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RFID News Roundup
Kathrein RFID unveils UHF reader system with dynamically adjustable antenna polarization; Baystate Health selects Awarepoint RTLS to track and manage assets; Infineon, Bundesdruckerei partner on NFC-enabled security card with an LED that displays one-time password; SDG Systems enhances Android (AOSP 2.3) OS for Pidion BIP-6000MaxID with LF, UHF RFID; China's RFID tag market to nearly double to $807 million in 2017.
Mar 14, 2013—
The following are news announcements made during the past week.
Kathrein RFID Unveils UHF Reader System With Dynamically Adjustable Antenna Polarization
German RFID company Kathrein RFID has announced that several of its ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C antennas and readers support the Kathrein RFID Antenna Interface (KRAI). The technology is designed to improve read rates while reducing hardware costs, particularly within dense transponder populations or in highly reflective environments, Kathrein RFID reports, adding that using KRAI antennas can increase read rates by 33 percent compared with the rates for simple circular antennas. Based on Kathrein's patented technology being used in mobile technology to dynamically adapt the radio cells' properties (in terms of capacity and size) to suit mobile users' needs, the company reports, KRAI leverages specialized antenna-integrated phase shifters that allow static or dynamic adjustment of the circular polarization as well as the controlling of up to 32 so-called intelligent SmartShelf modules (SMSH) per Kathrein reader (a maximum of eight SMSH modules per reader port). KRAI consists of a digital control bus that enables connection between the RFID reader and the antennas, in order to allow control and regulation tasks within remote antennas. KRAI commands are transmitted over the standard antenna cable, so no additional lead or connection is required to control the new antenna types. KRAI is supported by two antennas: the WiRa-70-KRAI-ETSI (for European markets) and the WiRa-70-KRAI-FCC (for American markets). The WiRa-70-KRAI antenna offers a read range of up to 10 meters (32.8 feet), making it suitable for portal applications in industrial environments, and has four LEDs for visualization. With KRAI, the antenna has four different polarizations that can be selected (right-handed circular, right-handed circular, horizontal linear and vertical linear). KRAI is supported by the SMSH-30-30-KRAI-Slave UHF smart-shelf antenna module for near-field and far-field applications. The smart-shelf antenna, which measures 300 millimeters by 300 millimeters by 5 millimeters (11.8 inches by 11.8 inches by 0.2 inch), has a read range of 0 to 50 centimeters (0 to 19.7 inches). KRAI is available on Kathrein RFID's RRU4-ELC-E6 ETSI and RRU4-ELC-U6 FCC readers designed for applications with time-critical filters in high to very high tag populations. The readers feature the Linux operating system running on the embedded PC and combined TX/RX antenna ports.
Baystate Health Selects Awarepoint RTLS to Track, Manage Assets
Infineon, Bundesdruckerei Partner on NFC-enabled Security Card With LED that Displays One-time Password
Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies and Bundesdruckerei, a developer and producer of high-security ID documents and systems, have announced their development of a new security smart card featuring a light-emitting diode (LED) display and a one-time password. The new card leverages an embedded, contactless security Near Field Communication (NFC) chip that generates a one-time password for each transaction and displays that password on the integrated LED display. According to the two companies, the one-time password—in addition to a static password—boosts the security of authentication and payment applications, protects against attacks on company networks and helps prevent card manipulation. Here's how the technology works, according to the companies: The card comes with a static password that can be made up of a sequence of numbers, and every time the card is used to make a payment or access a building, for example, the user will also have to input a dynamic PIN supplement (the one-time password) that will be automatically generated for each transaction by the security chip in the card, and also be displayed on the integrated LED display. The card's chip uses the energy radiated from the card reader to power the security chip and generate the password, as well as power the display elements. The LED display itself is embedded into the card, the companies explain, so that the digits light up on the card surface. Even if the static PIN is stolen or read by malware, the card cannot be utilized by an unauthorized party when the dynamic PIN is missing. The dynamic PIN, on the other hand, is only generated on the card and cannot be read from the card's display by malware. The card can be used for all log-in scenarios, such as logging in at a PC to access a company network, or signing onto social networks via the Internet. The new technology could also be employed, for instance, to boost security for card payments. According to the companies, the new polycarbonate smart card is not only designed for use with a conventional reading device, but can also be utilized via an NFC-enabled smartphone that serves as the reader. The card was developed as part of a partnership that the two firms launched in 2011, to develop technologies for the next generation of security documents, such as company ID cards or electronic ID documents (eID). Under the arrangements of the partnership, Bundesdruckerei contributes its expertise and the design of security features for polycarbonate cards, while Infineon provides its expertise in the development and the production of contactless security chips and chip packages, and their integration into cards.
SDG Systems Enhances Android (AOSP 2.3) OS for Pidion BIP-6000MaxID With LF, UHF RFID
China's RFID Tag Market to Nearly Double to $807 Million in 2017
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