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By Beth Bacheldor

Infratab Introduces Smartphone Sensor Tags for Monitoring Perishables

Infratab, a provider of sensors and software to monitor, track and communicate a perishable's condition throughout the supply chain, has introduced two new RFID sensor battery-assisted passive tags as part of its Freshtime temperature-tracking solution.

The two new tags—the Freshtime NFC and the Freshtime Dual—are intended for use in monitoring and recording the shelf life and environmental temperatures of temperature-sensitive goods. Both can operate in a temperature range of -30 degrees Celsius to +70 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit to +158 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Freshtime NFC can be read by a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphone (the older tags in the Freshtime product line require an RFID EPC Gen 2 reader to set up the tag and retrieve the data stored on it). The Freshtime NFC tag combines NXP's NTG I²C chip with a battery-powered sensor, and supports a read range of up to 10 centimeters (4 inches). Prospective users include farmers, small growers, businesses and restaurateurs.

The Freshtime Dual tag is made with two RFID chips (NXP's Ucode I²C and NFC RFID NTAG I²C models), enabling it support ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 and high-frequency (HF) NFC RFID technologies. The tag can be attached and started in the field (using only a smartphone) and then be read by packinghouses, consumer brands and retailers via EPC Gen 2 devices. The UHF RFID chip provides an operating distance of up to 10 meters (30 feet) with battery assistance, in order to increase range upon command, while the NFC tag provides a range of up to 10 centimeters (4 inches).

Infratab says it has other tags in the works: one for oyster sacks, capable of withstanding both the oyster and the ocean, and another for frozen goods, which lets handlers know whether a product has thawed and been refrozen.

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