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RFID News Roundup

SensThys, Convergence Systems Ltd. partner on handheld RFID solutions; STMicroelectronics joins Zigbee Alliance Board of Directors; Conectis, Igor offer IoT smart-building solutions in Europe; iDTRONIC updates HF RFID reader with Wi-Fi, Ethernet interface; Nerf Challenge utilizes Connect&GO smart wristbands; IoTdc becomes Kerlink IoT solutions distributor in South Africa.
By Rich Handley
Jan 23, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SensThys, Convergence Systems Ltd.; STMicroelectronics, the Zigbee Alliance; Conectis, Igor; iDTRONIC; Connect&GO; IoTdc, and Kerlink.

SensThys, Convergence Systems Ltd. Partner on Handheld RFID Solutions

SensThys, a technology company that provides solutions integrating sensors into a networking platform, has partnered with Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL), a supplier of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, to combine CSL's CS108 RFID handled sled platform with SensThys's sensor solutions portfolio. SensThys can now provide the hardware components required for RFID platforms, including fixed and handheld readers.

SensThys and CSL have been developing RFID solutions that access passive sensor tags, specifically those that monitor temperature and humidity levels. These solutions will now be available from SensThys. The two companies are currently planning further developments, including the porting of SensThys's proprietary humidity algorithms to CSL's platform.

"The addition of this robust handheld to our portfolio is in direct response to customer feedback looking for complete solutions to their problems," said Jo Major, SensThys's CEO, in a prepared statement. "This complements the existing SensThys fixed reader infrastructure that already offers customers a practical method to quickly and reliably interrogate Smartrac's sensor inlays and tags."

"By detecting moisture and measuring temperatures in a wide variety of building materials, including concrete, gypsum board, insulation, and other construction materials, these solutions enable a broad portfolio of innovative applications for facility and construction monitoring and management," Major added in the statement. "For example, the seamless integration of sensors enables customers to understand where and when a roof has started to leak or when a concrete foundation is fully cured."

"By embedding our high-quality RAIN RFID sensor inlays and tags into building materials at the point of manufacture, customers can make their product lines truly smart," added Bill Barr, Smartrac's VP of global product and partner services, in the prepared statement. "With the collaboration of our two ecosystem partners, customers can now enjoy getting sensors, a comprehensive range of intelligent readers and solution software from a single source. Hence, they can benefit from latest, integrated solutions that are very cost-effective and easy to implement."

Jerry Garrett, CSL's managing director, added in the statement: "The CS108 is fully capable of reading moisture and temperature-sensing RAIN RFID inlays and tags, providing SensThys customers with both fixed and handheld reader solutions for these emerging applications. The CS108 reader is a ruggedized RAIN RFID reader with a read range up to 20 meters" [66 feet].

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