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EECC's new guide compares read-write performance of 250 UHF tags ••• Vizinex RFID releases compact Sentry Slim Shortie tag ••• ROC IT Solutions announces new module for printing, applying and verifying serialized labels ••• MIT Mobile Experience Lab, Marriott Hotels test NFC-enabled platform designed to encourage guest interaction ••• Ryder Cup tees up RFID technology for spectators.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 11, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: the European EPC Competence Center; Vizinex; ROC IT Solutions; the MIT Mobile Experience Lab, Marriott Hotels; and the Ryder Cup.

EECC's New Guide Compares Read-Write Performance of 250 UHF Tags

The European EPC Competence Center (EECC) has announced its new annual UHF Tag Performance Guide, titled "UHF Tag Benchmark Study," which covers 250 different ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags. The latest edition of the report—the eighth year of its release—measured and compared the read and write performances for each of the tags covered, and it found a variation in tag-write performance of approximately a factor of 10 between the best and worst UHF tags. The EECC was founded by GS1 Germany, Deutsche Post DHL and Metro Group in 2004, with the specific objective of bringing technical acumen and transparency to the RFID industry.

Write versus read performance of 17 tags (click here to view a larger version)
According to the EECC, a number of the tags it tested provided longer read distances or very stable read performance across a wide variety of application scenarios, and there are an increasing number of specialized UHF tags, ranging from high-temperature tags to those capable of withstanding high mechanical forces. The guide also covers new form factors that can be used for standard applications. The latest generation of mount-on-metal tags, for example, is flexible enough to pass through regular UHF tag printers, which was not possible for many of the previous models, according to the EECC, which tested a total of 108 different metal-mount tags, including those made Xerafy, HID Global and Omni-ID.

The new "UHF Tag Benchmark Study" allows professional users to efficiently select the best-suited UHF tags for every imaginable application, according to Conrad von Bonin, the EECC's CEO. This is particularly important today, he says, since the diversity of UHF products is larger than ever, selection criteria is highly complex and key features of UHF tags continue to evolve along multiple, parallel dimensions.

As in previous years, a portion of the testing and analysis work performed to create the new study at EECC was funded by the SMART NRW project, which is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Available now, the study costs €495 annually with a five-year subscription, or €995 as a one-time purchase. All products are shipped in hardcopy.

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