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What Types of Tags and Readers Can Be Used in Cold Storage?

Posted By RFID Journal, 06.17.2013

How can I use RFID technology to monitor items being stored?

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The tags you can use would depend on how cold the refrigerator or freezer is. Tag chips typically work at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit). So as long as your storage unit is not colder than that number, almost any passive high-frequency (HF) or ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) transponder will work (check the chip's specifications before you buy it).

Tags can operate at much colder temperatures, provided they are protected from the elements. I know that Wake Forest Baptist Health is using Omni-ID's passive UHF FIT 200 tags on specimen containers stores at cryogenic temperatures of -196 degrees Celsius (-321 degrees Fahrenheit). The tags, attached using ITW Devcon adhesive, are small and have a short read range, but can be interrogated even while submersed in liquid nitrogen.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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