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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.
By Beth Bacheldor

Omni-ID Adds New Tag to Suite of Products for Industrial Logistics Applications

Omni-ID's Exo 800
Omni-ID has added a new tag to its family of Omni-ID Exo products specially designed for logistics industry applications. The Exo 800 tag, which joins the company's existing Exo 600 and Exo 750 models, leverages Impinj's Monza 4QT chip, is suited to returnable transport item (RTI) applications, and features a low profile form factor, allowing for an easy fit and attachment to confined areas typically found in logistics applications, the company reports. The tag measures 4.33 inches by 0.98 inch by 0.51 inch, supports the EPC Gen 2 protocol and features a long read range of up to 8 meters (26 feet), according to Omni-ID. The tag also features a slightly recessed area, allowing for service bureau printing or labeling without interference.

Israel's Herzilya Medical Center Improves Inventory Management Via LogiTag's SmartCabinet
The Herzilya Medical Center (HMC), a private Israeli hospital specializing in advanced therapeutic services, has managed to reduce its inventory by 40 percent and eliminate all expired stock within its catheterization lab, according to LogiTag Systems, which produces the SmartCabinet RFID-enabled solution that HMC is using. With the LogiTag solution, 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags compliant with the ISO 15693 standard are attached to medical supplies. The SmartCabinet's built-in RFID reader, designed and manufactured by LogiTag, then captures when products enter and leave its shelves, and provides access to authorized employees. The SmartCabinet automatically creates a digital record of which items have been removed, as well as by whom. This provides HMC with precise, real-time inventory-management capabilities, allowing its staff to have an accurate view of inventory levels and usage at all time, LogiTag reports. "We are extremely pleased with LogiTag's SmartCabinet solution, already installed in our hospital for nearly two years," said Doron Karmi, HMC's chief technology of operations officer, in a prepared statement. "The problem originated while producing our annual reports, as we were consumed by destructive and expensive disputes with our inventory suppliers. Each side couldn't be sure how much stock was consumed during the past year as our manual system was exposed to paperwork mistakes, shelving problems, expired products and other human errors. Once the SmartCabinet entered the Cath-labs, all of these difficulties were completely eliminated right from the first month. Given these positive results, we are currently considering having the SmartCabinet placed in other facilities including the eye-clinics and operating rooms." LogiTag's technologies are currently being utilized in other hospitals as well. Acute-care facility New York Hospital Queens, located in the Flushing section of New York City, is employing LogiTag's SmartCabinets and other products to automate the management of medical devices and consumables (see New York Hospital Queens Tests RFID Inventory System).

Flomio Intros NFC Antenna Extender for Mobile Devices

Flomio's NFC Band-Aid and Antenna
Flomio, a Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID technology startup, is now offering an antenna extender for RFID-enabled smartphones and tablets. According to Flomio, the NFC Band-Aid is a sticker that can be affixed to NFC-enabled handhelds so that they will be able to scan NFC tags from the backside, as well as from the antenna extender surface. It comes with one antenna extender, the company reports, and can stretch the mobile device's NFC reach by as much as 3 feet. The company says the solution can be used for digital signage, point of sale and other applications. The product has been tuned for Samsung's Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices, Flomio reports, but it can also work with Microsoft WindowsPhone and BlackBerry NFC devices. The Band-Aid is installed by peeling the wax paper from its adhesive face and placing that adhesive face onto the mobile device so that it aligns with and sits behind the device's NFC antenna. The antenna extender is then plugged into the Band-Aid's exposed connector. In February 2013, Flomio launched a service in which it manufactures figurines and other three-dimensional plastic objects containing embedded RFID tags, for applications that include marketing and gaming (see Flomio Brings NFC RFID to 3D Objects). And in October 2012, the company announced the FloJack, a small NFC reader that plugs into newer Apple mobile phones and iPod Touches, as well as iPad and Android devices (see NFC App Developer Flomio Looks to Kickstart Its NFC Reader for Apple Devices).

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