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RFID News Roundup

Noahcard releases RFID tags, inlays based on Monza R6 chip ••• Star Systems International expands into EMEA market ••• Blue Bite unveils esca Bluetooth beacons, cloud-based dashboard ••• RetailNext adds beacon-based employee data to its retail analytics solutions ••• Arrowsmith & Grant integrates SATO RFID technology into medical refrigerators ••• Univ. of Wisconsin athletics dept. adopts beacon solution from YinzCam, Gimbal.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 03, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Noahcard; Star Systems International; Blue Bite; RetailNext; SATO, Arrowsmith & Grant Refrigeration; the University of Wisconsin, YinzCam, and Gimbal.

Noahcard Releases RFID Tags, Inlays based on Monza R6 Chip

Noahcard, a Chinese manufacturer of RFID tags and smart cards, has broadened its portfolio of RFID inlays and tags with new passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags based on Impinj's Monza R6 chip. The Monza R6 is designed to make tags more sensitive than those employing other chips, with a longer read range and new features aimed at increasing the yield of properly functioning tags during manufacturing and encoding processes. In addition, Noahcard reports, the Monza R6 chip design offers technologies like AutoTune (for automatic environmental detuning compensation), Enduro (for better consistency of tag performance) and Integra (for data integrity and reliability).

Noahcard's M6009 inlay
Launching the new RFID inlays and tags, Noahcard says, enables it to offer more compelling solutions for applications such as apparel, brand protection, industrial automation, sports timing and supply chain management.

There are 13 new RFID inlays and tags, ranging from the M6001, with an antenna dimension of 70 millimeters by 14 millimeters (2.8 inches by 0.6 inch), to the M6013, with an antenna dimension of 22 millimeters by 8 millimeters (0.9 inch by 0.3 inch). The new inlays and tags are size-optimized for different labels and available in dry, wet or paper formats. In accordance with the specifications of Impinj's Monza R6 chip, Noahcard's RFID inlays and tags are available in operating frequencies from 860 MHz to 960 MHz.

Star Systems International Expands into EMEA Market

Star Systems International (SSI), an RFID hardware, tag and professional services provider based in Hong Kong, has announced plans to aggressively expand into the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market. To lead the expansion, the company has appointed Julie Cooper as its senior executive manager for EMEA. Cooper will focus on expanding SSI's business into the EMEA region, the company reports, and on building a strong partner program that will deliver SSI's reader and transponder products to the market.

Cooper, an RFID industry veteran, brings a wealth of channel-management and business-development experience to SSI, according to the company. She has more than 20 years' experience in the automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) market, 12 of which were specifically focused on RFID. She has served in positions of increasing responsibility at Zebra Technologies, SAMSys, Sirit, Federal Signal Technologies and 3M (which now owns SAMSys and Sirit). Cooper will be based in the United Kingdom.

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