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RFID News Roundup

SML RFID featured in European EPC Competence Center RFID transponder study ••• A2B Tracking announces software support for fixed RFID gateways ••• Smartrac Technology Group unveils tiny NFC transponder ••• Infinite Peripherals adds RFID-based security to health-care mobile device ••• Sigfox releases radio protocol specs for connected objects ••• Bosch Sensortec launches ideation community to foster IoT applications.
By Rich Handley
Feb 21, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML RFID, the European EPC Competence Center; A2B Tracking; Smartrac Technology Group; Infinite Peripherals, HID Global; Sigfox; and Bosch Sensortec.

SML RFID Featured in European EPC Competence Center RFID Transponder Study

SML RFID, an RFID solution provider, has been named in the European EPC Competence Center (EECC)'s latest annual report, titled "UHF RFID Transponder Benchmark (UTPS)," for its GB3U8 inlay aimed at omnichannel retailers. The EECC's report helps retailers to determine which RFID tags they should be using, and highlights the costs and specific pain points each platform tackles.

The GB3U8 inlay is designed for omnichannel retailers to use in store and across supply chain deployments. It allows retailers to track, manage and gather data regarding various market applications. The inlay meets all active ARC categories designated by Auburn University (Spec A, B, C, D, M, F, G, I, K, N and Q) and is compliant with the GS1 EPCglobal Gen 2 standards. The ARC standards are a set of industry-wide performance requirements implemented to ensure that RFID technology meets or exceeds a level of performance that benefits both retailers and retail suppliers.

The objective of both SML and the EECC is for the report to align retailers' needs and educate readers about the RFID market, how the technology can benefit a variety of different industries, and the best uses and applications of transponders for each specific industry. UHF RFID transponders can be used in most industries to track a variety of objects. Simple systems can now be implemented to interpret collected information and control distribution through authorization and authentication features.

"We have seen a significant rise in item-level RFID technology adoption within the last year," said Dean Frew, SML's CTO and senior VP of RFID solutions, in a prepared statement. "Many retailers are now reporting returns on investment using this technology. We are delighted to be featured in such a well-known, industry-leading report and are safe in the knowledge that this will help to educate people further on RFID technology and its benefits to global retailers."

"Our annual report aims to guide users in every industry to select the best performing inlay/chip to satisfy their target application," said Mauricio V. León, the EECC's technical manager, in the prepared statement. "It's great to have SML's GB3U8 Inlay included in this year's report and for the first time." The report can be downloaded at the EECC's website.

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