TI Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of RFIDDocument Transcript
INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER OF THE TI RFID GROUP ISSUE NO. 20, 2000
Baggage Direct –Uses Tag-it™
The World’s First RFID-based Baggage Delivery System
aggage Direct took off use the Internet to check on the passengers a complete high-tech year via its partnership with Lynx
at Heathrow Airport on whereabouts of their luggage at solution to baggage transporta- Express, allowing baggage to be
July 27th. Developed every stage and verify its final tion. Baggage Direct is also plan- delivered anywhere in the
by systems integrator delivery. It is even planned to ning to offer a nationwide UK country.
KTP Ltd using Texas equip top London hotels with delivery service before the
Instruments’ Tag-it™ 13.56MHz RFID readers that will automati- end of the
smart label technology, the innov- cally trigger a text message to
ative new Baggage Direct service the passenger’s mobile
uses smart labels to track and phone via the Internet
route passenger’s luggage from the telling them that their
airport to their hotel freeing pas- baggage has safely arrived
sengers from all the hassle of bag- at the hotel.
gage transportation. "This unique service
Baggage Direct is a new sub- puts London way ahead in
sidiary formed by BAA and the innovative use of RFID
launched with the backing of smart label technology to
major partners: United Airlines, provide totally hassle-free
Forte Hotels and Lynx Express service for passengers,"
delivery services. said British Airport
Baggage Direct’s service offers Authority’s chief executive,
automatic routing and tracking Mike Hodgkinson.
of the baggage from a special Baggage Direct intends
Baggage Direct kiosk at the to extend the service to
airport direct to the passenger’s all terminals at Heathrow
hotel. The service guarantees as well as to other UK
delivery to a major London hotel airports, and then
within 3 hours and passengers can internationally to give
The Ease of Speedpass™ at TI Celebrates 10 Year
McDonald's® with TI RFID Tags Anniversary of RFID
ustomers in the People who want to use this Emerging from the lab just ten early days, transponders were sold
C Chicago area can now payment method can order a free years ago as a promising technology by the thousands," said Dave
in search of new data collection Slinger, a vice president at Texas
use their Speedpass tags Speedpass tag from Mobil. When
applications, the billion dollar Instruments. "Today there are
at select Chicago area they go to the McDonald's drive- RFID industry today is as pervasive hundreds of millions of transpon-
McDonald's locations both inside thru window, they simply order and as commonly used as the keys ders deployed worldwide. People
the restaurant and at the their food at the menu board, in your pocket. literally carry them on their key
From its beginnings in tracking chains to automatically pay for gas
drive-thru. drive on to the payment window livestock, RFID technology has or to protect their cars from theft.
moved into hundreds of industrial, They may have a transponder in
Continued on page 8.
commercial and consumer applica- their car to speed them through a
tions affecting hundreds of millions highway toll, or they may wear an
of people's lives worldwide, and RFID employee badge to help
driving an industry that is growing protect them in the workplace."
by 25% according to Venture When it was first introduced in
and Development Corporation. 1990, RFID was a little known
As a pioneer of this industry, technology used to identify and
Texas Instruments just celebrated
their 10th anniversary. "In the Continued on page 2.
Continued from page 1. technology, these and shift. Corporations were replacing rials, work in process, and prod-
other companies are mom-and-pop filling stations, and ucts during distribution. The tags
using RFID to create competition for customers was allow data to be collected auto-
new markets and heightened. Gas stations were matically, without human inter-
move out ahead of teaming up with everything from vention and without human error.
the competition. grocery stores to banks in an effort With the growing development of
to create an easy, one-stop shopping standards, these tracking applica-
Automotive Security experience. The business became tions will begin to cross company
Back in the early more about driving traffic and and country boundaries in true
1990s, car thieves repeat sales through customer supply chain automation.
and joy riders were loyalty. Today As part of the celebration, Texas
making off with Instruments hosted an anniversary
millions of vehicles party at Frontline
around the world.
High theft rates
a decade of RFID acco also meant insur-
Dave Slinger describes
ance rates were skyrocketing. At
track livestock and follow pallets that time, the Ford Motor
through warehouses. Ten years Company took a dramatic step to
later, RFID: thwart would-be thieves with the
• Reduces car theft and insurance introduction of an RFID-based
premiums for 50 million anti-theft immobilizer system.
motorists worldwide; What began on the 1994 Ford
• Provides faster gas and conve- Escort in Europe is now on 84%
nience stores purchases for of all 2000 model-year Fords, and
more than 4 million drivers; will be on more than 90% of the
• Tracks hundreds of millions of company's vehicles by 2004.
dollars worth of commerce Other international automotive Over 1
each day from containerized 00 invit
companies such as Daimler- ed gues
freight yards and warehouses, rated d
Chrysler, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, RFID is uring th
e TI pa
right to retailer’s doors; Toyota and Nissan have also rty at F
a strong point-of-sale rontlin
• And is improving manufacturing adopted the technology. go Expo.
