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HID Global intros ceramic Brick and Slimflex on-metal tags ••• GAO RFID launches new 2.45 GHz active readers ••• Smartrac unveils extra-compact UHF RFID inlays for retail applications ••• OnlineLabels.com adds RFID labels to product lineup ••• Datalogic acquires 20 percent stake in CAEN RFID ••• TimBar uses Shelfbucks' beacon platform for point-of-purchase displays.
By Beth Bacheldor
Feb 04, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: HID Global; GAO RFID; Smartrac; OnlineLabels.com; Datalogic, CAEN RFID; Shelfbucks, and TimBar Packaging & Display.

HID Global Intros Ceramic Brick and SlimFlex On-Metal Tags

HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has announced new Brick Tag Ceramic ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) transponders and SlimFlex high-frequency (HF) on-metal (OM) tags that the company says are designed and architected to withstand environments requiring metal applications while complying with evolving industry standards.

The Brick Tag Ceramic transponders feature small footprints (making them suitable for space-restricted applications) and are designed for applications involving metal assets, such as tools, weaponry and surgical instrumentation. The Brick Tag Ceramic is available in four sizes, ranging from 0.2 inch by 0.2 inch by 0.1 inch (5 millimeters by 5 millimeters by 3 millimeters) to 0.9 inch by 0.4 inch by 0.1 inch (23 millimeters by 9 millimeters by 3 millimeters). The tags feature the EPC Gen 2-compliant Alien Technology's Higgs-3 RFID chip with 512 bits of memory and is readable and writeable from a distance of up to 3.3 feet (1 meter). The tags have a hard ceramic exterior shield to protect them from exposure to extreme conditions and are IP67-rated, signifying that they are dustproof and waterproof. In order to facilitate a long-lasting fixture of Brick Tags, HID Global works closely with Henkel, a provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings.

The SlimFlex HF OM tag is suitable for industrial applications, including safety checks on equipment for preventive and corrective maintenance, according to HID Global. It features NXP Semiconductors' ICode SLIX chip and supports the ISO 15693-3 and NFC-V (Type 5 Tag) standards. It measures just over 3 inches by 1 inch (83 millimeters by 25 millimeters), and is less than a quarter-inch (6 millimeters) in thickness. The tag has a thermoplastic elastomer housing (white or yellow) that can be mounted with cable ties to pipes or other curved metal surfaces, as well as three mount holes per side for affixing to objects. When formatted with an NDEF data structure, HID Global reports, the SlimFlex HF OM tag is fully NFC Type 5-compliant and can be read using a smartphone.

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