Latest Publications https://www.rfid-im-blick.de Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:22:13 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb RFID & Wireless IoT Global Magazine - September 2018 https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201810144413/rfid-wireless-iot-global-september-2018.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201810144413/rfid-wireless-iot-global-september-2018.html RFID & Wireless IoT Global: Wireless technologies for Logistics, Industry, Asset Management, Healthcare, and Maintenance
RFID and Wireless IoT Global Issue September 2018
  • 52 pages of exclusive articles about RFID, NFC, and Sensor Technology
  • Current use cases by BPW Bergische Achsen, Rael Sprinkler, and Zeppelin Rental
  • Technology articles with Elatec and Controlant
  • AIDC: Global insights
  • Research: Smart Campus FACENS in Brazil
  • Business Facts from Nigeria
  • Key Topics: Logistics, Industry, Asset Management, Healthcare, and Maintenance
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Technology articles

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30 years ElatecAccording to CEO Stefan Haertel, every employee has had a part in the success story of the company Elatec.

30 years Elatec

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.

 
A cool solution for perishable goodsThe sensor data includes protection against manipulation.

A cool solution for perishable goods

Controlant, a company from Iceland, has built their business around the question of how perishable goods like foods and medicines can be kept fresh for longer during transport. Their solution: A cloudbased sensor-monitored cold chain for pharmaceutical and food industries – 24/7 in real-time. The company offers a scalable end-to-end solution for cold chain monitoring and quality control during the supply chain – at production, during transport and storage, all the way to the point of sale.

 

AIDC: Global insights

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Giving ID technologies a global voiceAIM advocates for worldwide adoption of RFID and related technologies.

Giving ID technologies a global voice

No matter whether RFID, RTLS, or ORM – AIM advocates the interests of AIDC technology stakeholders worldwide. Offering education and information as well as shared boards, the members work out international standards as well as the development of technologies and application fields. Chuck Evanhoe, Chairman of AIM, talks to RFID & Wirelesss IoT Global about shared efforts and upcoming challenges.

 
 

Business Facts

Technology transfer from the EU to NigeriaNigeria has the largest oil and gas deposits of the almost 80 percent of the world. Nearly 80 percent of the overall economic output of the country is provided in this sector.

Technology transfer from the EU to Nigeria

Over 40,000 companies from the oil and gas industry need IoT solutions for supply chain and production processes. Dr. Daniel Omofoman, founder of the „RFID Research and Development Center Nigeria“, leads a high-ranking Nigerian delegation to build bridges for European companies at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2018 to support the energy industry in the Gulf of Guinea.

 
 

Current use cases

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Safety FirstNFC and cloud authentication opens up a more efficient and secure future for skyscrapers.

Safety First

The maintenance of fire protection facilities and sprinkler systems, as well as the attendance documentation of service personnel take up a significant chunk of time in large highrises. The solution for an optimised process, is an application that includes a secure cloud service and operates with specialised secure NFC tags. HID Global assists system integrator Automated Decision by providing the suitable technology to guarantee optimisation of service and maintenance of fire protection facilities for Rael Automtic Sprinkler.

 
Zeppelin Rental uses activ presence detectionActive RFID solutions support the management of over 62,000 rental appliances.

Zeppelin Rental uses activ presence detection

As one of the leading rental and building logistics providers, Zeppelin Rental offers their customers building, industrial, craft, landscaping, public trade, and event solutions in the sectors of machine and appliance rental, temporary infrastructure, and building logistics. The rental portfolio alone encompasses more than 62,000 machines and appliances to be managed at 120 locations.

 
Heavy Metal leads to transparent goods movementMarcus Sassenrath together with his team established the BPW Innovation Lab to develop innovative ideas and new approaches.

