Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Motorola & Toppan To Produce Smart Business Forms

Motorola And Toppan Forms Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Produce Smart Business Forms And Labels

Motorola, Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding with Toppan Forms Co., Ltd., Japan's largest business forms manufacturer, to jointly develop and market "smart" label solutions incorporating Motorola's breakthrough BiStatixt radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The new paper-based solutions - which are scheduled to become commercially available early in 2000 - will contain information that can be read and modified through a wireless interface, making the smart labels and forms an ideal tool for the tracking and efficient routing of materials.

The BiStatix tags and readers in conjunction with forms and labels by Toppan Forms provide a cost-effective solution for companies seeking to improve their business operations in the area of tracking objects, monitoring inventory and other supply-chain related processes.

"We are pleased to combine our experience and know-how in the field of business forms and label applications with Motorola's unique BiStatix RFID technology to provide best-in-class solutions for the market," said Hajime Okubo, Planning Division IC Product Development Group Manager, Toppan Forms. "We expect that our customers within the transportation, retail, access control and other markets will embrace the benefits that this versatile and flexible solution provides them."

Because BiStatix RFID technology uses silicon and printed ink, BiStatix smart labels can be created more effectively than earlier generations of RFID technology-enabled labels, which required the incorporation of a costly metal coil and resonant capacitor. Furthermore, BiStatix smart labels can be read after being folded, crumpled and even ripped, and are also fully disposable.

Additionally, BiStatix tags can be printed easily on paper and other non-conductive surfaces and integrated into existing printing processes. When integrated into the Toppan Forms labels and forms, Motorola's BiStatix RFID technology is uniquely positioned to add value to applications that currently use bar coding. BiStatix tags can be read without clear line of sight and are not rendered unreadable by the effects of moisture, dirt, dust or paint. In addition, while bar code technology is "read-only," BiStatix RFID technology is read/write capable, meaning that the data it contains can be changed, updated and/or locked.

"This agreement with Toppan Forms affords Motorola the opportunity to help improve the way companies do business in the Asia Pacific region, integrating BiStatix RFID technology into everyday forms and labels such as baggage tags, parking lot tickets and inventory control labels," said Francois Dutray, Motorola vice president and general manager, Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Division.

Toppan Forms Co., Ltd. is Japan's leading business forms solutions provider. Toppan Forms offers a wide range of printed products and services to its customers, and has the leading share in the growing data print service market. Toppan Forms is also rapidly expanding its presence in the information management service market in Japan using Internet and other electronic applications. Consolidated sales in Fiscal Year 1999 were 175.8 billion yen. The Toppan Forms Internet address is http://www.toppan-f.co.jp.

Motorola is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 billion.

ENDS....

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Transport: Successful Bridge Repair Opens Two Additional Lanes To Traffic

The opening of two additional lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this morning will help relieve some motorway congestion for motorists heading home to the North Shore tonight. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>

ALSO:


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>

ALSO:


RetailNZ: Retail Sales And Confidence Rebound After Second Lockdown Lifts

A new Retail NZ Retail Radar report show retailer sales have improved in through September as the second wave of COVID-19 restrictions lifted. Sales were up 20 per cent and 45 per cent of retailers said that their sales improved on the same time ... More>>

University Of Auckland: Whale-Watching By Satellite – Follow Their Travels Online

Scientists have successfully attached satellite tracking tags to six New Zealand southern right whales, or tohorā, and are inviting the public to follow the whales’ travels online. Part of a major research project involving the University of Auckland ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Kiwibank Admits System Failures And Agrees To Pay Customers $5.2 Million

Kiwibank has entered into a settlement agreement with the Commerce Commission after reporting that it failed to have in place robust home loan variation disclosure policies, procedures and systems. In a settlement dated 27 August 2020, Kiwibank admitted that ... More>>

Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>

ALSO:

NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>