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Trimble, Truecount to deliver ThingMagic-powered RFID solutions; IDS Microchip releases new EPC-based Sensory Tag Chip; RF Code, Geist unveil data-center power-monitoring solution; PPG intros biodegradable Teslin substrate for smartcards, RFID inlays, more; taxis at Monterrey International Airport get tagged; SK Telecom exports EPC RFID reader USIM card to China.
PPG Intros Biodegradable Teslin Substrate for Smartcards, RFID Inlays, More
Pittsburgh, Penn.-based PPG Industries, a coatings and specialty products company that serves customers in the industrial, transportation, consumer products and construction markets and aftermarkets, has introduced the Teslin Biodegradable substrate, which the firm says is an environmentally responsible material that makes it easier for manufacturers and companies to meet the demand for green performance. This sheet material provides an end-of-life solution in addition to the durability, printability and built-in security inherent to PPG's standard Teslin product. According to PPG, the Biodegradable substrate is a microporous sheet material suitable for a variety of applications, such as card, specialty print, in-mold graphic, tag and label use, as well as such RFID applications as e-Passports and RFID cards and labels. In third-party laboratory testing, the substrate broke down into components, such as carbon dioxide and water, when placed in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment containing microbes that consume polymers. Such conditions are similar to those found in most landfills, the company reports. "With this third-party testing, our customers can be assured that this version of Teslin substrate biodegrades only when they want it to and not before," said Diane Kappas, PPG's business director for Teslin substrates, in a prepared statement. "They can also count on Teslin Biodegradable substrate to offer the same excellent durability, security and printing performance they have come to expect from this family of products." The Teslin Biodegradable substrate does not require any special handling or processing, the company notes. As with the standard-grade Teslin substrate, it is available in all commercial thicknesses, to accommodate such applications as loyalty cards, specialty print applications (including maps and menus), and tags and labels. The new Teslin biodegradable substrate will be showcased at PPG's Teslin booth (834) at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, which will be held on Apr. 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.

Taxis at Monterrey International Airport Get Tagged
TagMaster North America, a provider of long-range and high-performance RFID systems for automatic vehicle identification (AVI), has announced that the Monterrey International Airport, located in Nuevo León, Mexico, is employing TagMaster's AVI solution, which combines long-range 2.45 GHz RFID technology with HID Global's eProx and iCLASS proximity technology, to help manage the taxis and shuttles at the airport, which serves up to 5 million passengers annually. Mexican solution providers Parking Systems S.A. de C.V. and Prosyss de México S.A. de C.V., which focus on parking and security applications, served as integrators for the installation, TagMaster reports. The system involves authorized taxis equipped with TagMaster ID tags that provide taxi drivers with convenient access to pickup areas. By allowing in only authorized taxis—and keeping away those unauthorized to be in those areas—the airport hopes to offer travelers secure and safe transportation to and from its terminals. TagMaster's solution includes readers that feature a computer function to process and store information, as well as a physical interface for communication with other systems. The interrogators read the ID tags, and also include a motion detector that can measure the speed of moving objects, even if they lack ID tags. TagMaster's standard ID tag is approximately the size of a credit card, and is 3 millimeters (0.1 inch) thick. It contains an antenna for transmission and reception, a memory circuit and a battery, as well as a unique eight-digit identification number.

SK Telecom Exports EPC RFID Reader USIM Card to China
South Korean mobile telephony and communications provider SK Telecom has announced that it has signed a contract with Sunnada Communication Co., a Chinese provider of wireless coverage solutions, to export 55,000 units of SK Telecom's RFID reader in the form of a Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) card (see South Korean Consortium Launches EPC Gen 2 Reader for Mobile Phones). The USIM card features a 900 MHz RFID reader chip, and is described as enabling mobile phones to read passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags complying with the EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) standard, and to serve as a substitute for traditional fixed interrogators. Following a trial service, Sunnada Communication plans to sell SK Telecom's RFID reader USIM to Chinese mobile operators, to be adopted by businesses to improve management and confirm the authenticity of goods, including liquor and pharmaceutical products. The contract with Sunnada Communications marks the first export of the RFID reader USIM cards, according to SK Telecom. The company says it began supplying the RFID reader USIM cards in December 2010 to Korean liquor companies required by a government mandate to attach RFID tags to their products. Along with offering RFID reader USIM cards to liquor retailers, SK Telecom also developed a mobile application that provides a system for checking the authentication of Korean whisky to prevent the distribution of fake liquor, as well as tax evasion in the distribution process. In addition, SK Telecom is supplying the USIM cards to Hanmi Pharmaceutical for use in the real-time distribution and inventory management of its medicinal products, to help the firm achieve greater information visibility. At RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, which will be held on Apr. 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., Kwang NamGung, Hanmi Pharmaceutical's CIO, will explain how his company is employing radio frequency identification to maximize the visibility and traceability of its logistics and inventory-management processes.

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