Heavy Metal leads to transparent goods movement

A manufacturer of truck trailer axles becomes a digital leader in the field of logistics – a story that could only be possible through digital transformation. But who is writing this story? And more importantly: for what reason? Marcus Sassenrath,CDO at BPW Bergische Achsen, regards change as one of the most normal things in life, especially for a company with a 120-year long history. Change competence, according to the CDO, is the deciding success factor of the process of digitalisation.

 

Research

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The Super CampusThe campus works as a “living lab" structured in 9 areas.

The Super Campus

The Brazilian Government started an investment campaign in 2018 to support the research of possibilities of implementations of IoT applications. This way, they want to lead the country into an economically strong and sustainable future. Three years before, a smart campus had already been put into place in the city of Sorocaba in the university Faculdade de Engenhaira de Sorocaba (FACENS). On the campus the smart city is simulated: mobility and safety, energy, environment – these are just some aspects in which IoT-based applications in communal living are to be developed.

 
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vanbocxlaer@rfid-im-blick.de (Anja Van Bocxlaer) Issue Archive Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:15:31 +0200
Traceability through the manufacturing process at Dana Inc. https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201809254412/traceability-through-the-manufacturing-process-at-dana-inc.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201809254412/traceability-through-the-manufacturing-process-at-dana-inc.html Today, each DANA product has a RAIN RFID tag which stays with the product through its full lifecycle.

Dana commissioned Confidex Ltd., the leader in industrial RFID tags, to develop a custom RFID tag which could meet Dana product requirements including high temperature washing and painting. Throughout the design process, DANA and Confidex teams worked closely together to ensure optimal read performance and adhesion of the final tag design.

Joe Hoerl, Sales Director of North America at Confidex Ltd, sees the value in wireless technologies like RAIN RFID, NFC, and Bluetooth making the difference in the automotive industry: “Dana has been a leading supplier in the automotive industry for more than a century. We’re excited to work together to innovate solutions which enable higher levels of automation and production efficiency.”

The end result was success in achieving 100% traceability of each product despite the rigors of the Dana production including: high temperature washes, painting, and handling while also being read at any product orientation. RAIN RFID fulfilled these requirements with affordable pricing to tag every product.

Today, each product has a RAIN RFID tag which stays with the product through its full lifecycle.

Brent Vetter, Sr. Process Engineer at Dana notes “The primary business benefit realized at Dana has been that the operator doesn’t have to grab a 2D barcode or UPC scanner to identify the product. The tag is scanned without having the operator and robotics or automation system orient the tag in any particular direction.

This saves significant work and cycle time while maintaining 100% traceability through production.”

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barbara.ribic@confidex.com (Confidex) Use Cases Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:29:34 +0200
RFID & Wireless IoT Global Magazine - June 2018 https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201808014395/rfid-wireless-iot-global-june-2018.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201808014395/rfid-wireless-iot-global-june-2018.html RFID & Wireless IoT Global: Wireless technologies for logistics, smart city, healthcare, and consumer IoT
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
  • Feel free to download your own copy below
  • Subscribe now and receive 4 issues a year, in print or digital!
  • Supported by Balluff, FEIG Electronic, Kathrein Solutions, NXP Semiconductors, Pepperl + Fuchs, and Turck

Coverstory – Logistics

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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

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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

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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.

 

Healthcare

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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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vanbocxlaer@rfid-im-blick.de (Anja Van Bocxlaer) Issue Archive Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:12:51 +0200
RFID & Wireless IoT Global Magazine - March 2018 https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201806274372/rfid-wireless-iot-global-march-2018.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201806274372/rfid-wireless-iot-global-march-2018.html RFID & Wireless IoT Global: Wireless technologies for retail, industrial IoT, smart city, healthcare, and consumer IoT
RFID and Wireless IoT Global Issue March 2018

Coverstory – Retail

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Retailers and logistics providers need to integrate processes.Retailers and logistics providers need to integrate processes.

Can RFID solve the Retail Supply Chain Challenge?

