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RFID News Roundup

Keonn announces new reader antenna, tag-encoding stations ••• Adobe adds beacon support to Adobe Marketing Cloud, unveils consumer survey on beacons ••• MTI Wireless launches new RFID antenna line for toll road applications ••• DuPont Microcircuit Materials introduces pure copper conductive ink ••• Confidex expands line of printable, flexible on-metal adhesive labels, intros new hard tag ••• Haldor adds analysis and reporting module to its RFID-enabled surgical solution.
By Beth Bacheldor
Nov 20, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Keonn Technologies; Adobe; MTI Wireless Edge; DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Confidex; and Haldor Advanced Technologies.

Keonn Announces New Reader Antenna, Tag-Encoding Station

Keonn Technologies has announced a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader antenna and a new encoding station for paper and hard RFID UHF tags. The Advantenna-p14 is a new compact reader antenna with circular polarization and a radiation pattern characterized by a 30-degree beam width in the endfire direction and a 90-degree beam width in the broadside direction. This radiation pattern makes the Advantennap-14 suitable for a variety of RFID applications, the company reports, including loss-prevention systems, portals and tunnels. The reader antenna operates in the 865 to 868 MHz and 902 to 928 MHz bands, with an operating detection distance of up to 4.5 meters (14.8 feet). It has an 8.1 dBi gain and measures 557 millimeters by 137 millimeters by 3 millimeters (21.9 inches by 5.4 inches by 0.13 inch), excluding the connector. The reader antenna weighs 460 grams (16.2 ounces). Keonn says 26 of its Advantenna-p14 antennas are being used at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame, which opened two months ago (see College Football Hall of Fame to Kick Off With RFID).

Keonn's AdvanStation tag-encoding station (top) and Advantenna-p14 UHF RFID antenna
Keonn also has announced the AdvanStation, an encoding station for paper and hard RFID UHF tags that includes an internal RFID reader, an RFID antenna, an embedded computer and software, a bar-code reader, and light and acoustic indicators. It is designed to easily and quickly encode hundreds or thousands of RFID tags at retail stores, offices, distribution centers, warehouses or other spaces, according to the company. The AdvanStation functions as a standalone encoder, and does not require any connection to an external computer or to the Internet, nor any installation. It employs GS1's Serialized Global Trade Item Number (SGTIN) standard for generating the Electronic Product Code (EPC) serial number that it encodes to each RFID tag, and can configure the tags to have password protection. In this way, the company reports, the tags cannot be rewritten without the password, thereby increasing the overall application's security.

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