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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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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.


Reasearch & 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.



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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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RFID & Wireless IoT Global Magazine - March 2018 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.



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.



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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.



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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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An ambitious roadmap: Mercedes-Benz Vans counts on innovative complexity management 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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Orlando train tickets, a French success story French company successfully met the challenge, it is because his team dissected everything.

The customer satisfaction, a major concern.

Inaugurated in 2014, the first Sunrail lines have everything to prove to satisfy passengers in their daily rides. Yet, in only few months, the rail line company got a bad reputation about the one-way tickets. The reason? A reading problem at the automatic controlling machine to the point where riders were reluctant to use those machines.

In fact, many chips were not read and the paper was fragile, which generated a high scrap rate. And even if trains are comfortable and the staff is pleasant, the passenger experience was spoiled by those big lonely minutes wasted in front of a refractory machine. Inevitably, disappointed riders preferred to use other transport modes.

A true problem for Sunrail, especially since this dysfunction was a financial pit with high compensation costs. So they had to react.

Replace the machines ? Too expensive. It was better to concentrate on the consumables and find a new supplier serious and competent, able to supply reliable tickets. The riders trust was at stake.

Rethink the RFID ticket to ensure performance

If AXEM Technology has been contacted by his partner from the USA, it is because the whole ticket had to be rethought, while ensuring the compatibilities with the structures in place. In fact, the importance of the paper quality was clear, but they had to find a supplier also able to control and optimize the RFID performances.

And to get it done, AXEM Technology teams started by literally dissecting the former ticket to analyze it point by point.

Philippe MondonPhilippe Mondon “We then realized that some specifications could get optimized. Besides the paper quality, the chip and the antenna also had to get improved”, remembers Philippe MONDON, CEO of the company. “Few months only after the first contacts, we were sending samples to be tested on the field. Then in April 2017, the first 450.000 tickets were deployed in the Sunrail stations”.

Since then, the French supplier AXEM Technology, supplies all the commuter train tickets of the Orlando area. This contract, with a minimum duration of 5 years, represents around 1.5 million pieces/year.

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Covering all bases in healthcare with RFID from Feig Electronic Feig Electronic provides RFID reader solutions for the healthcare industry to identify, track, locate, and authenticate medical equipment, healthcare supplies, and more.

By Andreas Löw, Marketing & Corporate Communication, Feig Electronic

Efficient inventory management

Enabling accurate tracking solutions for medical supplies and equipment allows hospitals to focus on what they do best: patient care. RFID-based inventory systems monitor the current stock levels of various assets which are used in hospitals and laboratories, such as medicine and reagents, blood and plasma bags, surgical instruments, textiles, and much more.

Typically, intelligent cabinets or smart shelves are the basis for such inventory systems. These systems use mid range or long range readers, multiplexers, and customised antennas which are installed on cabinets and shelves for permanent inventory of the assets. Access to these shelves or cabinets is managed by an additional access control system which is also based on RFID.

Feig readers support ClearStream software

Feig Electronic continues its drive for straightforward RFID reader configuration and operation by announcing native support for Portable Technology Solutions’ (PTS) ClearStream RFID software, the user configurable fixed RFID software that can be set up in minutes to track assets and inventory tags.

Now, Feig readers work out of the box with ClearStream’s updated version 4.1 software, allowing immediate use of fixed readers - from the simplest reader operations to flexible coverage for the most complex customised enterprise systems.

“PTS is expanding the portfolio of readers supported by ClearStream RFID, which recognises Feig’s growing role as a leading supplier of readers,” says Brad Horn, CEO and Co-Founder of PTS. “This is significant for us as it signals increasing use of the expanded portfolio of Feig HF and UHF readers which are available to the market.”

Since every Feig product utilises the common API, ClearStream is compatible with all Feig RFID readers. The full RFID portfolio paves the way for future product applications as use cases continue to grow.

“RFID Canada, the Canadian distributor for Feig Electronic, has worked with ClearStream for years and has provided solutions for healthcare and asset management,” reports Bob Moroz, President of RFID Canada. “We focus on making RFID easy for customers to use, and the combination of Feig and ClearSteam makes implementing an RFID system simple and straightforward.”

