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Bristol ID Announces Dual-Frequency and Asset-Tracking Tags

The printed-card manufacturer is offering a dual-frequency tag that supports a combination of LF, HF or UHF passive RFID technologies, while the asset-tracking UHF tags can be custom designed and printed for a variety of applications.
By Claire Swedberg

Integrating two RFID inlays in the card or badge, Yeates says, compromises the read range. However, he notes, transmission read ranges vary according to the model of reader used, and can be about 10 feet for a UHF transmission in a dual-frequency tag, and a few centimeters for HF.

Bristol ID also provides custom RFID ID badges, hangtags or cards in form factors that may be, for example, shaped like a college mascot. The hangtag, with an embedded passive EPC Gen 2 UHF inlay, could then be attached to a car's rearview mirror, or be placed on a driver's dashboard to allow entrance into a parking area.

The company now offers adhesive UHF RFID tags for asset-tracking applications.

Bristol ID's customers typically utilize a desktop card printer to create ID cards and badges. The firm can also incorporate its tag in a clamshell consisting of protective exterior layers, if so requested. Another option is RFID-based cards or tags with additional printed technology, such as holograms or foil stamps. Yeates says that his company, which manufactures the RFID cards and tags itself, can design and make products based on customer orders within less than nine days.

With its new dual-frequency and asset-tracking offerings, Yeates says, Bristol ID is targeting the education, government, health-care, transportation and security markets. The company works not only with resellers and systems integrators, but also with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to provide customizable identification solutions.

Yeates declines to name any of the company's customers, but indicates that its RFID-based technology is currently in use worldwide by a variety of industries and for a number of applications, including concert tickets and ski passes. Bristol ID works with many RFID inlay vendors for its RFID-based products, he notes, depending on the particular use case and tag form factor.

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