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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.
Omni-ID Adds New Tag to Suite of Products for Industrial Logistics ApplicationsOmni-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
Flomio Intros NFC Antenna Extender for Mobile DevicesFlomio, 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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