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Pilots of CSL's Battery-Assisted Passive UHF RFID Card Underway
Several dozen sites, including a large U.S. retailer and a private school in India, are testing the company's tag, which offers a read range of up to 80 feet without obstructions, and about 15 feet when attached to a person's body.
The BAP ID Card was in development for at least one year, Garrett says, and it required some effort to find a BAP integrated circuit that was UHF-compatible. The company's focus was on developing a tag that would employ the ISO 18000-6C standard and be readable by any EPC Gen 2 reader, rather than only by a CSL device.
For those looking to trial the technology, Convergence Systems Ltd. sells a kit consisting of 10 preprogrammed BAP ID Cards for $150. CSL intends to offer the CS9010 tag in other form factors as well during the next few months, such as a wristband version, or one that could be fitted to a shoe for runners taking part in competitions.
One of CSL's U.S distributors, TransTech Systems, is providing the technology to some of its RFID-using customers. Jeff Kruse, TransTech's president, says several firms are currently testing the BAP ID Cards, while most of the testing to date has been performed at the laboratories of systems integrators, for clients to view. He estimates that about 20 integrators that use RFID were testing the technology.
"Some people are doing accelerated battery-life testing," Kruse states, to simulate very frequent reads to the tag, with the goal of determining how long the battery would last under such situations in the real world. Most use cases, he says, seem to be centered on manufacturing and distribution centers, for use in tracking assets or personnel. With regard to tracking personnel, the technology could be utilized to sound an alert or shut down automated systems in the event that an individual wearing the tag strayed into a hazardous location in which unmanned machinery was in operation.
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