I want to highlight a few announcements this week. For starters, ThingMagic unveiled a USB RFID Reader controlled and powered by a desktop or laptop computer. It relies on the M5e-Compact embedded RFID module. The small form factor let developers create read/write UHF RFID applications that require a read range of 12-inches or less. The EPCglobal Generation 2 compliant reader is available from the company's online store, priced at $495.
Contactless technology maker ASK and label converter company WS Packaging Group will create a Joint Venture based in the United States to support the North American market with secure ID, mass transit and financial applications.
ASK also said it has completed the MasterCard Global Vendor Certification Program (GVCP) requirements for the plant located in Sophia-Antipolis, the headquarters of the company in the South of France. Achieving the certification allows ASK to manufacture MasterCard banking cards and embed chips for MasterCard issuers.
Interesting tidbits from around the net:
NEC Develops Three-Format RFID Reader
The Hospital Is Watching You
Saving The Dell: using RFID to improve laptop security