The RFID sector has seen lots of innovation over the years when it comes to tags and readers. Last year the idea of using drones as RFID readers gained significant steam, with at least two companies promoting drone-based reader solutions.
Now, a German startup hopes to introduce more innovation to the RFID reader market. ProGlove, based in Munich, has developed a wearable glove that integrates RFID, motion tracking and sensor technology into the natural motion of a worker’s hand. The company is initially targeting manufacturing and logistics markets, although future use cases could certainly include retail and healthcare. ProGlove is currently available for use in pilot deployments.
In manufacturing, the ProGlove solution can document activities and steps in the production process to ensure quality. The solution can also alert a worker when a tool is not calibrated correctly, or if the wrong tool is chosen for a job.
Last week ProGlove was selected to join the next phase of the Challenge Up! Program, a joint startup initiative organized by Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom. The 12 teams selected will participate in a four-month incubation program designed for young innovative companies building Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
The winning teams were selected after five days of intensive mentoring sessions, workshops and pitching during the Challenge Up! Acceleration Week in Krakow, Poland.
The incubation program will take place in Krakow, Berlin and London from July to November. Startups that successfully complete the program will be eligible for potential co-investment from Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom, as well as other leading corporate venture funds.