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RFID Journal Awards 2015

Showcasing the best RFID deployments, products and research

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?


Best NFC Deployment:
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 improve customer service or the customer experiece?
    • Did it help create brand awareness?
    • Did it improve customer service?
    • Did it make workers more productive or products more secure?
    • 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 New Product
For this award, judges will select up to 10 new hardware, software and services using RFID technology. To be eligible, the vendor submitting must be an exhbitior at RFID Journal LIVE! 2015, and the product must have been introduced after LIVE! 2013.The editors of RFID Journal will choose the Best in Show winner based on the judges scoring and their own judgement. To select the finalist, the judges will use the following criteria:

  • Does the new product or service deliver business value to those for whom it is designed?
  • Will it solve a business problem?
  • Will it reduce costs, improve efficiencies or increase sales?
  • Will it simplify RFID deployments or make it more cost-effective to deploy RFID systems?
  • Will it enable companies to comply with regulations more cost-effiectively?
  • Is the product/service original, or does it simply do what existing products do?
  • Does the product/service break new ground?
  • Does it offer a significant improvement over existing products in the same category?
  • Is the product/service likely to deliver a significant return on investment?
  • Does the product/service solve a business problem common in a particular industry?

Special Achievement Award
For this award, judges will select up to 10 finalists based on submissions. RFID Journal registered users will be able to vote on who they think should receive the award, and the results will be considered by the editors of RFID Journal when they pick the three finalists. The aim is to select three people who have made an outstanding contribution to the RFID industry or the advancement of the use of RFID. To select the finalist, the judges will use the following criteria:

  • Has the person had an impact on the RFID industry or the use of RFID technology by businesses and consumers?
  • Has the person contributed to our understanding of how RFID can deliver value to businesses?
  • Has the person advanced the adoption of RFID by developing new products or new features that make RFID much easier to use or deploy?
  • Has the person changed the course of adoption by using the technology in new and innovative ways?
  • Has the person changed the public perception of RFID for the better?
  • Has the person created a new avenue for RFID adoption by developing a solution that breaks new ground?
  • Has the person led the development of new standards or had an impact in promoting the adoption of standards that serve the industry?
  • Does the product/service break new ground?

RFID Green Award
This award will be judged on how big an impact the use of RFID is having on the environment, whether that be by recuding waste, increasing recycling, or enhancing sustainability. Among the questions judges will be asking are: 

  • Does the RFID application reduce the amount of material shipped to landfills or disposed of by other means?
  • Does the use of RFID increase recycling?
  • Does the use of RFID reduce the amount of energy consumed?
  • Are there any measurable environmental benefits as a result of the introduction of RFID technology?
  • Can the project be scaled up to further improve the environment?
  • Did the use of RFID also deliver business benefits, in addition to environmentla benefits?

Best Internet of Things Deployment:
This award will be judged on how much business value the IOT 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?


Scoring System
Each judge will choose a first-, second- and third-place entry for each category. Fifteen points will be awarded for every first-place entry, nine for each second-place vote and five for every third-place vote. We will exclude the highest and lowest vote to ensure no one vote affects the outcome. The entries with the highest average score among the judges for each category will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, those with tied scores will share the award. All decision by RFID Journal's editorial team will be final.

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

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2015 Judges
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Harold Boeck
Harold Boeck
Stephen Miles
Pankaj Sood
J.T. (Tom) Cain
Gisele Bennett
Mark Roberti
Mark Roberti
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