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RFID News Roundup

Murata intros RAIN RFID tag for use on metal ••• Harland Simon, GS1 Ireland partner on asset-tracking, inventory-management solutions ••• Nedap launches smart-parking sensor platform ••• SATO to unveil intelligent label-printing technologies ••• Identiv, Zwipe team up to provide biometric access ••• CAEN RFID releases two new readers.
By Rich Handley
Sep 21, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Murata; Harland Simon, GS1 Ireland; Nedap; SATO; Identiv, Zwipe; and CAEN RFID.

Murata Intros RAIN RFID Tag for Use on Metal

Murata Manufacturing has announced its latest RAIN RFID tag for use on metal: the p/n LXFLANMXMG-003 tag, production of which is slated to begin this year. Placing RAIN RFID tags on metal can be challenging, the company explains, because metal surfaces reflect the signal emitted from a reader and interfere with communication between the device and RFID tags. The LXFLANMXMG-003 is designed to use an item's metal surface as part of its antenna, making the object itself part of the RAIN RFID tag.

Murata developed the LXFLANMXMG-003 tag specifically for industries in which metal assets need to be tracked. According to the company, the tag is suitable for tracking such items as construction equipment, IT assets, cage cars or logistics containers, as well as other metal parts used in the manufacturing industry, and can be used to identify an item's location. The tag enables the application of RAIN RFID on tools, containers and bins that are often difficult to identify visually, may be hard to track and relocate if they end up missing, and may be expensive to replace.

Impinj's Monza R6-P tag chip can be combined with Murata's design to boost tag-read performance. The product meets the IP-68 waterproofing standards, allowing outdoor use without degraded performance. The Monza R6-P chip contains 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory and 64 bits of user memory, allowing users to encode additional information to the tag, such as internal identification numbers.

"The industrial sector has been waiting for a tag that is capable of high performance in tough environments," said Carl Brasek, Impinj's senior director of product management for silicon products, in a prepared statement. "The Murata LXFLANMXMG-003 on-metal tag with the Impinj Monza R6-P chip brings reliable RAIN RFID functionality and a new world of data and operational insights to this market."

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