Thought I would take a few minutes to send my best wishes to you and your family, and make up a "What I'm thankful for in my RFID world" list.
1) RFID has the potential to become a common and important part in embedded-system design. (But the RFID World community already knew this. We were just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.)
2) RFID companies continue to raise venture capital funding.
3) Brownsville, Texas will get RFID technology at all border crossing into Mexico to eventually help speed travel and enhance border security. Construction begins Monday. (Ah, yes, Texas, the home of RFID, where Wal-Mart Stores and Target ran many of their first trials.) And, Vuance accepted a project to provide border security for an Outdoor Perimeter Protection customer in the Middle East.
4) Zebra Technologies continues to survive and has been selected by three government contractors as a hardware partner in fulfilling a $75 million contract awarded by the U.S. Army's Product Manager Joint-Automatic Information Technology (PM J-AIT) for RFID and AIT solutions.
5) Dow Corning continues to evaluate the use of RFID in chemical applications. The company works closely with Lowery Computer Products and Avery Dennison RFID. They use readers from Motorola and network infrastructure from Reva Systems.
6) RFID deployments are expected to rise in aviation. Richard Sebastian, research analyst, Electronics & Security Practice of Frost & Sullivan, believes the industry has already begun witnessing an increase level of RFID adoption across a myriad of areas.
Although I'm not thankful for this bizarre tale, thought I'd include it as fodder for thought: Indonesia's Papua Plans to Tag AIDs Suffers
Indonesia's Papua province is set to pass a bylaw that requires some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips in a bid to prevent them infecting others, a lawmaker said on Saturday. Government officials could implant RFID in people who have shown to have "actively sexual behavior."
Have a safe and happy holiday.