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RF Code launches new mobile management platform for data centers; IMI's CreativeLift lifting magnets now come with InfoChip RFID technology; STid intros new modular RFID access-control reader, configurable wirelessly via Impinj chip; Spanish startup ThirteenFiftySix developing NFC wristband to control smartphones; Savi releases Savi Mobile Tracking System 2.4; Haldor, Belimed team up on real-time surgical instrument-management system.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 19, 2013

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: RF Code; Industrial Magnetics Inc.; InfoChip Systems; STid; Impinj; ThirteenFiftySix; Savi Technology; Haldor Advanced Technologies; and Belimed.

RF Code Launches New Mobile Management Platform for Data Centers

RF Code's Asset Manager Mobile software
RF Code has announced Asset Manager Mobile, an asset-management software application for iPads, tablets and smartphones, as well as interactive desktop graphing and charting capabilities. According to the company, the software extends the reach of RF Code's IT asset-tracking and environmental-monitoring solutions, and provides data-center managers with access to real-time data regarding their facilities, from any location and at any time. Within a dynamic environment, such as a data center, in which large technology enterprises have recorded as many as 45 percent of assets changing locations within a year, collecting real-time data—and being able to access that information at the actual time during which a process or event occurs—is an absolute necessity to effectively managing operations, the company says. The app, which runs on Apple iOS or Android devices, provides a global search feature to quickly access any location, asset or sensor defined in the system. Alert conditions (such as security violations, or elevated temperature or humidity readings) are also sent directly to the Asset Manager Mobile software, enabling immediate, proactive responses to critical issues. In addition, it includes reporting, charts and graphs that can be studied and drilled into for more specific details. The software works with RF Code's 433 MHz active RFID tags and readers for asset and environmental monitoring. Asset Manager Mobile is designed to enable easy access to locate, browse, view, add, edit and delete assets and RFID tags. According to RF Code, several companies—including FedEx, Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg, eBay, Vodafone and others—are currently using RF Code's active RFID system to monitor assets and environmental conditions. Asset Manager Mobile is slated to be made available next month through the Apple App Store and Google play at no cost.

IMI's Lifting Magnets Now Come With InfoChip RFID Technology

IMI's CreativeLift lifting magnet
Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI), a provider of lifting magnets and magnetic separators used by manufacturers to extract metal from products, has announced its CreativeLift lifting magnet with RFID. The CreativeLift magnet, used for handling steel plates, die castings, forgings and other items, eliminates the need for clamping devices, slings or chains, according to IMI. The RFID technology is designed to make it easier and more accurate in identifying the lifts, as well as in tracking plant maintenance operations. The RFID technology, provided by InfoChip Systems, includes Near Field Communication (NFC) passive high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz RFID tags and handheld interrogators. A tag is affixed to the CreativeLift magnet, and maintenance and quality personnel can document the lift magnet's location, inspection history, safety compliance and maintenance record, using the handhelds as part of their company's control programs. IMI has been tagging its magnetic separators, which are employed at bulk-processing plants—particularly those operated by food companies striving to ensure that no stray metal ends up in products—since 2012 (see RFID Attracts Interest for Magnetic Separators).

STid Intros Modular HF RFID Access-Control Reader, Configurable Wirelessly Via Impinj Chip

STid's Architect access-control reader
French RFID firm STid has announced Architect, its new RFID-enabled, modular, secure access-control reader that leverages contactless chip technologies. The reader design features a common RFID core that can be placed inside a variety of polycarbonate casings, including one equipped with a keypad, a fingerprint sensor or a touchscreen, so each reader can be tailored to a customer's specific needs. The reader can be also be customized with color and logos. The device is compatible with the ISO 14443A, ISO 14443B and ISO 18092 standards, and supports simultaneous reading of all chips in NXP Semiconductors's Mifare family: Ultralight, Classic (1 or 4 kilobytes), Ultralight C, Mifare Plus S and X (2 or 4 kilobytes), and DESFire. It also supports more specific products, such as the CPS3 card used by French health professionals (IAS protocol), Moneo and Near Field Communication (NFC) identification. The Architect can also be reprogrammed onsite to upgrade to future technological options, STid reports. The reinforced polycarbonate casing is rugged enough for both indoor and outdoor use, according to the company, while the core and modules (excluding the connectors) are rated IP 65, which means that testing has confirmed them to be dustproof and waterproof. Integrated into the Architect is an Impinj Monza X-2K Dura ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID chip to enable the device to be configured via an EPC Gen 2 RFID reader. The Architect features a variety of data security mechanisms, implementing such public encryption algorithms as TDES, AES, RSA, HMAC-SHA-2 and more. The reader also features an accelerometer-based tamper-protection system; the accelerometer can sense tampering, and can alert a customer so that the reader's authentication keys can be deleted. The firm also indicates it has received First Level Security Certification (CSPN), a high-level accreditation for information system security products governed by the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information (ANSSI), a French government agency. According to STid, the certification recognizes the company's technological and security expertise.

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