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New Identec Solutions tag combines RFID, GPS, satellite communications ••• Beaconinside launches second-gen beacon hardware and software ••• Thinfilm receives $350K through FlexTech Alliance to extend sensor platform ••• Global RFID market for retail to near $4 billion in 2019, Technavio finds ••• Schreiner LogiData unveils new NFC label for Android smartphones.
By Beth Bacheldor
Oct 29, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Identec Solutions; Beaconinside; Thinfilm, FlexTech Alliance; Technavio Research; and Schreiner LogiData.

New Identec Solutions Tag Combines RFID, GPS, Satellite Communications

Identec Solutions has announced a new asset-tracking tag designed for the oil and gas industry. The I-Q350LX GPS SAT tag combines RFID, GPS and satellite communications technologies, is ATEX-certified and is built to withstand harsh environments, according to the company. The tag can transmit its GPS position either via RFID or via the globally available Globalstar satellite network, Identec Solutions reports.

Identec's i-Q350LX GPS-SAT tag
The i-Q350LX GPS-SAT is a battery-powered tag that transmits an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) signal that can be received by Identec readers located up to 250 meters (800 feet) away. The tags can also receive location-related data via 125 kHz signals from i-Mark position markers, and then forward those i-Marks' ID numbers to an Identec reader (such as Identec's i-Port M350, i-Card CF 350 or i-Port 4-350). It features Globalstar's simplex satellite transmitter, according to Identec Solutions—a benefit for customers who need to monitor containers and high-value assets dispersed in remote and harsh environments with maximized efficiency of both power and cost. A user can turn off the satellite transmitter by means of the tag's RFID module, the company adds, thereby significantly reducing the monthly communication costs.

The I-Q350LX GPS SAT tag is rated IP69K (indicating it can withstand shock, vibration and water) and has an ATEX/IECEx Zone 0 certification for use in hazardous explosive environments. Identec Solutions has added the iQ350LX GPS/SAT tag to it existing solution platform, WatcherLogistics, developed specifically for oil and gas companies carrying out operations all around the globe, both land-based and offshore.

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