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Tageos Makes RFID Inlays on Paper, Eliminating Plastic Substrate

The company's passive RFID labels will be 10 to 30 percent cheaper than traditional ones, and more sustainable, Tageos says, due to a manufacturing process that creates an RFID inlay directly on the label itself.
By Claire Swedberg
The labels, which utilize Impinj's Monza 4 chips, will be sold either directly to end users, or through systems integrators, including ODIN RFID, Seeonic and InSync Software. Future labels will also include chips from other suppliers, though the initial offering will use only the Impinj chips. "Every great technology inches along until the principal component prices drop significantly—computers, mobile phones and digital cameras all are great examples," says Patrick J. Sweeney II, ODIN's founder and CEO. "RFID will create billions of dollars in value and productivity when the tag prices are in the low pennies. Tageos has the technology to make the next big jump in RFID adoption come alive."

Lucien Repellin, Tageos' business development VP
Tageos also designs and manufactures antennas for use by RFID readers in special-needs cases, in which the existing RFID hardware on the market does not fit an end user's requirements. "We have designed these antennas in order to be plugged on a fixed reader and a UHF near-field paddle to be plugged on to a PDA," says Nicolas Jacquemin, Tageos' VP of marketing and sales (see Cleor Strikes Gold With RFID and Implanet Tracks Implantables).

The new Tageos RFID label models being offered in April include the EOS-100, designed for jewelry, which can also be used with Tageos' RFID reader antennas; the EOS-110, created for either jewelry or health-care products; the EOS-300, for identifying apparel; and the EOS-500, for identifying cases and pallets. Other EOS models are expected to become available in July, including the 200 and 410, for apparel; the 210, for museum artifacts; the 220, for small items; the 400, for airport luggage, cases and pallets; and the 600, for pallets and cases. Tageos declines to release the prices of these tags.

What's more, Tageos has developed a paper label with an integrated sensor to be used by the food or health-care industries, for which the company has completed a prototype. "We should have first products in UHF ready by the end of 2012," Jacquemin states. The company also plans to release HF RFID labels made without plastic substrates, and expects to release versions without sensors by the end of 2012, followed by versions with sensors in 2013.

In addition to its headquarters in France, the firm has also opened an office in California, managed by Repellin, in order to better access the American market.

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