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AdvanIDe launches kit to check for Mifare clones; HID Global expands SlimFlex RFID tag family; ADR's RFID-enabled Workforce Monitoring Service keeps tabs on San Antonio construction projects; SATO acquires stake in Nexgen Packaging; Wavetrend selects Silent Partner Technologies as its U.S. distributor; Curie-Cancer, Biolog-id team up to develop RFID system for tracking chemotherapy preparations; Toppan NFC tags provide info, deals and services to visitors in Tokyo's Shibuya area.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 27, 2013

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: AdvanIDe; HID Global; ADR Software; SATO, Nexgen Packaging; Wavetrend, Silent Partner Technologies; Curie-Cancer, Biolog-id; and Toppan Printing.

AdvanIDe Launches Kit to Check for Mifare Clones

NXP's Pegoda II reader

AdvanIDe, a provider of silicon chips for RFID tags and readers, has introduced a kit aimed at helping transponder manufacturers, transport operators and others check to ascertain whether the chip inside a tag or contactless card is authentic, or has been cloned. The NXP Mifare Classic 1K Clone Checker Kit, which includes NXP Semiconductors' Mifare Pegoda II reader with a secure access module (SAM), as well as additional test cards and software that can verify that an NXP Mifare Classic chip is genuine. According to AdvanIDe, an IC that has been cloned can impact performance and result in shorter read ranges and instability, both of which can lead to high failure rates in the field. The AdvanIDe kit is available now for $250, and includes the reader, a USB cable, a CD containing AdvanIDe's Originality Checker software and documentation, three Mifare Classic Next Generation cards, and one non-genuine Mifare card.

HID Global Expands SlimFlex RFID Tag Family
HID Global has announced that it has expanded its SlimFlex Tag family of broadband ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID transponders with the addition of the new SlimFlex Standard 200 and Standard 301 models. These new transponders comply with the EPC Gen 2 standard, and are designed for quick, secure mounting using standard cable ties. According to the company, the tags are encased in a bendable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) housing, enabling them to be mounted snugly to round or irregular surfaces, such as cylindrical containers, pipes, bags, helmets or trees. There is no need for the use of screw holes on tagged objects, the firm reports—an important feature for tagging pipes and other objects that could otherwise leak fluids and become inoperable. The tags, the company adds, are waterproof, food-compatible and designed to perform in the harshest conditions—providing high resistance to aggressive liquids and ultraviolet (UV) rays, and reliable performance and reading stability in heat up to +158 degrees Fahrenheit (+70 degrees Celsius) and sub-freezing temperatures down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees Celsius). In addition, they are a high-visibility yellow for color contrast when laser-engraved with a bar code, text or logo. The new tags have read ranges of up to 26.3 feet (8 meters) when mounted flush to plastic or wooden surfaces. Due to its vertical mount option, the Standard 200 tag delivers comparable read range performance even on wet or metal surfaces. The SlimFlex Standard 200 measures 3.27 inches by 0.98 inch by 0.12 inches (83 millimeters by 25 millimeters by 3 millimeters) and the SlimFlex Standard 301 measures 3.42 inches by 0.98 inch by 0.12 inches (87 millimeters by 25 millimeters by 3 millimeters). Both tags are made with Alien Technology's Higgs-3 ICs and feature 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory, a 64-bit tag identifier (TID) and 512 bits of user memory.

ADR's RFID-enabled Workforce Monitoring Service Keeps Tabs on San Antonio Construction Projects
ADR Software has announced that its Workforce Monitor service, which leverages EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology designed to track the number of workers at construction sites, has been selected by Turner Construction for use at six job sites located in San Antonio, Tex., during the next two years. The first deployment is already underway at Thomas Edison High School, and is slated to last for a period of 15 to 20 months, based on projected construction completion. The next school to utilize ADR's solution will begin doing so in August 2013, according to ADR Software's president, Marty Pollak, who adds that the six projects will involve the use of tags for hundreds of workers. Workforce Monitor is designed to help general contractors, owners, project managers and sub-contractors make faster and more informed workforce decisions, create accurate and timely project workforce documentation, meet contractual security obligations, improve safety awareness and response readiness, and reduce exposure to financial risk. Workforce Monitor utilizes EPC Gen 2 RFID tags embedded in all-weather job stickers affixed to hard hats and ID badges, in order to monitor workforce activity throughout the day without delays, interruptions or intrusions. At the Turner Construction projects in San Antonio, the service is leveraging Alien Technology's RFID products, including Alien's Short inlays and UHF RFID antenna units. Workforce Monitor is currently monitoring more than 30,000 workers at construction sites throughout the United States, and has also been employed by other construction service providers, such as Holder Construction (see RFID News Roundup: ADR's Automated Workforce Monitor Service Initiated at Texas Construction Sites) and WS Bellows Construction.

SATO Acquires Stake in Nexgen Packaging to Boost RFID Presence in Global Apparel and Retail Markets
SATO, a provider of bar-code printing, labeling and EPC RFID solutions, has announced a strategic investment in privately held company Nexgen Packaging, a provider of apparel brand-identification and packaging products. SATO has acquired a minority stake of less than 20 percent in Nexgen, according to SATO spokesperson Daphne Tay. Founded in 2006, Nexgen Packaging supplies brand-identification products to both apparel manufacturers and retailers for their private-label programs. Nexgen focuses its efforts on the design, marketing, manufacturing and distribution of woven and printed labels, as well as heat transfers, graphic tags, price tickets and item-level RFID labels and tags. SATO made the investment, Tay explains, in order to increase its market presence beyond Japan and in the apparel manufacturing and retail sectors. SATO has been selling RFID printers for several years, but is presently ramping up its RFID business, she says, adding that the company created a new business, SATO RFID Solutions Co. Ltd., in April 2013. In the near-term, SATO plans to develop additional RFID products, tags and labels, primarily for EPC Gen 2 applications, though the firm currently provides a variety of automatic-identification technologies. Nexgen will continue to operate as an independent entity, she says, and its current management team will remain in place. Going forward, SATO and Nexgen plan to leverage strategic benefits from each other, such as mutual RFID development and deployment, as well as leveraging SATO's global footprint.

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