tool for Mobil that has helped
productivity for companies
form stronger customer relation-
around the world. Retail Refueling
An experimental technology just Retail customers have embraced Solutions 2000 in both Chicago
a decade ago, RFID today is being the technology as a faster, easier Materials Tracking and Frankfurt with many old
driven by market leaders like Ford, way to pay for gas and are now Companies around the world friends who have been contribut-
Mobil, Chrysler, and 3M in areas using it to buy convenience store have been using glass capsule ing to the growth of the industry
such as automotive security, retail items. When Mobil introduced transponders embedded in plastic for all these years as direct cus-
refueling and materials tracking. Speedpass three years ago, the totes, attached to racks and carts tomers, systems integrators, and
Pioneering the application of industry was undergoing a major for many years to track raw mate- users of TI RFID.
Web Site is Upgraded–
Made Easier and More
The web site www.tiris.com worldwide marketing manager
was redesigned to be the one-stop for TI.
informational site on RFID. A new section was added that
The site remains a source for focuses on Team Tag-it™, a
information on TI's RFID prod- worldwide program formed by TI
ucts, complete with downloadable to accelerate the development and
brochures, reference guides and adoption of RFID smart label
application notes on TI's technol- solutions. Member information,
ogy and product offerings. Case news and events are available
studies for the many applications online. Issues of the Team Tag-it
and solutions offered by TI can quarterly newsletter are download-
also be found on the site. able on the site as well. www.tiris.com
"We're continuing to make our
RFID technology easier to use and
adopt and the Web is a major part
of our strategy," said Tony Sabetti,
A Solution to Security Needs of Brazil's Citizens
chindler Technology, board that can manage
S of Rio de Janeiro, three Micro-readers or three
Brazil, has been S2000 Readers; passing
installing access the identification to the
control systems for computer using a single
people and cars using TI RFID serial cable. The first byte
since 1998. Since Rio is one of transmited is the reader
the biggest cities in the world, number (1-3). It also has 7
security is a major concern, relays controlled by the
computer. With only one
particularly in residential build-
ings where more than 1000 byte passed from the PC,
people enter and exit daily. it can select the relay and
"We evaluated many RFID establish the time of action
providers, and found TI offered between 0 and 3 seconds,
after that, the relay goes to
the best relation between cost and
the initial position auto-
benefit, said Sigismond Schindler,
company owner. matically. It releases the soft-
ware, making it
“ W e evaluated many
Many of the
installations use a
gate antenna mounted
individuals carry a
Handsfree access to garages is fast and convenient.
residents from parking more cars
RFID providers, and found on a wall or gate while than the allowed number. A 85 mm
batteryfree, low frequency disk
TI offered the best relation keyring tag. With this transponder is issued to each
Our read range record with this
tag is 2.10 m," he added.
To date, Schindler has out-
fitted more than 10 residential
between cost and benefits. combination it is easy
enough for students to
authorized vehicle. Unauthorized
vehicles are not allowed to enter
buildings with close to 10,000
leave the tag right in
their backpacks and
"Since this tag has a read range
For more information, contact
simply turn around of up to 1.5 meters, it is perfect Tel: +55-21-493.7990 or
towards the antenna for cars," said Mr. Schindler. 493.7216; or e-mail to
until the gate unlocks. "Other technologies can reach 4 email@example.com
Schindler Technology In the area of vehicle access to 6 meters, but the cost for the
engineered several new access control, the problem in Rio is to system is too high. TI is the only
products around TI. One of manage garage space. Residential company that can reach up to 1.5 m
these is the SCH31, an interface building managers want to prevent with low cost RFID products.
AUTOMATIC ACCESS TO
FUN AND GAMES
The Dutch company VConsyst, pass or a specified numbers of vis- one of the main benefits is that five facilities in Holland are
based in Genemuiden is using its. Turnstiles and readers are they are free from routine ticket- equipped with RFID and another
Texas Instruments RFID systems located at entrances to areas and on ing operations and can devote 275 are expected to come on line
for access to swimming pools, lockers. more time to children, disabled in the next two to three years.
sports facilities, and health clubs and elderly visitors to help them For more information, contact
throughout improve their swimming and Henk Westenbrink, VConsyst,
Holland. sporting skills. Tel: +31383857057,
At the public With an automatic system, Fax: +31383858525.
pool "de Steur " supervisors can get a quick
(Steur means a overview of how many people
type of fish) in are in the building at any one
Zwolle, regular time and how they are using the
visitors have been facilities. This business
issued a RFID tag information helps
for the last 4 years to the supervisor to
get access to the pool, make better decisions
the lockers, the about management
sauna, the Turkish and marketing.
bath and the restau- Zwo Visitors who have
pool fa cilities in lle,
rant. They receive a de Steur Net purchased a tag for
access to herl
tag in the form of a key Automatic For regular visitors and
"de Steur" can also gain
fob, a card, or an arm- this means that they don’t have to access to other pools and
band that allows access for speci- wait in lines and can walk right in. sports accommodations in
fied lengths of time, like a monthly According to the facilities workers the area. Almost seventy
FedEx Speeds Up Delivery with Keyless Entry and Ignition System
FedEx couriers have one less to roll it out on additional RFID transponders,
thing to keep track of as they go
about the business of delivering
millions of packages every day —
their keys. The company’s couriers
are wearing a new keyless entry
and ignition system that uses
RFID tags from TI embedded
within a velcro wristband.
vehicles next year.
