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RFID News Roundup

Alien Technology unveils new 4-port fixed UHF reader; Tageos expands its product range with RFID hangtags; Metalcraft announces destructible RFID windshield tags; Serialio debuts, demos new RFID products; William Frick intros high-temperature RFID tag for manufacturing, industrial applications; MTI Wireless launches new family of slim, low-profile RFID antennas; Voyantic launches new HF tag performance measurement system; Lockheed Martin chooses RFID Revolution's RFID Essentials E-learning to boost productivity from RFID.
By Beth Bacheldor
Apr 25, 2013

The following are news announcements made during the past week.

Alien Technology Unveils New 4-Port Fixed UHF Reader

Alien's ALR-9680 reader

Alien Technology has announced its ALR-9680 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 reader, featuring four monostatic antenna ports. The device will be demonstrated in booth 326 at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, being held in Orlando, Fla., from Apr. 30 to May 2. The rugged reader is housed in a slim-height metal chassis measuring 1 1/4 inches tall and supports all cabling on a single side, making it suitable for physically restricted locations and/or areas with limited cabling. The ALR-9680 supports the Alien Reader Protocol, which enables on-reader processing, making it suitable for small, cost-sensitive rollouts, as well as large-scale implementations with a need to minimize the amount of central processing consumed by each interrogator. This local processing allows for increased scalability, the company reports, as well as reduced central computer infrastructure and cost. The reader features Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) that can take power from any existing Ethernet infrastructure, allowing the device to be used in tight areas lacking a power supply. The ALR-9680 is available today in North America and China, with other regions to follow. Alien is also offering a Developer's Kit that comes with an ALR-9680 reader, a circular polarized antenna, a software developer's kit (SDK) that is available via download, a universal power supply, an RS-232 cable, an Ethernet cable, sample tags and a carrying case.

Tageos Expands Its Product Range With RFID Hangtags
Tageos has announced its release of RFID labels in a new hangtag format. According to the company, four out of the six products in its line of 100 percent paper-based, inlayless passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID labels are now available in a new printable hangtag format, in addition to their previous availability as self-adhesive labels. According to the company, the new hangtag format is suitable for item-level tagging of assets that do not work well with adhesive labels, such as large sporting goods, shoes and hanging apparel. The hangtags can be attached via plastic fasteners or a thread. Tageos' products, available now in both self-adhesive and hangtag formats, include the EOS-500, measuring 4.33 inches by 1.18 inches, and the EOS-400, measuring 3.22 inches by 0.98 inch, for apparel, logistics and asset-tracking applications; the EOS-300, measuring 2.60 inches by 1.53 inches, for apparel applications; and the EOS-200, measuring 2.36 inches by 0.98 inch, for small apparel, fashion accessories and cosmetics applications. All are ready-to-use and printable on both sides, and come equipped with either Higgs-3 or Higgs-4 chips from Alien Technology. As an optional service to its customers, Tageos may print either one or both sides of the hangtag with fixed data in black and white or full color. With this service, customers receive ready-to-use labels, branded to their specifications, that can be printed and encoded with variable data. In addition, one of the two sides may be printed with variable data by Tageos' customers themselves (or by their preferred service bureau), leveraging the variable-data-printing capabilities offered by Tageos' certified printing-encoding partners, Zebra Technologies, Toshiba and Printronix. The European EPC Competence Center (EECC) has certified the EOS-300 and the EOS-400 for use in apparel applications, and the EOS-500 for logistics applications, while the University of Arkansas has tested the EOS-500 for use in apparel applications. Tageos will demonstrate the tags in booth 612 at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, being held in Orlando, Fla., from Apr. 30 to May 2. The company will feature a reproduction of a fashion apparel store aisle, in which it will demonstrate how its RFID hangtags and self-adhesive labels together support the simplified tagging of apparel and fashion accessories of all shapes and sizes. Free samples of all Tageos products may be ordered from anywhere in the world, via the company's Web site.

Metalcraft Announces Destructible RFID Windshield Tags
Metalcraft has announced the availability of its Destructible RFID Windshield Tag, an EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag designed to securely provide a long read range at a lower cost for customers automating vehicle tracking and access control, the company reports. In a prepared statement, Steve Doerfler, Metalcraft's president and CEO, said the new tag is made with a destructible material that makes it "virtually impossible to remove from the windshield in one piece—increasing the security of the tag and range of useful applications this RFID tag. This is the perfect product for access control applications where security is a high priority or you want to eliminate the transfer of tags to other vehicles." The Destructible RFID Windshield Tag measures 4 3/8 inches by 1 1/8 inches, and can be placed on the interior of an automobile's windshield. According to Metalcraft, the tag can be printed on both sides—one side with variable copy, like a bar code, and the other with constant repeating content, such as a logo or disclaimer. Each tag has strategically placed security slits that assist in the tag's destruction when it is being removed from a product. The passive RFID label provides a read range of more than 18 feet, and supports 496 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory and 512 bits of user memory. The Destructible RFID Windshield Tag will be on display in booth 823 at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, being held in Orlando, Fla., from Apr. 30 to May 2. Metalcraft has also announced that it is now a member of Xerafy's Metal Skin Converter program, a designation that will combine Xerafy's low-profile UHF Gen 2 inlays with Metalcraft's efficiency in producing durable, reusable RFID labels for asset tracking, access control and other applications in harsh environments. Xerafy's Metal Skin RFID labels are ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID inlays compliant with EPCglobal's standards, and are designed for tracking metal assets (see RFID News Roundup: Xerafy Introduces Flexible UHF Inlay for Tracking Metal Assets). Metalcraft's RFID converting services include inline programming of inlays; subsurface printing of logos, copy, bar codes and other fixed or variable data; full encapsulation of high-frequency (HF) or UHF inlays in polyester, polypropylene, polyethylene or polycarbonate; die-cutting to a custom size; customized attachment options, including hangtags; and isolated constructions for mounting to metal surfaces.

Serialio Debuts, Demos New RFID Products
Serialio (pronounced "serial IO"), a provider of RFID mobile data solutions, has announced that it will unveil and showcase several new RFID products in booth 736 at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, being held in Orlando, Fla., from Apr. 30 to May 2. Visitors at LIVE! will be able to test Serialio's new wireless RFID Scanfob Ultra-BB2 solution, an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID scanner that is the size of the keyfob and works with wireless Bluetooth radio, so it can share data with mobile applications running on Android and Apple iOS4 devices (iPad, Mini, iPhone and iPod). According to the company, the Scanfob scanner can easily fit in a shirt pocket or in the palm of a hand, and can be recharged via a standard USB port with the supplied cable. Serialio will also demonstrate and showcase its line of mobile solutions, including idChamp (a family of Proximity HID, high-frequency(HF), iClass badge and tag readers for iOS, Android, Mac, Microsoft Windows, and more), as well as software for the ScanFob, including Grid-In-Hand Mobile Grid (for data collection) and Order-In-Hand Mobile Order (for managing and tracking mobile orders). In addition to its off-the-shelf products, Serialio also provides custom RFID solutions. The company developed an RFID system consisting of passive EPC Gen 2 RFID tags and readers, as well as software to manage the collected read data, which is being used by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment to track headgear retrieved from youth football groups, in order to carry out tests (see RFID Helps NOCSAE Study Youth Football Helmets).

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