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Fujitsu unveils new UHF RFID tag for fashion apparel, accessories ••• Transcends releases RIFIDI 3.6 for IoT; PMRS deploys RIFIDI Edge Server for tag detection ••• Tyco Retail Solutions adds Zebra Technologies products to its portfolio ••• Checkpoint Systems offers RFID label for merchandise visibility, including retail cosmetics ••• Nedap expands long-range ID portfolio, intros new heavy-duty UHF tag ••• Identec Ltd. adds mid-range reader to its Cyphertag product line.
By Rich Handley
Jan 19, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Fujitsu Frontech North America; Transcends, PMRS; Tyco Retail Solutions, Zebra Technologies; Checkpoint Systems; Nedap; and Identec Ltd..

Fujitsu Unveils New UHF RFID Tag for Fashion Apparel, Accessories

Fujitsu Frontech North America has developed a small ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag for high-fashion apparel, garments and accessories. According to the company, the WT-A433L washable UHF RFID tag—also called the Fujitsu Fashion tag "mini"—is 33 percent smaller than its predecessor, the WT-A522L Fashion tag, with improved washing durability.

The new tag is virtually undetectable when installed in sheer garments, Fujitsu reports, and provides positive identification of an item even if the sales tags have been removed. The company showcased the WT-A433L this week, along with its entire line of washable RFID tags, at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show.

Fjuitsu's WT-A433L washable UHF RFID tag
"Fraud and counterfeiting in high-fashion apparel are on the rise. Attaching the Fujitsu Fashion tag mini in high-value garments and accessories can provide positive confirmation of an item's authenticity and also help reduce incidents of fraud," said Randy Fox, Fujitsu Frontech North America's VP of sales and marketing, in a prepared statement. "Fashion garment designers and manufacturers will benefit from its small, almost imperceptible design."

The WT-A433L tag is made from transparent materials and is virtually invisible when sewn into clothing or accessories, according to Fujitsu. From fine silks and lace to sheer gowns, the tag offers fashion designers and retailers protection against counterfeiting and fraud.

Measuring 37 millimeters by 10 millimeters by 0.3 millimeter (1.5 inches by 0.4 inch by 0.01 inch), the tag can be sewn into hems or seams, or under manufacturers' labels. It's safe for home-washing, dry-cleaning and ironing, and can be permanently installed in high-value fashion apparel, suits, formal wear, T-shirts and accessories. Fujitsu expects the tag to be made available during the second quarter of this year.

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