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RFID News Roundup

Identiv intros tamper-proof RFID labels for anti-counterfeiting, brand protection ••• Checkpoint Systems releases new solutions leveraging RFID ••• Rockwell Automation showcases IIoT applications ••• Scandit raises Series B funding to bring IoT to everyday objects through computer vision, augmented reality ••• Soracom adds provisioning service for IoT devices in field, serverless visual dashboard for IoT application services ••• Tencent joins LoRa Alliance, announces LoRaWAN network and IoT solutions.
By Rich Handley
Aug 02, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Identiv; Checkpoint Systems; Scandit; Soracom; Tencent, and the LoRa Alliance.

Identiv Intros Tamper-Proof RFID Labels for Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection

Identiv has announced its Tamper-Proof RFID Label, the latest addition to its radio frequency identification (RFID), Near Field Communication (NFC) and inlay portfolio. The label, according to the company, is compatible with any NFC inlay.

The Tamper-Proof RFID Label integrates an aluminum-etched antenna and a tamper-proof release coating. The antenna bridge is designed to destruct if the label is torn from any applied surface, including glass, paper, plastic and other non-metal environments. The design renders it impossible to tear off the complete antenna or label, the company claims; once torn from an adhered surface, the label is no longer functional and cannot be reassembled. The destructive label is suitable for uses cases in which an end user needs to ensure an asset is genuine. After being removed, the label cannot be reapplied to a new, non-authentic product.

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) estimates that counterfeit goods equate for nearly 5 to 7 percent of world trade, or approximately $600 billion. In a report released this year, P&S Market Research values the global anticounterfeit packaging market at $114.4 billion in 2017, and projects $208.4 billion by 2023. Identiv's new Tamper-Proof RFID Labels address the security needs for anti-counterfeiting and brand-protection in the retail, transportation and pharmaceutical industries, and are designed for simple use on wine and spirit bottles, pharmaceuticals and any item in transport that requires broken-seal detection or tamper prevention. The labels can be personalized with custom artwork, different sizes or chip combinations, providing different security levels. Additionally, each label can be delivered with variable data, including a bar code, numbering or an end user's name.

As a generic design, the secure labels work with most of Identiv's antenna sizes. The first available version is delivered with a die cut of 38 millimeters by 18 millimeters and either an NXP NTAG or iCODE SLIX chip. Other chips and antennas are available to meet various customer requirements.

"With the addition of this tamper-proof design, our tag portfolio grows to provide even more innovative RFID solutions for a variety of applications," said Stephane Ardiley, Identiv director of product management for credentials and transponders, in a prepared statement. "Beyond the traditional physical/visual security of anti-counterfeiting hologram tags, we've incorporated RFID technology to deliver a more secure, advanced inlay solution. Identiv's Tamper-Proof RFID Label brings peace of mind to our customers through an affordable, guaranteed destructible inlay solution."

The Identiv team is expert in designing and manufacturing high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) transponders for embedded use in everyday objects, like medical devices, books, toys, athletic apparel, perishable food items and pharmaceuticals. Transponder form factors include dry inlays, wet inlays, labels and tickets. Identiv's RFID, NFC and inlay portfolio delivers smart identities and security to the Internet of Things (IoT).

The new Tamper-Proof RFID Label joins the Identv's selection of cutting-edge, customizable RFID labels, including RFID Tag on Metal (TOM) Labels, and Giant NFC Labels, and complements Identiv's Tamper-Detection Tags. Identiv's Tamper-Proof RFID Labels are available now.

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