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RFID News Roundup

DAP Technologies, Omni-ID partner on rugged tablet with active and passive RFID readers; Flagler Hospital streamlines caregiver communications with Ekahau's RFID-over-Wi-Fi; Spanish integrator unveils NFC-enabled laundry-tracking service; RFID in Europe launches RFID&U Web site for consumers; Star Systems' RFID decals receive certification from OmniAir; IBM, Semtech partner to give the Internet of Things greater distance.
By Beth Bacheldor
Oct 17, 2013

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: DAP Technologies; Omni-ID; Ekahau; STEL Solutions; RFID in Europe; Star Systems International; Star RFID Co.; OmniAir Consortium; IBM; and Semtech.

DAP Technologies, Omni-ID Partner on Rugged Tablet With Active and Passive RFID Readers

The DAP M9010 tablet
DAP Technologies, a unit of Roper Industries, and Omni-ID, have introduced a new rugged tablet that can incorporate both active and passive RFID reader capabilities into a single, integrated form. The DAP M9010 rugged tablet can include either a reader for ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive tags; a 433 MHz active reader designed by Omni-ID, based on its proprietary gateway technology and intended for use with Omni-ID's ProView tags (which combine active RFID and an EPC Gen 2 passive inlay); or both interrogators. The combination of both the UHF and active RFID technologies in a single tablet lets customers carry only one mobile device to track assets, collect information, synchronize systems, report data, and receive and respond to messages. The UHF reader has a read range of 7 to 20 feet (2.1 to 6.1 meters) depending on tag type, and a write range that is 70 percent of the read range for TransCore's eGo Plus and eGo passive tags (TransCore is one of DAP's sister companies), or tags compliant with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, and 100 percent of the read range for TransCore's IT2000 (Allegro) tag. The tablet also offers wireless USB connectivity that can be used to stream data, voice and HD video at high speeds, and a Qualcomm Gobi 3000 embedded module so the M9010 can connect to multiple broadband carriers for mobile Internet. According to the companies, the M9010 features a Windows-based application for easy integration (Windows 7), an easy-to-carry or -mount rugged form factor for multipurpose use, a sunlight viewable touchscreen, bar-code reader capability and optimized power management for extended use without docking. It is also IP 67-rated (signifying that it is dustproof and waterproof), able to withstand submersion in water for brief periods, and intrinsically safe.

Flagler Hospital Improves Caregiver Communications With Ekahau's RFID-over-Wi-Fi

Ekahau B4 RFID badge
Ekahau has announced that Flagler Hospital has implemented its RFID-over-Wi-Fi real-time location system (RTLS) within the hospital's behavioral-health unit, to help improve caregiver communications and streamline workflows The RTLS solution, consisting of Ekahau's Wi-Fi-based RFID tags, infrared (IR) beacons to make location data more granular and Ekahau Vision software, provides what Ekahau refers to as proximity-based geo-messaging to improve coordination of patient care and communications between nurses and physicians. Flagler's caregivers wear Ekahau's battery-powered B4 RFID badges during their shifts; if assistance is needed, a worker presses one of two badge buttons. The Ekahau Vision software captures and interprets that person's location and other information, and then transmits that location and other emergency details to nearby coworkers. The calls are displayed on the badges' light-emitting diodes (LED) as text messages. The solution eliminates the need for map lookups, according to Ekahau, and caregivers can also search for other employees on real-time, Web-based floor plans, using the Ekahau Vision software. Other health-care organizations that are using the company's RFID-over-Wi-Fi RTLS solution include Josef-Ecker-Stift Neuwied, a senior-citizens home and nursing facility (see RFID News Roundup: German Senior Citizens Home Implements Ekahau Wi-Fi RTLS).

Spanish Integrator Unveils NFC-enabled Laundry-Tracking Service
Spanish technology integrator STEL Solutions has announced a service—known as STEL Laundry—that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags attached to garments to help track and manage inventory, as well as reduce handling errors when items are sent for cleaning. The service is designed for nursing homes and other companies that handle large volumes of garments, such as industrial laundries. According to Jesus Mora, STEL Solutions' founder and CEO, the service combines NFC RFID technology, cloud computing and an application that can be downloaded on a mobile phone. "The aim of STEL Laundry is to save time and money in clothing classification tasks in geriatrics and other scenarios," Mora explains. The service employs NFC tags provided by Tagsys, as well as NFC-compatible Android smartphones, and also works with desktop NFC RFID readers from Tagsys and Feig Electronic. The reusable passive RFID tags are about the size of a button, STEL Solutions reports, and are capable of withstanding laundry processes.

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