"TI’s RFID technology
makes it easier for our couri-
ers to quickly and securely
deliver packages to FedEx
customers," said Jim Steffen,
chief engineer of vehicle/ground
support equipment at
I’s RFID technol-
ogy makes it easier
for our couriers to
readers mounted at
each of the four doors
to the delivery vehicle
and a reader mounted
on the right side of the
steering column near
the ignition switch.
When the courier
With this new automatic system, FedEx. "The couriers who quickly and securely places his transponder
wristband within 7
deliver packages to inches of the readers,
the transponder’s code
FedEx customers. is compared to one in
“ the system’s memory. If
it is a match, the door
unlocks for ten seconds.
The courier simply
pulls on the door han-
world. With TI’s dle to enter the vehicle while the
RFID system, they three remaining doors stay secure-
don’t have to spend ly locked to prevent unauthorized
precious time search- entry. To start the vehicle, the
ing for keys or use driver pushes a button on the
them to lock and right side of the steering column.
unlock multiple doors The courier pushes another button
to their delivery vehi- near the start button to turn off
cles. During a driver’s the vehicle.
route, the RFID wrist- The new FedEx system was cus-
band need not be tom-designed by Strattec Security
removed, making it Corporation, of Milwaukee, Wis.,
less likely to be lost. If experts in vehicle locks and RFID
a wristband transpon- immobilizer systems along with
der is misplaced, its Utilimaster Corporation, based
code can be purged in Fort Wayne, Ind., who makes
from the system and a custom-manufactured vehicles
Couriers wear wristband transponders for efficient access to their trucks. new code can be reprogrammed for FedEx.
in a matter of seconds. With the For more information, contact
FedEx delivery personnel can easily have used this state-of-the-art traditional system, if a driver Mike Feucht at Strattec,
keep track of keys and can secure equipment say that it shaves criti- misplaces his keys, he must wait Tel: (414) 247-3364,
their vehicles faster along their cal minutes from delivery times." to have a spare set delivered and Fax: (414) 247-3329.
delivery routes. By the end of FedEx couriers drive 2.7 million the vehicle must be re-keyed at a
2000, 1,400 FedEx delivery miles daily in the U.S. alone to cost of more than $200 per incident.
vehicles will be equipped with the ensure the reliable delivery of The FedEx system consists of
new system, and the company plans express parcels from all over the one-inch round, disk-shaped
RFID Helps Xerox Achieve 100% Shipping Accuracy
Xerox, the world’s largest photo- ping schedule. In the event of a
copier manufacturer, ships about copier being inadvertently loaded
1/4 million copiers per year from onto the wrong truck, an alarm
its main European manufacturing sounds and a display shows the
facility centre in the UK to desti- correct vehicle that the copier
nations all across Europe. should be taken to.
They installed an RFID-based "By accurately and reliably
logistics tracking system to ensure identifying and tracking goods
100% shipping accuracy. The throughout distribution, ware-
company was determined to elimi- housing and shipping, companies
nate any errors from its shipping such as Xerox can achieve major
process because accurate and effi- savings in costs and higher pro-
cient shipping to all customers is ductivity through reduced ship-
essential for Xerox to maintain a good ping errors and more efficient
reputation for service and quality. handling" said David Hyslop, TI
Microlise Systems Integration of RFID tagged Xerox copiers pass through gate antennas to ensure they are loaded on the sales manager in the UK.
Nottingham, a leading UK supply correct truck. For more information, contact
chain management solutions Graham Lane, RFID Components
provider, worked with software A battery free low frequency tag tracking and identification. Ltd., Tel: (0)1234 840102,
specialist EDS to create the logis- is attached to the outer packaging At nine loading bays, RFID Fax: (0)1234 840707,
tics system that uses TI RFID of each copier. It is planned to readers automatically read the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
read/write card transponders and eventually integrate the tags into unique code and associated data Website: www.rfid.co.uk
read units supplied by distributor, the copiers themselves to provide for each consignment, and match
RFID Components. more comprehensive lifetime product it to the company’s vehicle ship-
Texas Instruments RFID Leader Again
Frost & Sullivan honored TI ment and methods of addressing
again with the Market
Engineering Leadership Award for
the year 2000 which was earlier
bestowed on TI in 1998.
The award is given by Frost &
Sullivan’s Automatic Identification
Group and is presented in tandem
"RFID technology continues to
establish itself in very mainstream
markets. Many commercial, con-
sumer and industrial customers are
finding RFID an essential technol-
ogy for enabling their businesses.
