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Fujitsu unveils new UHF RFID tag for fashion apparel, accessories ••• Transcends releases RIFIDI 3.6 for IoT; PMRS deploys RIFIDI Edge Server for tag detection ••• Tyco Retail Solutions adds Zebra Technologies products to its portfolio ••• Checkpoint Systems offers RFID label for merchandise visibility, including retail cosmetics ••• Nedap expands long-range ID portfolio, intros new heavy-duty UHF tag ••• Identec Ltd. adds mid-range reader to its Cyphertag product line.
By Rich Handley

Transcends Releases RIFIDI 3.6 for IoT; PMRS Deploys RIFIDI Edge Server for Tag Detection

Transcends has announced the public release of its RIFIDI 3.6 software, intended to connect individuals with the Internet of Things. This release, the company reports, was enabled through client implementations, as well as the RIFIDI open-source community feedback, surveys and forums.

RIFIDI 3.6 includes GS1's Application Level Events (ALE) standards as part of the RIFID Edge Platform. ALE provides a simple Web service-based interface for defining business events through configuration, with no coding required. Another key feature is the ability to publish real-time sensor and RIFIDI application state changes to an MQTT message topic, with configurable end points.

Transcends' RIFIDI 3.6
In the pharmaceutical industry, applications for RFID include track-and-trace and e-pedigree systems, in which RFID offers feature-rich electronic tracking. PMRS, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, has implemented the RIFIDI Edge Server. To enable facility-wide RFID tracking, PMRS has created more than 50 RFID read zones at key processing and storage locations, using more than 200 RFID antennas.

All materials are tracked using a unique Electronic Product Code (EPC), integrated in a printable smart label generated by RFID printers made by Zebra Technologies. RIFIDI provides tag processing, such as received signal strength indicator (RSSI) filtering and read-zone management, to supplement existing location-based business rules.

By using RIFIDI to interface with this RFID infrastructure, PMRS has integrated RFID tag detection with its existing inventory-management systems. The locations of all materials, from in-process to finished product, are automatically updated to reflect each object's physical position in real time, as communicated by the RIFIDI Edge Server. This has enabled PMRS to improve the accuracy, efficiency and visibility of vital business processes, the company reports.

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