The products of the Norwegian outdoor and sportswear brand Norrøna Sport are available via different channels: 20 company-owned stores, distribution partners in the stationary retail trade in Europe and North America, as well as a variety of purely online players. The necessary production and logistics processes were continuously adapted. However, future offers to the customer – such as same-day deliveries – require new methods. RFID could be a solution providing the required data from the supply chain.

 

Retail

SML was involved in numerous RFID rollouts in the worldwide fashion retail businessSML was involved in numerous RFID rollouts in the worldwide fashion retail business.

RFID Takes Retail Industry to a New Level of Transparency

Over one billion encoded RFID tags sold per year, more than 1,000 stores rolled out with the software platform “Clarity”, customers such as American Apparel, Decathlon, and Tesco – SML demonstrated its solution capability on the fashion market. Now, the RFID supplier uses the experience gained from working in the fashion and shoe retail markets onto other retail sectors.

 
Dynamic Price Tag combines stationary benefits with e-commerceDynamic Price Tag combines stationary benefits with e-commerce.

Dynamic Pricing Optimized for Fashion Retail

With the new dynamic price tag, the dynamic pricing trend is now arriving in stationary fashion retail as well. Dynamic price adjustment increases the retailer’s flexibility, optimizes revenue, and intensifies customer loyalty. Thorsten Wischnewski, Head of RFID, All4Labels Global Packaging Group, spoke to RFID & Wireless IoT Global about the benefits.

 
Digital transformation is the way forward – and RFID labels are one of the pivotal toolsDigital transformation is the way forward – and RFID labels are one of the pivotal tools.

Hybrid RFID Solutions Become Essential for the Retail Sector

To date, however, less than 15 percent of all companies in the sector around the globe employ this technology. In an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Jörg Bald, CEO of identytag, talks about the benefits of using RFID labels. He also explains why UHF/NFC hybrid label solutions will be an indispensable element of future omnichannel concepts.

 

Healthcare

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Privacy guaranteed: chips are not permanently linked to personal dataPrivacy guaranteed: chips are not permanently linked to personal data.

RFID Solution Reduces Laundry Requirements by 50%

Optimised laundry circulation with fewer losses and more transparency: The Israelite Hospital Hamburg replaced a complex and cost-intensive manual laundry management solution with a digital solution based on an automated laundry kiosk and RFID tagged textiles.

 
The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin benefits from optimised deployment processes between the warehouse and the ORThe Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin benefits from optimised deployment processes between the warehouse and the OR.

Tracking Sets Innovations in Motion

Increased availability of surgical materials, cost-efficient storage, a higher security level in the operating room as well as effective anti-theft protection: Charité CFM Facility Management wants to deploy automated tracking of case carts in the OR at Charité Campus Mitte to optimise the entire logistics of medical products and sterilisation products.

 

Research

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Plastic RFID tags and screen-printed antennas hold promise for connecting trillions of everyday objectsPlastic RFID tags and screen-printed antennas hold promise for connecting trillions of everyday objects.

Industry's first Plastic RFID Tag Suitable for all Shapes, Surfaces, and Substrates

Industry’s first: Imec and its partners Quad Industries, Agfa, and TNO have demonstrated a research prototype of a plastic RFID tag with a screen-printed antenna. The new development features several interesting innovations. First of all, there is no traditional silicon chip in this new device.

 

Industrial IoT

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VDA lowers the initial threshold for RFID adoption and furthers European standardisationThe VDA lowers the initial threshold for RFID adoption and furthers European standardisation.

RFID Toolbox is Complete!

The widespread use of RFID to identify automotive parts and containers across company lines has never been easier to accomplish. In September 2017, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) published the nonbinding recommendation VDA 5530. With this publication, the association completes the array of expanded guidelines for RFID use in the automotive industry that started with VDA 5500.

 
RFID parts identification is the first building block of an initiative consisting of 20 digitization projectsRFID parts identification is the first building block of an initiative consisting of 20 digitization projects.

