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RFID News Roundup
TempTrip announces RFID-enabled temperature tag for food, pharmaceutical cold chains; CAEN RFID intros wearable handheld UHF reader with Bluetooth support; Smartrac launches 6-millimeter HF RFID tag; IDTronic intros cylindrical UHF RFID antenna for industrial automation processes; Kiddicare installs ZBD's RFID-based e-paper and electronic shelf displays; Snagg releases new pet collar with an embedded microchip; Libelium launches Waspmote Plug & Sense.
Oct 25, 2012—The following are news announcements made during the past week.
TempTrip Announces RFID-enabled Temperature Tag for Food, Pharmaceutical Cold Chains
TempTrip has introduced a new "one touch" RFID-enabled temperature logger the company says simplifies food and pharmaceutical cold chain management simple, yet makes it more "intelligent" than ever before. TempTrip is a two-year-old joint venture between Sealed Air, a New Jersey-based provider of food and protective packaging products, and Results Oriented Inc., a software integrator and consultancy based in Colorado (see TempTrip Wants to Make Temperature-Tracking as Easy as Netflix). The new TempTrip tag contains an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID inlay made with a Impinj's Monza X-2K chip (see Impinj Releases Embedded RFID Chips for Consumer Electronics, E-Labels). TempTrip's new tag is credit-card sized and features a button that can be pressed to start or mark temperature measurements at multiple points throughout the product's cold chain journey. When the button is pressed, an LED light on the tag blinks red if the temperature is out of range or displays a solid green if programmed parameters have been met, according to TempTrip. The tag can be affixed to packages, cases and pallets and is capable of logging thousands of time/temperature points, the company says. The tag also has a five-year battery life and a temperature range of -30 to +55 degrees Celsius with accuracy of + 0.2 degrees. At any point during shipment or storage, tags can be checked for preset conditions by pressing the button, the company says, adding that a button press also acts as a marker when tags pass through certain distribution points. The temperature history can be read via a handheld or stationary RFID reader; alternatively, tags can be returned to TempTrip and all results will be uploaded to a dedicated Web page within 24 hours of receipt. Each tag has a microprocessor that allows for a variety of calculations including remaining shelf life, mean kinetic temperature and multi-parameter alarms. Custom product configurations, such as time and temperature variables specific to a food or pharmaceutical product, can be written to each tag and are easily updated in the field, the company says. The tags can be integrated into an existing EPC Gen 2 RFID infrastructure or TempTrip can provide companies with a variety of stationary or portable readers. Customers can check everything from quick reports to detailed graphs to monitor the condition of their entire cold chain online, via TempTrip's Web-based data system. All data is archived and can be reviewed, compared and analyzed at any time, the company says.
CAEN RFID Intros Wearable Handheld UHF Reader With Bluetooth Support
CAEN RFID, a supplier of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID systems, is introducing the qID Model R1240I, a Bluetooth-enabled wearable handheld RFID reader compliant with the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 standards. The qID Model R1240I is designed for a variety of applications in fashion, retail, automotive, waste management, and warehouse logistics (there is a silicon cover to protect the qID from drops and other rugged use). It comes with a Velcro strap so it can be easily attached to a user's hand, thereby freeing the hands for other tasks. The Bluetooth communication interface makes it a suitable add-on to any Bluetooth-enabled device, and is designed to serve as an RFID UHF extension for customer smartphones, tablets and PCs and is able to maintain the same or better performance of actual RFID handheld devices, according to CAEN RFID. The qID is able to read a tag up to 2 meters, the company says. It is compatible with Windows XP/7, Windows CE/Mobile, Android and iOS operating systems and can store up to half million of 96 bit EPC codes it its internal memory when a communication link (USB or Bluetooth) is unavailable. The reader is available with an optional 1D/2D barcode imager. CAEN RFID also announced the Easy2Read Easy Controller for Android software, which is designed to let an Android user demo the qID and many of its features, including enabling the EPC configurations and modes and other capabilities.
Smartrac Launches 6-millimeter HF RFID Tag
Smartrac, an RFID inlay supplier headquartered in Amsterdam, has announced that it has added an even smaller version of the Smart-Mini-Tag to its standard product portfolio. The Smart-Mini6-tag, which contains an NXP Semiconductors Icode SLI chip that has 1024 bits of memory and supports the ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards, has a diameter of 6 mm and a thickness of 0.8 mm. Due to its small footprint, the high-frequency (HF) tag can easily be integrated into original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment, Smartrac reports. The Smart-Mini6-Tag has been specifically developed for direct use on metallic surfaces and its reading performance is enhanced by means of an integrated absorber foil, according to the company. Potential applications include the tagging of cables in a cable cabinet and tools on a tool trolley.
IDTronic Intros Cylindrical UHF RFID Antenna for Industrial Automation Processes
IDTronic, an RFID hardware provider based in Germany, has announced the Bluebox M30 Antenna, a cylindrical ultra-high frequency (UHF) antenna that supports the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 standards and is designed for use in the in the field of industrial automation, for applications supporting production control, material handling control and in tracking and tracing. The antenna measures 30 by 60 millimeters and has a stainless steel, IP65-rated dustproof and waterproof housing and a fixed antenna cable of 2 meters. The new antenna is suitable for directly identifying objects at reading distances of up to 20 centimeters, according to IDTronic. Currently, IDTronic says it is installing this antenna inside an airport luggage-handling system.
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