“ M any commercial,
consumer and industrial
customers are finding
with the release of their World We are pleased that Frost &
Radio Frequency Identification Sullivan has recognized our work
RFID an essential
(RFID) Markets industry report. with this award," said David technology for enabling
Recipients of the award are chosen Slinger, TIRIS vice president.
based on interviews with market Each year Frost & Sullivan stud-
participants and Frost & Sullivan's
research and consulting work for
ies the RFID market by contacting
the suppliers, the integrators and
the RFID industry. Texas the customers to gather data.
Instruments was awarded the "The role that Frost & Sullivan
number one ranking for the com- plays as an outside observer to our Susy d'Hont, Market this way, so that we can all gain
pany's identification of market industry is very helpful since there Communications Manager. "We better insight into the future,"
challenges, drivers and restraints, are not many professional research hope that other market research added d'Hont.
as well as their strategy develop- organizations doing this yet," said firms will become more active in
Collecting Tolls On the Move at the Tyne Tunnel, UK
FID tags help speed up Since the tunnel was opened in dow and swiping a card — prob- approaches, check the user's credit
traffic through the busy 1967, tolls have traditionally been lematic in British weather. Also account via the host PC, and give
Tyne Tunnel, a 1.7km collected in cash or by tickets. credit cards involve a 5% sur- a green light in a fraction of a sec-
road tunnel running However, with traffic continually charge on every transaction. ond. A sign under the traffic
under the River Tyne growing and presently peaking at All of these problems are over- lights warns the user if credit is
serving the cities of Newcastle, around 35,000 vehicles/day, the come by the new AVI system low. If credit is zero, the traffic
Gateshead and surrounding towns tunnel operators needed to find light stays at red and the toll
in the north of England. new methods. Manual cash col-
“ The system has
achieved its main
aims of improving
booth operator is instructed to
collect cash. If a vehicle goes
through without a valid credit, the
system alerts the operators and
police action can be taken.
Users pre-pay for multiple jour-
neys by having their tag account
credited with a fixed amount, and
traffic flow and the toll fee is deducted from this
credit each time they use the tun-
reducing conges- nel. Users can top-up their credit
tion with a low over the phone, so there is no need
to waste valuable time going to the
installation cost. “ toll office to renew their credit.
The tag only carries the unique
ID of each driver – all customer
data, and credit information is
held off the card by the computer
system. The tag can be immedi-
ately de-activated if reported
Low frequency toll tags eliminate ques at Tyne Tunnel. stolen. In addition, all customers
receive a monthly statement of toll
"While cash booths still operate, lection involves fees and transaction.
more and more people are switch- delays. Automatic Of the 10,000 TIRIS tags in cir-
ing to automatic tag operation cash collection is culation, some 90% of tags are
allowing them to take advantage expensive to install issued to private users while local
of dedicated lanes for faster, more and also involves businesses find it useful to have
convenient payment which also delays while dri- multiple tags for company
reduces congestion at the cash vers search for the employees administered using a
booths for other users. The sys- right cash to single business account.
Travelers can leave their windows up when using
tem has achieved its main aims of throw into a col- pre-paid RFID tags. For more information, contact
improving traffic flow and reduc- lection basket. Graham Lane, RFID Components
ing congestion with a low installa- Tickets are open to abuse by theft based on TI battery free, low fre- Ltd. Tel: (0)1234 840102,
tion cost," said Paul Ducker, MD or fraud and also involve delays quency RFID. Tags are attached Fax: (0)1234 840707.
of Paul Ducker Systems, the while tickets are inspected. Finally to the windscreen using a rubber
systems integrator responsible credit card payment involves the suction cup. Readers at the toll
for the system. driver stopping, opening a win- booth ID the tag as the vehicle
TAG-IT“ SMART LABELS
HANDS-FREE LIFT ACCESS FOR EUROPEAN SKIERS
kiers across Europe are of sight and can be read through
swooshing through clothing, so there's no need to
access gates and speeding show them or have them stamped.
through chair lift lines RFID ski passes can be pur-
all without stopping to chased at the cash desks or via the
remove a glove or show a ticket— Internet, cutting down long lines
thanks to the AX400 hands-free at the cashier. Since the passes are
access system for ski lifts devel- re-useable, they reduce the
oped by Austria's TeamAxess. amount of waste from traditional
The system, which has been one-time ski passes with magnetic
adopted by European ski resorts stripes. The authorization data
including the multinational "Les stored on the card is deleted when
Portes du Soleil" region in the the pass is returned.
