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RFID News Roundup

Tamarack Products integrates Lake Image Systems tech to print variable information on RFID tags ••• Luxochain combines NFC, RFID, blockchain, fingerprint authentication to thwart counterfeiting ••• Amazon to join Zigbee Alliance board of directors ••• IoT company Rutronik to distribute Insight SiP Bluetooth and RF antenna modules ••• C3 provides IoT and AI technologies to European power utility Enel ••• Ericsson intros cellular IoT solutions, identifies industry market segments.
By Rich Handley
Jan 31, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Tamarack Products, Lake Image Systems; Luxochain; Amazon, the Zigbee Alliance; Rutronik, Insight SiP; C3, Enel; and Ericsson.

Tamarack Products Integrates Lake Image Systems Tech to Print Variable Information on RFID Tags

Lake Image Systems, a supplier of print-quality inspection, variable-data verification and integrity-management solutions, has announced that its Discovery Read&Print for RFID system has been integrated into Tamarack Products' inline and offline RFID inlay production modules, used in Tamarack's P500 and RFID Extreme products. During RFID inlay insertion, the company reports, this integration is intended to ensure real-time, single-pass RFID reading and encoding with inline inkjet label printing, tracking and camera verification for automated, high-speed and high-quality, multi-lane RFID tags and label production.

According to IDTechEx, the global market value for RFID tags and labels is expected to grow to $1.4 billion by 2022. A key driver to this growth, according to the company, will be the industry's capacity to offer high volumes of affordable, reliable and fully personalized RFID tags and labels for the retail, security, manufacturing, leisure and transportation markets. This integrated solution is designed to allow printers and converters to manufacture fully inlayed RFID labels and tags, and to encode them with variable data via synchronized inkjet label printing, on a single device, with built-in error verification and RFID data to print matching.

"Lake Image Systems stood out as one of a handful of companies that had the expertise and technology to bring all the various elements onto our RFID inlay equipment, to produce fully verified, variably printed and encoded RFID tags and Labels at production speeds," said Tamarack's president, David Steidinger, in a prepared statement. "By expanding our product offering to include integrated inkjet printing with reliable, real-time production verification, we now have a high performance, robust and automated solution to satisfy this challenging requirement from our clients."

"Throughout the 25 years in the inspection industry, continuous innovation and expanding the value of our Discovery platform to new markets has been the cornerstone of our growth strategy," said Scott Stevens, the president of Lake Image Systems, in the prepared statement. "Our integration onto Tamarack's RFID inlay tags and label manufacturing equipment has unified normally disparate production steps into a single, seamless process–enabling their clients to benefit from all the potential business benefits of reduced labor, higher speeds and better quality."

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