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By Rich Handley

NXP Semiconductors Creates RAIN RFID Solutions for Inventory Management, Smart Cities

NXP Semiconductors, a provider of RAIN RFID technology, announced that it has expanded its portfolio of secure RAIN RFID products with the UCODE DNA Track and UCODE DNA City Tag ICs for inventory and supply chain management, as well as smart-city applications. The new UCODE DNA tags combine long-range UHF technology with higher security to support the accelerated adoption of secure RAIN technology in the areas of logistics operations, as well as smart-city applications. These include transport ticketing, event management and access control in the interconnected system infrastructures to help communities and services better serve their customers.

"Our customers want RAIN RFID solutions that provide more operational efficiency without compromising security to drive better customer experiences, streamline processes and enable more cost savings," said Mahdi Mekic, NXP's marketing director for RAIN RFID, in a prepared statement. "These ICs are designed to deliver reliable long-range identification and secure authentication. Specifically, UCODE DNA Track can enhance inventory and supply chain management use cases with cryptographic authentication to protect brands and fight fraud. With UCODE DNA City, solution providers who are offering systems based on contactless cards in a variety of smart city applications can upgrade their existing offering to include longer-range capability which can then open the door to more services and convenience for consumers."

"With NXP's new UCODE DNA Track, we are very pleased to be able to further expand our enhanced product and solution portfolio to important markets and new applications. The latest addition to the UCODE family ideally complements our offerings to support our customers in their migration to higher security in long-range read performance applications," said Peter Walendy, Smartrac's senior VP of sales, in the prepared statement. "Many RAIN RFID use cases like supply chain and inventory management can be easily supplemented to help strengthen brand protection and fraud prevention."

"We are proud to partner with NXP to introduce the latest member of the RAIN RFID security chip product family—PRELAM with UCODE DNA City, for contactless card and ticket applications," said Daniel Lim, Linxens Group's head of business line transport, in the prepared statement. "The long-range capability and privacy based on cryptographic security (128-bit AES key and an AES digital core) will enable us to bring increased convenience to various smart city use cases such as hands-free access, crowd management and ease of registration at events. Users will receive better consumer experience and satisfaction."

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