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RFID News Roundup

SML RFID intros new inlay for inventory management, loss prevention ••• Nedap launches RFID software platform for omnichannel retail ••• STMicroelectronics unveils dual-radio Bluetooth/LPWAN IoT development kit ••• Bsquare, Amazon Web Services collaborate to accelerate IoT adoption ••• PREMO offers magnetic emitter antennas for automotive applications ••• Altizon, AXISCADES partner to deliver offerings for Factory of the Future ••• IoT company Taoglas acquires vehicle antenna provider ThinkWireless ••• Bluetooth Special Interest Group forms new Smart Home Subgroup.
By Rich Handley
Jan 17, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML RFID; Nedap; STMicroelectronics; Bsquare, Amazon Web Services; PREMO; Altizon, AXISCADES; Taoglas, ThinkWireless; and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

SML RFID Intros New Inlay for Inventory Management, Loss Prevention

SML RFID, a provider of RFID solutions for the retail sector, has announced the GB5U8, the latest addition to its range of RFID inlays. Measuring 42 millimeters by 24 millimeters, the GB5U8 is designed to help improve inventory management for omnichannel retailers. The tag supports item-level inventory management and loss prevention, and can be used for such retail market segments as apparel, accessories, cosmetics, eyewear, homeware and sporting goods.

The GB5U8 inlay meets a number of active ARC categories, including A, B, C, D, F, G, M, Q, I and K. Established by Auburn University, the ARC categories are a set of industry-wide performance requirements intended to ensure that RFID technology meets or exceeds a level of performance that benefits retailers and suppliers. According to SML, its new inlay is the smallest of its kind that has passed categories F and I within the marketplace, in addition to utilizing NXP's UCODE8 RFID chip.

"Retailers want smaller price tickets/labels/sew-ins and want to use these carriers to simultaneously support both item-level RFID inventory management and loss prevention," said Dean Frew, SML Group's CTO and senior VP of RFID solutions, in a prepared statement. "We already have a number of customers that are asking for both RFID only and the RFID+RF EAS inlays and see this need for flexibility and configurability as an accelerating trend in the future."

The GB5U8 inlay can be used for inventory management or, when combined with an RFID electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag, as an inventory-management and RFID EAS solution, the company reports, enabling it to be utilized with existing RF EAS pedestals in stores, and thereby eliminating the need for hard tags. SML RFID has also developed the in-store technology that supports this functionality at the point of sale and at store exits.

"The new GB5U8 inlay has been developed to provide a full set of capabilities that modern retailers need from an RFID tag—a compact antenna design, global frequency coverage and improved sensitivity," said Jeremy Liu, SML's VP of RFID technology, in the prepared statement. "A compact design combined with UCODE8's best-in-class performance means the GB5U8 is one of the best inlays suited for retail inventory management and loss prevention applications."

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