French and Swiss alps, features The AX400 ticketing system
Tag-it-based ski passes used for consists of three components: the
access control and payment. computer inside the cash register
The new AX400 system is sig- which writes the data to the ski
nificantly faster and more efficient pass, the terminal access controller
than traditional ski pass systems which controls the gate access, and
and provides convenient, hands- the centralized server responsible
free access for customers. When for data management. All compo-
skiers approach one of the revolv- nents are part of a network.
ing gates near the lift, their valid Customized software manages the
ski pass is automatically identified whole system.
allowing them fast entry without For more information, contact
stopping to wait in line or fumble Stefan Trautner, TI Sales Manager,
with their passes. The credit card Tel: +49 8161 180 4353.
RFID ski passes mean much faster moving lift lines. sized ski passes don’t require line
3M Bases Digital Identification The new 3M
System on Tag-itTM Identification
System was recently
Materials Management for Libraries Combines installed in the
RFID With 3MTMTattle-TapeTM Security Curriculum
Materials Library at
M has completed the and position them correctly, the University of
launch of the 3M whether at the circulation desk or Nevada Las Vegas
Digital Identification at the 3M SelfCheck™ System. and into its state-of-
System that is revolu- The system accelerates the check the-art Lied Library
tionizing how libraries out and check in process, thus that is under con-
track and secure their materials. making the patron's visit to the struction. The Lied
According to John Yorkovich, library more efficient and the Library will be one
digital technologies marketing library staff more productive." of the most techno-
manager at 3M Library Systems, "The 3M Digital Identification logically advanced Library worker quickly scans shelves for lost books.
"This system further streamlines System is unique in that we libraries in the
the flow of materials into, within haven't simply taken RFID tech- world.
and out of a library in several nology and retrofitted it for use Read/write smart tags allow • Conversion stations for the
ways. Because of the smart label, in libraries," said Yorkovich. library personnel to change the transition from optical
"We have information on a tag when they bar codes to digital identifi-
selected TI change the book’s status, a capa- cation tags.
smart label bility not offered by bar codes. • 3MTM SelfCheckTM Systems.
technology The ability to quickly scan • 3MTM Staff Workstations.
and com- shelves helps libraries locate lost • 3MTM Tattle-TapeTM
bined it or obsolete items and do fast Security Strips and 3MTM
with our inventory updates. Personnel can Detection Systems.
materials also scan items left out on tables 3M is the global leader in
flow man- to get better information of the library security for nearly 30
agement materials their clients find most years, 3M protects literally bil-
compo- popular. lions of individual items in thou-
nents to 3M Digital Identification sands of libraries throughout
create a System tags are part of the opti- the world.
system that mization of an entire checkout, For more information, contact
offers all check-in and inventory manage- John Yorkovich, 3M Library
the benefits ment process that maximizes Systems Marketing Manager, at
Smart labels on books mean fast and accurate checkout systems. of RFID security. Other components 651-736-7168,
technology of the 3M Digital Identification email: email@example.com
there is no requirement to locate without compromising security," System that maximize materials
traditional optical barcode labels added Yorkovich. flow management at libraries are:
TEAM TAG-ITTM MEMBERS
More than 40 companies have joined Team Tag-it to provide
complete solutions and accelerate the adoption of smart labels.
Product/Service Company Product/Service Company
Labels Avery Dennison Handheld Terminals Bancolini
Bielomatik id Systems
(convertor equipment) Granite Communications
Brady Microlise Engineering Ltd.
Charnwood Label Craft Opticon Sensors Europe bv.
Melzer Psion Inc.
Mikoh Symbol Technologies
Moore Trion Technology AG
Securakey (Cards) Software Alpha SW
Schreiner Etiketten Jex Technologies
Sessions of York Thax
Torres Ind. E Com. Ltda Systems/ Integration 3M Library Systems
Confidence International AB
Printers Avery Dennison Data Recognition Inc.
Brady Euro Link
Zebra Technologies Microlise Engineering Ltd.
RFID Readers AWID Savi Technology
Baltech Seal Electronica Ltda
id Systems Siemens Moby
Feig Snyder Electronics
TI Announces Two New reduces parts count in the final
product. The device enables rapid
terminals and printers for
advanced solutions in product
design of Tag-it, ISO 15693, and authentication, ticketing, library
Tag-it Products ISO 14443-2 (Mode A) proximity
and vicinity RFID interrogators.
management and supply chain
With the addition of a micro-
Two new Tag-it products were readers. The ISO/IEC 15693 processor, crystal, and a few pas-
announced at Frontline Solutions standard is supported by several sive components a full functioning
Europe in November. They are semiconductor manufacturers, reader can be easily developed.
the ISO 15693 Inlays and the reader manufacturers and system Tag-it ASIC-enabled reader mod-
Multi-protocol Transceiver IC. integrators, and can coexist with ules can be seamlessly integrated
The new Tag-it 13.56MHz other 13.56MHz standards, such into traditional barcode portable
inlays are compliant with the as ISO/IEC 14443
ISO/IEC15693 standard which is for proximity cards.
a global open standard for optimal ISO 15693 compli-
use under different regulatory and ant readers developed
noise environments around the to support the ISO
world. The standard also allows inlays will be back-
for interoperability of tags from ward compatible to
multiple manufacturers. communicate with
With added memory and func- current Tag-it inlays.
