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Xerafy unveils RFID tag for complex production environments; iDTRONIC intros RFID reader for indoor and outdoor use; PREMO releases mid-range LF RFID magnetic field antenna; Sigfox launches private area network for IoT connectivity; Georgia Tech IoT research center offers digital transformation white paper.
By Rich Handley
Dec 05, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Xerafy; iDTRONIC; PREMO; Sigfox; and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Xerafy Unveils RFID Tag for Complex Production Environments

Xerafy has announced that its Pico Plus Series UHF RFID tag is sized to fit on small metallic assets, such as blade servers, and to offer what it claims is a competitive read range performance compared to tags twice its size. The IP68-rated PicoX II Plus can be attached to weapons, tools and medical devices, the company reports. The rugged tag offers up to a 10-foot read range and a durable form factor. It utilizes a specially engineered polymer and is designed for industrial applications for which critical and potentially hazardous situations require the reliable identification of assets.

The tag utilizes the EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) air-interface protocol. Its operating frequencies are 902 to 928 MHz (FCC) and 866 to 868 MHz (ETSI). The IC type is Alien Technology's Higgs 3 chip. The tag's memory includes 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory, 512 bits of user memory and 64 bits of tag ID (TID) memory, with EPC memory content comprising a unique, randomized number. The maximum reading distance is up to 3 meters (10 feet).

The tag can be applied to metallic surface materials, comes in a hard tag form factor, is composed of engineering-grade nylon polymer and can be attached via a high-performance adhesive. Its dimensions are 17.7 millimeters by 10.9 millimeters by 5 millimeters (0.70 inch by 0.43 inch by 0.20 inch), and its weight is 2 grams (0.07 ounce). The tag's operating temperature is -30 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees to +185 degrees Fahrenheit).

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