CoreRFID Launch RFID Research Innovation Award

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ONE of the UK’s leading companies in the highly specialised field of radio frequency ID tagging (RFID) is launching a unique research grant specifically aimed at the student and academic community.

The new grant, entitled the CoreRFID Research Innovation Award, aims to act as a launch pad for students interested in the commercially burgeoning field of radio frequency ID technologies and to bring the commercial skills of CoreRFID and academia together.
CoreRFID Ltd, based in Warrington, has established a prominent reputation in the global RFID industry for delivering innovative products and services that help its clients track inventory, assets, livestock and many other items in the public and the private private sector. With customers in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, the company is now working on some of the most advanced RFID projects in the world.
CoreRFID’s sales director Peter Algar says the research award, which will be an annual one, promises to be an exciting opportunity for industry and academia to work together.
He says: “For over a decade now, we have specialised in Radio Frequency Identification - electronic tagging, identification and the bespoke application of our very specialist skills in barcode and RFID technology to a myriad of fields and industries in both the private and public sector.
“Through this grant, we want to stimulate discussion between academia and industry. Working on the principle that great minds work alike, we hope to stimulate and exchange some healthy ideas. The grant will be awarded by a panel of CoreRFID technology specialists and some of our leading clients.
John Williams, CoreRFID's Marketing Manager added, “Our own solutions have ranged from everything from helping airlines inspect safety and survival equipment, IT audits in local government, maintaining quality control in heavy industry, and even the tagging of small birds for research - anything that relies on putting remote auto-ID technology solutions into practice. Often the stimulus for deploying RFID is an innovative individual with the vision to see how a business task can be changed by the capabilities of RFID.
“Recently, we noticed that a significant percentage - about 30 per cent - of queries received through our web-shop come from the academic community - often from students or post-graduates, working on RFID projects as part of their course work or thesis.
“We also realised that industry and academia could benefit from knowing about this work. We really want to bridge that gap! So, we are on the hunt for the student or post-graduate who can come up with the most innovative RFID development or the RFID application that offers the biggest commercial or social benefit.
"We are sure there are students and academics out there making really good practical use for RFID technology and making ground-breaking discoveries that industry doesn’t know about. We like to think we are a leader in the application of RFID technology - but if there is anyone in the student/academic world who thinks they have an innovative or world-beating idea which they want to develop or share, then we would like to be part of it.
“We’re also mindful of the uncertain economic climate and we are sure the winning of the award, backed by our name, would look good on any prospective c.v. for those emerging into the world of work.”

More details about the grant, who is eligible and how to apply, can be found at http://www.corerfid.com/innovation_award.

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