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RFID News Roundup
U Grok It raises $600,000 in angel funding, begins manufacturing UHF smartphone readers; Xerafy, RFID Global Solution, Alien Technology partner on RFID kit for hospitals; Holland RFID, Xerafy announce oil-and-gas partnership; Walgreens' Duane Reade drugstores deploy Bluetooth beacons; Nivea embeds StickNFind beacons in magazine ads; CSL creates dual-mode access cards in partnership with HID, announces new temperature tag; Qualcomm establishes subsidiary as standalone Bluetooth beacon company.
Nivea Embeds StickNFind Beacons in Magazine AdsStickNFind Technologies' Bluetooth beacons—active RFID tags that leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology—have been used as part of magazine advertisement in the April 23 edition of the Brazilian newsweekly magazine Veja. The company's sticker tag, known as Stick-n-Find, was used in an ad conceived by advertising agency FCB Brasil for Nivea's SUN Kids sunscreen. Embedded on the right side of the advertisement page was a detachable bracelet made of water-resistant paper and containing the Stick-n-find Bluetooth beacon. The magazine readers were instructed to download Nivea's phone app via iTunes or Google Play, and to then pair the bracelet with the app to help them monitor their children's whereabouts on the beach. An alarm can be configured to trigger if a child wanders beyond a distance set in the app. Approximately the size and thickness of a U.S. quarter, the Stick-n-Find beacon comes with a standard watch battery that can be replaced, so the tags are reusable. The tag has a range of about 100 feet. According to Nivea, consumers who have not purchased the magazine with the bracelet but wish to use the app can buy the tag through the StickNFind's website.
CSL Creates Dual-Mode Access Cards in Partnership With HID, Announces New Temperature TagConvergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) has announced that, in partnership with HID Global, it has created a new series of RFID access-control ID cards that operate at both ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) and high-frequency (HF). For long-range access control, all three cards in the Dual-Mode series contain a battery-assisted passive (BAP) UHF RFID tag complying with the EPC Gen 2 standard, and offering a UHF read range of 20 meters (66 feet) in free space and 5 meters (16 feet) on the human body (using CSL's CS203 reader). For high-security applications, the cards employ 13.56 MHz HF RFID technology compatible with NXP Semiconductors' Mifare or HID Global's iClass. The CS9110, made with a Mifare passive HF chip, and has an HF read range of 2.5 centimeters (1 inch). The CS9111, made with an HID eProx HF tag, offers an HF read range of 9 centimeters (3.5 inches). And the CS9112, made with an HID iClass HF tag, has an HF read range of 2.5 centimeters (1 inch). All three card models are pre-printable, the company reports, and feature an ultra-thin battery that allows them to fit into a wallet. CSL has also unveiled the CS8304 Cold Chain Temperature Logging Tag, compliant with the EPC Class 3 Gen 2 standard, which features 10 kilobytes of logging memory for the saving of temperature data throughout a trip. Built for use in the harshest, coldest and most demanding of cold chain applications, the CS8304 tag is fully enclosed by a plastic case to meet IP 67 standards, CSL reports. A light- emitting diode (LED) indicates temperature violations. Powered by a lithium battery, the CS8304 is designed to perform well amid products with high water content—which, the company notes, is typically a killer for passive tags. It can be read by any EPC Gen 2-compliant reader, measures 86 millimeters by 54 millimeters by14 millimeters (3.34 inches by 2.12 inches by 0.55 inch) and has an operating temperature of -20 degrees to +60 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees to +140 degree Fahrenheit) and a temperature accuracy of +/- 0.5 degree Celsius. The CS8304 can be configured to take temperature measurements at a rate ranging from once per second to once every 2.5 days.
Qualcomm Establishes Subsidiary as Standalone Bluetooth Beacon Company
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