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Kontakt.io unveils Cloud Beacon to manage Bluetooth beacons ••• HID Global adds HF tags to SlimFlex portfolio ••• Radius Networks to provide beacons for ATIV's EventPilot conference app ••• NFC tags give voice to London's Talking Statues ••• SeManTiK initiative studies physical endurance of contactless smart cards.
By Beth Bacheldor

HID Global Adds HF Tags to SlimFlex Portfolio

HID's SlimFlex Seal HF tag
HID Global has announced that its Identification Technologies division has added two high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags to its existing SlimFlex Tag portfolio. The two new models—the SlimFlex Tag 200 HF and SlimFlex Seal Tag HF—feature flexible yet robust thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) housings and can withstand repeated bending, torsion and harsh elements, according to HID Global.

The new HF tags join the ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) models in the SlimFlex product line launched by HID in December 2011 (see RFID News Roundup: HID Global Adds Flexible Broadband UHF Tag to Portfolio). All SlimFlex Tags, including the new HF tags, are food-compatible, HID Global reports, and have an IP 68 rating, meaning they are waterproof. The tags are designed to withstand rugged use, providing high resistance to aggressive liquids and ultraviolet (UV) rays, as well as stability at high and sub-freezing temperatures.

The HF SlimFlex tags feature NXP Semiconductors' I-Code SLIx chip with 1024 bits of memory and comply with the ISO 15693 standard. Both models measure 3.3 inches by 1.0 inch by 0.1 inch (83 millimeters by 25 millimeters by 3 millimeters) and come in a high-visibility yellow color. The SlimFlex Tag 200 HF mounts flush to an object, even to irregular or cylindrical surfaces, by means of industrial glues, screws or standard cable ties. The SlimFlex Seal Tag HF has a similar, high-visibility rectangular housing, with an integrated nylon plastic cable tie that measures 15.0 inch by 0.3 inch by 0.1 inch (380 millimeters by 6 millimeters by 2 millimeters). The SlimFlex Seal Tag HF is designed for sealing industrial containers, bags, bins and boxes, to prevent unauthorized access to contents while in storage or during distribution.

Radius Networks to Provide Beacons for ATIV's EventPilot Conference App

EventPilot conference app
ATIV Software, a provider of event apps for medical and scientific meetings, has announced a partnership with Radius Networks. Under the terms of the deal, Radius Network will provide its RadBeacon Bluetooth beacons for meeting professionals using ATIV's EventPilot conference app who wish to send targeted messages to event attendees based on their indoor location. EventPilot displays specific messages depending on a participant's position at the venue, according to ATIV Software. Event planners can easily alert participants regarding attendee services, special events and conference sponsors, the company reports, or integrate with event gamification, such as scavenger hunts.

Announced in February 2014 (see RFID News Roundup: Radius Networks Announces USB-powered Bluetooth Beacon), Radius Networks' beacons use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to transmit a unique ID number to notify cell phones and other mobile devices when they come within 100 feet. Unlike beacon devices that require batteries, the RadBeacon comes in the form of a USB dongle that can be powered by any available USB power source.

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