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Hotspot Does Active and Passive RFID

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 11th, 2014

Barcoding and AeroScout have partnered to deliver a hybrid RFID solution that combines passive and active RFID. By merging the best features of both active and passive radio frequency identification, AeroScout says their system creates one, unified solution for tracking assets. Active RFID from AeroScout use AeroScout’s Wi-Fi-based, active RFID tags. They transmit signals to […]

NFC at MWC 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 27th, 2014

The NFC Experience, exhibited a new services and NFC-enabled devices at Mobile World Congress this week. Near Field Communications was featured in many new products including phones, readers and services. NFC enables contactless financial transactions and data exchange over a very short range. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC […]

iBeacons Come to Grocery Stores

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 6th, 2014

Bluetooth LE ibeacons will be installed at the entry of over 200 Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores in Seattle, San Francisco and Cleveland, and more after that. iBeacons are small round devices slightly larger than a quarter that contain a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy radio. The devices send out short-range messages to smartphones like […]

Senate Report on Data Brokers: Exploitative

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 23rd, 2013

A Senate committee released a report this week (pdf) that said data brokers, the companies that trade in consumer data, are taking advantage of credit-challenged people, using big data to craft exploitative scams. “The disclosures about U.S. intelligence activities over the past few months have sparked a very public debate in this country about what […]

AllSeen Alliance formed for Internet of Things

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 10th, 2013

The Internet of Things, where objects connect themselves to the internet, got a boost today from the AllSeen Alliance, a new open source consortium overseen by the Linux Foundation (FAQ). The All Seen Alliance, looks to expand upon the “Internet of Things,” which Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020. […]

Bluetooth 4.0: Healthy Growth

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 13th, 2013

The migration to Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth 4.0) is accelerating for mobile health and fitness, says Mhealth. Bluetooth Smart certified products have increased 380% from January. By 2017, Bluetooth chipsets used for just health/wellness and sports/fitness will reach 95.7 million and much of the growth will be attributed to Bluetooth Smart […]