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Logis-Tech to test NATO UID specs; study looks at RFID's growing use by auto industry; Exxon Mobil Speedpass enrollment gets speedier; Domino, Systech partner on print-encode system; Brite iD's e-passport technology gets certified.
By Andrew Price
Domino, Systech Partner on Print-Encode System
U.K. printing equipment developer Domino Printing Sciences, which provides RFID encoding, and Systech International, a manufacturer of automated packaging systems, are partnering to deliver systems combining Domino’s marking and RFID encoding solutions with Systech’s TIPS Serialized Product Tracking (STP) system. The STP system receives coding instructions from Domino, and manages all packaging line devices used to encode and record Electronic Product Code (EPC) serial numbers to the RFID tags and redundant bar codes. Systech says the two companies have worked together on a number of projects in the past. The combined system supports coding formats ranging from bar codes and data matrix to RFID.

Brite iD's E-Passport Technology Gets Certified
Hoping to generate interest and new funding for its e-passport technology, U.K. startup Brite iD announces it has become the first company to have had its RFID technology for e-passport covers and data pages tested and certified by the new Pira International, RFI-Smart and Consult Hyperion testing services. The tests, designed to predict whether the contactless chip will function correctly during a simulated 10-year lifetime, were carried out in line with the latest views of the Task Force 4 committee charged with the development of a formal durability testing specification by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). "Before selecting a technology, governments and passport printers need to know it will be durable, and this is the only testing available to prove that," says David Dymond, sales director at Brite iD. The firm's iLam internal lamination process embeds the RFID chip and antenna elastomer core between two outside sheets of the e-passport cover or data page. With the technology certified, Brite iD says it hopes to attract new investors over the next six months to enable it to move from manufacturing small test quantities of its e-passport technology to production quantities. Within two years, more than 20 countries are expected to issue tenders for new e-passports that meet the ICAO standards.

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