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Sustainable Technology

Google in RFID and M2M, Second Edition

This report includes an evaluation of RFID and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, from a state-of-the-industry perspective. The research identifies areas in which Google is poised to
make a large impact within both RFID and M2M. This will have a profound effect on the existing ecosystem, as well as create new opportunities for market development and expansion.

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VA Re-awards $543 Million RTLS Contract to HP

HP Enterprise Services has regained its contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide real-time location system technology to VA medical centers nationwide, following a reevaluation ordered by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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Ticketfriend Aims to Eliminate Paper Tickets in Ireland

Concert and event promoters can use the company's solution to provide electronic tickets--via NFC-enabled ID cards or mobile phones--for customers to access venues or pay for services or merchandise.

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Transitioning Into the Real Green Economy
The health needs of workers in gritty steel factories led David Foster to become one of the labor movement’s leading environmental advocates. Now, as executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization comprised of 14 of the largest unions and environmental organizations with more than 15 million supporters and members, he is advocating for a transition to a new, highly trained and motivated workforce, where every job is a “green job”. A firm believer in the common goals of job creation and a green economy, Foster lays out a plan to achieve both in a Green Technology interview, that has been written up by Racquel Palmese.

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Getting a Read on Embedded UHF RFID: Why Reader Modules Are the Smart Choice for Developing Next-Generation Solutions
As ultrahigh-frequency radio frequency identification technology grows more mature and becomes ubiquitous, it is being deployed in many new industries, with applications in such sectors as health care, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, automotive and general manufacturing. This white paper, from ThingMagic, offers several key examples of how RFID readers are
being embedded into equipment, examines the pros and cons of each option, and discusses how embedded UHF RFID is creating new applications that are expected to drive rapid growth.

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Luxury Apparel Maker to Test TexTrace's Fabric RFID Label
The new woven label, incorporating an EPC Gen 2 chip and a stitched-in antenna made of yarn, is being sewn into luxury goods, to provide brand authentication, inventory tracking and theft prevention.

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Baltimore Concert Venues To Try Reusable RFID Wristbands Instead of Paper Tickets
This system enables concert promoters to provide the option for concert goers to purchase reusable RFID enabled silicon wristbands instead of tickets, where the consumer could load and reload the wristband with tickets for participating venues.

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Italian Study Shows How RFID Can Help Reduce Supermarket Overstocks
Preliminary analysis of the results of a pilot project carried out in Italy shows that the use of EPC Gen2 passive UHF tags on product cartons can reduce the rate of supermarket out-of-stocks and improve product freshness. This study tracked the movement of goods into and out of an Auchan Distribution Center, to a store, and then to that store’s trash compactor.

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Dayton Recycles With RFID
RFID manufacturer and services provider Alien Technology has announced that it and systems integrator CDO Technologies have provided an RFID-enabled trash-tracking system to the city of Dayton, Ohio. The project's goal is to lower the city's recycling costs and increase participation in its existing recycling efforts. Dayton's officials claim that the RFID-based program has resulted in a 40 percent increase in recycling participation, Alien reports, as well as an increase in recycled material from 200 to 535 tons, during just the first few months of operation. The program has also allowed the city to restructure routes, renegotiate recycling rates and balance staffing, the company adds, leading to a projected return on investment in less than 12 months, and an annual savings of more than $100,000.

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Green Manufacturing News- this online portal offers eco-friendly industrial plant managers, factory owners, facilities engineers and maintenance professionals who work at manufacturing locations a view of the current issue, a chance to view a variety of topics including such items as alternate energy, energy efficiency, recycling, water treatment… and white papers on a variety of manufacturing sustainability issues. The site offers a mechanism to subscribe if this is desired.

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Green Manufacturing- Commentary, information and resources related to green manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and sustainability in the US and abroad. Based on information from a variety of sources (web to print) and including technical information from researchers in the field as well as researchers at the University of California in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS -

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Green Manufacturer- the web site is the official web site of Green Manufacturing Magazine, which covers a wide variety of topics related to green manufacturing. The website includes a link to a free subscription to the magazine.

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 Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS)- The Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability has a strong focus on Green Manufacturing. Work in this group is focused towards identifying areas where manufacturing processes may be modified to minimize their impact on the environment. In collaboration with the Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing students conduct detailed cradle to cradle investigations of machining operations, precision engineering processes, and alternative energy technologies, with a focus on the manufacturing phase of each.

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New Keurig Brewer Uses RFID Recipe Tag to Make the Perfect Cup
Based on a beverage pack tag ID number, the Vue V1200 adopts the optimal temperature, timing and airflow settings, according to that beverage pack's particular needs.

