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By Rich Handley

Smartrac Intros Tag for Metallic Surfaces, Everyday Objects

RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company Smartrac has announced its Midas FlagTag, designed for use on consumer goods and industrial components with metallic, plastic and cardboard surfaces.

The Midas FlagTag design uses the metallic surface as part of the antenna structure. This helps to improve performance in less demanding physical environments, the company reports, while providing cost advantages compared to foam-based inlays and hard tags typically designed for use on surfaces in tougher industrial environments.

Traditionally, tagging metallic packaging and liquids has presented a challenge in many applications. The Midas FlagTag is intended for use in authenticating pharmaceutical, retail, health-care and industrial items, as well as for supply-chain and asset-management applications.

The tag features an Impinj Monza R6 IC and utilizes RAIN RFID technology, based on the UHF RFID protocol standard developed by GS1 and ISO. Additionally, the tags are suitable for full IoT integration into Smartrac's Smart Cosmos enablement platform.

The Midas FlagTag has a small form factor with a total size of 60 millimeters by 21 millimeters when used as a standard flat paper tag. As a special feature, a flag can be created at the end of the tag with a final paper tag size of 43 millimeters by 21 millimeters after folding, and with an exposed area of 17 millimeters by 21 millimeters.

The folded part of the tag sticks out of the metal resembling a flag, the company explains, and the attached antenna part uses the metal surface as part of the antenna structure to increase tag performance. Read distances of more than 10 meters can be achieved, depending on the geometry and size of the metal object. The tags are compatible with RFID printers for easy printing and encoding.

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