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RFID News Roundup

Farsens introduces RFID-enabled light detector; Neology receives OmniAir 6C certification for RFID tags; IDTronic adds new soft, flexible RFID wristband to lineup; VivaLnk announces Digital Tattoo; Panasonic updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch rugged Windows tablet with RFID options.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jul 10, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Farsens; Neology; IDTronic; VivaLnk; and Panasonic.

Farsens Introduces RFID-enabled Light Detector

Shadow ambient light detector
Farsens, a Spanish developer of RFID sensors, has announced the Shadow, a passive light-detecting RFID tag that lets companies detect tagged assets' exposure to light or darkness. The Shadow tag was created for automation applications in which tagged assets' exposure to light changes throughout the process, Farsens explains. Monitoring these changes enables a user to program a variety of procedures based on process time and status, as well as the detector data.

The Shadow—made with Farsens' ANDY100 proprietary RFID integrated circuit—is compatible with commercial EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID readers, and is designed for companies that want to develop their own sensors. It features a Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS) N5AC-501085 light-dependent resistor (LDR), 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory, a 32-bit Tag Identifier (TID) and a password-protected kill command. Built in a PCB format, the Shadow is available in a variety of antenna design and sizes, depending on the specific application.

The tag can be embedded in a variety of materials, such as plastics or concrete—even in sealed places where light exposure is scarce—and can also be encapsulated in an IP 67 or IP 68 casing for usage in harsh environments. It has a communication range is up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). Operating temperatures range from -30 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees to +185 degrees Fahrenheit). Evaluation kits are available.

Neology Receives OmniAir 6C Certification for RFID Tags

Neology, a subsidiary of Smartrac, has announced that it has received certification from OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) for its 6C Dual Mode Switch tag, 6C Hard Case Transportation tag and 6C Standard Windshield Sticker tag. OmniAir is a nonprofit standards organization that provides 6C testing and certification services for ISO 18000-6C ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID readers and passive tags, which are attached to vehicles and used for tolling (see Efforts to Aid Adoption of ISO 18000-6C RFID for Toll Collection Move Forward).

The OCS validates that Neology tags comply with baseline and applied interoperability across equipment vendors and facilities, according to Neology, and can withstand conditions of the toll environment. All three tags certified by OCS are based on RFID ICs provided by NXP Semiconductors. Neology's 6C Dual Mode Switch tag is designed for electronic toll collection (ETC) and high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane applications, Neology reports, and the dual-mode feature enables users to switch between two separate accounts, including a standard ETC account versus an HOT account, or a personal account versus a business account. The 6C Windshield Sticker features proprietary security features via the incorporation of custom programming, printing and optional holographic elements.

"The certification of our 6C Dual Mode Switch Tag, 6C Hard Case Transportation Tag, and 6C Standard Windshield Sticker Tag strengthens our position as a market leader in Vehicle Registration and Tolling," said Francisco Martinez, Neology's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Utilizing the proven RFID IC technology provided by our partner, NXP Semiconductors, our tags will enable game-changing electronic toll collection (ETC) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lane applications."

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