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Companies Testing On-Metal Tag With 20-Meter Read Range

Xerafy's Container Trak tag is being tested by several companies to identify the locations and movements of metal containers or trailers in such areas as outdoor storage yards and distribution centers.
By Claire Swedberg

Xerafy's new tag is intended to offer a solution for tracking containers and trailers. "The challenge is to create a tag that is high-performance yet cost-effective for outdoor applications," Khoo says. "Also, we built the tag with a small footprint, allowing assets with limited real estate" to still gain a long read range.

"The Container Trak is built with performance, reliability and cost-effectiveness in mind," Khoo says. The material used for the Container Trak is stronger and more durable for challenging outdoor applications than that of the company's predecessor tags. It comes with a built-in Impinj R6P chip—which, he adds, enables high performance at a relatively low cost.

Xerafy's Dennis Khoo
"With each new product launch," Khoo states, "we try to fill a gap that is not properly addressed, giving customers better options and more choices in their tag selection" (see Xerafy Releases Its Smallest On-Metal RFID Tags and Xerafy Releases Tap-In On-Metal Tag). The company is presently piloting the new tag with several companies, though Khoo declines to name the specific firms or their particular use cases. Thus far, he claims, customers are excited about the results.

The tag comes with 32 bits of user memory, in addition to 128 bits of EPC memory, or 64 bits of max-user memory. It has an operating temperature range of -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition, Xerafy recently released its Versa Trak II and Cargo Trak II tags as part of its upgraded Trak Series. Both tags offer additional mounting methods via adhesive, rivet or cable tie, as well as a more rugged casing than their predecessors with the same functionality. All three new tags are encased in anti-UV, industry-grade polymer.

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