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RFID News Roundup

Impinj enhances ItemSense software, unveils Monza 4i tag chip ••• NXP intros Icode DNA chip for secure vicinity applications ••• Trimble unveils ThingMagic Sargas RFID reader ••• TrackX, Quest Solution partner to accelerate asset-tracking implementations ••• CYBRA announces RFID Lock & EnCode SmartSeal ••• RR Donnelley, Smartrac collaborate on smart packaging solutions ••• Metalcraft RFID tags perform well in university study.
By Beth Bacheldor
May 12, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Impinj; NXP Semiconductors; Trimble; TrackX, Quest Solution; CYBRA; RR Donnelley, Smartrac; and Metalcraft.

Impinj Enhances ItemSense Software, Unveils Monza 4i Tag Chip

Impinj has announced enhancements to its ItemSense software to ease the deployment, management and monitoring of EPC Gen 2 RFID solutions. It also unveiled the Monza 4i tag chip, targeted at automotive applications. In addition, the company launched a developer website that features documentation and tools to help users deploy and utilize ItemSense, and to integrate RFID data into solutions.

ItemSense software is designed to aggregate raw RFID data into real-time business-relevant events, as well as to centralize and automate the deployment, management and monitoring of RFID infrastructure, including Impinj readers and gateways. With Impinj's new ItemSense Management Console (IMC), the company explains, customers can automatically discover RFID gateways and readers on their network and auto-set device configurations and recipes to streamline system setup.

Other specific ItemSense enhancements include a Health Monitoring feature and a Health application programming interface (API), which enable users to view network connectivity, set alerts if gateways or readers disconnect, monitor reader or gateway memory utilization and process or thread operation, and centralize the deployment or management of reader infrastructure and firmware updates. The latest version of ItemSense also features such location enhancements as the ability to partition monitored facilities into geographic regions or "zones" of any size or shape, locate and track items within and across zones, and generate events based on item movement by distance or between zones.

Impinj says it optimized the Monza 4i tag chip for automotive manufacturing control and logistics, providing quality checks for vehicle parts in assembly lines, with data written during every production step, and using logged data to verify car parts like gearboxes, bumpers, airbags and dashboards. The Monza 4i offers 256 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory and 480 bits of user memory for applications that require extended serial numbers, such as vehicle identification numbers (VINs), the company reports, coupled with a large user memory supporting data logging to monitor, time-stamp and record item maintenance, component status and environmental conditions. Monza 4i's True3D feature, Impinj says, allows omnidirectional readability, while its interference rejection capability ensures high performance in noisy industrial environments.

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