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Smartrac, 4E Antenna form partnership to strengthen sustainability in RFID products ••• Fleetilla, Polte collaborate to extend supply chain and equipment visibility via IoT ••• Inseego expands Industrial IoT product family with gigabit edge routers ••• IIoT company DataOnline rebrands as Anova ••• FIME brings NFC Forum certification services to Japan ••• LoRa Alliance, DLMS User Association bring Internet of Things to utilities.
By Rich Handley
Apr 11, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Smartrac Technology Group, 4E Antenna AB; Fleetilla, Polte; Inseego; DataOnline, Anova; FIME, the NFC Forum; the LoRa Alliance, and the DLMS User Association.

Smartrac, 4E Antenna Form Partnership to Strengthen Sustainability in RFID Products

Smartrac Technology Group, a provider of RFID products and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and 4E Antenna AB, a Walki Group associated company and a producer of paper-based antennas and circuits, have announced a technology partnership to strengthen sustainability in RFID products and applications.

In compliance with Smartrac's Green Tag Program, both companies will jointly develop RFID inlays and tags that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. These new products are intended to address businesses that recognize the importance of a reduced carbon footprint and environmental impact, in smart packaging, supply chain management, retail and other markets.

Smartrac announced its Green Tag Program earlier this year, regarding the manufacture of RFID products that meet strict criteria regarding the use of recyclable substrates, the avoidance of heavy metals and the non-use of chemical etching in the production of aluminum antennas. By joining forces with 4E Antenna AB, Smartrac says it can now produce Green Tags in volume, utilizing paper substrates and aluminum antennas made without the use of chemicals, while offering the same performance as standard RFID tags. This results in the complete recycling of aluminum residues, the absence of PET substrate and a reduction in adhesive usage, significantly reducing carbon footprint.

Smartrac presented one of its first new Green Tags, the WEB Green inlay, at last week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference, held in Phoenix, Ariz. The WEB Green inlay is compliant with other comparable WEB inlays in terms of performance and applications, the company reports. These inlays are designed for the unique identification of items such as apparel and electronics, and are suitable for item-level retail applications. Volume production of the WEB Green inlay is expected to commence by June 2019.

"Specifically, the production process for 4E Antenna's paper-based RFID antennas begins with a special laminate of aluminum and paper substrate," said Lars Granbom, 4E Antenna's CEO, in a prepared statement. "A laser is then used to precision-cut an antenna design from the aluminum layer. By leveraging Smartrac's proven global expertise in designing and producing premium RFID inlays and tags, the benefits of this innovative manufacturing approach will have a significantly positive environmental and economic impact worldwide."

"Our technology partnership with 4E Antenna AB complements our 'Innovation first' strategy and underscores our continuous commitment to high-quality and truly sustainable RFID products and solutions," said Frank Kriebel, Smartrac's senior director of research and development, in the prepared statement. "Smartrac's innovation pipeline of 'green' RF design, process engineering and materials science powered by our significant IP portfolio enables us to be on the leading edge of RFID sustainability. We will continue to make every effort to fulfill our promise to protect the environment."

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