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RFID News Roundup

Vizinex RFID intros tags for tracking large metal assets; STMicroelectronics offers smart device microcontrollers, smart gateway platform; NGK Insulators releases lithium-ion battery for IoT devices; NORVI expands its Industrial IoT offerings.
By Rich Handley
Mar 19, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Vizinex RFID; STMicroelectronics; NGK Insulators; and NORVI.

Vizinex RFID Intros Tags for Tracking Large Metal Assets

Vizinex RFID, which manufactures RFID tags for specific applications, has launched its Sentry Midrange II, the second generation of the company's tag for tracking large metal assets. With a read range of 25 feet when mounted on metal, the Sentry Midrange II allows for the tagging of a variety of assets, the company reports, including reusable containers, oil-field assets and construction equipment.

The Sentry Midrange II is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, according to the company, but provides a broader frequency response. The tag's optional cover provides extra protection for the RF device and the flexibility to use bolts, rivets or zip-ties for attachment. Industries that use this type of RFID tag include government, military, manufacturing, waste management, rental equipment, and oil and gas. Applications include special transport items, reusable containers, logistics and yard management, and tool and die tracking.

"Improvements in RF chip design and Vizinex's expertise at matching the new chips to highly efficient antennas is improving the performance and reducing the cost of RFID," said Bob Oberle, Vizinex RFID's co-founder and chief technology officer, in a prepared statement. "The rugged Sentry Midrange II is tolerant of repeated exposure to high temperatures, vibration and impact."

The Sentry line of application-specific tags is based on a printed circuit board platform. The manufacturing process offers reliability and consistency in read-range performance, according to the company. The tag features a fiber-reinforced composite material that provides ruggedness, while its patented design enables fast prototyping and affordable customization.

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