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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

Seagull Scientific Updates BarTender Software

Seagull Scientific has introduced BarTender 2016, the latest version of its software for creating and automating labels, bar codes, RFID cards and more. The software supports a variety of thermal printers that have RFID capability, including those from Zebra Technologies, SATO, Toshiba TEC, Intermec, Datamax-O'Neil, Printronix, Avery Dennison (including Monarch) and Primera.

According to the company, BarTender 2016 introduces new and enhanced capabilities that improve the design and printing experience, making it easier for users to manage and administer enterprise-scale printing operations. New features include the Integration Builder, Print Portal and Administration Console.

BarTender 2016 expands and advances its support for RFID encoding, including added support for EPC URI syntax (both as an input mechanism and as a method of putting human-readable text on a label) and the ability to specify RFID security settings per document. It now supports all encodings from the latest version of GS1's EPC Tag Data Standard (TDS), the company reports, including CPI-VAR and ADI-VAR, and can convert an Electronic Product Code (EPC) to a GS1 application identifier (AI), according to the mapping specified in the TDS, so that a GS1 bar code can easily be sourced from an RFID tag on the same label. There is also more advanced control over EPC Gen 2 security options, including the option to change the password on a per-document or per-label basis.

Xerafy Settles Lawsuit With SenseStone and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics

Xerafy has announced that the patent litigation it filed in the Southern District of New York against two Chinese companies, SenseStone Technologies and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics, has been amicably resolved. Cited in the suit were SenseStone's family of ultra-small metal tags—specifically, the Amber, Jasper, Marble, Opal and Topaz models.

Under the terms of the confidential settlement, SenseStone Technologies and Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics have agreed to take a non-exclusive license to the RFID ceramic tag technology disclosed in Xerafy's U.S. Patent 8,678,295, and will continue to manufacture and commercialize finished ceramic RFID tags in the United States pursuant to that license, according to Xerafy.

Smartrac Unveils Prelams Based on NXP's Latest Mifare Plus SE Chip

Smartrac has announced new Prelam inlays—designed for the manufacturing of finished RFID cards—based on NXP Semiconductors' Mifare Plus SE chip, which enables Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for authentication, data integrity and encryption. According to Smartrac, the new Prelams are tailored for automated fare collection and enterprise access control applications. They are available in PVC, PETG or PC materials.

NXP's Mifare Plus SE chip offers 1K EEPROM and full Mifare Classic backward–compatibility, including value block support, offering a solution for upgrading existing Mifare Classic 1K solutions to 128-bit AES security. According to Smartrac, most Mifare Classic customers can map their existing card layout to Mifare Plus SE.

Smartrac's new Prelam combines all of Mifare Plus SE's benefits with its inherent durability and ability to sustain excellent electrical performance, the company reports. Compliant with all relevant ISO standards, it is particularly suited to automated fare collection and access control.

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