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HID Global intros ceramic Brick and Slimflex on-metal tags ••• GAO RFID launches new 2.45 GHz active readers ••• Smartrac unveils extra-compact UHF RFID inlays for retail applications ••• OnlineLabels.com adds RFID labels to product lineup ••• Datalogic acquires 20 percent stake in CAEN RFID ••• TimBar uses Shelfbucks' beacon platform for point-of-purchase displays.
By Beth Bacheldor

Smartrac Unveils Extra-Compact UHF RFID Inlays for Retail Applications

Smartrac has introduced its new Accessory and Bling passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID inlays, adding to the company's existing portfolio of RAIN RFID products. The Accessory inlay is optimized for accessory and cosmetics applications, according to Smartrac, while the even tinier Bling is designed especially for jewelry.

Smartrac Accessory
The Accessory inlay has a die-cut size of 33 millimeters by 18 millimeters (1.3 inches by 0.7 inch), allowing it to be easily converted into a small hangtag for accessories or cosmetic items, Smartrac reports. The Bling inlay has a die-cut size of 25 millimeters by 15 millimeters (1.0 inch by 0.6 inch), enabling easy conversion into a small hangtag especially designed for jewelry.

Both are equipped with Impinj's Monza R6 chip, which is designed to make such tags more sensitive, with a longer read range and features to help increase the yield of properly functioning tags during manufacturing and encoding processes (see New Impinj Chip Promises Higher Sensitivity, Read Range and Flexibility). The Monza R6 comes with an Autotune feature, which Smartrac says helps its inlays work at peak efficiency, even in rapidly changing environments. Both inlays offer a unique tag identifier (TID) and a pre-serialized Electronic Product Code (EPC), and are 100 percent performance-tested, the company says. Available in dry, wet and paper tag delivery formats, the inlays and tags are also suitable for full integration into the Smart Cosmos Cloud-based services platform.

Bling inlay
Smartrac's other Monza R6-based inlays include the MiniWeb, ShortDipole, DogBone, Spine, Viper and Belt. The accessory is available in high-volume quantities now, with Bling expected to be made available at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

OnlineLabels.com Adds RFID Labels to Product Lineup

OnlineLabels.com, which sells blank and printed labels, has announced that it has recently added thermal-transfer RFID labels to its product line. The new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID labels, the company reports, are aimed at providing new and existing RFID roll users with a selection of competitively priced options suitable for access control, file tracking and many other closed-loop applications.

The initial launch of the RFID roll label product line includes six different labels compatible with Zebra Technologies' RFID printers that accept a 3-inch core, including Zebra's R110xi, R170xi, R110xi4, ZT410 and ZT420 models. The six labels, which vary in size from 1 inch by 4 inches to 4 inches by 6 inches, are manufactured with either Alien Technology's Squiggle inlay made with a Higgs-3 chip (offering 800 bits of total memory) or Avery Dennison's AD227m5 inlay made with an Impinj Monza 5 chip (offering 128 bits of EPC memory and 32 bits of user memory). The labels have a coated white matte finish and feature permanent adhesive.

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