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RFID News Roundup

CipherLab intros software suite for its 8600 mobile computers; Great Wolf Lodge New England implements PDC's Smart Band RFID system; Norway's postal service deploys HID Global access-control technology; Lab ID unveils new NFC tag; U.S. postal service issues RFP for sensors and Internet of Things; TransTech systems adds UHF to integrated RFID solutions portfolio; new IoT survey from Fortinet reveals concerns about data security and privacy.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 26, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: CipherLab; Precision Dynamics Corp., Great Wolf Resorts; HID Global, Norway Post; Lab ID; U.S. Postal Service; TransTech Systems, Visualant; and Fortinet.

CipherLab Intros Software Suite for Its 8600 Mobile Computers
CipherLab has introduced a software suite for its CipherLab 8600 series mobile computers, which comes with an optional 13.56 MHz read-write RFID reader supporting tags compliant with the ISO 14443A, ISO 14443B and ISO 15693 standards. Designed for warehousing, distribution center and manufacturing applications, the 8600 handhelds weigh 240 grams (8.5 ounces) and have an IP-65 rating, meaning that testing has confirmed them to be dustproof and waterproof standards. , According to CipherLab, they can withstand a 1.8-meter (5.9-foot) drop resistance and 1,000 tumbles at 1 meter (3.3 meters). The mobile computer series runs on CipherLab's operating system (OS), and is equipped with WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The 8600 series' new software suite includes the Forge Application Generator, designed to help non-programmers more easily create applications without writing codes, CipherLab reports. According to the company, the Forge application generator comes bundled with Remote Console, intended to help organizations manage multiple mobile devices on a PC, and Text Browser, which enables Web-based applications via the Internet. Mirror Terminal Emulator can extend complex mainframe applications to the 8600 series, while the C compiler and BASIC complier can be used to develop more complex applications.

Great Wolf Lodge New England Implements PDC's Smart Band RFID System

Great Wolf's PDC wristband
Precision Dynamics Corp. (PDC) has announced that its Smart Band RFID wristband system has been implemented at another Great Wolf Resorts property. Great Wolf Lodge New England, in Fitchburg, Mass., is using the system for electronic access control and cashless payments. The indoor waterpark is the latest of eight Great Wolf Lodge resorts to introduce PDC's RFID wristband technology to enhance the guest experience (see Great Wolf Lodge Combines Storytelling With RFID and Great Wolf Water Park Launches RFID). PDC's RFID technology leverages 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags embedded in the wristbands, and can be used for keyless room entry; food purchases, game tokens and other items, as well as for entering the resort's water park. The wristbands also act as a means of identifying the patrons as guests. "Families at Great Wolf Lodge New England love the convenience the Smart Ban provides. The technology allows our guests to leave cash and credit cards in their suite so they have fewer things to carry during their day," said Rajiv Castellino, Great Wolf Resorts' CIO, in a prepared statement. "The Smart Band allows guests to make dining, arcade and souvenir purchases, easily access their resort suite, and have one less thing to worry about keeping tracking of. They can focus on having fun." PDC's Smart Band can be customized, PDC reports, and is offered in a variety of colors and material options, including plastic, silicone and woven fabric. The Smart Band is available with nontransferable SecurSnap closures, and in re-wearable styles for single-day use or for a season pass program.

Norway's Postal Service Deploys HID Global Access-Control Technology

Norway Post's multi-functional card and HID Global's multiCLASS SE reader
HID Global has announced that its RFID-enabled physical access-control solutions—including its multiCLASS SE readers and multi-technology cards supporting standard iCLASS and HID Prox—have been deployed by Posten Norge (Norway Post) to improve security in its operations. HID Global's multiclass SE readers can be used to interrogate a variety of 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags (iCLASS Seos and iCLASS SE credential platforms, standard iCLASS, Mifare, and Mifare DESFire EV1 with custom data models) and form factors, including mobile devices utilizing Seos. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway Post has more than 20,000 employees and more than 1,400 points of sale throughout the country, via traditional post offices and in-store post offices at supermarkets and other retail outlets. According to HID Global, Norway Post sought an advanced access-control solution for its Robsrud Terminal, where more than 60 percent of all the mail in Norway is handled. An HID Global customer since the mid-1990s, Norway Post requested an access-card system that would work with various HID Global card readers and Norway Post's three different access-control systems; provide the ability to upgrade its readers, but not all the associated existing controllers; support multi-functional applications, such as time and attendance, canteen payment and secure printing; support multi-technology cards, enabling them to seamlessly migrate from existing legacy technologies, such as magnetic stripe cards, to newer, more advanced technologies; and more. The new cards supplied to Norway Post were manufactured with a high-durability composite material, HID Global reports, and are used for multiple applications, including secure printing and scanning, as well as clocking into and out of a time-and-attendance system. In addition, HID Global's partner network of third-party application developers created applications for the cards that enabled discounts on railways, payments in canteens, and vehicle access control. Norway Post currently has 40 installations in Norway, with approximately 3,500 card readers 18,000 active cards, HID Global says. "The solution has improved our security and lowered our costs, since it is much easier to replace a card than a key if you lose it," said Arnfinn Nordheim, Norway Post's security director, in a prepared statement.

Lab ID Unveils New NFC Tag

Lab ID's IN610B tag
Italian RFID company Lab ID has announced a new version of its Near Field Communication (NFC) tag. The IN610B tag, an updated version of the company's IN610 model, has a newly designed antenna intended to improve performance and stability. According to Sylwia Broda, a member of Lab ID's sales and marketing team, the antenna in both the new and previous versions is a double-layer antenna. "With the newer product, we introduced a compensation mechanism between the top and bottom layer of the antenna," Broda explains. "This helps to avoid even slight shifts in resonant frequency of the inlay, and makes it more stable." In addition, she reports, the IN610B takes advantage of newer NFC chips that have been introduced, including the NTAG 212/210 chips from NXP Semiconductors, since the original version was introduced. Other chips supported include NXP's Mifare Ultralight, Ultralight EV1 and other Mifare family ICs (Classic and DESfire). According to Lab ID, the IN610B measures 19 millimeters (0.7 inch) in diameter and is suitable for smart advertising, brand protection and authentication. What's more, the company adds, the tag has been optimized to be read via any smartphone equipped with an NFC reader. It is available in a wet (adhesive) inlay format, but can also be supplied in the form of a polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) label, and is suitable for thermal transfer printing, upon request. The company says it guarantees a wide series of value-added services, including RFID encoding and variable data printing.

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