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Siemens announces new UHF RFID transponder, handheld reader ••• Century Link launches RFID inlays with Impinj Monza R6 chips ••• DHS seeks RFID solutions to safeguard biological agents and toxins ••• SATO unveils smart cabinet for real-time inventory control in health care ••• SITA report cites improved bag handling, provides RFID update.
By Beth Bacheldor
Apr 02, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Siemens; Century Link; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; SATO; and SITA.

Siemens Announces New UHF RFID Transponder, Handheld Reader

Siemens is adding high-memory transponders and a compact mobile reader for logistics and service applications to its Simatic RF600 portfolio of EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID products.

Simatic RF622T RFID label
The new transponders, RF622T and RF622L, have a capacity of 4 kilobytes and, according to Siemens, are designed to enable large volumes of data to be stored regarding tagged objects, making them suitable for production control, asset management and intra-logistics. The new mobile handheld reader, the RF650M, enables reliable identification of a large number of transponders at a range of up to 3 meters (9.8 feet), according to the company.

Simatic RF650M reader
The ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology of the RF622T and RF622L transponders enables high-speed writing, as well as an unlimited number of write cycles. The RF622L, a smart label measuring 90 millimeters by 18 millimeters by 0.5 millimeter (3.5 inches by 0.7 inch by 0.02 inch), can be affixed to products and be individually printed from a roll with plain text or additional optical codes. The hardened RF622T transponder, measuring 120 millimeters by 30 millimeters by 6.5 millimeters (4.7 inches by 1.2 inches by 0.3 inch), has been designed to be affixed to pallets or containers, and can be attached to metal surfaces with an optional spacer.

The handheld RF650M model features a color touchscreen with a resolution of 240 pixels by 320 pixels, a rugged keypad and a large trigger button. To save space, Siemens reports, users can fold down the RFID antenna so that the device measures only 147 millimeters by 60 millimeters by 39 millimeters (5.8 inches by 2.4 inches by 1.5 inch) in size, so it can easily be carried in a pocket. The handheld weighs 235 grams (8.3 ounces), including the rechargeable battery that can power the device for of up to nine hours of operation—at least the length of one shift. Users can create their own applications for the device based on the Microsoft Windows Embedded operating system. For servicing work, the supplied RFID software can also be used for reading and writing from and to transponders.

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