Four Brazilian companies are among the winners of the RFID Journal Awards, announced in this year’s edition of the RFID Journal LIVE!, on May 11, 2023. Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos was runner-up in the Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID/IoT Implementation category, with the project to insert radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in all packages that circulate in the company.
Best Retail RFID/IoT Implementation
This year’s award went to Lojas Renner, which implemented RFID technology to improve the replacement of products from stock to the sales area, optimize processes that involve deliveries of up to 20,000 items per day in each store and increase accuracy and frequency of the stock count.
Best Manufacturing RFID/IoT Implementation
This year’s award went to Pilkington Brasil, a company that manufactures automotive glass and uses returnable metal shelves to supply automakers with products. The company deployed RFID to determine how many active metal racks it had in its inventory, to manage the flow of those racks between customers, and to reduce wear and tear on containers.
Best Healthcare RFID/IoT Implementation
This year’s award went to Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, which deployed a multifunctional passive RFID architecture for the entire institution, as well as for collaborative use, allowing the same readers to be applied in different use cases, reducing costs for future deployments.
This year’s award goes to the United States Marine Corps Logistics Command, which uses RFID technology to monitor a large inventory of diverse equipment, as well as to improve its inventory management and accountability, and to prepare for for an impending audit required by the US Department of Defense.
Best RFID/IoT Implementation (Other Industry)
This year’s award went to Avon and Somerset Police for their Dementia Safeguarding Scheme, an IoT-based solution designed to reduce the number of people with dementia who are reported missing, while protecting them in public places and enabling citizens help them, contact with next of kin.
Best Use of RFID/IoT to Enhance a Product or Service
This year’s award went to United Parcel Service (UPS), which transitioned from manual to automated scanning with wearable RFID technology, and equipped its vehicles with RFID readers that allow customer pick-up scans as smart packages are carried on board along with other visibility options.
Best New Product
This year’s award was given to InPlay for its NanoBeacon Bluetooth Low Energy SoC IN100, designed to eliminate the need for software programming.
RFID Special Achievement
Additionally, RFID Journal bestowed the RFID Special Achievement Award 2023 to Mark Roberti, founder and former editor of the company. In 2022, Mark retired after 20 years of educating companies about RFID and IoT technologies so that he could spend more time with his family. Since retiring, Mark has launched a consulting company, RFID Strategies, to help companies deploy RFID and help RFID companies market their products.
RFID Journal congratulates this year’s winners and finalists for their outstanding projects and products. These companies and individuals demonstrate that RFID and IoT technologies are bringing business benefits to companies in various industries around the world.