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RFID News Roundup
OATSystems to provide RFID asset-tracking equipment and software to veterans hospitals; CSL announces line of battery-assisted passive temperature sensor tags; William Frick intros Armored 300C tag for extreme, high-temperature applications; Mühlbauer, NovaCentrix partner to develop RFID antenna printing technology; Ekahau adds new forensic and emergency features to Wi-Fi RTLS solution; Redpine Signals rolls out dual-frequency Cisco-compatible Wi-Fi RTLS; Evigia Systems launches SensiTrack RFID solution to track HazMat.
May 09, 2013—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: OATSystems; Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) ; William Frick & Co.; Mühlbauer and NovaCentrix; Ekahau; Redpine Signals; and Evigia Systems.
OATSystems to Provide RFID Asset-Tracking Equipment and Software to Veterans Hospitals
CSL Announces Line of Battery-Assisted Passive Temperature Sensor Tags
Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL), an RFID provider in Hong Kong, has announced a new line of EPC Class 3 Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID temperature sensor tags. The battery-assisted passive (BAP) tags are designed to operate under difficult and harsh cold-chain environments, the firm reports, and are able to monitor cold-chain temperatures in storage applications, mobile overseas containers and trailers moving from coast to coast. In addition, the tags are user-programmable to set alerts according to business rules, according to CSL. Unveiled and showcased at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, held last week in Orlando, Fla., the portfolio offers several versions of tags, with options for multiple light-emitting diodes (LEDs), push buttons, data logging, custom graphics and more. The CS8300 is a slim-profile, lightweight, low-cost temperature sensor tag for cold-chain tracking at the carton and item level, CSL reports. The CS8301 is a rugged temperature sensor tag designed for the harshest, coldest and most demanding cold chain applications, according to the company, and is fully enclosed by a plastic case to meet IP 67 standards (meaning it is impervious to dust and water), with LED lights indicating temperature violations and battery life status. To complement the tags, CSL provides a temperature-monitoring system that includes demonstration software compatible with CSL's line of handheld and fixed readers and antennas. The temperature-sensing tags are available now, and CSL is currently working with partners on such applications as tracking salmon in Europe, monitoring perishable fruit in a global cold-chain application, and product verification in temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation. One of the major advantages of our temperature-sensing tags, as compared to other tags on the market, is that our tags are fully EPC Class 3 Gen 2-compliant and can be read by all EPC Gen 2 readers," said Jerry Garrett, CSL's managing director, in a prepared statement. "Moreover, CSL's temperature sensing tags provide a cost-effective solution for cold chain monitoring to extend temperature logging down to the carton level."
William Frick Intros Armored 300C RFID Tag for Extreme, High-Temperature Applications
William Frick & Co. is offering a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID tag designed for extreme high-temperature applications. The Armored 300C RFID tag is compliant with the EPC Gen 2 standard, ATEX and the ISO 17665 and ISO 11135 sterilization standards. ATEX certification is achieved by complying with the ATEX directive, which consists of two European Union (EU) directives describing which equipment is allowed within an environment containing an explosive atmosphere. According to William Frick & Co., the Armored 300C solution is the only available metal RFID asset tag, not just metal-mounted, which makes it suited to such harsh environments as manufacturing paint lines, construction, and oil and gas. It is composed of high-temperature ceramic-coated steel, the company reports, making it able to withstand the most severe industrial environments, and can be bolted or welded directly onto any metal surface. In addition, the firm notes, it offers a 360-degree read profile for improved read-write performance from all angles and directions, at long distances. The tag has undergone reliability testing, William Frick reports, and has demonstrated that the Armored 300C RFID tag can withstand long-term exposure to temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to +570 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees to +300 degrees Celsius). The Armored 300C RFID tag and various other tags in William Frick's portfolio were showcased at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, held last week in Orlando, Fla.
Mühlbauer, NovaCentrix Partner to Develop RFID Antenna Printing Technology
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