RFID Journal, the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification and its many business applications, has unveiled the finalists for its 2015 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2015, the company’s 13th annual conference and exhibition, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, Calif., on Apr. 15-17. All finalists in the end-user categories will be invited to speak at the event, and the winners, along with the other end-user finalists, will receive a prestigious crystal award.

“The scope and complexity of the deployments in this year’s submissions were beyond anything we’ve seen in the past, which indicates that RFID has matured to the point that some companies are using it on a large scale and in core parts of their operation,” said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal’s founder and editor. “We’re excited to have the finalists come and speak so attendees can hear these case studies, and view the hardware, software and solutions featured in our Best New Product category.”

End-user companies were nominated in five categories:

Best RFID Implementation:

  • Interstate Batteries
  • Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service:

  • Clarisonic
  • Kuehne+Nagel
  • RSH Energy

Most Innovative Use of RFID:

  • Age Steel
  • The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • TriggerSmart

RFID Green Award:

  • Detroit Diesel Corp. (a Daimler company)
  • Ambiente Brasil
  • Sabesp

Best NFC Deployment:

  • Free the Children
  • Skoubee SARL
  • SM Prime Holdings

This year, RFID Journal introduced a new award for the Best IoT Deployment, recognizing companies that are taking advantage of Internet of Things technologies to create business value or deliver value to customers. The finalists for 2015 are:

  • Fukui Shell
  • Turkish Technic (a division of Turkish Airlines)
  • SteadyServ Technologies

The judges also selected 10 technology providers that were nominated for the Best New Product exhibited at this year’s LIVE! event. The finalists are:

  • Farsens
  • Invengo
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Omni-ID
  • Phase IV Engineering
  • RF Micron
  • Siemens Industry Inc.
  • ThinFilm Electronics
  • Tyco Retail Solutions
  • Zebra Technologies

In addition, RFID Journal’s editors will present the 2015 RFID Special Achievement Award to Carlo Nizam, the head of Airbus’ Value Chain Visibility and Auto-ID Program, for his outstanding leadership in helping Airbus to improve efficiencies by digitalizing business processes within its operations and across its value chain, and for promoting the importance of RFID within the aerospace industry.

LIVE! 2015 will feature eight industry-specific and how-to conference tracks, seven in-depth preconference seminars and workshops, four post-conference seminars, two co-located events (IEEE RFID 2015 and the Internet of Things Conference), fast-track training presented by RFID4U, the Coolest Demo Contest, RFID Professional Institute certification and more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest RFID products and solutions.

About RFID Journal

RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and Internet of Things technologies (IoT) and their many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal’s websites for up-to-the-minute news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions related to RFID and IoT technologies. This has made RFID Journal a trusted and respected technology information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID and IoT decision-makers worldwide—online and at face-to-face events.