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RFID News Roundup

CAEN RFID intros new specialty UHF RFID tags, UHF e-seal, UHF reader gate; iDTronic intros RFID wristbands, UHF reader gun; the New York Palace streamlines uniform care with RFID; HID Global announces ATEX certification for RFID transponders; Novadis upgrades Nova-Tag for industrial applications; FDA okays RFID-enabled blood-tracking application; Visa Europe sees spike in contactless payments.
By Beth Bacheldor
May 30, 2013

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: CAEN RFID; iDTronic; the New York Palace; HID Global; Novadis; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Visa Europe.

CAEN RFID Intros New Specialty UHF RFID Tags, UHF E-Seal, UHF Reader Gate/Portal

Above: Some of CAEN RFID's specialty fashion tags. Below: CAEN's UHF RFID e-seal.

CAEN RFID has announced a new family of RFID specialty tags for a variety of automatic-identification applications in fashion, food, manufacturing, public administration, logistics, transportation and other applications, as well as a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) electronic seal (e-seal) and a UHF reader gate. The specialty tags are available with any EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standard inlay from Avery Dennison, Alien Technology, Smartrac, Lab ID or Invengo Technology Corp. The tags can be made of a variety of materials, such as leather, satin, canvas, rubber, cardboard polyvinyl chloride (PVC), canvas, polypropylene, silicone, acrylic resin and mixed materials. The tags are available in any shape and size, flexible or rigid, the company reports; they can have holes for hanging or adhesive backing, can be reinforced for sewing and are washable. Other features—such as the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, chemicals and industrial applications, including washings—are also customizable. The fashion tags can also be integrated into clothing and accessories, such as jeans labels, jacket badges, price labels, and garment wash-care labels, CAEN RFID notes. The special tags for security and traceability in transport—the RFID E-seal—is designed for use only once on a container, as a protection system for monitoring any tampering, in order to ensure the container's integrity. It shares information about the container as it passes a reader device, and ceases functioning if it is found to have been tampered with. The device complies with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C RFID standards, as well as the ISO 17712 mechanical-seal standard, which defines specifications for mechanical freight container seals. It leverages Impinj's Monza 4 or Alien's Higgs-4 chip, and offers a read range of up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) when read with a handheld, and up to 10 meters (32.8 feet) using a fixed reader. The e-seal is available in multiple colors, and can be delivered pre-printed with a customer's logo, as well as bar-code and human-readable data. CAEN RFID has also unveiled the Quantum, a UHF RFID reader gate/portal for access-control and access-tracking applications. The device supports the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, and has ports for Ethernet, RS232 and RS485 connections. Additionally, it has an integrated three-dimensional reading antenna and can be installed in doorways, corridors or any other transit zone. The gate structure is composed of two vertical metal panels, CAEN RFID reports, each incorporating a special antenna that allows a 3-D reading of the tags, independent of their orientation. On-panel sensors are able to detect both transit direction and missing UHF tag reads. An internal control system manages the gate's RF emission, the signals coming from the sensors and the signals to the gate's lamps and acoustic alarm. Aside from operating as a gate, the Quantum can also work in standalone mode, using the internal Intel Atom processor (based on Linux Debian). The Quantum has an optional GPRS modem and Wi-Fi connectivity.

IDTronic Intros RFID Wristbands, UHF Reader Gun

IDtronic's M3 Orange UHF gun reader

IDTronic has announced the Evolution, an RFID-enabled wristband designed for a variety of uses, including access control for waterparks, gyms, stadiums and sporting events, as well as cashless payments, documentation and entry to keyless locker systems. The wristband is available with a 125 kHz chip—either EM Microelectronic's EM4200 or NXP Semiconductors' Hitag 1 or Hitag S2048. The Evolution is also available with an NXP 13.56 MHz chip, either the Mifare MF1550 (compliant with the ISO 14443A standard) or the I-Code SLI (complaint with the ISO 15693 standard). The band itself is composed of extremely tear-resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material, and has a closure made of stainless steel with no moving parts. The band is available in different colors in two sizes (women's and men's), and can be customized with silkscreen printing using up to three different colors. IDTronic has also announced its M3 Orange UHF RFID Gun, based on the company's M3 Orange mobile terminal combined with an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID module. This add-on UHF RFID GUN module has been designed to provide long-range reading—up to 10 meters (32.8 feet)—for ISO 18000-6C tags and labels, according to the company. The M3 Orange mobile terminal and RFID module can be easily separated, the company reports, thanks to the module-based architecture, thereby giving customers more flexibility. The integrated 5,200 mAh battery of the pistol grip and the standard 3,300 mAh battery of the M3 Orange support a range of applications. The M3 Orange features an Intel X-scale PXA270 624 / 806 MHz processor, a Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system and a range of options, such as a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g interface, a 1D laser scanner or a 2D bar-code imager and position tracking via GPS.

The New York Palace Streamlines Uniform Care With RFID

The New York Palace

A $140 million renovation at the New York Palace, located in Manhattan, has opened the door to an RFID initiative designed to automate the hotel's uniform system that delivers garments to more than 1,000 employees. The New York Palace, which has 813 guest rooms, 86 suites and 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, has installed an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID-based tracking system supplied by InvoTech Systems, a provider of linen and uniform inventory-control solutions for hotels, casinos, resorts, theme parks and sports arenas. The implementation also includes White Conveyors' U-Pick-It automated uniform-delivery system; together, InvoTech Systems explains, the two solutions will help reduce labor and operating expenses, by automating the management of more than 10,000 uniforms. "With the New York Palace's renovations, our goal was to not only modernize and enhance the luxury property, but also implement processes that would streamline our efforts and improve our bottom line, lessoning overall expenses," said David Chase, the hotel's GM, in a prepared statement. "InvoTech's Uniform System helps us find efficiencies and create savings in our labor costs, while providing staff uniforms in an innovative and organized manner." Oswald Lares, InvoTech's director of sales, added in the statement that the combination of its Uniform System with the U-Pick-It uniform delivery system "puts clean uniforms in staff's hands in less than a minute after an employee ID is presented." The implementation leverages Impinj's Speedway Revolution RFID readers and Fujitsu Frontech North America's RFID laundry tags. AJ Conveyor and Laundry Systems oversaw the design and installation of the hotel's uniform conveyor system. Other adopters of InvoTech's solution include the Ho Tram Beach Resort, in Vietnam, which recently implemented the system (see RFID News Roundup: Vietnam's Ho Tram Beach Resort Automates Uniform Management With RFID).

HID Global Announces ATEX Certification for RFID Transponders
HID Global has announced that its Logi Tag family of durable RFID tags has achieved ATEX certification. Such certification is achieved by complying with two European Union (EU) directives describing which equipment is allowed within an environment containing an explosive atmosphere. According to HID Global, the certification validates that the tags will operate without danger of directly causing or contributing to an explosion when used at offshore drilling platforms, petrochemical plants, mines, flour mills and other flammable environments. This also extends to other process industries in which there is a mixture of gases, vapors, mists or dust in the air that can ignite at specific temperatures or under certain operating conditions, the company notes. The Logi Tag RFID tags are highly resistant to water, chemicals and shock, and can withstand peak temperatures of up to 285 degrees Fahrenheit (140 degrees Celsius). They are available with either low-frequency (LF) 125 kHz chips or high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz chips supporting the ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards.

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