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RFID News Roundup
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.
Feb 26, 2015—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations:
Lockheed Martin, Visible Assets;
Google, Softcard; and
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.
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.
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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