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By Beth Bacheldor

CYBRA Announces RFID Lock & EnCode SmartSeal

CYBRA Corp. has announced a new addition to its Lock & EnCode line of RFID seals. The new Lock & EnCode RFID SmartSeal combines battery assisted passive (BAP) RFID tags with sensors for tracking temperature, cable insertion and cable cuts.

According to CYBRA, the new electronic tamper-sensing seals are designed to meet demanding logistics and cold chain applications that require enhanced security, such as securing shipping containers, bulk carriers and trailers. They are also suitable for tracking other high-value assets, the company indicates, such as IT and laboratory equipment.

CYBRA's Lock & EnCode RFID SmartSeal
The CYBRA Lock & EnCode RFID SmartSeal, made with EM Microelectronic's ICs, has a five-year battery life and is designed for global operation in the 860 to 960 MHz frequency range. The seal is compliant with the ISO 18000-63, ISO 18000-64, and EPC Gen 2 standards.

The seal can be read from a distance of up to 18 feet with a circular-polarized antenna. When the seal is attached, a galvanized steel cable is used to lock it, after which the seal cannot be pulled back out. Once the seal is attached, explains Sheldon Reich, CYBRA's chief solution architect, it is initialized using the reader, which sets an internal clock within the seal, as well as the ideal temperature range, and activates the monitoring. If the seal is tampered with, or if its cable is cut or pulled out and then put back in, the seal's sensors record the date and time of that activity. In addition, its temperature sensor monitors whether, at any time, the temperature drops below or goes above the prescribed range. All of that information is displayed whenever the seal is interrogated (including the temperature at the time of the reading), Reich says. In addition, the galvanized steel cable unravels if cut, thereby preventing reuse.

Lock & EnCode SmartSeals are delivered with programmed RFID user data encoded, and are permalocked to match serial numbers supplied by a customer at the time of order. The SmartSeals are laser-printed with a customer's logo or name, serial number, and Code 128 bar code. Pricing starts at $5.85 per seal in volume orders.

CYBRA announced the seals at last week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, held in Orlando, Fla.

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