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Fujitsu Frontech North America intros washable RFID linen tag; Tatwah offers ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5 beacons; ACD Group unveils terminal that can accommodate RFID readers; Tuya Smart announces NB-IoT module for smart cities, health care, agriculture; STMicroelectronics microcontrollers add security for IoT applications.
By Rich Handley
Feb 20, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Fujitsu Frontech North America; Tatwah; ACD Group; Tuya Smart; and STMicroelectronics.

Fujitsu Frontech North America Intros Washable RFID Linen Tag

Fujitsu Frontech North America has launched its WT-A543 RFID Linen Tag. With a 7-millimeter form factor, the tag is 30 percent smaller than the previous generation and can be inserted into any hem, the company reports.

"The new WT-A543 RFID Linen Tag demonstrates our commitment to design innovation," said Michi Sugawara, Fujitsu Frontech North America's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "By improving the performance and durability of our RFID tag while reducing the width, we are enabling manufacturers to easily integrate our tags into a broader range of products."

The tag is intended for flat linen processing using high pressure extractors and flatwork ironers. The smaller size allows it to be directly inserted into virtually any linen, garment or textile, according to the company. When sewn into seams, the tag is designed to be unobtrusive and unnoticeable. The WT-A543 tag is suitable for any type of linen used in hospitality, health care, hotel and casino, food and beverage, and entertainment applications.

The tag's design allows for high-density readability and a controlled read range, the company reports, providing the ability to read tagged items in a multitude of in-process locations without reading other RFID tags in the local area. This allows users to manage internal processes rather than merely reading tags before shipment. Garment and linen owners can use the tag for asset tracking, loss reduction, and workflow and efficiency improvement. The tag is available through Fujitsu Frontech North America's authorized distribution partners.

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