RFID News Roundup
RF Code launches smallest active asset-management tag; Survitec selects Tego's RFID solution for ATA 2000-compliant life vests; RPH Engineering unveils RFID-enabled gun safe; Dutch mental health-care provider uses Ekahau's RTLS to ensure staff safety; Canada's National Research Council partners with industry to develop printed RFID tags; Cubic Transportation Systems launches NextWave Mobile Business System for transit agencies; PinPoint Commercial and Thrive Senior Living build RFID-enabled assisted-living community.
Oct 03, 2013—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: RF Code; Survitec, Tego; RPH Engineering; Ekahau; Canada's National Research Council; Cubic Transportation Systems; PinPoint Commercial and Thrive Senior Living.
RF Code Launches Smallest Active Asset-Management TagRF Code has introduced its smallest RFID-enabled asset-tracking tag to date: the M174. The company says the battery-powered 433 MHz tag offers improved data transmission for higher accuracy, and a selection of installation tabs for flexibility in mounting and reuse throughout its lifespan. Designed for rack-mounted assets, the M174 integrates an infrared (IR) sensor with four receivers for clear signal transmission from any direction; broadcasts its unique ID number and IR location using RF Code's patented communication protocol; and features anti-collision technology for environments containing a high tag density. According to RF Code says, it has replaceable tabs allowing easy installation using flag, loop or thumbscrew tabs on any standard rack-mounted assets that need to be tracked, located and identified, as well as a replaceable tab design enabling reuse throughout the life of the tag. In addition, the tag is approximately 40 percent smaller than the company's current IT asset tag, yet still has a five-year battery life (the tag is powered by a coin cell battery) and the same read range, RF Code reports. The M174 tag will perform reliably in extreme temperature environments, the company indicates, ranging from -20 degrees to +70 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees to +158 degrees Fahrenheit). What's more, it performs well after exposure to humidity and hot-cold cycles. Encased in Lexan polycarbonate, the tag measures 1.56 inches (39.6 millimeters) long by 1.27 inches (32.3 millimeters) wide and 0.35 inch (8.9 millimeters) high, and weighs 0.4 ounce (11 grams). The tag works with RF Code's new Asset Manager Mobile, an asset-management software application for iPads, tablets and smartphones, as well as interactive desktop graphing and charting capabilities (see RFID News Roundup: RF Code Launches New Mobile Management Platform for Data Centers).
Survitec Selects Tego's RFID Solution for ATA 2000-compliant Life Vests
RPH Engineering Unveils RFID-Enabled Gun SafeRPH Engineering is developing an RFID-enabled safe designed to keep firearms protected and out of the wrong hands, but also convenient to access when needed. The Gun Box features an aircraft-strength aluminum alloy shell, and uses RFID and a biometric fingerprint scanner to keep handguns securely locked. It can be opened via an RFID-enabled ring or wristband, which is included with every box, or via a biometric fingerprint reader that can store multiple fingerprints. The box can also be programmed to open using a combination of the RF signature and fingerprint reader. The Gun Box has incorporated off-the-shelf parts adhering to existing standards (ISO 15693), and the device's printed circuit boards (PCBs) and firmware were developed in-house, according to Michael Colton, The Gun Box's electrical engineer. According to Colton, The Gun Box is using Murata's MagicStrap high-frequency (HF) chips for their extremely small size and integrated antenna. For the reader, The Gun Box uses an STMicroelectronics CR95HF 13.56 MHz multi-protocol contactless transceiver IC with a PCB loop antenna. Ryan Hyde, The Gun Box's inventor and engineer, developed the RFID-enabled gun safe after realizing that gun owners are forced to choose between safety or convenience when storing their firearms. The Gun Box addresses both of these needs, the company reports, by enabling rapid access to a firearm via a fingerprint ID, a unique RFID ring or bracelet or a combination of both. In addition to the RFID and biometric fingerprint capabilities, the device features alert notifications when open, moved or tampered with; GPS tracking as it is moved; battery backup that lasts several weeks; several mounting holes for discreet storage in almost any orientation; and a Kensington lock port for additional security. RPH Engineering is using crowdfunding via an Indiegogo campaign to raise $100,000. The company is offering funding options ranging from $10 (for a bumper sticker) to $390 (for the fully capable version that includes RFID, the biometric capability, alerting and GPS tracking). The Gun Box is slated for delivery by December 2013.
Dutch Mental Health-care Provider Uses Ekahau's RTLS to Ensure Staff Safety
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