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How MIT’s “50 smartest companies” rely on RFID

Last week MIT published its annual list of the 50 smartest companies. It should come as no surprise that many on the list are actively pursuing the use of RFID technology.

San Diego-based life sciences firm Illumina, which claimed the No. 3 spot, features RFID throughout its product line, including its pre-configured reagent kits for the NextSeq 500 System. The kits deliver powerful Illumina sequencing chemistries with as little as 10 minutes of hands-on time, as intuitive labeling and RFID-encoded reagents ensure compatibility with user-defined run configurations.

Google, No. 12 on MIT's 50 smartest companies list, is a founding member of the RAIN RFID Alliance.

Illumina is a manufacturer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. The company uses RFID for accurate consumable tracking and compatibility for flow cells, PR2 bottles, and reagent cartridges.

This year high-end carmaker Tesla moved into the No. 1 spot. While the company uses RFID for keyless entry (like many automakers) it is unclear how much Tesla uses RFID in other areas. It is likely, however, that Tesla relies on RFID during production, similar to automakers like BMW and Volkswagen.

Google landed in the No. 12 spot on MIT’s list. The company is becoming deeply involved with the Internet of Things and was a founding member of the RAIN RFID Alliance in 2014. Although Google has not spoken publicly about how it will utilize UHF RFID, its commitment to RAIN signifies the importance of the technology to the tech giant.

Amazon landed right behind Google at No. 13. The online retailer is in the midst of conducting research at the RFID Lab in Auburn to determine how it can use RFID within its supply chain. Amazon is interested in learning how to best tag items as they enter the DC, and potential use cases for how to use those tagged items before they are shipped to customers.

The goal is to discover new processes for RFID within Amazon’s vast supply chain, which includes 100 distribution centers around the globe.

IBM, at No. 46, upped the ante on RFID and the Internet of Things when it announced in March that it would invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new IoT division that includes a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions.

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