The company is using a combination of RFID sensors, GPS and cellular communication technology to ensure its products are transported at the proper temperature, and that trailers are not opened while in transit.

Michigan Researchers Develop RFID-based Sensors to Measure Physical Activity - RFID Journal
MSU graduate student Dong Bo wears the prototype sensor tags developed by Subir Biswas and his team. Photo by G.L. Kohuth
The system would enable physicians or therapists to capture sophisticated data about an individual’s expended energy, based on the movement, angle and relative position of three EPC Gen 2 RFID tags worn on that person’s body. 

Michigan Researchers Develop RFID-based Sensors to Measure Physical Activity - RFID Journal

MSU graduate student Dong Bo wears the prototype sensor tags developed by Subir Biswas and his team. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

The system would enable physicians or therapists to capture sophisticated data about an individual’s expended energy, based on the movement, angle and relative position of three EPC Gen 2 RFID tags worn on that person’s body. 

Beyond The Beyond | Spime Watch: Shipping Containers and the Future Internet of Things

“Interaction designer Tom Igoe describes the dawning era of “networked objects” - the widespread deployment of simple electronic devices, “modules with simple, easy to understand interfaces” that can be used to build anything: “object-oriented hardware.” We need only look as far as the innards of an average smart phone for electronics components that are now being used to network shipping containers.

“ConLock and ContainerSafe are examples of a new breed of snap-on “peripheral devices” that offer a range of tracking, security and monitoring functionality. (((One wonders how many of these “breeds” there are, and if they can get any cheaper than radio-frequency ID tags for five cents each.))) These devices are equipped with onboard photoelectric sensors to monitor changes in the light level within a container (indicating that a container has been opened or breached), accelerometers that detect impact and GPS modules for location tracking. They’re also able to access GSM networks and SMS channels to send text or email alerts when waypoints are reached or anomalies occur. (((”Blogject.”)))

Make: Online : Top ten “internet of things” videos

Deane Rimerman, of ReadWriteWeb, put together a top ten list of YouTube’s most popular videos introducing the concepts behind the “internet of things” (basically sensors and microcontrollers connected to the internets). Our “Introduction of Arduino” video, from 2007, starring Bre Pettis and Joe Grand, is #2 on the list.

Tiny radio antennas could replace building wiring | msnbc.com

A new study has found a way to implement wireless monitoring technology in buildings with uses ranging from climate control to health and safety applications by tapping into heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) ducts.

Rather than running wires all through an office or factory to hook up thermometers, say, the study shows how radio waves could be sent through ductwork to power many tiny wireless sensors.

The research opens the door to inexpensively setting up building-wide sensing systems. These systems could include smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide monitors, or sensors that can detect chemical, biological or radiological agents.

RFID Helps Control and Organize Construction Sites

Germany’s University of Wuppertal has developed a hardware and software platform that provides managers with up-to-the minute information regarding materials, tools and individuals entering and leaving job sites.

Constructions sites are beehives of activities, with vehicles dropping off materials, workers arriving and leaving, and tools being dropped off and picked up when they are no longer required. Activities must take place in carefully timed sequences to ensure each part of a project is completed as the next begins. Orchestrating all of this activity is difficult and time-consuming, but the Construction Management and Industry Department of Germany’s University of Wuppertal believes radio frequency identification can help.

Researchers have combined several RFID applications into a single “control center” designed to monitor and document personnel and materials as they enter and exit construction sites. The so-called RFID Construction Logistics Control Center combines RFID hardware, software and related computer systems within a freight container designed to be placed at the entrances and exits of construction sites.

(Read the full story on RFID Journal)

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Worldwide RFID Deployment Map
The interactive map above displays RFID deployments in different parts  of the world. The goal is to show how widespread RFID adoption has  become, and to help you find information regarding deployments relevant  to your own RFID applications.

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Worldwide RFID Deployment Map

The interactive map above displays RFID deployments in different parts of the world. The goal is to show how widespread RFID adoption has become, and to help you find information regarding deployments relevant to your own RFID applications.

At Fitness Korzo—a health club in the city of Sumperk, in the northeastern part of the Czech Republic—fitness enthusiasts utilize RFID tags that slip into their gym gloves to open and close changing-room lockers. They can also use the gloves to pay for food, beverages and services, such as aerobics classes and massages. (via Fitness and RFID Go Hand in Glove - RFID Journal

At Fitness Korzo—a health club in the city of Sumperk, in the northeastern part of the Czech Republic—fitness enthusiasts utilize RFID tags that slip into their gym gloves to open and close changing-room lockers. They can also use the gloves to pay for food, beverages and services, such as aerobics classes and massages. (via Fitness and RFID Go Hand in Glove - RFID Journal

MicroSD Card Brings NFC to Phones for Credit Card Companies, Banks - RFID Journal
Since early this summer, two credit-card companies have been conducting in-house tests of an RFID module that plugs into a mobile phone’s microSD memory card slot, thereby turning a cell phone into a Near Field Communication (NFC) device that can make payments, act as a loyalty card and download information from RFID tags embedded in smart posters.

MicroSD Card Brings NFC to Phones for Credit Card Companies, Banks - RFID Journal

Since early this summer, two credit-card companies have been conducting in-house tests of an RFID module that plugs into a mobile phone’s microSD memory card slot, thereby turning a cell phone into a Near Field Communication (NFC) device that can make payments, act as a loyalty card and download information from RFID tags embedded in smart posters.

Michigan Students to Develop RFID-enabled Robotic Guide Dog - RFID Journal
A group of undergraduate engineering students at Central Michigan University have recently completed work on a prototype system designed to help guide blind people, and to help them avoid obstacles in their paths. The system employs RFID and ultrasonic technology incorporated into a cane that its developers hope will eventually result in a commercial product.

Michigan Students to Develop RFID-enabled Robotic Guide Dog - RFID Journal

A group of undergraduate engineering students at Central Michigan University have recently completed work on a prototype system designed to help guide blind people, and to help them avoid obstacles in their paths. The system employs RFID and ultrasonic technology incorporated into a cane that its developers hope will eventually result in a commercial product.

ClimateMinder Monitors Conditions at Farms, Greenhouses, Warehouses
ClimateMinder is a wireless climate monitoring and control system for agriculture. It utilizes machine-to-machine mobile network technology to transmit data from the field directly to growers’ mobile phones, computers and control systems.

The mobile technology enables farmers to receive alerts to conditions that may threaten crops and to take timely action - even when located at great distances from fields and greenhouses.

ClimateMinder, Inc.

ClimateMinder Monitors Conditions at Farms, Greenhouses, Warehouses

ClimateMinder is a wireless climate monitoring and control system for agriculture. It utilizes machine-to-machine mobile network technology to transmit data from the field directly to growers’ mobile phones, computers and control systems.

The mobile technology enables farmers to receive alerts to conditions that may threaten crops and to take timely action - even when located at great distances from fields and greenhouses.

ClimateMinder, Inc.