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RFID News Roundup
Confidex's RFID Windshield Label receives interoperability certifications from OmniAir Consortium; Singapore hospital implements RFID solution to match babies with mothers; Redpine Signals intros wireless M2MCombo chip for Internet of Things; MP Antenna announces multi-polarized MIMO 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi antennas; 2.1 billion contactless credentials expected to ship for transportation and ticketing market in 2018; Avery Dennison reports uptick in RFID sales during fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 financials.
Feb 07, 2013—The following are news announcements made during the past week.
Confidex's RFID Windshield Label Receives Interoperability Certifications from OmniAir Consortium
Confidex, a supplier of specialty RFID tags, has announced that its 6C RFID Windshield Label has been certified by OmniAir Certification Services (OCS), the test affiliate of the OmniAir Consortium. Both the consortium and OCS are nonprofit standards organizations working to advance the deployment of interoperable advanced transportation technologies, and to oversee testing and certification services for ISO 18000-6C (EPC Gen 2) RFID passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags and readers for toll-collection applications (see Efforts to Aid Adoption of ISO 18000-6C RFID for Toll Collection Move Forward). According to Confidex, the OCS certification positions the company as a certified, high-quality, high-volume RFID tag provider, and validates that the labels will interoperate with similarly certified products. The OCS certification program ensures tolling tag and reader interoperability across different equipment vendors and toll facilities. The program includes testing for baseline and applied interoperability. The Confidex Windshield Label, designed for toll collection, can be attached inside a vehicle windscreen, the company reports, and can be read automatically from a distance of several meters away, even on a vehicle traveling at high speeds. The label can be customized with surface printing, security markings or special programming. Confidex partnered with RFID IC and reader provider Impinj, and incorporated Impinj's Monza 4E chip into the Windshield Label. The labels are already in use in various toll-collection systems, including in Maharashtra, India. For the Maharashtra deployment, Confidex customized its 6C RFID Windshield Labels to provide automatic identification of heavy-goods vehicles and instant access to vehicle data at state border crossings (see RFID News Roundup: India's State of Maharashtra Adopts Confidex RFID Technology for Border Checkpoints). In total, the firm reports, Confidex has supplied 350 million contactless tickets to date, to more than 30 nations worldwide.
Singapore Hospital Implements RFID Solution to Match Babies With Mothers
Thomson Medical Centre, a private hospital in Singapore specializing in gynecology and in vitro fertilization, has implemented an RFID-enabled system designed to protect newborns delivered at that facility. The hospital is employing Cadi Scientific's Cadi SmartSense Infant Safety Solution (Gen II), which utilizes active ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags designed to ensure that the correct baby is matched with the right mother at all times during their stay at the hospital following childbirth. With the Cadi system, a mother and her baby are fitted with prematched tags upon their arrival at the maternity ward, according to Cadi Scientific and the hospital. Hypoallergenic straps are utilized to attach one of the tags to the mother's wrist, and the other to the baby's ankle. When an infant is presented a mother, the mother's tag will automatically display a green light and play a tune, provided that both tags match. If they do not match, a red light will flash on the mother's tag and a warning beep will sound to alert the mother and the ward nurse. The child's tag is tamper-proof, and an alert will sound if an unauthorized individual attempts to remove it. The baby's tag also has a skin-detection feature, by which an alert will sound should the tag become loose; this is an important feature, according to Cadi Scientific and the hospital, since newborns often lose weight during the first few days post-birth. Parents can also press a button on the mother's tag at any time, in order to check if the baby's tag matches. This "on-demand" feature helps alleviate parents' anxiety, since they can verify if they have the correct baby at any given time. Thomson Medical Center is the first maternity hospital in Singapore to implement a tagging system incorporating such a feature. Other health-care facilities in the Asia-Pacific region use the Cadi Scientific solution, including the Prince Court Medical Center, in Kuala Lumpur (see Malaysia's Prince Court Medical Center Adopts RFID). In addition, the solution deployed at Thomson Medical Centre enables the hospital staff to track the locations of every mother and baby in real time, via the Cadi SmartSense software and a computer screen installed within all nurseries that shows the real-time location of all mother-and-baby paired tags, as well as each mother's particulars and bed number. The computer will issue an alarm in the event of a mother-baby mismatch, or upon the unauthorized removal of or tampering with a baby tag.
Redpine Signals Intros Wireless M2MCombo Chip for Internet of Things
Redpine Signals, a developer of ultra-low-power and high-performance multi-standard wireless chipsets and systems, has announced the availability of its RS9113 M2MCombo chip that integrates dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, ZigBee and dual-mode BT 4.0 wireless connectivity. According to the company, the device is suitable for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications applications. The RS9113 M2MCombo chip is a fully self-contained solution that does not require any part of the protocols to run on a host processor, the firm reports. As a convergence device, the RS9113 chip maintains connections on some or all interfaces—Wi-Fi, BT 2.1+EDR, BT 3.0, BT 4.0 and ZigBee—presenting virtually simultaneous multi-protocol connectivity. For example, a gateway device implemented with the chip could communicate with a medical sensor with single-mode BT 4.0 connectivity, a smartphone with BT 4.0/Wi-Fi connectivity, or a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) device with ZigBee connectivity, without the need for multiple modules from various vendors. "Our experience with thousands of customers in the growing wireless M2M space over the past decade has shown us that they need a way to hurdle the barriers of multiple protocols in order to accelerate product time to market, and therefore drive The Internet of Things market," said Venkat Mattela, Redpine's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Our M2MCombo solution not only provides an outstanding customer value for cost but also speeds up the product lifecycle by removing challenges involved in wireless co-existence issues." The RS9113 chip is available now as a sample, with multiple form-factor-certified modules based on the chip expected to be made available during the second quarter of this year. Redpine also provides a complete reference design and development environment for creating applications using the new chip, as well as a development kit with a USB interface.
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