Decathlon and Florida Hospital are among the winners for 2016, selected at RFID Journal’s 14th annual LIVE! conference in Orlando, Fla.

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At the RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 conference and exhibition, held last week in Orlando, Fla., RFID Journal announced the winners of 10th annual RFID Journal Awards.

The winners were selected in six different deployment categories:

Best RFID Implementation

  • Decathlon—for its use of RFID tags on 90 percent of the products it sells, and for adopting RFID technology at every one of its 43 DCs and 1,030 stores in order to improve on-shelf availability and reduce shrinkage

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

  • TrackCore—for its tissue and implant tracking software integrated with RFID enclosures for seamless workflow and real-time inventory visibility

Most Innovative Use of RFID

  • Florida Hospital—for its use of data from its real-time location system to improve its processes, including the reduction of a surgical patient’s time in recovery by 10 to 24 minutes

RFID Green Award

  • Golden Environmental Mat Services—for its use of RFID to manage construction mats, and to track the sterilization of contaminated mats in order to reduce environmental impact before deploying them back into the field

Best NFC Deployment

  • CBRE—for its use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in London’s CityPoint office building to track keys, monitor security patrols, and secure the building’s entrances and exits

Best IoT Deployment

  • Hospital de la Vega —for its use of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and an Internet of Things platform to track the locations of patients, personnel and assets, and to share that data with hospital administrators and relatives

In addition, for the first time in its history, RFID Journal presented the Best New Product award to two companies: SMARTRAC, for its Sensor Tadpole Tag, and Phase IV Engineering, for its RFID Sensor Reader. Phase IV’s RFID Sensor Reader is designed to be easily integrated with a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) running a customer’s machinery. SMARTRAC’s Sensor Tadpole is a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) sensor that can detect the presence of moisture and forward that information to an ordinary RFID reader.

Furthermore, RFID Journal’s editors gave the 2016 RFID Special Achievement Award to Pam Sweeney, Macy’s senior VP of logistics systems, for her leadership of that company’s RFID efforts and her tireless work to promote standard practices for the use of passive UHF RFID throughout the retail supply chain.

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