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RFID News Roundup

Turck releases new compact RFID read-write head, tags ••• Guard RFID announces mobile apps for its AllGuard platform ••• Seagull Scientific updates BarTender software ••• Xerafy settles lawsuit with SenseStone and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics ••• Smartrac unveils Prelams based on NXP's latest Mifare Plus SE chip ••• BluFlux joins DecaWave's partnership program ••• Nursing home in Turkey installs Elpas RTLS from Tyco Security Products ••• Accutech debuts Tag Test Station for wander-prevention and infant-protection systems.
By Beth Bacheldor
Nov 27, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Turck; Guard RFID Solutions; Seagull Scientific; Xerafy, SenseStone Technology, Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics; Smartrac, NXP Semiconductors; DecaWave, BluFlux; Elpas; and Accutech Security.

Turck Releases New Compact RFID Read-Write Head, Tags

Turck has announced the TB-Q08, a small RFID read-write head compliant with the ISO 15693 standard. Measuring 32 millimeters by 20 millimeters by 8 millimeters (1.3 inches by 0.8 inch by 0.3 inch), the TB-Q08 integrates the antenna, electronics and two LEDs that are visible from all directions. The LEDs indicate a functioning power supply, as well as active read-write operations, to the user.

Turck's TB-Q08 RFID read-write head and R10 and R12 tags
The rectangular head is IP 67-rated, indicating it is dustproof and waterproof. With a 15-centimeter- (5.9-inch)-long connection cable with an M12 connector, the TB-Q08 is suitable for use in restricted mounting conditions, such as in small assembly and transport lines, according to Turck.

When combined with Turck's new R10 and R12 tags—measuring 10 millimeters (0.39 inch) and 12 millimeters (0.47 inch) in diameter, respectively—the TB-Q08 works well for the identification of metal objects, the company reports. The new tags, which can be embedded directly in metal, are equipped with a chip that supports password functions, and can be used in conjunction with Turck's BL ident RFID system for tracking goods within a manufacturing environment, enabling basic brand protection, access protection and access-rights management.

Guard RFID Announces Mobile Apps for Its AllGuard Platform

Guard RFID Solutions has announced that its mobile application clients for its AllGuard Active RFID platform are now available as apps that can be downloaded for free at the Apple iTunes and Google Play online stores.

The AllGuard Mobile app displays the locations of tagged personnel and assets, and also displays system events, including alarms and warnings.
The AllGuard platform is used for real-time tracking, location and security solutions for the health-care, enterprise and industrial markets. The platform employs 433 MHz battery-powered tags that use the communication protocol specified in the IEEE 802.15.4f-2012 standard (see Omni-ID and Guard RFID Release Open-Standard 433 MHz Technology) and support the ISO 18000-7 standard. The AllGuard Mobile app lets users monitor tag events and locations while on the move, according to the company, via either Wi-Fi networks or cellular data connections.

AllGuard Mobile provides users with the ability to view tag events and perform queries to locate assets or personnel, in graphical as well as text formats. Notifications of pre-determined tag events, such as those that create alarms or warnings, are displayed even if AllGuard Mobile is running in the background, the company reports. Such events can also be acknowledged and accepted by authorized users that have provided proper credentials. In addition, the app supports the ability to display the entire population of tagged items, so as to determine personnel demographics in the event of, for example, an incident requiring evacuation.

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