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By Rich Handley

Identiv, Schreiner Group to Provide RFID Inlays for Medical Anti-Counterfeiting

Identiv has announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Schreiner Group GmbH to deliver Identiv's RFID inlays for device-level authentication and anti-counterfeiting of one-time-use medical devices in hospitals. Identiv is contracted to strengthen secure authentication in the Internet of Things (IoT) throughout the next three years, with several million inlays from its RFID portfolio slated to be connected to labels and attached to medical devices in hospitals throughout Europe. These inlays will provide contactless identification of the devices, optimizing processes during medical procedures, and protecting patients' health and safety from counterfeiting.

"Identiv is proud that our highly secure RFID inlays were the right fit for this project, strengthening our long-term partnership with Schreiner Group," said Manfred Mueller, Identiv's COO and general manager for identity, in a prepared statement. "We see device-level authentication and anti-counterfeiting applications gaining further importance throughout the IoT, not just in the medical field. Customers looking to protect people and products are our priority at Identiv."

Identiv's dry RFID inlays measure 32 millimeters by 15 millimeters (1.3 inches by 0.6 inch) and feature Infineon Technologies' SRF55V02P chips. Once the three-year contract has been fulfilled, the company reports, discussions will be held to expand the business.

"At Schreiner Group, it's our mission to benefit our customers by delivering intelligent solutions that optimize processes and enhance product safety," said Manfred Laschinger, Schreiner Group's head of corporate purchasing, in the prepared statement. "Our customers are challenging us to meet the highest standards in terms of quality, reliability, and service. And we are pleased to continue working with Identiv to deliver just this."

Identiv's RFID, Near Field Communication (NFC) and inlay transponder portfolio provides smart identities and security for the IoT. The company's high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) 13.56 MHz RFID inlays are customizable, are available in dry and wet formats, and come in various shapes and sizes. The inlays can feature designs integrating various materials, chip technologies and frequencies, for both metal and non-metal environments. Identiv produces inlays using flip-chip technology and high-volume die-bonding processes, with integrated inline quality and process control.

In addition to health care and the IoT, Identiv's inlays can be employed for NFC smart posters and billboards, libraries, event and transportation ticketing, the automotive and chemical industries, logistics and supply chain, asset management, pharmaceuticals, electronic games, event management, wearable technologies, customer loyalty programs and more.

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