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Farsens announces prototype UHF RFID temperature data logger ••• Schreiner PrinTrust develops high-security RFID-enabled windshield label ••• French vintner adopts authentication solution from Selinko, NXP ••• IDTronic unveils C4 Red mobile UHF handheld reader ••• Balluff intros BIS M-4008 RFID reader for factories ••• Harland Simon releases Ethernet-powered fixed reader for its active tags.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 23, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Farsens; Schreiner PrinTrust; Selinko, NXP Semiconductors; IDTronic; Balluff; and Harland Simon.

Farsens Announces Prototype UHF RFID Temperature Data Logger

Farsens, a Spanish developer of RFID sensor tags, has unveiled a prototype semi-passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID temperature data logger designed for cold-chain monitoring. The Logos-T data logger works with EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C readers, the company reports, and requires no custom commands to operate.

The Logos-T can be configured to perform temperature measurements at specified time intervals. If this function is enabled, the temperature data, along with a timestamp, can be stored in the device's internal nonvolatile memory. The prototype is ready to be shipped, Farsens notes, though as a product under development, the Logos-T may change before being finalized, and materials, sizes and other features can be modified to suit a user's particular application.

Farsens' Logos-T data logger
The Logos-T is built in a compact, PCB format and encapsulated in an IP67 housing, signifying that it is dust- and waterproof. It features a typical read range of 10 meters (33 feet) with a 2W ERP setup, as well as 128 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory and a 32-bit tag identifier (TID). The device has a temperature sensor with a range of –40 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius (–40 degrees to +185 degrees Fahrenheit), a password-protected air interface with basic encryption over the air and password-protected user data. According to Farsens, it offers a long battery life, with a typical usage time of one year.

The data logger comes with two main interfaces: RFID and manual. The RFID interface allows detailed configuration and data extraction from the device. Once the device has been correctly configured, the manual interface can be used for visual status indication and start/stop operations. A multi-color LED is included for status indication, Farsens adds, and a push button for interacting with the device in the field without the need for further equipment. In addition, the Logos-T supports several alerts that provide basic information about the tag's status in a single read that can be performed within milliseconds, the company says.

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