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By Beth Bacheldor

Maria&Donato to Embed Thinfilm NFC Tags into its Luxury Handbags

Maria&Donato, a craftsman leather-goods manufacturer, is integrating Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags into its handbag collections to battle counterfeiting and address growing fraud concerns within the broader luxury goods market. Thinfilm's NFC SpeedTap tags, which can be read by smartphones, will also enable consumers to learn more about the brand and the product, the two companies report, and purchase limited-edition handbags online.

Thinfilm's SpeedTap tags are part of the company's OpenSense product line—thin, flexible labels that can both detect a product's "factory sealed" and "opened" states and wirelessly communicate contextual content with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. The NFC chip used in the SpeedTap tag is manufactured using a printing process. The tag's antenna is not currently printed, but Thinfilm says it will begin fully printing the product once it gets its roll-to-roll manufacturing line up and running.

The tags were initially designed for use on bottles, to authenticate a bottle's contents or to indicate (when the tag is read) if its seal has been broken (see Thinfilm Launches OpenSense Printed NFC Sensor Label for Bottles). The SpeedTap tags support 13.56 MHz high-frequency (HF) operation for compatibility with fixed and mobile NFC RFID readers (from smartphones to industrial readers), have 128 bits of read-only memory (roadmap to 256 bits) and adhere to a subset of the ISO 14443 Type A RFID standard. The tags support popular data structures, such as 96-bit GS1 EPC, are less than 300 μm thick, and can be integrated with a product's packaging or label.

"We consider each of our Maria&Donato handbags to be works of art and, in that regard, product authentication is an important part of the customer experience," says Javier Villaverde, Maria&Donato's product development director. "Thinfilm's SpeedTap technology is a highly secure solution that improves our actual anti-counterfeiting system, and gives our loyal customers the assurance and satisfaction they expect when purchasing one of our unique handbags."

Distributors will be able to place orders for bags with Thinfilm's solution starting on July 24, 2016, when Maria&Donato officially launches its RFID-tagged products at the Pure London show, Villaverde says. Customers will be able to reserve the RFID-tagged bags online during the coming days.

Aucxis Launches New Fixed RFID Reader

Aucxis' F-Scan 4 reader
Belgium-based Aucxis has launched a new fixed ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader designed for production environments, automated warehouses and supply chains. The F-Scan 4 reader, the company reports, was developed as an easy-to-integrate, inexpensive fixed RFID reader. It supports the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C protocols, and comes with four antenna connections and micro USB, Bluetooth, and RS232/RS485 interfaces. The read range is adjustable from 0 to 10 meters (0 to 33 feet), depending on the antenna used.

The reader measures 120 millimeters by 85 millimeters by 35 millimeters (4.7 inches by 3.3 inches by 1.4 inches) in size, weighs 230 grams (8.1 ounces) and has a black aluminum alloy enclosure that can be mounted with brackets (included). Three LED indicators provide user feedback. Options include custom housing, retuning for special applications, custom firmware and an antenna.

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