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RFID News Roundup
Major North American retailer adopts Checkpoint Systems' RFID solutions; Phychips selects Thinkify as its exclusive North American distributor; Blue Spark, Trace Tech to develop disposable RFID temperature sensors; KTS announces Bluetooth HF RFID reader; Crescent Guardian and NControl collaborate on RFID-enabled security solutions; University of Melbourne researchers study effect of GS1 standards on supply chain integration, efficiency; Macy's launches visual recognition app to simplify consumer purchases.
Nov 07, 2013—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Checkpoint Systems; Phychips, Thinkify; Blue Spark Technologies, Trace Tech ID Solutions; KTS; Crescent Guardian, NControl; University of Melbourne and GS1 Australia; and Macy's.
Major North American Retailer Adopts Checkpoint Systems' RFID Solutions
Phychips Selects Thinkify as Its Exclusive North American Distributor
Phychips has selected Thinkify, a U.S. provider of RFID hardware, software and services, as its exclusive North American distributor. Phychips' line of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID products include RFID reader chipsets, embeddable modules, small high-performance antennas and complete RFID readers for tags conforming to the EPC Gen 2 standard and ISO 18000-6C standards (see South Korean Consortium Launches EPC Gen 2 Reader for Mobile Phones). Among Phychips' products that Thinkify will distribute is the Arete Pop Smart RFID dongle reader. The dongle reader is compatible with most Apple iOS and Google Android devices (above iOS 6.0 and Android 2.3.3), and plugs into the devices' headphone jack, turning the device into an RFID reader. It has an average read range of approximately 0.5 meter (1.6 feet) and includes read, write, lock and kill functions, a software development kit (SDK) and an application programming interface (API).
Blue Spark, Trace Tech to Develop Disposable RFID Temperature Sensors
KTS Announces Bluetooth RFID Reader
KTS, a German engineering firm focused on RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC) applications, has introduced a new Bluetooth high-frequency (HF) RFID reader designed for use in industrial, health-care and other environments containing dust, dirt and water or other liquids, such as disinfectants. The BTR1356 Bluetooth RFID Reader is available in various designs and can be customized to meet a customer's specific needs, the company reports. The reader is compliant with the ISO 15693 and ISO 14443A/B standards, comes with an IP 67 rating (indicating it to be dustproof and waterproof) and can withstand submersion in water for brief periods of time. The device has a built-in ferrite bar antenna, which KTS says allows for the accurate scanning and reading of small transponders. Options for built-in memory range from 2 gigabytes (capable of storing more than 1 million scans) to 32 gigabytes. Wireless data transmission, via Bluetooth, provides automatic updating of the read data sets. The reader comes with a power-saving electronic paper display, as well as KTS' tag2IMAGE software, designed to support RFID application development.
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