RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its Sixth Annual Awards

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Cisco Systems, Intel, BP International, Omni-ID, HP Brazil, Cecilia Occhiuzzi and Bill Hardgrave were all honored at LIVE! 2012.

RFID Journal today announced the winners of its 6th annual RFID Journal Awards (http://www.rfidjournalawards.com). The winners, honored at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 conference and exhibition, held last week in Orlando, Fla., are:

  • Best RFID Implementation: Cisco Systems
  • Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service: Intel
  • Most Innovative Use of RFID: BP International
  • Special Achievement: Dr. Bill Hardgrave
  • Best in Show: Omni-ID
  • RFID Green Award: Hewlett-Packard Brazil
  • Best RFID Thesis: Cecilia Occhiuzzi

A panel of independent judges chose this year's winners. In each category, at least five judges awarded points based on criteria established by RFID Journal. The main criteria for awards given to end users were whether the deployment broke new ground, as well as the benefits it delivered to a company or organization. The judges chose 10 finalists for the Best in Show award, and RFID Journal's editors picked the winner from those 10.

Cisco Systems was chosen for an RFID solution allowing it to track IT assets across all of its facilities worldwide, and to achieve real-time visibility into those items' locations. Intel won for a system of linking passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags to Intel processors, thereby enabling new features and capabilities for computers, tablets and other electronic devices.

BP International was selected for an RFID-based control-of-work solution that makes refinery "isolation" work safer and more efficient, and that enables the company to maintain accurate records, updated in near-real time. HP Brazil won for an RFID-enabled system to track the recycling of its printers.

Bill Hardgrave, the dean of Auburn University's College of Business, and the founder of the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center, was honored for his pioneering research on the real-world impact that radio frequency identification can have on retailing. Omni-ID won this year's Best in Show award for its Visual Tag System, which includes RFID tags with display screens for showing bar codes, images and text, enabling a company to provide workers with real-time information and instructions regarding moving assets.

In addition, RFID Journal introduced a new award this year, to recognize students performing outstanding work in the academic field. Cecilia Occhiuzzi, of the University of Roma Tor Vergata, was selected for her thesis, "Wearable and Implantable RFID Technology for Pervasive Healthcare: Human Identification and Sensing"

"This is the sixth year we have been giving out awards, and each time, the submissions get better and better," said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "This year, we had several enterprise-wide deployments in each end-user category, demonstrating that RFID technology has reached a level of maturity at which it can be used in core business applications."

For additional information regarding RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, please visit http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live.

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RFID Journal is the leading source of news and information regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business 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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