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SMARTRAC introduces ready-to-use animal ID implanting kit ••• HID Global releases TapMark surface-mount transponders ••• Sionic Mobile adds iBeacons to loyalty app ••• CSL completes management buyout, adds Seveco as strategic investor ••• Impinj to issue 4.6 million shares of common stock in IPO bid ••• Estimote announces proximity beacons with programmable NFC functionality.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jul 14, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SMARTRAC; HID Global; Sionic Mobile; Impinj; Convergence Systems Ltd., Seveco; and Estimote.

SMARTRAC Introduces Ready-to-Use Animal ID Implanting Kit

RFID technology provider SMARTRAC has announced the launch of InTrace Cannula, an enhanced transponder-implanting system for easy and efficient RFID-tagging of most animal species, including pets, cattle, sheep, horses, fish, birds or reptiles, the company says.

The InTrace product contains three components in a single blister package: a cannula; a SMARTRAC Glass Tag pre-installed in the cannula; and six bar-coded stickers for registration, for recording veterinarian treatment or for use by an animal's owner. The glass tag complies with international ISO 11784 and11785 standards and is available globally, with three different sizes of transponder, made from biocompatible glass. The package is programmed with SMARTRAC's specific ICAR code, or optionally can carry a manufacturer or country code provided by the customer.

SMARTRAC's InTrace Cannula
According to SMARTRAC, the thin, stainless-steel cannula features a facet cut that ensures a fast and easy injection. The cannula package comes with a luer lock connector, a mandrin and a protective cap at the needle tip. The mandrin—a slim, plastic stick inside the cannula—is designed for single implantation, thereby preventing the cannula from being used more than once, and thus avoiding the possibility of transmission of infection resulting from using the same cannula on multiple animals. In addition, the company reports, the mandrin, together with a tiny silicon dot inside the needle tip, prevents the transponder's accidental dropout at either end of the cannula. The InTrace product is ethylene oxide gas-sterilized and germ-free for a minimum duration of five years after production.

Optionally, transponders can be delivered with a parylene coating, a feature that, according to SMARTRAC, stabilizes the tag's position under the animal's skin. In addition, the data encoded on the animal transponder is suitable for full integration into the company's cloud services platform, SMART COSMOS.

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