The IEEE working group for RuBee (IEEE 1902.1) is due to meet in Boston on February 20. RuBee, a wireless networking protocol deemed as an alternative to RFID, is expected to enable networks to run on long wavelengths and cover thousands of radio tags working below 450 kHz. It allows for real-time inventory under harsh environments, even close to metal and water and amid electromagnetic noise.
Because of its relatively slow speed, the specification is not appropriate for tracking scores of moving products in a standard warehouse but it is helpful for transmitting data directly to the Internet. With the use of lithium batteries, the battery life of RuBee radio tags is seen to last ten years or more.
The IEEE is encouraging “anyone interested in helping develop this standard” to be present at the February gathering. RuBee supporters include Tesco group in the U.K., Germany’s Metro chain, France-based Carrefour and BestBuy in the U.S. Chip makers, network equipment designers and systems developers like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sony, Panasonic, Motorola and NCR also back the development of the protocol.