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RFID News Roundup

Identiv, S+P Samson GmbH partner on thin RFID labels for medical devices ••• SATO Europe launches new RFID-enabled patient ID wristbands ••• Syndicate Secure Print RFID windshield label doubles as license plate ••• Smartrac intros tag for metallic surfaces, everyday objects ••• GlobalPlatform publishes on-device NFC service-management specification ••• European EPC Competence Centre issues reference document discussing UHF RFID ••• HID Global helps U.S. government agencies increase visitor security with new temporary-access card.
By Rich Handley
Sep 14, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Identiv, S+P Samson GmbH; SATO Europe; Syndicate Secure Print; Smartrac; GlobalPlatform; the European EPC Competence Centre; and HID Global.

Identiv, S+P Samson GmbH Partner on Thin RFID Labels for Medical Devices

Identiv has announced that it has partnered with S+P Samson GmbH to produce a system for tracking surgery instruments and medical devices using radio frequency identification technology. Working with hospitals and Identiv, S+P Samson has developed a thin, small ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID label that can be affixed to stainless steel and plastics, such as medical instruments. With a UHF inlay, the company reports, the label can withstand cleaning, disinfection or hot steam treatments.

Identifying medical instruments that need to be sterilized can be accommodated via RFID, the companies explain. This, they say, makes it easier for hospitals to track the number of sterilization cycles, and to accurately monitor instrument lifetimes. Traditionally, the administration of medical instruments has required extensive manual labor. With RFID, the storage location, correct maintenance, age and other parameters of hospital instruments and devices can be monitored quickly and automatically.

"S+P Samson searched out the right company to connect with to engineer the necessary UHF inlay," said Stephane Ardiley, Identiv's director of product management for credentials, in a prepared statement. "Identiv is an expert in designing and manufacturing high-frequency (HF) and UHF transponders for embedded use in everyday objects, including medical devices, books, toys, and athletic apparel."

Identiv's transponders can be delivered in different form factors, including labels (printed or non-printed), dry inlays, wet inlays (with backing adhesive), tickets and more, and can be provide RFID connectivity to objects in the Internet of Things market. S+P Samson provided a dry inlay with a diameter of 5.4 millimeters (0.2 inch), made of polyimide (PI) substrate and copper lines. This inlay chip complies with the ISO 18000-6C standard.

"We chose to work with Identiv because of the team's expert engineering and flexibility," said Michael Boisson, S+P Samson's head of product development. "Identiv is highly skilled in the Internet of Things market and provided us with the right tools to make our product a reality. Working together, we are protecting patients in an ever-evolving world."

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