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Airports, Prisoners & Hospital Patients: Today’s Top Stories on Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, the growth and bringing online of sensor data to create a foundation for innovation, is expected to be a big trend in 2010. ReadWriteWeb has been covering it extensively and we offer below the three top stories in Internet of Things over the last 24 hours, from around the web.

A new report on airport satisfaction points to opportunities for more sensors. RFID to track interactions between prisoners and guards? It’s happening now. And a hospital that will use sensors to alert staff of the location and medical histories of patients in crisis, on a big electronic whiteboard centrally located. Those are our three top stories for today. (Editorial selection assisted by OneSpot.)

It’s Time for Better Technology in Airports
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IBM’s Steve Hamm discusses J.D. Power’s newest report on customer satisfaction with airports. “There have been some important technology advances in airports, such as near-ubiquitous wi-fi access and plenty of check-in kiosks, but it seems like two of the biggest headaches could use some more technology help. Those frustrations, of course, are baggage handling and security checkpoints.”

I feel an iPhone app or two coming along in the future, don’t you?

RFID wristbands used to monitor guard, prisoner interactions

RFID News reports on a system to be implemented by an Illinois prison that will interface between “read/write technology” for “real-time, electronic recordkeeping, tracking, and reporting.”

Accountability for guards sounds good. Lossless RFID tags in prisons sounds like the end of believable jail-break movies though, doesn’t it?

Versus RTLS to Support Ministry of Health Performance Goals at Rouge Valley

Rfid-ready reports on a Canadian hospital’s use of an innovative “Real-time Locating System” to reduce the time patients wait for care, to respond to emergencies and to maintain continuity of care. The hospital was chosen by the Canadian government as one of more than 20 to focus on reducing Emergency Room wait times.

Sounds like something that could bring some sanity to an insane situation – the emergency room.

For a broad overview of this sector, see: Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: Internet of Things and 5 Companies Building the Internet of Things.

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