Mercedes-Benz Vans Counts on Innovative Complexity Management

An ambitious roadmap: By 2025, Mercedes-Benz Vans wants to complete a digital transformation of all their production sites. The goal: Managing the complexity emerging from an increased variety of models while optimising the flexibility and efficiency of the supply chain and manufacturing. The division of Daimler will spend over 200 million Euros over the next 8 years on its digitization projects.

 
High fail-safe operation is requiredHigh fail-safe operation is required.

Modern Packaging Concept for Chocolate Bars

Perfectly packaged chocolate bars without a single defect are a must. Frequent format changeovers are a particular challenge. LoeschPack has met this challenge elegantly with their newest version of the two-stage version of the LTM-DUO fold wrapping machine. This relies on format changeover parts with a fixed stop and proven Balluff RFID for automatic interchangeable part detection.

 

Smart City & Customer IoT

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Japanese administration plans pioneering project for tagging all retail products nationwideJapanese administration plans pioneering project for tagging all retail products nationwide.

Big In Japan – 100 billion tags per year by 2025

METI proposes RFID tagging of all retail products by 2025 – from cheap chewing gum to expensive delicacies. By 2025, up to 100 billion products per year will have to be labelled with RFID tags. As part of this pioneering project, Japan‘s 24-hour convenience stores are establishing the next generation of self-checkout systems.

 
The dynamic information are displayed in real time on VMS signs placed across the cityThe dynamic information are displayed in real time on VMS signs placed across the city.

Big City – Smart Traffic

The city of Stockholm uses Bluetooth- and Wifi-based queue and flow measurement technology to display live travel times and optimise traffic flows. RFID & Wireless IoT Global spoke with Beatrice Gustafsson, Traffic Analyst, Trafik Stockholm, about the benefits of smart traffic management solutions and technology expansions in the future.

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vanbocxlaer@rfid-im-blick.de (Anja Van Bocxlaer) Issue Archive Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:50:32 +0200
An ambitious roadmap: Mercedes-Benz Vans counts on innovative complexity management https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201803064303/mercedes-benz-vans-counts-on-innovative-complexity-management.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201803064303/mercedes-benz-vans-counts-on-innovative-complexity-management.html The use of RFID relieves employees of routine tasks and at the same time gives them the security of having installed the right parts through automatic testing.

More transparency despite greater variety

Vehicles are increasingly becoming more individualised. Automobile manufacturing is fast approaching lot sizes of one – for passenger cars as well as for transporters. RFID project lead Michael Trunschke explains the increasing complexity of the worldwide Mercedes-Benz Vans production process: “There are 68 types of exterior mirrors alone, and once the new Sprinter model starts production, there will be nearly 100. For seats, the new model will expand the options by twenty percent.” These two example component groups illustrate the challenges for the production planners at Mercedes-Benz Vans when it comes to enabling a transparent manufacturing process.

The project started with an Industry 4.0 checkup

Holger SeidelHolger Seidel “All production processes must be transparent at all times – down to the level of every single part,” explains Holger Seidel, who led the team from Fraunhofer IFF supporting the Ludwigsfelde plant with a comprehensive Industry 4.0 checkup. “This transparency requires deploying an ideal combination of technology and IT. From here on forward, no application can be considered just by itself. The key elements for intelligent production are the combination of different technologies and the connection of data across processes and companies.”

Holger Seidel elaborates: “The checkup followed the principle 'I can't control what I can't identify'. This led to various recommended actions. For the identification of parts and documentation of assembly, RFID emerged as the best solution.”

Intensive preliminary studies for RFID use

The first phase of the checkup began in 2014 and focused on the definition of processes, the suitability of various technologies, and establishing a cost-benefit analysis. In the second phase, the solution was defined for specific processes with regards to their possible ROI. The next step was assessing its feasibility: ...

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contact@rfid-wiot.com (PR RFID & Wireless IoT Global) Use Cases Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:19:20 +0100