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RFID News Roundup

CISC Semiconductor launches next-gen UHF RFID test system; Farsens unveils passive RFID tag with LED; CipherLab announces 9200 series industrial mobile computer with RFID; IDTronic announces new industrial RFID tablet, adds NXP chipsets to variety of products; Omni-ID selects Mieloo & Alexander as integrator for ProView installations in Europe; NFC Forum and IATA publish NFC reference guide for air travel; IDTechEx predicts global RFID market to reach $7.88 billion in 2013.
By Beth Bacheldor
Oct 31, 2013

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: CISC Semiconductor; Farsens; IDTronic; CipherLab; Omni-ID; NFC Forum; IATA; and IDTechEx.

CISC Semiconductor Launches Next-Gen UHF RFID Test System
Austrian design and consulting service firm CISC Semiconductor has announced updates to its CISC RFID Xplorer system for testing the performance of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags. First unveiled in April 2012 (see RFID News Roundup: CISC Unveils Portable UHF Tag Test System), the Xplorer is a portable, compact solution specifically designed as a cost-effective, small and powerful measurement system for RFID tag sensitivity, communication range and backscatter measurements, according to the company. The new version—known as the Xplorer 200—has extended read and write memory tests and test support for crypto suites fully supporting EPCglobal and ISO/IEC test standards, among other features. Xplorer 200, which will be unveiled next week in booth #12 at the RFID Journal LIVE! Brasil conference and exhibition—to be held on Nov. 6-7 in São Paulo—is also developed to meet all Brazilian RFID test standards, such as SINIAV, ARTESP and Brasil ID. Xplorer can be used to measure both standalone tags and those applied to products, the company reports, and is also able to perform a complete analysis of multiple tags. With dimensions of 160 millimeters by 205 millimeters by 50 millimeters (6.3 inches by 8.1 inches by 2 inches), the CISC RFID Xplorer can be easily transported, and dismantling and setup can be accomplished within minutes, CISC Semiconductor claims. The device operates within a frequency range of 800 MHz to 1 GHz, and the measurement speed achieved, using an appropriate computer running the Xplorer measurement software, is less than 1 second per frequency, the company says. During reader performance and conformance tests, the signal was transmitted in real time with no recording time limitation. Xplorer is designed for open-area tests, and as a solution for measurements within an RF-controlled environment using portable or fixed RF test chambers. The system is supplied with software and a reference tag for self-calibration. The test equipment is controlled using a graphical user interface (GUI) with an additional application programming interface (API) for the development of user-defined test sequences within standard development environments.

Farsens Unveils Passive RFID Tag With LED

Farsens' Stella RFID tag
Farsens, a provider of passive RFID-enabled sensor technology and wireless sensor networks, has introduced a battery-free RFID tag that includes a light-emitting diode (LED) that flashes when a tagged item is located. The LED on the Stella RFID tag is designed to make it easier for users to visually identify items when conducting inventory counts or other processes, Farsens explains. A user simply inputs the desired unique ID into the reader software, and only the tag with that ID will flash its LED, enabling the user to easily detect it and pick it up, the company reports. The tag works with any commercial EPC Gen 2-compliant readers. When the reader requests a specific ID number, the Stella will flash its LED if it is within read range. The Stella has a 96-bit Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory, a 32-bit tag identifier (TID) and a password-protected kill command. Built in a PCB format, it is available in various sizes: 135 millimeters by 30 millimeters (5.3 inches by 1.2 inches), with a dipole wideband antenna that works at both the 868 MHz and 915 MHz frequency bands; 149 millimeters by 29 millimeters (5.9 inches by 1.1 inches), with a dipole 868 MHz antenna for the 868 MHz frequency band; and 82 millimeters by 28 millimeters (4.2 inches by 1.1 inches), with a meander 868 MHz antenna for the 868 MHz frequency band. The read range is up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and the operating temperatures range from -30 degrees to +85 Celsius (-22 degrees to +185 degrees Fahrenheit).

IDTronic Announces New Industrial RFID Tablet, Adds NXP Chips to Variety of Products

IDTronic's Robo Tablet PC
IDTronic has added to its portfolio of mobile RFID terminals the Robo Tablet PC, an industrial device able to withstand the effects of rain and a fall from 1.2 meters (3.9). The device includes a 13.56 MHz RFID reader (compliant with the ISO 14443A, ISO 15693 or ISO 18092 standards) for data acquisition, the company reports. Weighing 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds), the Robo is designed for such applications as industrial maintenance and inspections in a variety of industries, including transportation, storage, logistics, retail, automation, production, emergency medicine, data acquisition and distribution. The Robo has an IP 64 rating, ensuring its protection against harsh conditions, and features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex Processor, 4 GB of flash memory, 512 megabytes of SDRAM memory, an Android 4.1.2 operating system, two hot-swap batteries, a 2-megapixel front camera, a 4-megapixel back camera, two USB ports, GPS, a 1D laser/2D bar-code scanner and imager, and Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 3G radios for wireless connectivity. Its LCD touchscreen measures 7 inches and includes light-emitting diode (LED) background lighting. A headset input and integrated speakers allow for real-time communication, according to the company. IDtronic has also announced that all of its key fobs, cards, labels and wristbands are now available with the current versions of NXP Semiconductors' Mifare DESFire chips and NTAG203 NFC chip.

CipherLab Announces 9200 Series Industrial Mobile Computer With RFID

CipherLab's 9200 series industrial mobile computer
CipherLab USA has unveiled its new 9200 series industrial mobile computer with a variety of data capture options, including a reader for high-frequency (HF) RFID 13.56 MHz tags compliant with the ISO 14443A (Mifare), ISO 14443B and ISO 15693 standards. The mobile computer also includes options for a linear imager, a laser and a 2-D imager. The 9200 series mobile computer has a certified IP rating of 65, meaning that testing has confirmed it to be dustproof and waterproof, and a 1.5-meter (4.9-foot) drop resistance, ensuring its ruggedness. The device includes 3.5G HSDPA, with GPS/AGPS options for data transfer and location information. Its networking support provides for real-time data transmission, featuring Cisco CCX v4-certified IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n technology, as well as support for Bluetooth communication 2.1 for full compatibility with Bluetooth peripherals. It also uses long-lasting 3300 mAh batteries, which CipherLab says minimizes the need to change batteries, while also allowing for easy data-capturing for extended lengths of time.

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