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Kathrein RFID announces beam-switching UHF reader antenna, handheld UHF reader; AutoCrib unveils RFID portal for smaller environments; Bnai Zion Medical Center expands LogiTag RFID solution for automatically tracking, reordering stock; Delta Microelectronics intros evaluation kit for NFC data-logging chip with temperature sensor; SimplyRFID launches site featuring UHF RFID surveillance solution; Aurnhammer organizes BeaconCrawl event with Manhattan bars.
By Beth Bacheldor

Delta Microelectronics Intros Evaluation Kit for NFC Data-Logging Chip With Temperature Sensor

Thor Evaluation Kit
Delta Microelectronics, a business unit of Delta Danish Electronics, Light & Acoustics has announced the THOR Evaluation Kit for testing the company's Near Field Communication (NFC) Thor chip, an ISO 14443A (NFC Type 2) transponder chip (PICC) designed to perform temperature measurements and store results with a configurable time interval (0.1 s to 10 h). The logging capacity is up to 28 kilobytes. The chip has a credit-card-size antenna and a read range of up to 10 centimeters (3.9 inches). Tamper detection is also supported, and DES hardware encryption is available for data privacy. The evaluation kit includes a single tag with the Thor NFC chip mounted on PCB with an antenna and battery, an RFID reader with a USB interface, and a USB memory stick containing an installation manual, an NFC reader app for Android operating systems and a Microsoft Windows graphical user interface (GUI) tool for logging set-up and readouts, as well as a USB cord. Available now, the THOR Evaluation Kit costs $1,385 (€1,000).

SimplyRFID Launches New Site Featuring UHF RFID Surveillance Solution
RFID systems provider SimplyRFID has announced a new surveillance and asset-tracking website, StingKit.com. The site is designed to provide a variety of educational information regarding how to plan for and implement RFID, as well as specifications on all of the company's hardware and tags, and contact and sales information. Specifically, the site features specs and brochures about the different components of SimplyRFID's Sting Kit, a plug-and-play RFID and video-surveillance solution that reveals, on a facility map, the real-time movements of individuals and assets. The kit supports ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID and includes SimplyRFID's Nox software, developed in-house, that comes pre-installed on a notebook PC. In addition, the kit includes an Impinj Speedway Revolution R220 RFID reader; two Laird Technologies RFID antennas; a high-definition IP camera; 100 Nox-3 synthetic Gen 2 pre-programmed RFID tags for off-metal applications, 10 Nox-TM4 rugged metal-mount Gen 2 RFID tags; a sample variety pack of printable EPC Gen 2 RFID labels and rugged EPC Gen 2 tags; one to two days of training at the SimplyRFID facility in Warrenton, Virginia; and premium support and upgrades for 90 days. The Sting Kit is available now for $4,800.

Aurnhammer Organizes BeaconCrawl Event With Manhattan Bars
Aurnhammer, a digital design and development team in New York City, has announced BeaconCrawl, an interactive bar-crawl event that leverages a mobile application and beacons—battery-powered tags that transmit a unique ID number to nearby devices via the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol. Various makes and models of Bluetooth beacons will be installed in several venues in lower Manhattan, as well as along the pathway of the bar crawl, according to Donn Gobin, Aurnhammer's COO. An iOS application will be available at Apple's AppStore on or around May 2 (the official date is up to Apple, Gobin explains), and will provide bar crawlers with an invitation and specific details about the event. Aurnhammer is developing an app for Android devices as well, though a release date has not yet been specified. Gobin says the BeaconCrawl—which is designed to showcase how clients can use beacons and apps for interactive marketing and advertising—will be much like a scavenger hunt. As participants move along the path or enter venues, the beacons will emit data that will be picked up by the smartphones, which will then serve up alerts, deals and interactive games, as well as clues for the next stop along the crawl. There will be multiple beacons at each venue, the company reports, and those positioned near venue entrances will serve up information as patrons enter. Beacons are starting to appear in a variety live events. For example, Qualcomm's Gimbal Proximity Beacons were used in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival's official 2014 festival application (see RFID News Roundup: Qualcomm's Gimbal Beacon Featured at Tribeca Film Festival>).

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