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RFID in High Tech 2012 to Highlight Ways to Reduce Data-Center Energy Costs
RFID Journal founder Mark Roberti will explain how RFID can lower data-center energy costs, at the company's first event focused on the high-technology sector.

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RFID for Improved Results
Learn how Tufts Medical Center uses passive RFID to track high-value products across four specialty departments and its materials-management division. The solution has provided the hospital with real-time visibility, enabling optimized inventory levels, sizable financial benefits and improved inter-departmental collaboration around supply chain improvements. The presenter is: Diane Hubisz, Operations Director, CardioVascular Center, Tufts Medical Center. The duration: 26 minutes, Published: Sept. 7, 2012.

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Commentary, Information and Resources related to Green Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing and Sustainability in the U.S. and abroad.
Guide to Adopting Green Mfg Practices-Green Manufacturer
Honeywell and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Reduce Campus Costs and Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Solar Tracker Merges Cutting-Edge PV- Technology and High Performance.
Green Manufacturing: An Inconvenient Reality
Helsinki Airport Puts “Guidance Display Card” to the test. The handheld device contains a 433 MHz RFID tag to track a passengers location, and an electronic-paper screen that provides flight info and updates.
RFID Raises Elevator Efficiency. At Capital Bank Plaza, in Raleight N.C., Schindler’s PRT solution employs passive 13.56 MHz tags and readers to reduce elevator traffic flow and office worker’s wait times.
RFID Guides Employees at Company Parking Lots. A system provided by Taiwan’s Yoke Int’l-Com Corp, directs drivers to the appropriate parking spaces, illuminating their walk from the lot to the office.
IBM Sees RFID as Parking Solution for Smarter Planet. The company is partnering with Streetline to help municipal parking managers do their job better, and make it easier for drivers to locate an available parking space.
RFID Monitors Wastewater Disposal at Hydrofracking Sites. GreenHunter Water LLC is installing RFID based technology at oil wells to track the removal and disposal of wastewater, helping companies ensure that they comply with regulations.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Zero Waste Manufacturing
California Community Colleges - Building a Green Tomorrow. Palmese, R. (2009).
California Green Building Standards Commission, CalGreen Code
Construction and Demolition Council. California Resource Recovery Association
CTE Online, Lesson Plan "Green Cabinetmaking Practices"
CTE and Sustainability. Association for Career and Technical Education.
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Energy Star
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International, Green Manufacturer
Green Cabinetmaking Practices and Other Model Curricula. CTE Online
Green Logistics
Green Power Network
Green Manufacturing Insights
Green Technology Alliance (GTA)
Harvesting California's Renewable Energy Resources: A Greens Job Business Plan. Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. Sacramento, CA. Asmus, P. (August 15, 2008).
Home Energy Efficiency
Homeowner's Guide, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory, Biofuels and Renewable Energy
Introduction to Green Manufacturing and Sustainability. R. Handy and SME Educational Foundation.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Maximizing Waste Management Efficiency Through the Use of RFID. Wyatt, J. Texas Instruments. (April 2008).
M/A-COM Combines RFID and Sensors for Smarter Forklift. Bacheldor, B. RFID Journal. (January 20, 2009).
National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Sustainable Manufacturing
National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Performance Standards Excerpted From the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. (July 22, 2009
Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). CalRecycle.
PG&E Energy Training Center in Stockton
PG&E Pacific Energy Center, Tool Lending Library and Training Classes
Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA).
RFID: On the Road to Cost Savings for the Automotive Industry.
RF Sensors Could Optimize Crop Irrigation. Roberti, M. RFID Journal. (February 1, 2011).
Sandia National Laboratory - Renewable Energy Office
Smartrac Hopes to Release Green RFID Tags Within a Year. Neeley, B. RFID Journal. (October 15, 2009).
SMUD online energy audit for small businesses
Stealth Regulation of ‘Green.’ (September 2, 2010)
Sonoma County's Energy Independence Program
Sustainable Brands 2011 Conference. Sustainable Life Media
Sustainable Manufacturing World
The Green Benefits of LED Lighting. (September 9, 2010)
The Green Technology Alliance (GTA): Accelerating the adoption of green, clean and sustainable business practices, technologies and solutions.
The Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE).
U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Communities Network
U.S. Department of Commerce, Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
U.S. Green Building Council, LEED
Vegas Gaming and Slots to Go Green? (April 3, 2009)
VTM- Retrofitting Trucks for Hybrid Energy Drive. (January 18, 2009)
What is a Green Job in 2009? (February 27, 2009)
White, S. & Walsh, J. (2008). Greener pathways: Jobs and workforce development. Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
Work Better: A Lumberjack’s Friend: RFID Helps Loggers Track Their Timber. (July 8, 2008)