ClearStream’s RFID software supports the Feig UHF RFID reader portfolio, including the LRU1002, LRU3000, LRU3500, MRU102, and MU02 units.

Greater patient safety and care

The aim of the system is to provide accurate patient identification, monitor patients status, and provide alerts at the point of care. Every patient in hospital wants to leave as soon as possible, so every patient has to receive the best possible care in the shortest possible amount of time. Using RFID for patient identification helps to provide the best possible care thanks to optimised processes.

This begins with the 100 percent clear assignment of patient files to the corresponding patient as the basis for any treatment and ends with the arrangement of a perfect sequence of treatment steps for the patient. RFID monitored treatment steps flag up existing bottlenecks and show how the hospital can best make use of its own capacities to realise treatment which is both fast and secure.

Identification of medical equipment

An identification system allows users to easily comply with UDI, safety, and audit regulations, and to track medical equipment location, status, and utilisation. Just as you have to install an inventory management system for assets like medicine or blood bags, a management system for the identification of medical equipment like ventilators or beds is also necessary.

To achieve perfect patient safety and care, you have to know which medical equipment is really ready for use and where it is – whether it is in use, out for maintenance, or in stock. Optimisation of logistical processes like bed logistics is another scenario which benefits from using RFID technology.

Secure monitoring of consumables

Handling consumables is part of the daily work of a hospital, including providing the right consumables and ensuring the rejection of reagents which have expired their shelf life. For the use of medical equipment like ventilators or other devices in the operation room, several hoses, lasers, or other consumables have to be connected. These consumables have to be clean and of the right size in order to prevent treatment errors. Each consumable is equipped with a tag which is read by an RFID reader which is installed in the medical device. The reader identifies each consumable and sends an alert if an incorrect or already used consumable is connected.

Reagents for automatic diagnostics are controlled in the same way: when the expiration date of a reagent approaches, the RFID-based system sends a message informing the staff of this, and once the expiration date has been reached the system will no longer automatically dispense the reagent.

Battery-less temperature monitoring

Passive battery-less RFID technology has led to adoption by a wide range of industries ranging from asset management and automation, to process and production control, to supply chain management. However, sensor data collection applications have traditionally always required battery power.

Recently, RFMicron, a Texas-based technology company which developes smart passive sensors, has created a battery-free, single-chip RFID sensor IC to support temperature, pressure, and moisture sensing data capture solutions. Feig’s UHF readers support the RFMicron Magnus S family of ICs for RFID tags. The new temperature- sensing chip features RFMicron’s patented Chameleon technology that enables a single-chip solution without the need for a battery, microcontroller, or wiring, which is ideal for lower cost, reduced maintenance applications.

Working together, Feig UHF RFID readers and RFMicron temperature sensors enable an ideal RFID temperature monitoring solution for advanced wireless data capture applications in the emerging IoT. For example, in the healthcare industry, data can be captured and stored in the RFID tag memory and uploaded to online medical records. Similarly, automated, real-time temperature monitoring is suitable for improved cold supply chain management.

Case Study: Sunnybrook Hospital relies on RFID in the OR

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, based in Toronto, Canada, uses RFID technology to safely identify patients, to avoid confusion, and to optimise management processes. In 2015, system integrator RFID Canada installed UHF long range readers from Feig Electronic in the adjacent areas and transitions of 19 operating rooms. There are two transponders attached to the cover of each patient's file for identification. The aim is to track the approximately 13,500 annual surgical patients on their way to surgical preparation, to the operating theater, to the recovery room, and subsequently back to the ward.

RFID makes it possible to locate patients in the operating room in real time – so numerous improvements to patient care are feasible. In addition, family members are quickly informed of the status of the operation without having to involve additional human resources.

This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of RFID & Wireless IoT GlobalDownload your personal digital copy of the magazine now and gain exclusive insight into more use cases and the potential of RFID & Wireless IoT technologies for process optimisation in different industries.

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