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RFID News Roundup

Impinj opens Retail Experience Center ••• Xerafy debuts Slim Trak tag ••• Secura Key adds lockdown, door-status features to access-control software ••• Tageos announces availability of UHF RFID labels with Monza R6 chips ••• Lancom Systems' new device combines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth beacon and electronic shelf label functionality ••• Motorola unveils Keylink, a Bluetooth-enabled tag for tracking items.
By Beth Bacheldor
Dec 04, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Impinj; Xerafy; Secura Key; Tageos; Lancom Systems; and Motorola.

Impinj Opens Retail Experience Center

Impinj has announced the opening of the Retail Experience Center (REC), designed to test and showcase item connectivity applications in real-world retail shopping scenarios. At the 11,000-square-foot REC, located in a former grocery store in Seattle, retail executives, members of the media and others can visit in order to learn about and engage in a wide range of demonstrations and interactions that highlight the value of RFID-based item-level intelligence data, according to Impinj.

Impinj's Retail Experience Center
One of the REC's goals, Impinj reports, is to demonstrate how item-level intelligence enables omnichannel fulfillment, digitally enhanced shopping experiences, loss identification and behind-the-scenes data analytics about shopper activity. In addition, the REC showcases hands-on demonstrations featuring a variety of retail merchandise, with always-on inventory monitoring, real-time location tracking of items, and the ability to engage customer experiences through interactive product displays and fitting rooms.

A group of select sponsors are providing key technology and merchandise, including CreativeSystems, Data2, Intel, Mervin Manufacturing and Smartrac. The Impinj REC is stocked with Mervin's 2014-15 line of Lib Tech snowboards, apparel and accessories, all tagged with RFID. Hangtags and adhesive labels supplied by Smartrac provide unique identifiers for each Lib Tech item. The REC is equipped with Impinj xArray gateways, which provide hands-free, always-on monitoring of tagged items. The information collected by the xArray gateways allows for real-time visibility into product identity, availability and location within a store, while an interactive snowboard display engages visitors with product information as items are placed on a special rack. Smart fitting rooms provide visitors with additional information regarding related products as they bring items in to try on. RFID-enabled tag solutions for jewelry are provided by Data2, and workflow applications from CreativeSystems showcase item intelligence applications on consumer-grade mobile devices. Intel supplied the tablet computers used within the REC.

Xerafy Debuts Slim Trak Tag

Xerafy has announced a new passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag designed to provide customers with the flexibility to use the tag in multiple industrial environments and geographies with different RF regulations. The Slim Trak tag operates across the global frequency band and complies with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C international standards.

Xerafy's Slim Trak tag
According to Xerafy, the new tag will strengthen its product offering for such applications as tool tracking, IT asset management, weapon tracking and more. It features a small footprint, measuring 56.5 millimeters by 5.95 millimeters (2.2 inches by 0.2 inch), and is only 1.3 millimeters (0.05 inch) thick. It offers an on-metal read range of up to 6.5 feet and an off-metal range of up to 4.9 feet. The tag has an IP68 rating, signifying that it is dust- and waterproof, and is designed to withstand impacts, as well as temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to +185 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius), which makes it suitable, the company says, for applications that may involve heat shrinking, molding and strong vibration.

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