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RFID News Roundup

Xerafy intros RFID tags for challenging outdoor applications ••• Smartrac showcases RFID, NFC, IoT temperature sensor portfolio ••• STMicroelectronics offers software kit for Bluetooth mesh networking, connected smart-lighting ••• FineLine Technologies acquires RFID tag provider Data2 Corp. ••• HID Global announces cloud-based personalization and issuance solution for cards, credentials ••• STAR Systems International unveils RFID antennas for electronic tolling ••• Mayer Brown launches practical guide on hot topics in cybersecurity and data privacy, including the IoT.
By Rich Handley
Oct 05, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Xerafy; Smartrac; STMicroelectronics; FineLine Technologies, Data2 Corp.; HID Global; STAR Systems International; and Mayer Brown.

Xerafy Intros RFID Tags for Challenging Outdoor Applications

Xerafy, a provider of on-metal tags, has announced that it has expanded its RFID product line with the launch of its new Container Trak RFID tag. The company has also upgraded its existing Cargo Trak and Versa Trak RFID products. Xerafy debuted the new tags at the RFID Tomorrow conference, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Sept. 27-28, 2017.

The new additions to the Trak Series are more versatile, accommodate multiple attachment methods and are suited for a wider variety of applications, according to the company. The upgrade increases read range, Xerafy notes, thereby providing long-range performance in a smaller form factor.

"With the launch of our new and upgraded Trak Series tags, our family of RAIN RFID tags is complete," said Dennis Khoo, Xerafy's CEO and founder, in a prepared statement. "These new tags have expanded our high-performance RFID solutions to a wider variety of applications and environments. The new Container Trak, Versa Trak II, and Cargo Trak II tags provide the versatility and flexibility customers need in demanding environments."

The Container Trak tag, based on Impinj's Monza R6P IC, operates at 902 to 928 MHz and offers a read range of up to 20 meters. The tags are IP68-rated, making them suitable for harsh outdoor environments, as well as exposure to water and contaminants. Container Trak tags have an operating temperature range of -40 degrees Fahrenheit to +185 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees Celcius to +85 degrees Celcius), and can be attached using high-performance adhesives, via a rivet hole or using a cable tie.

The Versa Trak II and Cargo Trak II tags provide the same memory and performance as their predecessors, the company reports, but with additional mounting methods, as well as more rugged casings for outdoor and industrial use. They feature a large on-tag printable area suitable for most application requirements.

Each product includes an anti-UV industry-grade polymer casing and IP68 Ingress Protection rating for outdoor applications. This level of durability is intended to increase the tag's lifetime to 10 years, even in harsh industrial environments. The Trak tags are designed for vehicle chassis and trailer tracking, Unit Load Device (ULD) identification, logistics management, yard management and other demanding applications.

With the increasing demand for RFID solutions for asset- and inventory-management applications in manufacturing, logistics, oil and gas production, health care and other sectors, a growing number of companies are seeking ways in which to achieve real-time visibility. The Trak Series of tags provides reliable performance for on- and off-metal applications under challenging environmental conditions, according to the company.

"Xerafy is committed to providing advanced RFID solutions for the most demanding environments," Khoo added in the prepared statement. "With the release of the new Trak Series tags, we can help our clients extend the value of our high-performance RFID tags, whether they are used in a warehouse, on a vehicle chassis or exposed to water, extreme temperatures or other harsh conditions."

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