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Steam Trap Sensor Provides Active RFID Without Battery
By Claire Swedberg
PsiKick's new self-powering sensors harvest energy from steam, vibration or ambient lighting to capture sensor data, then transmit that information to a cloud-based server for real-time and historical analytics regarding the operation of equipment.

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New On-Metal UHF Tag Measures Just 5 Millimeters in Length
By Claire Swedberg
Aerospace and health-care solution providers are testing Kyocera's ceramic tags on tools to track their movement during surgical procedures or assembly processes.

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IoT Company Brings Analytics to Customers' Data
By Claire Swedberg
Orbcomm's analytics service is intended to enable logistics companies, fleet managers and original equipment manufacturers to understand the intelligence behind real-time data capture so they can boost efficiency, reduce costs and improve product quality.

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RFID News Roundup
By Rich Handley
Telaeris intros RFID-enabled Android handheld security badge reader

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RFID News Roundup
By Rich Handley
Ubisense, Quuppa partner on industrial location-awareness solutions

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RFID Addresses Harsh Environment, Tight Regulations in Chinese Oil and Gas Industry
By Claire Swedberg
Xerafy is providing its UHF RFID solutions for managing tools and pipes to CNOOC Oil and Gas, off-shore, as well as to PetroChina, at its onshore Junggar Basin site, to capture operation, maintenance and inspection details about equipment use in some of the world's harshest oil-drilling environments.

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IoT Opens Doors to Home Connectivity
By Claire Swedberg
IBM's Watson IoT Platform is being leveraged by window and door company Inwido to provide smart-home data, while IBM is also offering its IoT Building Insights solution for commercial building intelligence.

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New Type 5 NFC Chip Boasts Long Range, Tamper Detection
By Claire Swedberg
STMicroelectronics' ST25TV chip can be read via ISO 15693-compliant readers, as well as NFC-enabled mobile phones, resulting in tags that can be used from the point of manufacture to consumer use with a limited footprint for small packaging.

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Tracking Brazilian Clothes Made in China
By Edson Perin
iTag has partnered with Taiwanese company Printronix to provide RFID tags to be sewn onto garments made in Asia by brands sold in Brazil.

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Smart Cows and How Not to Design IoT Products to Fail
By Cheryl Ajluni
As a growing number of consumers come to rely on the power of the Internet of Things, increasing pressure will mount on product makers to ensure that their products are reliable.

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Digital Transformation Must Be Wholistic
By Mark Roberti
Companies that apply digital technologies to parts of their business are creating new silos that will limit their competitiveness.

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UWB Brings Mapping Services Indoors
By Claire Swedberg
HERE is partnering with Decawave to enable its mapping services to identify the locations of individuals and things within 10 centimeters inside buildings. Several manufacturing companies are now testing the technology for tracking forklifts and monitoring work-in-progress.

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Stora Enso to Be Cornerstone Sponsor of RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2018
By RFID Journal
RFID Journal announced today that Stora Enso Intelligent Packaging will be the cornerstone sponsor for its 14th annual conference and exhibition in Europe, to be held on Nov. 7, in London, England.

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Zebra Releases Enterprise MotionWorks Platform and New Reader Hardware
By Claire Swedberg
The company is offering its Savanna Location Engine with a portfolio of MotionWorks solutions so that large enterprises can integrate location data from multiple systems on a single platform, while Zebra's new fixed readers aim at manufacturing and retail point-of-sale use cases.

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RFID Brings Visibility, Analytics to Conditions and Status of Electronics Under Assembly
By Claire Swedberg
DAIHEN Corp. is already saving approximately 1,800 hours annually with an IoT-based system that employs RFID and sensor data to understand conditions and work-in-progress for each product being built.

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