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Omni-ID broadens its active tag product line ••• Tego releases multi-platform operating system ••• Proximity Technologies launches suite of Bluetooth beacon products ••• Smartrac announces partnerships with Plastilam, Catalyst ••• AIM publishes guidance on data content and structure for passive tags ••• Atlas RFID Solutions opens new Asian office.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 22, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Omni-ID; Tego; Proximity Technologies; Smartrac, Plastilam, Catalyst Retail Solutions; AIM; and Atlas RFID Solutions.

Omni-ID Broadens Its Active Tag Product Line

Omni-ID has added two active RFID tags—the Power 60 and the Power 100—to its portfolio of 433 MHz RFID products for tracking assets and tools in a variety of environments, including data centers and oil and gas platforms. The two new tags join the company's Power 415, an updated version the Power 400, which was released in 2012 (see Omni-ID, Atlas RFID Offer New Rugged Active Tags).

All three Omni-ID active tags contain a passive 860 to 930 MHz EPC Gen 2 RFID chip that enables three functionalities:

Left to right: the Power 60, Power 100 and Power 415
Turning off the battery-powered radio: A passive 860 to 930 MHz reader can be employed to turn off the battery-powered 433 MHz radio during shipping, thereby extending battery life (for up to five years) and eliminating the need for special traveling certifications

Configuring the beaconing rate: A passive reader can also be used to change the active beaconing rate in order to extend battery life and improve responsiveness.

Flexible asset lifecycle management: Assets can be located using either active or passive functionality

The Omni-ID Power 60 is designed for applications requiring long-range personnel tracking in varied environments, such as oil and gas platforms, construction sites, manufacturing facilities, and personnel management. Its 433 MHz active radio communicates via a proprietary Omni-ID protocol (a version is available that supports the IEEE 802.15.4f transmit-only protocol), and has a read range of about 100 meters (328 feet). The Power 60 is designed for tracking personnel in real time, and also helps to enhance employee safety, as well as tracking workers' interactions with tagged assets. The tag can be clipped to clothing or be worn around the neck on a lanyard, and comes with an integrated button that the wearer can press to transmit an alert, such as a call for help. Constructed of glass-filled polycarbonate, the Power 60 measures 95.47 millimeters by 63.87 millimeters by 10.0 millimeters (3.76 inches by 2.51 inches by 0.39 inch) and weighs 53 grams (1.9 ounces).

The Power 100 is designed for tracking light industrial assets in IT data centers, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, and delivers a read range of up to 150 meters (492 feet). Its 433 MHz radio communicates via proprietary Omni-ID protocol (a version is available that supports the IEEE 802.15.4f transmit-only protocol). Constructed of PC/ABS blend, it measures 58.48 millimeters by 34.83 millimeters by 14 millimeters (2.30 inches by 1.37 inches by 0.55 inch) and weighs 29 grams (1 ounce). The Power 100 supports vertical or horizontal mounting via screws, adhesive or a metal clip, and includes sufficient battery capacity for four years of duty in most applications, according to Omni-ID.

Intrinsically safe versions of the Power 60 and Power 100 are also available.

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