The winners of the 2014 RFID Journal Awards will be revealed at this year's LIVE! event in Orlando, Florida on April 8-10



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RFID Journal Unveils Finalists for the Eighth Annual RFID Journal

Awards

NEW YORK, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 its 2014 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be

announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2014, the company's 12th annual

conference and exhibition, to be held at the Orange County Convention

Center, in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 8-10. All finalists will be invited

to speak at the event, and the winners in each category, along with

the finalists, will receive a prestigious crystal award.

"The scope of the deployments in this year's submissions was truly

impressive, showing that RFID has matured to the point that some

companies are using it on a large scale," said Mark Roberti, RFID

Journal's founder and editor. "In fact, the field of award entries

for Best RFID Implementation was so strong this year that, for the

first time in the award's eight-year history, we have decided to name

four finalists. I have no doubt that attendees at LIVE! will benefit

from hearing all of the finalists present their stories live on stage,

and from viewing the new products featured in our Best in Show

category."

End-user companies were nominated in several categories:

Best RFID Implementation

-- Marks & Spencer, for its use of item-level RFID to improve on-shelf

availability at all of its stores

-- Bechtel, for its use of thousands of active RFID tags to manage

materials for the construction of three mega-size industrial projects

off the coast of Western Australia

-- BP, for its use of passive RFID and hybrid GPS tags to track

construction materials globally for a major capital project

-- Colcafe , for an RFID system that provides increased

visibility-from raw materials through production and storage to

shipping

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

-- Bombardier Transportation, for its PlatformSafe RFID solution that

alerts personnel working near a railroad's platforms to oncoming

trains

-- City of Dayton, Ohio, for its use of RFID to identify which utility

companies dug up and replaced asphalt in the city's streets

-- Hy-Vee Supermarkets, for its RFID sensors that monitors all

temperature-sensitive goods, enabling the retailer to deliver the

highest-quality products to its customers, RFID

Most Innovative Use of RFID

-- Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory, for its system of authenticating

pearls by embedding an RFID transponder in each gemstone's nucleus

-- Skyview High School , forits use of a real-time location system and

location-based messaging to improve the safety of school children in

the event of an emergency

-- Snapsportz, for its use of RFID to link images with individual

zipline customers in harsh outdoor environments

RFID Green Award:

-- Kentfa Advanced Technology, for an RFID system that enables scooter

owners to exchange spent batteries for fully recharged ones

-- Lassila & Tikanoja, for an RFID system that collects data about

recycled glass volumes and enables it to be shared with stakeholders

-- Taiwan Fiscal Information Agency, for an RFID-based solution that

eliminated more than 4 billion paper invoices in 2013 alone

This year, RFID Journal introduced a new award for the Best NFC

Deployment, recognizing companies that are taking advantage of the

unique characteristics of Near Field Communication (NFC), a

short-range form of RFID. The finalists for 2014 are:

-- The GunBox, for a system of locking firearms for safety and

allowing owners to open the box using an NFC tag

-- Post Foods, for its use of NFC cards to engage customers and

generate brand loyalty at a summer concert series

-- Zebra Technologies, for a solution that employs NFC technology to

enable printer buyers to quickly access technical support documents

The judges also selected 10 technology providers that were nominated

for the Best in Show award, which will be given to the best new

product being exhibited at this year's LIVE! event. The finalists are:

-- HID Global, for its HID Trusted Tag platform, which can be embedded

into a mobile phone, enabling authentication for "proof of presence"

-- Farsens, for its Pyros UHF battery-free sensor that can record the

temperatures of tagged products or assets

-- Flextronics Institute of Technology , for its automated rotating

RFID portal that uploads data to the cloud

-- Information Mediary Corp. , for its Med-ic Smart Label, which

addresses the problem of patient non-compliance with prescription

medication

-- Kathrein RFID, for its Kathrein Reader Antenna Interface (KRAI)

technology and Smart Shelf system that can link 32 antennas to a

single KRAI reader without a multiplexer

-- Mojix, for its InveSense wide-area fixed RFID infrastructure for

retail inventory tracking and management

-- NXP Semiconductors, for its NTAG I2C (NFC Connected Tag), which

offers both an NFC interface and a I2C connected interface, allowing

the tag to communicate with the microcontrollers of other electronic

devices

-- Omni-ID, for its View 10 visual RFID tag, which stores a

manufacturer's build books and uses RFID location data to trigger

instructions

-- ThingMagic , for its Mercury xPRESS Platform, a complete hardware,

software and reference design platform for the rapid development of

low-cost, high-performance application-specific UHF RFID readers and

embedded solutions

-- Zebra Technologies, for its ZD500R compact UHF RFID printing and

encoding solution

In addition, RFID Journal's editors will present the 2014 Special

Achievement Award to Joe Andraski, the former president and CEO of the

Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS), for his

support for and commitment to promoting RFID adoption at the item

level in retail.

RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 will also feature eight industry-specific and

how-to conference tracks, eight in-depth preconference seminars and

workshops, four post-conference seminars, a co-located event,

fast-track training presented by RFID4U, and more than 200 exhibitors

showcasing the latest RFID products and solutions. For additional

information regarding the conference and its co-located events, please

visit 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-online and at face-to-face events. For

more information, visit www.rfidjournal.com.

For more information, contact: Sonja Valenta Director of Marketing

RFID Journal (212) 584-9400 Email

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