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Alien Technology introduces new Higgs4-based inlays ••• Many RFID-adopting retailers report more than 5 percent improvement in gross margins ••• Kereon to distribute Tageos RFID labels in Latin America ••• Onyx unveils Enterprise Beacon ••• A2B Tracking Solutions, Impinj partner on asset-tracking solutions ••• Identiv launches new service for developing Internet of Things products ••• URevu announces customer-service app using wearable beacons.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jan 29, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Alien Technology; Kurt Salmon; Tageos, Kereon; Onyx; A2B Tracking Solutions, Impinj; Identiv; and URevu.

Alien Technology Introduces New Higgs4-Based Inlays

Alien Technology has announced its largest rollout of new ultrahigh frequency (UHF) RFID inlays made with the company's Higgs4 chip, compliant with the EPCglobal Gen 2 (V1.2.0) and ISO 18000-6C standards.

ALN-9714 Bio
The ALN-9714 Bio inlay is designed for use in pharmaceutical applications, especially glass vials or ampules containing fluids or powders. It features a small form factor—15 millimeters by 17 millimeters (0.59 inch by 0.67 inch)—and offers read-write distances compatible with usage in pharmaceutical production facilities and handheld reader usage for logistics and supply chain.

The ALN-9741 Doc inlay measures 95 millimeters by 8 millimeters (3.74 inches by 0.32 inch), the company reports, and is designed for use on paper products, such as documents and file folders, for which tags may be used in close proximity to each other. This tag is dielectrically matched to paper, cardboard and similar printed stock. The thin outline is designed to make the inlay extremely tolerant to close placement of multiple tags, minimizing the risk of the tags shadowing or detuning each other. Together, these properties make this inlay suitable for use on documents or files that are tightly packed together with many tags in close proximity to each other.

The ALN-9730-E Squiglette-E inlay is a narrower version of Alien's general-purpose Higgs4 Squiggle model. The E version is a new design of the ALN-9730 Squiglette that is specially tuned for the most challenging applications, using the European UHF RFID frequency band (865.6 to 867.6 MHz). According to Alien, the new design features narrower antenna lines, different coupling, an inner loop that meets the main antenna with a larger common area, and other differences that impact a tag's behavior.

ALN-9741 Doc
Additionally, Alien is introducing several new product variants of existing tags, including narrow and rotated versions of the previously announced ALN-9720 HiScan RFID inlay (which Alien says is particularly effective with handhelds or other lower-power readers) and re-pitched version of the ALN-9728 GT inlay. The original pitch version continues to be supported, while the new ALN-9728-35 offers the tighter 35-millimeter pitch useful to some converters.

The new inlays and variants are part of the company's lineup of 15 inlay products, and all are available today.

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