tionality, the new ISO compliant The Multi-proto-
chip will be implemented on all col Transceiver IC
Tag-it standard inlay sizes avail- enables a broad range
able at 13.56MHz. ISO/IEC of 13.56MHz RFID
15693 is a global standard for interrogator designs.
contactless 13.56MHz vicinity This low power con-
cards, and is used in smart labels. sumption device sup-
The ISO/IEC 15693 protocol is ports portable and
designed to conform to FCC fixed reader designs
(USA), ETSI (Europe) and MPT that have tight foot-
(Japan) regulations worldwide, print constraints. Stefan Trautner leads Tag-it technical seminar for converters and systems integrators in Freising,
allowing tags to travel around the The IC minimizes Germany. Some of the participating companies included: Sihl, Feig, Eurolink, Melzer, and Meto.
world under optimal conditions onboard power
for operation with region specific requirements and
RFID Fuels Faster Convenience Store Purchases
SpeedpassTM Goes In-store
TI. ExxonMobil recently Easy-to-use indoor Speedpass 69-store trial in St. Louis where
announced they are extending reader units are located on the customers reported that they
the RFID-based Speedpass pay- checkout counter next to cash valued the increased conve-
ment system inside participating registers. Customers simply wave nience and simplicity of using
convenience stores at Mobil- their keyring tags over the indi- RFID for purchases inside
branded service stations nation- cated space on the counter-top stores. ExxonMobil is currently
wide. Consumers using reader, where the system recog- making the Speedpass program
Speedpass at more than 3,500 nizes the customer, approves the available to all approved partic-
Mobil convenience stores can transaction and automatically ipating Mobil service stations
enjoy the speed and conve- issues a receipt. Without the regardless of the brand name
nience of purchasing products added time spent waiting for their convenience store operates
using their tags without having credit card transactions to clear under.
to open or searching for cash, customers Introduced at Mobil fuel
make purchases faster and more pumps in 1997, today TI's
conveniently. RFID technology is speeding
"This is the first expansion of retail gasoline and product pur-
Speedpass technology for pur- chases for more than 4 million
chases beyond the fuel pumps," Speedpass customers. "With
said Jim Carter, U.S. regional the extension of RFID technol-
director for ExxonMobil's Fuels ogy from the gas pump to in-
Marketing Company. "Its intro- store purchases, we're building
wallets duction provides a glimpse of a strong foundation for the
or purses for credit how consumers will shop in the extension of our RFID technol-
cards or cash. ExxonMobil is also future, and we're proud that we ogy into other retail environ-
Customers using Mobil's planning to bring Speedpass to are the first to make this innova- ments," said Jim Bucklar TI
Speedpass to fill up their cars, Exxon-branded service stations tive payment technology available marketing manager.
can fuel their bodies just as easi- and convenience stores in early to our customers."
ly using RFID technology from 2001 at more than 1,800 locations. The national rollout follows a
SpeedpassTM goes to
Continued from page 1.
and point the keyring tag at the the credit/check card of the
Speedpass reader. The Golden customer's choice.
Arches® light up to indicate that Inside the McDonald's restau-
the tag is read. The system auto- rant, the customer places an order
matically bills purchases to and then points the tag at the
reader next to the cash register.
There are no extra fees when using
this method of payment.
This is the first implementation
of our RFID technology for
customer recognition outside the
oil industry,” said Jim Bucklar, TI
Customers point their
keyring tag at the Speedpass marketing manager, “watch for it
reader to pay at the drive- to take off with other retailers as
well,” he added.
SMART LABEL INLAY FAMILY
With the addition of the minia- Like the other inlays, the mini
Tag-it UHF System
ture inlay to the Tag-itTM family, model is paper-thin, re-program-
we now have a "momma, papa, mable, flexible and capable of Targeted to Long Range
and baby bear". The small size, being read simultaneously by Supply Chain Applications
rectangular-shaped, mini-inlay fixed-position readers or handheld
can be easily incorporated into scanners.
smart labels or The 3 inlay models
embedded into include: The UHF RFID platform leverages existing and
source tags emerging allowances in the global UHF bands to deliv-
used for er breakthrough performance in passive read range.
This new UHF band supports a longer reading passive
RFID tag and reader system that will open new logis-
tics and asset tracking applications.
It includes the ANSI NCITS 256 compli-
ant Application Programmer Interface
(API). The UHF inlays offer easy conver-
sion to smart labels.
tication Inlay, mea-
and brand suring 45 x
protection of 45 mm (1.8 x
valuable products. 1.8 in); Rectangular,
It can also be incorporated Large Inlay, measuring 45 x
into plastic cards for access con- 76 mm (1.8 x 3 in); and the
trol, applied to containers and Miniature Inlay measuring 22.5 x
totes for logistics automation, or 38 mm (0.9 x 1.5 in).
used to track and manage important All models can be read with the
insurance, legal, or medical files. same reader systems.
