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HID Global expands IronTag line, unveils wafer-thin high-temp UHF label ••• CISC intros tests for GS1 US Tagged Item Performance Protocol Guideline ••• Smartrac launches new RFID inlays for retail based on Impinj Monza R6 ••• Lockheed Martin announces RuBee weapons tracker was successfully tested ••• Google strikes deal with carriers, acquires Softcard's NFC-enabled payments technology ••• SandlerResearch.org reports smart waste-collection technologies gaining ground.
By Beth Bacheldor
Feb 26, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: HID Global; CISC Semiconductor; Smartrac; Lockheed Martin, Visible Assets; Google, Softcard; and SandlerResearch.org.

HID Global Expands IronTag Line, Unveils Wafer-Thin High-Temp UHF Label

HID Global has announced two new rugged ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID transponders: the IronTag 206 and the High Temperature Label. Both are compliant with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, the company reports, and offer the highest flame-resistance available in a UHF tag, featuring a UL 94 V-0 rating. UL 94 V0 signifies that the tag will immediately self-extinguish if an ignition source is removed, and will not drip particles that might cause flames to spread, HID explains.

The IronTag 206
Encased in polyphthalamide thermoplastic, the IronTag 206 is IP67-rated (signifying it as waterproof) and resistant to shock, vibration and chemical exposure, according to HID Global. Originally designed for tracking aircraft parts during assembly and maintenance, all IronTag transponders tolerate harsh conditions and are engineered for optimal performance when mounted on metal surfaces. The IronTag 206 can withstand temperature extremes, from -40 degrees to +428 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees to +220 degrees Celsius).

Made with an Impinj Monza X chip, the IronTag 206 is available in four versions: the 6D2903 and 6D3903, optimized for E.U. standards (869 MHz), and the 6D2904 and 6D3904, optimized for U.S. standards (915 MHz). The 6D2903 and 6D2904 offer 2176 bits of memory, while the 6D3903 and 6D3904 feature 8192 bits. All four versions measure 1.3 inches by 1.2 inches by 0.23 inch (34 millimeters by 31 millimeters by 6 millimeters) in size and can deliver a read range of up to 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) on metal. The tag can be affixed with screws, clamps or high-temperature stickers.

HID's High Temperature Label
The High Temperature Label (Model 6A7902) is a wafer-thin UHF RFID tag designed for use in harsh industrial environments. According to HID Global, the label was originally designed for the automotive industry, to identify and track every vehicle, both during assembly and throughout its life on the road. Lifetime traceability of parts and components yields more accurate and efficient records, the company notes, which can help automakers expedite service in the event of a recall.

Encased in aramid polymer, the label is designed to deliver consistent, reliable readability during the rigors of automotive manufacturing, the company reports, including welding operations, autoclaves, immersion in anti-corrosive electrolyte baths, cycles of paint layer application, and drying ovens. It leverages the Impinj's Monza 4QT chip, supports broadband worldwide operating frequencies of 865 to 956 MHz, features 512 bits of user memory and can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to +446 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees to +230 degrees Celsius). According to HID Global, it measures 3.1 inches by 2 inches by 0.02 inch (80 millimeters by 50 millimeters by 0.5 millimeter) and is highly resistant to water (IP68-rated), oils, petroleum, salt mist and flames. The tag may be laser-engraved with additional visual information, such as logos, bar codes or text.

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