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While American companies lay out complex licensing schemes for use in the second generation EPC standard, China confronts its own supply chain problems. While Chinese consumer goods suffer from rampant counterfeiting and American companies with facilities in China rush to meet their own deadlines, manufacturers look to the government for solutions– and standards.
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo brings contactless payment to the masses by releasing four “mobile wallet” phones. While security and usability issues remain, the characteristic jingle may soon be heard in other parts of the world.
Associate editor Andy Williams speaks to Alanco Technologies of Scottsdale, Arizona, about their real-time prison tracking system. Long in development, the company’s TSI PRISM product faces a receptive market and almost no competition. By generating detailed records of the guards’ and inmates’ whereabouts, pilot programs have demonstrated a 60% reduction in violence.
After weathering harsh allegations from the SEC and having its former executives tried for fraud, Symbol has emerged with strong financial results in 2004. New leadership has taken advantage of brisk sales, low taxes and streamlined operations to catapult the company into the black. The recovering portable computing giant announced in late June that it would acquire RFID upstart Matrics. The addition brings a wealth of expertise– and legal problems to Symbol.
Founded in 1966, Intermec has remained a consistent innovator in enterprise wireless technology. With a generous IP portfolio, the company seems to be the only one not surprised by its announcement it would levy licensing fees on companies producing EPC products.