Low Frequency RFID Evaluation 13.56 MHz Keyring Tag
Kit Now Available Online The 13.56 Keyring tag is targeted at automated payment systems and
point-of-sale purchasing in retail environments such as consumer
The easy-to-assemble-and-use LF Evaluation Kit (134.5 kHz) gives you gasoline, quick service restaurants (QSR), or any industry where
the opportunity to explore the capabilities of TI's RFID technology. service is paramount.
It includes the robust Series 2000 Reader System, a readout antenna,
and a variety of different transponders, plus demonstration software that
runs on your desktop computer to allow you to experiment with all the
features of the system. The reader requires a 7-14V DC with minimum
1A current power supply. An optional power supply is available
The tag can be easily carried on a customer's key ring and provides a
LF Evaluation Kit includes what you need to get started.
more superior level of security than do credit cards with magnetic strip.
Eight blocks of 256-bit non-volatile user memory allow for customizing
Part number – RI-K2A-001A
Price: $595.00 initial data or updating the tag with new data. Each block can be locked
Purchase at www.tiris.com by clicking on the eStore. to protect data from modification.
Texas Instruments RFID Tracks Containers Throughout Europe
racking hundreds of ship- required hundreds of hours of of container transport quicker and
T ping containers across
acres and acres of proper-
ty is a daunting task that
can quickly turn order
into chaos. But by embedding
manpower to operate transport
A computerized container transfer
system, based on TI's RFID tech-
nology, was adopted by ECT to
more efficient for large numbers of
containers, the company installed
Texas Instruments RFID lower labor costs and provide con-
transponders into the pavement sistent performance. Under the
to create a virtual ID grid, Europe new system, workers only operate
Combined Terminals (ECT) in transport vehicles during the
Rotterdam can track both the first stage of the process. All
transport vehicles as well as the subsequent transportation sleepers
containers they move and and stacking of containers forming a
stack daily. is done using RFID grid across
In addition to the Port at technology. the entire site.
Rotterdam, ECT also operates a "The advantage
rail terminal in Venlo and inland of these
shipping terminals along the transponders
Rhine in Germany. The largest . is that they are
container ships in the world moor ded in programmable," said
alongside these terminals, where ders e Dick Roos, project engineer
containers are unloaded and on tra
based for ECT's Delta Container
shipped to small boats, barges, cking transpon- Division. "The system can track
in er tra
trains, and lorries to continue on Conta ders just under the container location to the nearest
to final destinations throughout surface of the site to act as nav- centimeter – providing accuracy
Europe. igational and positioning aids for not possible without radio fre-
When ships come into port, the vehicles and cranes. quency."
containers need to be picked up Rotterdam ship terminal. Conditions underground made The RFID-based computerized
from the quay, transferred to a Container transport no longer the technology vulnerable to container transfer system has
storage depot, and later moved to relies on worker availability and damage. In 1993, ECT turned proved so successful at ECT that
a dispatch area. Traditionally, unpredictable weather conditions. to TI to solve this problem and a new terminal currently under
ECT has done this manually with- The ECT automated RFID TI produced a special transponder, construction is being equipped
out a method of tracking contain- process works regardless of time of housed in glass that protected the with the technology.
er location – resulting in lost day, rain or shine. device from external threats. For more information, contact
goods, confusion and inconsistent When ECT set out to find a way The transponders are now used Jeroen Bolscher, TI Sales,
performance. The process also to make their traditional method in stacking cranes and railway Tel: +31 546 879409.
TI Launches RFID eStore on www.tiris.com
I is making it easier for product documents and applica- more ideas for
T engineers and systems
integrators to develop
exciting new applica-
tions for RFID tech-
nology by offering them a con-
tion notes. TI is initially offering
10 of its field-proven, low frequen-
cy, RFID products for sale online
to U.S. customers, plus reader
modules and antennas, as well
need a way to
TI plans to
venient way to purchase its as a complete LF Evaluation Kit offer additional
RFID products online. for $595. RFID products
Purchases can be made on the for sale online,
We’re pleased to expand its
secure site using a credit card. TI
be taking the is also offering its online customers eCommerce
technical support via email as well capabilities to
lead in inspiring as phone support. international
"We’re pleased to be taking the markets and
new uses for lead in inspiring new uses for extend the site’s eStore Home Page.
