RFID Journal LIVE! 2014RFID Journal Award Finalists

Award Finalists

Each year, RFID Journal recognizes companies that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of radio frequency identification (RFID) or introduction of a valuable new RFID product or service. A group of more than 20 independent judges selects finalists in each of seven categories. The finalists are then invited to present at RFID Journal LIVE!. This year's winners will be announced at 1 pm on April 10, in the Awards Theater.

The 2014 finalists are listed below.
Apr. 10 10:30 AM

Best in Show

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE!. An indpendent panel of judges, has selected 10 finalists. Each will speak for a few minutes about their product. The 2014 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
  • Hewlett-Packard Center of Excellence, 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 OmniSenseRF 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
Apr. 10 10:30 AM

Best NFC Deployment

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of Near Field Communication (NFC) for consumer or other applications. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The 2014 finalists are:
  • Post Foods, for its use of NFC cards to engage customers and generate brand loyalty at a summer concert series
  • RPH Engineering, for a system of locking firearms for safety and allowing owners to open the box using an NFC tag
  • Zebra Technologies, for a solution that employs NFC technology to enable printer buyers to quickly access technical support documents
Apr. 10 10:30 AM

Best RFID Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its manufacturing, supply chain or retail operations. The winner will be the company that best demonstrates how RFID is delivering real value to shareholders. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The 2014 finalists are:
  • 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 International, for its use of passive RFID and hybrid GPS tags to track construction materials globally for a major capital project
  • Colcafé, for an RFID system that provides increased visibility—from raw materials through production and storage to shipping
Apr. 10 10:30 AM

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

This award will be given to the end-user company that has best used RFID technology to enhance an existing product or service. The winner will be the company that demonstrates how it is using RFID to provide additional value to its customers. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The 2014 finalists are:
  • 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, for its RFID sensors that monitors all temperature-sensitive goods, enabling the retailer to deliver the highest-quality products to its customers, RFID
Apr. 10 10:30 AM

Most Innovative Use of RFID

This award will be given to the end-user company with the most novel use of RFID technology. The winner will be the company that best demonstrates how it is using RFID in a new or unusual way to solve a business problem, deliver a return on investment to shareholders or improve customer service. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The 2014 finalists are:
  • Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory, for its system of authenticating pearls by embedding an RFID transponder in each gemstone’s nucleus
  • Skyview High School, for its 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 Media, for its use of RFID to link images with individual zipline customers in harsh outdoor environments
Apr. 10 10:30 AM

RFID Green Award

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve the environment, increase recycling or enhance sustainability. The three finalists, selected by an independent The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The 2014 finalists are:
  • 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
Apr. 10 1:00 PM

2014 RFID Journal Awards

Each year, RFID Journal selects a panel of independent judges to choose the best RFID projects. In this session, which takes place in the Awards Theater, located in the Exhibit Hall, the finalists will be announced, and each end-user company or organization will present a case study explaining the project chosen for the award. In addition, the winner of the Best in Show award, given to the best new product exhibited at the conference, will be unveiled.