Finalists Unveiled for the Fifth Annual RFID Journal Awards

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RFID Journal has announced the finalists for the 2011 RFID Journal Awards, including Best RFID Implementation, Most Innovative Use of RFID, Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service, Best in Show, Special Achievement and the new RFID Green Award. The winners will be revealed at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, being held in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 12-14.

RFID Journal, the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification and its many business applications, has unveiled the finalists for the 2011 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, the company's ninth annual conference and exhibition, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 12-14, 2011. Each winner will be invited to present its case study at the event.

"We had more than 100 submissions this year, and the judging was closer than ever before, indicating the quality of the submissions was consistently high," said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "Attendees at RFID Journal LIVE! will be in for a real treat when they hear the winners present their stories live on stage, and see some of the new products that will be featured in our Best in Show category."

End-user companies and organizations were nominated in three categories.

Best RFID Implementation

  • Gerry Weber International: for a solution that integrates RFID tags into its product-care labels so clothing items can be tracked from factories to multiple warehouses and on to 200 stores
  • Steinmetz Diamonds: for an RFID system that securely tracks and traces stones as they move between various manufacturing departments, personnel and locations in real time
  • John Deere: for an RFID system that provides visibility of work-in-process and finished goods inventory

Most Innovative Use of RFID

  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory: for its use of RFID to modernize the management of nuclear materials
  • Heritage Valley Health System: for an RFID solution that integrates mobile and desktop computers, offering physicians and clinicians an easy method for entering and accessing patient data
  • Rochester General Hospital: for a cost-efficient RFID system that monitors hand-washing compliance in all rooms of its facility

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

  • Container Centralen: for an RFID system that can track the more than 2 million metal trolleys used to transport its horticulture products
  • Hach Lange: for a solution that enables chemical-testing devices to automatically import calibration data from a cartridge via RFID
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises: for a solution that allows guests to prepay for unlimited soft drinks, and to then serve themselves fountain beverages without having to wait on a service bar line

A Special Achievement award, introduced at last year's conference, will be given to an individual who has made an impact on the RFID industry. This year's finalists are:

  • Roger Blazek, VP of shortage control at Bloomingdale's: for his visionary work in expanding the use of RFID at Bloomingdales and Macy's
  • Chris Diorio, Impinj's chairman, co-founder and CTO: for his leadership in the development of EPCglobal's ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) Gen 2 RFID standard
  • Bill Hardgrave, founder of the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center: for his pioneering research on the real-world impact that RFID can have on retailing

This year, RFID Journal introduced a new RFID Green Award to recognize end users employing radio frequency identification to improve the environment, increase recycling or enhance sustainability. The finalists for 2011 are:

  • The City of Hattiesburg Sanitation Department: for an RFID system designed to track reusable trash receptacles and automated collection
  • Mission Foods: for an RFID solution enabling the elimination of disposable corrugated boxes, thereby reducing the company's solid waste stream by 98 percent
  • Waaree Energies: for a solution enabling the firm to track the production of solar panels

In addition, ten technology providers were nominated for the Best in Show award, to be given to the best new product being exhibited at this year's LIVE! event. The finalists are:

  • Biolog-ID: for its complete system for utilizing RFID to track blood bags
  • Franwell: for a new version of its wearable RFID reader, the RFID Sleeve WR100-1
  • Identec Solutions: for its Beverage Metrics Complete Solution, consisting of a combined hardware and software solution that monitors beverage service in multiple applications across the hospitality industry
  • Impinj: for a new product that will be announced at LIVE! 2011
  • Intelleflex: for its FMR-6000 and HMR-9090 multi-protocol battery-assisted tags and readers, featuring a read range of more than 300 feet
  • Intelligent InSites: for its InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform, which aggregates real-time location and sensory data through standardized Web-based interfaces, and also serves as a data-exchange hub for all InSites-enabled applications and devices
  • Microelectronics Technology, Inc. (MTI): for its RFID ME hardware and software that turns any laptop into an RFID reader, with a variety of software applications
  • Tageos: for its "inlay-less" RFID tag, which eliminates the need for a plastic substrate, thereby making tags cheaper to make and more environmentally friendly
  • TagSense: for its BlueReader, a wireless handheld RFID interrogator that interfaces with Android cell phones
  • Xerafy: for its "iN" family of UHF RFID tags that can be embedded in metal assets without sacrificing read performance

These awards are given in recognition of excellence in the RFID industry. "Each year, we see a growing number of impressive implementations and exciting new products," Roberti stated. "I'm pleased we are able to shine a light on some of the amazing things being done in the industry."

In addition to the RFID Journal Awards, LIVE! 2011 will also feature eight industry-specific and how-to conference tracks, eight in-depth preconference seminars, three co-located events, fast-track CompTIA RFID+ training and certification, an RFID in Apparel Workshop, and numerous technology exhibits and demonstrations conducted by leading technology firms.

For additional information regarding RFID Journal LIVE! 2011 and its co-located events, please visit http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live.

About RFID Journal
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision makers worldwide--in print, online and at face-to-face events. For more information, visit http://www.rfidjournal.com.

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