remained fairly constant despite the growth of curbside recycling service, community education and other efforts to encourage more recycling. Research suggests behavior is not changing because of the extra effort...
  • RFID Hurricane Evacuation Case Study

    'DogBone' RFID tags track evacuee's pets and medical assets in Texas Problem In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita challenged Texas officials' capacity to manage a mass evacuation. The state was already hosting more than 470,000 evacuees from Katrina when they were forced to scale their evacuation to nearly three million people as Rita headed for shore. When the Rita evacuation was complete, families struggled to re-connect as there...
  • Motorola RFID Tool Tracking Case Study

    Motorola nets immediate $250,000 return for internal RFID tracking project Problem: Motorola's (formerly Symbol Technologies') Engineering Shared Services electrical lab in Holtsville, New York uses equipment worth more than $3 million – oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, calipers, power supplies and other equipment – to design, develop and test Motorola's enterprise mobility products. The lab's oscilloscopes...
  • Unlocking RFID

    Universal RFID Asset Tag enables manufacturer's tool crib tracking Problem: Applied Engineering in Yankton, South Dakota specializes in high speed milling of aluminum components to close tolerances. Like most modern machine shops, they use automation and technology in the effort to produce high quality products at the lowest achievable cost. Even robotic systems are used to deliver speed and consistency at lower cost. As part the...
  • Packaging Deals for Mobile Shoppers

    NFC tag moves from bricks to clicks, drives sales Opportunity: Rehrig Pacific is a world leader in logistics optimization for merchandising; their plastic pallets and containers are popular with the agriculture, bakery, beverage, dairy and materials handling industries. Wherever you see a soft drink display, it's more than likely that those beverages are in plastic crates by Rehrig Pacific. As their packaging systems are so often...
  • RFID in a Gated Community

    Radio Frequency Identification technology helps gated communities control access Problem: Residential gated communities are growing in popularity. About six percent of Americans live in a gated community and construction of such communities comprises 10 percent of the new home market – and as much as 50 percent in larger metropolitan areas in southern states. The overwhelming reason people are purchasing homes in gated...
  • RFID Labels at the Car Wash

    Durable windshield tags speed Cruz Thru Express Carwash service Problem: Americans spend more than $24 billion annually to have their vehicles cleaned at over 100,000 car washes in North America, according to the International Carwash Association. Still, competition in the carwash business is fierce, particularly in urban markets where carwash penetration has reached the saturation point. Carwash owners are always looking for ways...
  • RFID Tracking Tags Used by Egyptian Security Gates

    Windshield Radio Frequency Identification controls vehicle access Opportunity Egypt has seen gated community development follow the same mass trend experienced in the United States. Over the past 30 years, more than 200 gated communities have been established along the coast and elsewhere. Most are privately built and maintained, including the walls, fences and access points - typically guarded or remote-controlled gates. As the...
  • Preventing Extra Waste at the Gate

    Westminster, Massachusetts uses RFID to manage gate access to waste transfer station Opportunity: better access control to waste transfer station at lower cost As federal and state environmental regulations have closed small landfills and recycling rates have climbed, waste transfer stations have become important to hauling trash economically by consolidating loads before hauling to regional landfills and other facilities. While this...
  • RFID at Trade Shows

    Radio Frequency Identification technology helps event managers and exhibitors deliver better events Problem: Beyond registration and check-in, attendees at conferences, trade shows and other events are largely "invisible" to the organizers and hosts. Most conference managers can't say with certainty that attendees are present at the sessions they registered to attend. There is no accurate way to measure traffic volume and flow on a trade...
  • Automotive Supply Chain Moves Better with RFID Packaging

    Universal RFID tags track $27 million packaging in closed loops Opportunity: track automobile parts packaging for added value The United States remains one of the world's top auto manufacturers and employers, despite decades of losses and a recent recession where auto sales fell by 40 percent and two of Detroit largest automakers entered bankruptcy. Ohio-based Surgere sees an enduring automotive supply chain ripe for improvement. "The...
  • Finding RFID Means No Lost Art for Dealers, Collectors

    Art tracking solution depends on Metalcraft RFID labels to help manage art collections around the world Opportunity: reliably track the location or art to prevent theft or loss Many art museums, galleries and private collectors use cameras to secure their collections. Most also have processes for taking inventory or recording the movement of art within or across locations. Some want systems that prevent the handling or movement of...
  • RFID Asset Tags from IT to IVs

    Texas Tech Health Sciences Center uses RFID to manage over 1,500 medical assets Opportunity: protect assets of new medical school Medical environments are filled with mobile assets; keeping track of the specialized equipment is vital to safe, efficient work. This is especially true for the Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation Center (ATACS) at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. The...