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RFID News Roundup
Xerafy, C-Logistics and Holland 1916 unveil rugged RFID tag for oil and gas; Mobile Aspects receives patent for iRIScope, uses Feig readers; Scanbuy creates NFC-enabled giant baseball cards for Topps; Techs4Biz intros smartphone app for field-service management with RFID functionality; Omni-ID adds new tag to suite of products for industrial logistics applications; Israel's Herzilya Medical Center improves inventory management via LogiTag's SmartCabinet; Flomio intros NFC antenna extender for mobile devices.
Jul 18, 2013—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Xerafy, C-Logistics, Holland 1916; Mobile Aspects, Feig Electronics; Scanbuy, Topps; Techs4Biz; Omni-ID; LogiTag Systems; and Flomio.
Xerafy, C-Logistics and Holland 1916 Unveil Rugged RFID Tag for Oil and GasXerafy and Holland 1916 have announced that they have teamed up with C-Logistics to offer a new ruggedized RFID tag for metal slings and rigging equipment. The sling tag is designed for logistics and asset-tracking applications in the oil and gas industry, the companies report. The ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) ISO 18000-6 and EPC Gen 2-compliant solution combines a Xerafy Versa Trak small-form factor on-metal RFID tag, which is an ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) plastic housing from Holland 1916. The Versa Trak tag measures 1.97 inches by 0.67 inch by 0.20 inch (50 millimeters by 17 millimeters by 5 millimeters) and has a read range of 23 feet (7 meters) on metal, and 11 feet (3.5 meters) off metal, according to the companies, and the Holland 1916 housing is extremely resistant to shock and abrasion. The solution, the firms add, is also intrinsically safe—an important concern in the oil and gas industry. The tags can be used to provide real-time tracking and visibility into the lifecycle, inspections and maintenance of all slings, rigging and other assets used in the oil and gas industry, and the information culled from the tags is uploaded to C-Logistics' Triton software for the purposes of supply chain and inventory management. "C-Logistics intends to continue to provide safe and accurate logistics services to the oil and gas industry, through the incorporation of new technologies," said Dane Vizier, C-Logistics' general manager, in a prepared statement. "Deploying these new RFID tags will allow us to enhance the abilities of our Triton software system. Our clients and their vendors will benefit from the increased automation, accuracy and safety compliance." The three companies report that they worked together closely to ensure the solution's performance and affordability. "Xerafy, C-Logistics and Holland 1916 worked diligently to ensure that the new sling tags would not only be reliable and accurate, but also cost-effective," said Dennis Khoo, Xerafy CEO's, in the prepared statement. Testing on the solution was completed during the first quarter, and C-Logistics plans to roll out the new tags to its customers later this year.
Mobile Aspects Receives Patent for iRIScope, Uses Feig ReadersMobile Aspects recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had awarded it a patent for its iRIScope RFID-enabled system for tracking endoscopes. Unveiled in October 2008 (see RFID News Roundup: Mobile Aspects Develops RFID-enabled Cabinet for Endoscopes), the smart cabinet is designed to prevent the spread of infection by monitoring the process of sterilizing endoscopes, and to improve inventory management by tracking and time-stamping an endoscope's movements from storage to use, and then to reprocessing and back into storage. The iRIScope cabinet features an RFID reader provided by Feig Electronics. A washable 13.56 MHz passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tag, compliant with the ISO 15693 standard, is affixed to each endoscope, which is then hung within the iRIScope cabinet. A medical worker scans his or her ID badge and a patient's bar-coded ID number (typically affixed to the patient chart) in order to unlock the cabinet, record the patient for which the scope will be used, and then remove a scope. The Feig RFID readers in the cabinet identify which scope was removed, while the software time-stamps and electronically documents that removal, along with which procedure it is being used for and who took it. During cleaning and reprocessing, following the procedure, the iRIScope system time-stamps and electronically documents each movement associated with the reprocessing. Once the entire reprocessing stage is finished, the scope's usage cycle is complete and is again hung to dry within the iRIScope cabinet, where the built-in interrogators record its return. Feig Electronics has also announced the release of its second EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) contactless reader solution. According to Feig Electronics, the new OBID myAXXESS addOn model supports the EMV global standard for credit and debit payment cards based on chip-card technology, overseen by EMVCo, and is designed to be easily retrofitted into existing payment terminals. It features a two-piece design that requires only that small holes be drilled in the payment terminal for a cable connection, between the internally mounted reader and the externally mounted reader antenna, as well as four attachment holes for the unit. The OBID myAXXESS addOn can be utilized in any contactless-payment application, the company notes. It also can be used with Feig Electronics' FlatOne patent-pending design that, according to Feig, enables the reader to be mounted flush against metal vending machines or metal-skinned payment terminals and still achieve full EMVCo Level 1 performance targets for read distance.
Scanbuy Creates NFC-enabled Giant Baseball Cards for Topps
Techs4Biz Intros Smartphone App for Field-Service Management With RFID Functionality
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