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This month editors explore more entrenched RFID programs. Manhattan Associates and Precision Dynamics are making headway into large-scale, live operations &mdash in this issue the prison system and a large California produce company. Dr. Peter Harrop of research group IDTechEx explains the state of the industry and makes some long term technology predictions. RFID News also interviews Doug Ahlers of the controversial in-school RFID company, InCom.
A California produce company which has delivered tree fruit and grapes to grocery store shelves for more than 50 years tapped RFID technology as one of its 21st century moves to increase its order accuracy while getting a better handle on inventory. The result will be a better quality product for its retail and wholesale customers.
Precision Dynamics is making headway into the lucrative prison market with the “Clincher Band.” Already positioned in three facilities, the company plans to bring their virtually indestructable wristbands to clients across the nation to protect guards and keep the bad guys accounted for.
Dr. Peter Harrop of IDTechEx is no stranger to the RFID industry. In this contributed article, he discusses the need for vertical and horizontal markets, the advent of low-cost polymer tags, and real profit centers. Detailed explanations, illustrations and a number of company anecdotes complete a measured state of the industry from one of its leading analysts.
Brittan Elementary School, now famous from (not entirely positive) international media attention, was an early trial of InCom’s student tracking system. RFID News talks with InCom Vice President Doug Ahlers about the fallout from the media circus, the system’s capabilities and the future of RFID in educational facilities.