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By Beth Bacheldor

Smart Technology Group Announces UHF RFID Lanyard

Smart Technology Group (STG), a Swiss and Polish technology firm, has announced a new EPC Gen 2 RFID tag in the form of a lanyard designed especially for access-control and time-attendance systems.

The ST Lanyard
Incorporated into the company's new ST Lanyard is a complete ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) inlay, made with an Alien Technology Higgs 3 chip. The lanyard has already been successfully tested during the tag's first implementation at the Exploseum Military Technology Center, a museum at a Polish World War II-era explosives factory. Tourists visiting the museum wear the lanyards so that employees can precisely track their locations (see RFID Ignites Interest in Nazi Explosives Museum).

"Our idea is the result of searching for an answer, how to provide the smoothest possible flow of employees between zones, areas and halls," said, Grzegorz Jedrzejczyk, a Smart Technology Group engineer, in a prepared statement. "We aimed at elimination of necessity of showing identification cards and putting them to reader. We really cared about facilitating the entire process. Our final goal was to allow people to be identified without having to do any action."

Individuals wearing the lanyard need only walk beneath a reader antenna, or between RFID security gates, to be automatically and immediately identified, the company explains. In addition, the lanyard can be used to grant a person access to a particular zone. The ST Lanyard is designed to alleviate problems associated with traditional identification cards, which can be hidden under clothing or obscured due to a wearer's height—even an identification card carried on a lanyard, STG notes, may accidentally become hidden under clothing. The ST Lanyard, which almost always hangs around a wearer's neck, will be read on every occasion, the company says, since the RFID tag is not located in one particular place in the lanyard—its entire surface is one tag.

The ST Lanyard has been designed to work in conjunction with circular-polarization antennas. It can be customized to meet a customer's specific requirements, and can include a company's logo, name or other visual identification. Its weight is the same as that of a typical lanyard, the company adds.

"In Smart Technology Group we are constantly looking for new, intelligent ways to solve challenges which our clients face," Karolina Kozlowska, STG's CEO, added in the statement. "ST Lanyard meets expectations of people managing the access control and real time locating system. It allows them to effectively – and cheaply – manage with employees flow or to track people's location, e.g., during big-scale events."

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