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By Rich Handley

Smartrac Technology Group Unveils Tiny NFC Transponder

Smartrac Technology Group has launched its new Glass Tag NFC. With a robust design and a small form factor, this product offers the option of embedded tagging to a wide range of additional materials, products and industry segments, the company reports. According to Smartrac, the Glass Tag NFC is designed for such applications as product authentication, brand protection, customer engagement and customer loyalty.

With a diameter of 2.12 millimeters, a length of 12 millimeters and a weight of 100 milligrams, the new tag is resistant to most chemicals and is made from biocompatible glass. It can be embedded into a range of materials, such as concrete, plastic or wood, often by insertion into predrilled holes before being sealed in place with synthetic resin or silicone.

The Glass Tag NFC will be manufactured at Smartrac's facility in Wehnrath, Germany. The product is available with either NXP's SLIX IC, which features 896 bits of user memory, or NXP's NTAG216 IC, which offers 888 bytes of user memory. Data from the chip inside the tag can be interrogated by either a dedicated reader or any NFC-enabled smartphone.

"Our new, small Glass Tag NFC now offers customers the opportunity to embed a robust NFC tag inside many different types of material and products," said Hansjörn Reifschläger, the head of sales at Smartrac Specialty, in a prepared statement. "Broadening the uses of the glass tag beyond its proven field of animal ID and tracking, this innovative product offers many more applications for customers wishing to protect their brand, conduct customer marketing, authenticate their products or even turn them into consumer experience platforms."

The new tag can be used with Smart Cosmos, Smartrac's Internet of Things (IoT) solutions platform, which records and manages a set of unique transponder data at the production level in a controlled and secure way. Smart Cosmos is designed to enable the full traceability of delivered RFID products. The Glass Tag NFC tags are expected to be made available in high volumes in April 2019.

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