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By Beth Bacheldor

DNP, Phoenix Solution Announce New On-Metal RFID Tags

Japanese technology firms Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and Phoenix Solution Co., Ltd. have announced the joint development of a series of EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags that, according to the two companies, can be reliably read when attached to metal objects, even if a tag is affixed to the rear of a metal item, or is inserted between numerous metal parts.

Phoenix Solution's PMT-01W (left) and PMT-06W tags
The PMT series of tags, jointly developed by the two companies, uses the metal to which a tag is attached to help form an antenna, thereby facilitating non-contact communication via the electromagnetic waves generated by the metal itself. The tags are built using standard RFID chips supplied by NXP Semiconductors and Impinj (Phoenix Solution declines to identify the specific chips), support the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-63 RFID standards, and offer 512 bits of memory. The PMT series includes the PMT-01W, which measures approximately 31 millimeters by 53 millimeters by 5 millimeters (1.2 inches by 2 inches by 0.2 inch), and the PMT-06W, which measures about 23 millimeters by 56 millimeters by 5 millimeters (0.9 inch by 2.2 inches by 0.2 inch).

All PMT tags are protected by waterproof and UV-resilient casings that, according to the companies, are flexible enough to be attached to curved surfaces, such as cylinders. They can be used on a variety of items, including anchor bolts, bicycles, golf club shafts, metal cages and metal cylinders. For example, the partners explain, if a PMT tag has been attached to the underside of a manhole cover, it is possible to read the tag from the road and confirm maintenance data without having to open the manhole. The tags will be available early next month, says Koji Wada, Phoenix Solutions' deputy CEO.

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