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By Rich Handley

European EPC Competence Centre Issues Reference Document Discussing UHF RFID

The European EPC Competence Centre (EECC) has documented the state-of-the-art of UHF RFID transponders with its reference document known as the "UHF Tag Performance Survey," which has been published annually since 2007. The report helps users to stay abreast of relevant technical parameters, the organization reports, and to use transponders optimally in existing and new applications.

More than 9,200 test series were conducted to measure 225 transponder labels from 28 manufacturers and 159 on-metal tags from 16 manufacturers. Each test series checked the transponder's suitability in a practical process. Three new chip types and five new transponder manufacturers were tested for this annual benchmark report

Manufacturers are following the trend toward more intelligent sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT), the EECC reports, and eight of the tested passive transponders (that is, without their own energy source) have an integrated temperature sensor. The transponders can be used in areas that have not been equipped with such sensors in the past. Compared to previous transponder generations, the study finds, suitable solutions for almost every application are now available, including on metal.

UHF transponders can be used in almost every industry, the organization indicates. "In addition to the classic users in industry, commerce and logistics, especially the big-data-driven sectors of auto-ID technology are now opened up," said Conrad v. Bonin, the EECC's CEO, in a prepared statement. "For the users, the very technical content is graphically appealing and comprehensible."

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