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RFID News Roundup
Farsens unveils battery-free RFID magnetometer sensor tag; Hong Kong RFID Ltd. announces upgraded industrial handheld reader; Checkpoint report finds shrinkage cost retailers $112 billion, but RFID usage is mixed; Wyoming Medical Center tracks supply replenishment via LogiTag RFID system; AMS schedules multi-project wafer start dates for analog foundry customers in 2014; Quake Global announces modems supporting new Inmarsat-Orbcomm global satellite M2M standard.
Nov 14, 2013—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Farsens, STMicroelectronics; Hong Kong RFID Ltd.; Checkpoint Systems; LogiTag Systems; AMS; Quake Global, Inmarsat and Orbcomm.
Farsens Unveils Battery-Free RFID Magnetometer Sensor TagFarsens, a provider of passive RFID-enabled sensor technology and wireless sensor networks, has introduced the Magneto, a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of measuring magnetic fields. The Magneto, compliant with the EPC Gen 2 RFID standard, allows for a wide range of opportunities to monitor magnetic fields in applications for which accessibility is restricted or battery use is not recommended, according to Farsens. The company cites such applications as retrofitting piping systems (rust monitoring), industrial process automation (actions based on magnetic field changes) or using the tags as smart dust devices for military or homeland security purposes. The tag features an LIS3MDL magnetometer from STMicroelectronics, Farsens reports, with a measurement range from ±4 gauss to ±16 gauss, and comes in a variety of antenna designs and sizes to adapt performance to the required application in the 860 to 960 MHz band. The Magneto's reading distance is around 1.5 meters (5 feet), and it can be embedded in a wide variety of materials, such as plastics or concrete. In a product brief, Farsens notes that while commercial EPC Gen 2-compliant readers can be used to interrogate the tag, some considerations must be taken into account. For example, as the tag has a large supply capacitor connected to VDD (the IC's power supply pin), the system's power-up will be slow and can last for several seconds. In order to speed up the charge process, the reader must be configured to send power as continuously as possible, the company explains in the product brief. Once the supply capacitor is charged, the tag will respond with its Electronic Product Code (EPC). From this point forward, memory-access commands can be used to control the LIS3MDL sensor. Evaluation kits of the Magneto battery-free RFID sensor tag are available now.
Hong Kong RFID Ltd. Announces Upgraded Industrial Handheld D ReaderHong Kong RFID Ltd., an RFID hardware manufacturer, distributor and consultancy firm operating in Hong Kong and the South China Region, has announced the Empress HH (HKRAR-EM02-HH) mobile reader, an upgraded model that the company says is an all-in-one handheld 2.4 GHz Active RFID reader with an rugged industrial design. Weighing 280 grams (9.9 ounces) and measuring 158 millimeters by 78 millimeters by 28 millimeters (6.2 inches by 3 inches by 1.1 inches), the Empress HH is designed to be lightweight and compact in size, so it can be easily carried and used anywhere, the company reports. It has an IP 65 rating, signifying that testing has confirmed it to be dustproof and waterproof, that it can operate in temperatures ranging from -10 degrees to +50 degrees Celsius (14 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit), and that it can withstand relative humidity of up to 95 percent (non-condensing) and a fall of up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) onto polished concrete, according to Hong Kong RFID. It features 256 megabytes of random-access memory (RAM) and 256 megabytes of read-only memory (ROM), uses the Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 operating system, and has a keyboard, a hands-free speaker, a microphone/receiver, a headset port, USB client and DC power inputs, an RS232C interface and an Ethernet RJ45 option. The device features a 3.5-inch display and a stylus touchscreen interface. The Empress HH works well with a full range of Empress 2.4 GHz active transponders, the company reports, including the Hussar, Garrison and Tempcorder series, according to Hong Kong RFID. It also reports important transponder parameters, such as RSSI and battery status. The Empress HH replaces Hong Kong RFID's Empress HKRAR-5080EM model, which will be discontinued.
Checkpoint Report Finds Shrinkage Cost Retailers $112 Billion, But RFID Usage Is Mixed
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