RFID Demand Increasing

"Month to month, we're seeing demand for RFID label applications that extend far beyond traditional retail and supply chain use. In addition to CPG suppliers, manufacturers and retailers, our RFID customers include businesses in the food industry, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and other markets, using RFID for inventory control, asset tracking, document tracking, and even patient tracking. When they see a demonstration of a 10-second RFID scan of a rack of products versus a 10-minute manual bar code scan of the same rack, they're eager to adopt RFID and customize an application for their specific use."

-- Stephen Hull, Sato America

Fargo, ND., February 13, 2012 Intelligent InSites, Inc , Inc., the leading provider of enterprise real-time location systems (RTLS) software helping hospitals improve patient satisfaction and operational performance while supporting multiple radio frequency identification (RFID) and RTLS technologies, has announced that its InSites RTLS solution supports ThingMagic Astra® readers for passive RFID data integration.

"The ability of the InSites solution to automatically collect and intelligently process real-time location data from a variety of locating technologies is unique in the RTLS space," said Ralf Mehnert-Meland, Director of Developer/OEM Relationships at Intelligent InSites. "We continue to expand our enterprise software by adding support for a multitude of data sources, such as passive RFID from ThingMagic readers, to support our healthcare clients in choosing the best RTLS technologies for their particular requirements."

"Passive RFID readers combined with Intelligent InSites' superior RTLS software platform enables an expansion of locating solutions in healthcare, allowing hospitals to focus less on the underlying technology and more on improving processes and reducing cost," said Ken Lynch, Director of Marketing at Trimble's ThingMagic Division.

Astra is an easy to install, unobtrusive, UHF RFID reader with a fully integrated antenna designed for commercial environments, such as hospitals and clinics. Driven by ThingMagic's leading modular radios Astra readers offer Power over Ethernet (PoE) and WiFi options allowing for flexible, low cost, installations. Finished and embedded RFID readers from ThingMagic RFID readers have been selected by many hospitals and healthcare solution providers for a wide range of applications including loss prevention, asset management, patient and staff workflow optimization, and pharmaceutical management.

The InSites RTLS software solution is built to collect real-time location and condition sensing data from any type of RTLS technology, including active RFID, infrared/RF, passive RFID, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee, then manage that real-time enterprise data, seamlessly and intuitively, through the InSites interface. By leveraging this real-time data and InSites’ applications, such as asset management , patient flow , and temperature monitoring applications, hospitals are able to achieve meaningful and measurable hard-dollar cost savings while improving patient satisfaction and patient care.

About Intelligent InSites

Intelligent InSites helps healthcare organizations improve care and reduce costs by transforming automatically-collected data into actionable insights. Through its interoperable, hardware-agnostic, healthcare real-time location system (RTLS) software platform, Intelligent InSites gathers data from real-time location, condition sensing, and other systems; then delivers meaningful information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Intelligent InSites’ customers gain enterprise-wide visibility and are able to impact continuous process improvements, resulting in remarkable financial and quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit: www.IntelligentInSites.com

About Trimble’s ThingMagic Division

Trimble’s ThingMagic Division is a leading provider of UHF RFID reader engines, development platforms and design services for a wide range of applications. ThingMagic develops products for demanding high-volume applications and provides consulting and design services to create solutions for challenging applications. ThingMagic's customers include some of the world's largest industrial automation firms, manufacturers, automotive companies, retailers, and consumer companies. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ThingMagic was founded in 2000 by a group of visionary PhD graduates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. ThingMagic is "The Engine in RFID™". For more information, visit: www.thingmagic.com.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit Trimble's Web site at: http://www.trimble.com/.

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