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By Beth Bacheldor

Fujitsu Launches UHF RFID Tag for Fashion Apparel, Accessories

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. has unveiled a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag suitable for fashion apparel, garments and accessories. Fujitsu's new WT-A522L tag is about the size of a typical shirt collar stay, according to the company, and is virtually invisible when installed in the sheerest of garments.

The WT-A522L tag measures 55 millimeters by 10 millimeters by 0.3 millimeters (2.2 inches by 0.4 inch by 0.1 inch) and is suitable for typical home washing or dry-cleaning. Additionally, Fujitsu says, it is ironing-safe. The tag is made from transparent materials, making it suitable for apparel and accessories made of fine silks, lace and other sheer materials. It is designed to provide fashion designers and retailers with protection against counterfeiting and fraud, as well as more precise tracking of rental garments and accessories at the item level, without employees having to individually read bar codes. According to the company, the tag can easily be sewn into a hem or seam or under a manufacturer's label, and Fujitsu is also offering an adhesive version of the tag for use on shoes, handbags and accessories.

Fujitsu's WT-A522L tag
The new tag enables bulk reading of hundreds of articles simultaneously within seconds, Fujitsu claims, with a reading range of more than 6 feet. Bulk reading enables streamlined automated processes and significant reductions in labor costs compared with those of typical bar-codes system—which, according to the company, require that each individual garment be processed manually. The tag conforms to the EPC Gen 2 specification, and each tag has a unique ID number pre-encoded in its Electronic Product Code (EPC), thereby inhibiting fraud and counterfeiting.

The WT-A522L tag is expected to be made available at the end of the first quarter of 2016. Fujitsu will show the new tag at its booth (#3805), during the National Retail Federation's 2016 convention and expo.

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