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AIM Selects 2013 Active RFID Award Recipient

Wednesday, April 24, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Lou Bosco
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AIM Selects 2013 Active RFID Award Recipient

                          Argonne National Laboratory Honored for Innovative RFID Implementation

Cranberry Township, PA
– April 24, 2013 – AIM, the industry association and worldwide authority on bar code, RFID, RTLS and mobile computing, has selected Argonne National Laboratory to receive the 2013 Active RFID Award. This marks the inaugural year for the award, established by AIM to capture successful RFID case histories of actual installations that have proven measurable benefits, increase RFID technology demand and have the potential to accelerate RFID adoption.

Argonne National Laboratory's challenge was to assist the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in modernizing its management of the life cycle of nuclear materials throughout the DOE Complex while enhancing long-term safety, safeguards, and security, through the development of an integrated RFID system. The solution was ARG-US, an RFID technology that features long-life, customizable sensor tags with an integrated communication platform for real-time tracking and monitoring of nuclear and other hazardous materials during storage, processing, transportation, and disposal. Patented in September 2011, ARG-US also offers benefits that enhance the environmental health, safety, and protection of materials and personnel in operations involving sensitive nuclear and other radioactive materials, streamlining information management and inventory control, and extending the lifetime maintenance cycles of storage drums.

"We are extremely honored to be selected by the leading RFID organization for our ARG-US applications,” said Dr. Yung Liu, Group Leader, Argonne National Laboratory. "DOE and its contractors have already demonstrated the value of the government's investment; private companies are also planning many related products, and we plan to continue developing this technology for potential use in treaty verification and other remote monitoring needs," added Dr. James Shuler, Program Manager, Department of Energy.

During the submission process, AIM received more than a dozen nominations which highlighted a vast range of RFID implementations. After a thorough review and analysis, a committee comprised of AIM experts selected Argonne National Laboratory as the initial recipient.

"We were thrilled to have such a high level of interest for the debut of this prestigious program,” Mary Lou Bosco, AIM's COO stated. "The level of thought leaders in our industry is amazing and
there are so many compelling solutions today contributing to the growth and faster adoption of RFID. It was a very difficult decision to select just one recipient, but we are confident Argonne National Laboratory will prove a great model for future award winners.”

To access complete details about the Argonne National Laboratory case history, please visit the AIM website.

About AIM

For 40 years, AIM has served as the association and worldwide authority on automatic identification, data collection and networking in a mobile environment. AIM members are manufacturers, distributors, resellers and end-users of bar code, RFID, RTLS and mobile computing solutions. AIM is dedicated to accelerating the growth and use of Automatic Identification and Mobility technologies and services around the world. Visit us online at www.aimglobal.org.

About Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. For more information about Argonne, visit www.anl.gov

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