RFID by making the technology functionality
RFID by making available online," said Bill Allen, in the near future.
the technology eMarketing manager, Texas
Instruments. "We’ve seen RFID
available online used for hundreds of different
applications from logistics and
Customers can access TI’s security to retail and distribution
RFID eStore at www.tiris.com during our 10 years in the indus-
where they’ll find RFID prod- try. We’re certain there are engi-
ucts for sale plus downloadable neers and marketers with many
European Auto Manufacturers Rely on RFID
exas Instruments RFID production history is also logged, which move the driver’s cabins sive to determine how long dri-
technology is revolution- so if problems occur they can easi- through the production facility. ver's cabins stayed in the paint-
izing the way automotive ly be traced back to who made When the driver's cabin is trans- ing and drying process. The
manufacturers do busi- changes to the system. ferred from production to the time varied depending on the
ness. From providing Opel has also saved time and painting line, the RFID transpon- paint color. As a result, some car
secure access to process and sys- materials by incorporating RFID der is read and information about bodies had to be stored for 2-3
tems software to tracking automo- into their manufacturing process the cabin is linked to the chassis days before they could be sup-
bile parts through the manufactur- and is planning on extending the number in the FIS (driver’s cabin plied to other assembly lines.
ing cycle, transponders are finding system to all of its European loca- information server) database. The Because the storage area was
new uses within automotive tions. The company will also inte- car body is also tracked at the stretched over the warehouse,
production operations grate additional production facili- beginning and end of all painting finding car bodies with specific
throughout Europe. ties using RFID, including adhe- stations. The time it takes to paint paint characteristics was a very
Adam Opel AG sive bonding systems and robots,
Adam Opel AG, one of the and ultrasonic testing.
world's leading automotive manu- MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG
facturers, needed a secure but easy Another European auto manu-
way to authorize the many engi- facturer, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG
neers accessing the computerized in Munich, Germany, is using
process controls managing more RFID to optimize the production
than 650 welding and adhesive process and materials flow in its
programs. TI RFID not only manufacturing operations. MAN
allows access to authorized person- manufactures tens of thousands of
nel, but helps keep a record of truck and bus cabs every year, and
changes to manage both quality Texas Instruments RFID
and productivity. transponders are speeding produc-
The RFID-based system con- tivity, improving the use of ware-
trols access to Opel's welding house space and helping to
equipment, logs production data, increase profits.
and makes program changes Used in MAN's paint shop for Tags on vehicle parts withstand high temp ovens to automate manufacturing and
understandable at any point in driver's cabins, the RFID-based measure paint processes.
time before assembly begins. It system uses transponders to identi-
also protects critical process and fy and track the parts throughout the car and for it to dry is deter- laborious task. With the help of
system data from unauthorized the painting process. TI’s passive, mined and the information is used RFID technology, MAN can
access during manufacturing. low-cost transponders were encap- for improving planning and pro- properly plan space requirements
Opel's system consists of a sulated in Teflon cylinders to with- duction tasks. for intermediate storage in their
transponder which grants or stand high temperatures and paint Before RFID was incorporated warehouse and their costs are
denies access to individuals based mists, then mounted on transport into the system, it was virtually dramatically reduced.
on predetermined parameters. A skids as well as trolley clamps, impossible and extremely expen-
ExxonMobil Corporation Uses RFID for Controls to
Faster Maintenance Turnaround in Oil Refineries
storage and data
the RFID tags.
Oil refineries typically shut equipment, which must be tracked To date,
down in the fall to perform throughout the process plant ExxonMobil’s
tedious scheduled maintenance equipment life cycle. Additionally, Torrance
and safety checks that brings pro- the low frequency multi-page Refinery has
duction to a standstill and costs 1 RFID tags are being used to con- collected over 2
million dollars a day. With the firm operators properly perform million manual
current shortage of fuel, any new procedures and provide verifica- data points
methods that can decrease down- tion that operators are at the cor- since the origi-
time can be easily justified. rect piece of equipment while nal installation
The ExxonMobil Torrance collecting data. in June of
California Refinery uses RFID With the RFID tags installed, 1999. Prior to
tags as a key to an asset tracking operators make scheduled plant implementing
initiative for Equipment Health inspections to collect process and the system, the
Refinery workers collect data with 40% greater accuracy via RFID
Monitoring (EHM) and daily mechanical data about equipment company was tags than by manual methods.
mechanical integrity inspections. using Telxon handheld computers. averaging about
In this application ExxonMobil Once inspections are completed 27,000 data
deployed SAT Corporation’s the data is uploaded and synchro- points per
IntelaTrac Automated Field Data nized with the plant’s Process month with a
Collection and Asset Tracking Historian Database, and DOS based
System. Texas Instruments RFID Computerized Maintenance hand-held data collection system. cation of equipment it has been
tags were installed on process plant Management System over a Thus, with the implementation of estimated that data is being col-
equipment to verify yard number wireless network utilizing SAT’s the new solution, using approxi- lected with 40% more accuracy
and process location for improved IntelaTrac Automated Field Data matly 30 hand-held computers than on previous manual data col-
data integrity and to help with Collection System and synchro- and thousands of RFID tags, lection methods.
OSHA required Process Safety nization software. ExxonMobil is able to collect 10 For more information, contact,
Management inspections. The tags attached to the assets times more field data with the Don Frieden, SAT Corporation,
Equipment types included pumps, use SAT’s Universal Tag same resources. Further by Tel: 281-480-2424,
motors, valves, and other safety Formatting Protocol and Active X deploying the RFID tags for verifi- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org