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French Project Aims to Create Holistic RFID Solutions

Spearheaded by Tagsys, the $32 million Spinnaker project will develop new ways of using passive HF and UHF RFID tags and readers to gain visibility throughout the supply chain.
By Claire Swedberg
One example is the use of UHF tags on products that could then be read by consumers or other parties via a mobile phone. Currently, some phones are equipped with 13.56 MHz Near Field Communication (NFC) HF readers, with more expected to be made available during the coming years. With this research, engineers will consider how passive UHF and HF RFID tags could be employed in conjunction—for example, by developing a mobile phone with built-in UHF and HF readers. In this way, a single passive UHF tag could be applied at a manufacturing site, and then be interrogated by participants throughout the supply chain, as well as by consumers who have a mobile phone.

According to Moutot, the consortium has yet to finalize decisions regarding which hardware providers it will work with as it develops solutions.

Private entities participating in the program, in addition to Tagsys, are Inside Secure, Information and Communication Science and Technology (STIC) and electrical parts manufacturer Legrand Group. Inside Secure develops and sells NFC and smart-card readers, while STIC is developing an RFID solution that will provide traffic information to highway drivers.

The group has set up a Spinnaker Web site, where some general information about the project will be regularly updated. Ultimately, OSEO hopes that the group's work will lead to Tagsys or other companies developing new technologies. "By providing this funding," Chaton states, "OSEO is expecting to increase the competitiveness of SMEs and laboratories, and allow them to gain market shares, thanks to the implementation and launching of new products."

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