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RFID News Roundup

iDTRONIC releases new tags for harsh environments; BLE company BlueCats merges with UWB firm PLUS Location Systems; Avnet, Trusted Objects form strategic alliance for Industrial IoT; Senet, SimplyCity partner on LoRaWAN connectivity, IoT solutions for Australia; ABI Research predicts Bluetooth-powered IoT device shipments to exceed smartphones; PrecisionHawk, Skylogic Research release drone technology guide.
By Rich Handley
Sep 19, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: iDTRONIC; BlueCats, PLUS Location Systems; Avnet, Trusted Objects; Senet, SimplyCity; ABI Research; PrecisionHawk, and Skylogic Research.

iDTRONIC Releases New Tags for Harsh Environments

iDTRONIC has announced that its new Heavy Duty RFID tags have been developed for use in harsh environments involving dust, water or fire, and can be customized to a client's needs. The tags are built to withstand outdoor environments containing metals, chemicals, high temperatures or large amounts of water, the company reports. The ATEX-compatible tags are passive-oriented and provide a long lifecycle, according to iDTRONIC. Identification of the new tags can be accomplished using an RFID reader that supports EPCglobal's Gen 2 ISO/IEC 18000-6C standard.

The tags contain an Impinj Monza X-8K Dura chip with 128 bits of memory. They are made of high-temperature ceramic filler and weigh 150 grams. The Armored RFID UHF tag comes with two pre-drilled holes and is mountable on any surface via M4 screws. Alternatively, the tag can be welded onto metal items such as returnable containers, canisters or pallets. This model of tag is suitable for use in the oil industry on ships, the company reports.

iDTRONIC's High Temp RFID UHF tags can be mounted in different ways. The BT-1HT version can be screwed and welded on, while the BT-3HT model can only be screwed on. Both are suited for the chemical industry, according to the company. The lightness and compact dimensions of the tags allow them to be mounted on any metal pipes, valves, hoists, chains, lifting straps, returnable containers, canisters or pallets, the firm reports.

The tags contain an Alien Higgs 3 chip containing 128 bits of memory. The BT-1HT is composed of high-temperature resin with ceramic filler, while the BT-3HT is made of high-temperature nylon. They weigh 36 grams and 43 grams, respectively. According to iDTRONIC, the tags are suitable for cold and hot temperature environments ranging from -50 degrees Celsius to +400 degrees Celsius.

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