RFID & Wireless IoT Global Magazine - June 2018

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RFID and Wireless IoT Global Issue June 2018
  • 52 pages of exclusive articles about RFID, NFC, LPWAN and BLE
  • Coverstory by NXP Semiconductors: Smart logistics is the key to a secure and fast supply chain
  • Current use cases by Wiegand, Public Prosecution service in Qatar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Singapore General Hospital, Silent Partner Technologies, and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Technology article with Impinj
  • Research insights from VTT, Fraunhofer IIS
  • Key Topics: Logistics, Smart City & Customer IoT, and Healthcare
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  • Supported by Balluff, FEIG Electronic, Kathrein Solutions, NXP Semiconductors, Pepperl + Fuchs, and Turck

Coverstory – Logistics

Smart logistics is the key to a secure and fast supply chain"Currently, the movement of goods is subject to challenges that need to be solved proactively and innovatively," says Ralf Kodritsch from NXP Semiconductors.

Smart logistics is the key to a secure and fast supply chain

Despite current political developments, globalisation continues to advance rapidly, and the field of logistics is one of the strongest engines of global commerce. The focus no longer lies on simply transporting goods from one place to another – the possibilities have become more varied and the requirements of senders and recipients more demanding. Digitisation has opened up a range of possibilities for global supply chains all the way to the recipients.

Ready for take offTurck supplies RFID position measurement for fairground rides.

Ready for take off

German amusement park supplier Wiegand is implementing innovative position measurement into two fairground rides. In the future, the rides will rely on a system consisting of encoders and RFID read/write heads from automation expert Turck, connected to a Hima safety controller. Wiegand previously used an optical encoder in its Wie-Flyers and Bobkart circuits that only offered limited performance in severe outdoor environments.


Research & Development

MIOTY hits the ground runningThe Fraunhofer IIS develops a sturdy LPWAN standard for the Industrial Internet of Things.

MIOTY hits the ground running

With MIOTY – a modification of „my IoT“ – the Fraunhofer IIS has created a new LPWAN standard. After the initial project started in 2011, the development took off with the standardisation of the technology in 2015. Since 2016, MIOTY applications have been implemented and tested in demanding environments like mining or the metal industry. Now, in 2018, the finalisation of the standardisation process and the official market release are imminent.

Successful sensor project in search of an use caseScientists from ETH Zurich develop biodegradable BLE sensor.

Successful sensor project in search of an use case

Good ideas prevail, the established wisdom goes. But what if a successful scientific project is abandoned due to academic restructuring? A team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, led by Dr. Giovanni Salvatore, succeeded in developing a biodegradable BLE sensor – which will not be pursued due to the entire lab being shuttered.


Smart City

The largest RFID document tracking in the worldProgressive technology reduces cost and minimises delays.

The largest RFID document tracking in the world

The Public Prosecution service in Qatar has been honoured with an award for the largest implementation of RFID document tracking in the world. In cooperation with the German manufacturer Feig Electronic, the regional branch of OGTech, a local distributor in Doha, Qatar, provides the Public Prosecution service with an elaborate UHF RFID system that encompasses 1,006 reading points to allow for improved efficiency and accuracy in document tracking.

e-ID in EstoniaEstonia: Digital since the 1990s.

e-ID in Estonia

Estonia has been set on the course of digitalisation since the 1990s. Switching to electronic administration reduced overall expenses, improved voter participation, made public offers available to more citizens, and presented the country as role model for the world. Citizens can now sign contracts and documents via card reader or smartphone, and even view their health records online. In the future, information must become even more accessible and transparent to members of the public while at the same time ensuring data security.



Singapore General HospitalUpdate after five years: Singapore General Hospital conceived of the concept for automated RFID prescription drug delivery system in 2013.

First mover: Singapore General Hospital

In September 2013, the Singapore General Hospital‘s Outpatient Pharmacy finalised the installation of an RFID conveyor system – the first of its kind – that automated the previously manual process of distributing medication correctly according to a patient‘s prescription. This system made it possible to improve the process of medication distribution, expedite the operation procedures, and ensure medication safety by eliminating errors. Now, five years after the successful implementation, RFID & Wireless IoT Global inquires about the status quo.

Crucial time saving RFID solution for emergency servicesEasier tracking for mobile equipment – A potentially life-saving development.

Crucial time saving RFID solution for emergency services

The pressure to ensure smooth operation is high for emergency medical services. Silent Partner Technologies (SPT), as a developer of RFID systems that specialises in asset and inventory management, collaborates with Jadak in order to offer emergency first-responder services an RFID solution that tracks medical supplies and equipment to improve cost and time efficiency and avoid errors.

Printed Electronics Improve Patient SafetyVTT’s FlexNode BLE platform can be used for various wearable measurements such as body temperature.

Printed Electronics Improve Patient Safety

VTT is increasing its focus on printed electronics in healthcare. Printed electronics proposes a way of manufacturing wearable and disposable medical IoT devices that can measure patients and transmit vital healthcare data to the IoT. Within several years, these devices can potentially monitor all patients around the clock and improve patient safety in hospitals. Teemu Alajoki, Senior Scientist at VTT, speaks with RFID & Wireless IoT Global about the applications and perspectives for printed electronics in the healthcare industry today.

RFID localisation in breast cancer surgeryThe LOCalizer system consists of an implantable RFID tag and a reader which displays the precise distance to the tag in addition to audio signals.

RFID localisation in breast cancer surgery

Advancements in screening and diagnostic breast imaging have led to the earlier detection of breast cancer as well as an increase in the diagnosis of lesions requiring excisional biopsy. The removal of these small breast lesions requires localisation to ensure accuracy. Traditionally, preoperative placement of a hook wire has been the primary method of breast lesion localisation. Medical technology provider Faxitron proposes RFID as a guidance method for surgical removal of breast cancer tissue. Christine Dauphine, the Director of the Breast Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, is one of the first users of the device.

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