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RFID Journal Awards 2007

Showcasing the best uses of RFID technology


Judging Criteria

Best RFID Implementation:
This award will be judged on how much business value the RFID system delivers to the end user’s company. Among the questions judges will be asking are: 
  • Does the solution deliver business value?
    • Did it cut costs or increase revenue?
    • Did it improve customer service?
    • Did it make workers more productive?
    • Were there soft benefits?
  • Did the project have a clear objective?
  • Is the objective relevant to the business problem or company’s needs?
  • Is the solution scalable, acceptable to the employees affected, and economically feasible?
  • Is the solution a significant improvement over alternatives?
  • Was the solution tested under the conditions of use?
  • How completely was the problem solved?
  • How much time and money was spent on the project? Is this amount reasonable given the solution?
  • Where did the equipment come from? Was it customized to meet the needs of the end user?
  • Does the solution make maximum use of the technology or technologies used?


Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service:
This award will be judged on how well the company used RFID to deliver additional value to its customers. Among the questions judges will be asking are:  

  • Does the solution deliver additional value to the customer?
    • Did it make the product easier to use, easier to set up or easier to maintain?
    • Did it improve customer service?
    • Did it make the customer more productive?
  • Did the project have a clear objective?
  • Is the objective relevant to the needs of the company’s customers?
  • Was the RFID transponder/reader embedded into the product in a way that avoided disruption to the customer?
  • Was the design of RFID into the product seamless and cost-effective?
  • Is the solution a significant enhancement to the product or service?
  • Has the solution been tested for performance under the type of real-world conditions experienced by the customer?
  • Where did the company get the RFID equipment? Did it need to be customized to be embedded in the product or service? If so, did an RFID company or the entrant do the customization?
  • Does the solution make maximum use of the technology or technologies used?

Most Innovative Use of RFID:
This award will be judged on how innovative the use of RFID is, regardless of whether the implementation was to improve operational efficiencies, enhance a product or customer service or deliver some other benefit. Among the questions judges will be asking are: 

  • Does the solution show creativity and an original approach to:
    • solving a business problem?
    • analysing RFID data?
    • using equipment (not just RFID hardware)?
    • constructing or designing new equipment?
  • Did the project have a clear business objective, or was the implementation just focused on the "wow factor"?
  • Has the application or a similar application been done before?
  • What results came from the innovative use of RFID? Did the company, customers or others benefit from it?
  • Could the innovative use of RFID be applied to other applications, businesses or industries?
  • Who developed the innovative application? Was it the end-user company, vendor, systems integrator or other?
  • How much time and money was spent on the project? Is this amount reasonable given the benefits the solution delivered?
  • Where did the equipment come from?  Was it customized for the project? If so, who did the customization?
  • Does the solution make maximum use of the technology or technologies used?

 
Scoring System

Each judge will choose a first-, second- and third-place entry for each category. Fifteen points will be awarded for each first-place entry, nine for each second-place vote and five for each third-place vote. The entries with the highest totals for each category will be declared the winner. In event of a tie, the companies with the tied scores will share the award.

Definition of RFID

For the purposes of this award, RFID technology will be defined as any system that uses radio waves to remotely identify and object or person. These systems include, but are not limited to, low-frequency, high-frequency, ultra-high-frequency systems, active RFID systems, Wi-Fi-based systems, real-time locating systems, and RF-sensory mesh networks. They can be based on air-interface protocol standards established by the International Organization for Standardization or other standards bodies, such as the American National Standards Institute.

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Steve David
Bill Hardgrave
Gordon S. Holder
Chris Hook
Fred Riggins
Mark Roberti