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R-pac International helps Tesco's F&F fashion division deploy RFID at 525 stores ••• Kathrein RFID's automated vehicle ID system up and running at Munich Airport ••• Smartrac introduces BullsEye NFC tag with Sony FeliCa Lite-S chip ••• Times-7's new circular-polarized RFID antenna for large-scale operations ••• Invengo markets its anti-counterfeiting label to U.S. brand owners ••• SATO's PJM RFID technology integrated with diamond-managing software.
By Beth Bacheldor

Times-7's New Circular-Polarized RFID Antenna for Large-Scale Operations

Times-7, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of RFID reader antennas, has launched the Times-7 A5010 SlimLine circular-polarized antenna designed specifically designed for large-scale manufacturing operations. The antenna is suitable for such applications as work-in-process (WIP) tracking, health-care asset tracking and a wide range of asset-tracking applications, Times-7 reports.

Times-7's A5010 SlimLine circular-polarized antenna
The A5010 measures 9.85 inches (250 millimeters) in length and width and 0.55 inch (14 millimeters) in thickness, weighs 1.6 pounds (0.75 kilogram), and features an IP 67 rating, which means it is dustproof, waterproof and able to withstand submersion in liquid for brief periods, so it can be used indoors and outdoors. The right-hand circular-polarized antenna offers a far-field gain of 8.3 dBic and a read range of up to 29 feet (9 meters). The A5010 can be flush-mounted, though a rack-mount accessory is also available. It features an SMA female side connector, and is available for the FCC 902 to 928 MHz and ETSI 864 to 869 MHz frequency bands.

Invengo Markets Its Anti-Counterfeiting Label to U.S. Brand Owners

Invengo is marketing its XC-TF8033 label to regions outside of China for the first time. The tamper-resistant labels are already being used in China for anti-counterfeiting solutions, such as tagging and authenticating high-value liquor, wine and tobacco products. According to Invengo, the XC-TF8033 label—which contains a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 chip with 128 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory—is optimized for use on plastic wine bottle caps, paper documents, paper boxes and glass items, providing high data read and write performance, application flexibility and cost effectiveness.

"It's time the world got access to this fantastic product, which Invengo has proven in China on a massive scale in recent years," says Sio Peng Goi, Invengo's market director. "This tag will impress brand owners wanting to give their consumers greater confidence in the products authenticity. High-value food and beverages can be protected, and we expect to see many of the tags going back into China on imported products, as many consumers are already used to having this seal of authenticity."

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