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DENSO releases RFID-enabled scanners for retail, logistics ••• SATO launches new group companies in the Philippines ••• Identiv, NXP secure CES attendees via smart event and transportation badges ••• One2Touch NFC platform provides continuous communications capabilities ••• Xiamen intros rubber tire tag.
By Rich Handley
Jan 12, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: DENSO; SATO; Identiv, NXP Semiconductors, CES 2017; One2Touch; and Kimeery (Xiamen) Intelligent Technology Co..

DENSO Releases RFID-enabled Scanners for Retail, Logistics

The DENSO Auto-ID Business Unit, part of the Toyota Group, has announced the launch of its new UR20 scanner series, slated for this coming spring. The two reader models in the series, UR21 and UR22, are each equipped with radio frequency identification technology and are suited for use in retail and logistic environments, according to the company.

In clothing stores, the devices can make it possible to capture data from numerous tags via a single scan. The UR21 scanner is intended for use at the point of sale, according to DENSO. The scanner can be installed under a checkout counter with a VESA-compatible antenna fixture that can be purchased separately. Due to its thin design, the firm reports, the scanner can be placed neatly in a small area without taking up much space. It can record numerous RFID tags with one scan and, as a result, save employees the trouble of having to read multiple clothing products separately. A customer's apparel items to be purchased can be placed on a checkout counter so that their tags can be interrogated by the installed UR21 in a single movement across the counter.

The UR20 scanner series
The UR21's communication range is approximately 80 centimeters (31.5 inches). Thus, only items in its direct range will be read—items belonging to the next customer, or on adjacent checkout counters, will not be interrogated. The range can be adjusted to eight different levels, in accordance to the positioning of individual POS stations. There is also the option to install a second antenna so that a larger scanning area can be covered.

The UR22 is primarily designed for transport and logistics. It has a communication range of approximately 2.6 meters (102.4 inches) and can be installed on the upper part of a gate to capture incoming and outgoing goods. Employees need not manually read or identify the tags, since the UR22 will automatically scan them. A circular-polarized antenna enables 360-degree scanning of RFID tags, so users do not have to worry about the tags' direction or position.

With the RFID system, security tags that are now magnetically attached to clothing items could be replaced in the future with RFID tags. This technology is already integrated in the tags on clothing items, and can be deactivated when scanned by the UR20. By installing an RFID barrier with an alarm at a store's exit, DENSO reports, a retailer could thwart shoplifting, even if the security tags have been removed.

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