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RFID News Roundup
Xterprise announces new pricing model for item-level RFID tagging; inventory accuracy, reduced out-of-stocks and increased on-floor availability drive retail RFID adoption, according to report; RFID Canada unveils new family of dual-technology RFID scanners; DAP Technologies launches LTE-enabled ultra-rugged tablet with QWERTY keyboard, RFID; Thinaire launches BLE beacon solution for mobile marketing; Checkpoint Systems and RGIS collaborate on retail RFID implementations; Accenture consumer survey reveals market opportunities in wearable technologies.
Jan 16, 2014—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Xterprise; Tyco Retail Solutions, ChainLink Research; RFID Canada; DAP Technologies; Thinaire; Checkpoint Systems, RGIS; and Accenture.
Xterprise Announces New Pricing Model for Item-Level RFID Tagging
Inventory Accuracy, Reduced Out-of-Stocks and Increased On-Floor Availability Drive Retail RFID Adoption, According to Report
RFID Canada Unveils New Family of Dual-Technology RFID ScannersRFID Canada has unveiled its PT2SCAN scanners, a family of handheld devices that combine high-frequency (HF) RFID technologies—a version with an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader is available upon request—and bar-code scanners. HF RFID standards supported include ISO 15693, ISO 14443 A/B and Near Field Communication (NFC). According to Bob Moroz, RFID Canada's president, the family of scanners can be employed in any asset-tracking applications that require HF NFC RFID or bar-coding, with key markets in the health-care and library sectors. Three models are available: one that offers HF NFC RFID functionality only; a model with HF NFC RFID capability with a 1D laser bar-code scanner; and one with HF NFC RFID and a 2D bar-code imager. The devices are compact, measuring 180 millimeters by 86 millimeters by 45 millimeters (7 inches by 3.4 inches by 1.8 inches), and are lightweight, weighing less than 200 grams (7 ounces). They are ergonomically designed for easy use, without the need of special settings and calibrations, according to RFID Canada. Features include a single push button, four LEDs, one buzzer and one vibrating motor for its control and use, as well as a tamper-proof real-time clock for time-stamping each transaction. The readers can operate in two modes: standalone and online. In standalone mode, the device is fully independent and can store transactions in its internal memory that can later be downloaded once the device is connected to a network. In online mode, the system is controlled by a remote device via the USB or Bluetooth ports. The memory allows for storing up to 10,000 reads or scans, and can run more than 8,000 reads or scans before recharging the battery is necessary.
DAP Technologies Launches LTE-Enabled Ultra Rugged Tablet with QWERTY Keyboard, RFIDDAP Technologies has unveiled the M9020, a LTE-enabled ultra-rugged tablet available with two different RFID backpacks (add-on readers). One backpack can read automatic equipment identification (AEI) active RFID tags used by railroads, while the other can read passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags via Trimble's Micro EPC Gen 2 RFID-embedded reader module. According to DAP Technologies, the tablet provides users with the freedom to carry only a single mobile device to track assets, collect information, synchronize systems, report data, and receive and respond to messages. It was specifically designed for use in harsh environments, such as oil and gas, yard management, manufacturing, and warehouse logistics. In addition to supporting LTE cellular service, the M9020 features other forms of wireless communications as well, such as Gobi 5000, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth, and a form factor that has multiple comfort grips, can be used by either the right or left hand, and can be operated with gloved or bare hands. The tablet has a 7-inch sunlight-viewable touchscreen that is industrial-reinforced, has a glass-on-glass touchscreen, and automatically switches from landscape to portrait view, based on how a user is holding it. It runs Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and optional Windows Embedded Standard 7, comes with a QWERTY keyboard, and features Intel's Atom N2600 processor and a 1.6 dual core processor with 4 gigabytes of standard random access memory (RAM). It has an IP 67 rating and meets the MIL-STD-810G U.S. military standard, signifying that it is protected against dust and can withstand immersions in up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) of water.
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