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UPM RFID debuts a bunch of new UHF RFID tags; Voyantic announces upgrades to reader tester and measurement software; Omni-ID launches family of RFID tags for tracking tools, rental equipment; InSync Software unveils Sapphire iApp Platform 4.0 for RFID-, GPS- and sensor-driven solutions; Metalcraft offers double-sided variable printing for RFID and bar-code products; CipherLab intros UHF handheld Bluetooth RFID reader; CAEN RFID's integrated UHF RFID USB/Bluetooth interrogator; InfoChip's tiny HF Bluetooth reader, embeddable UHF tag; Jolly supports Zebra Technologies' UHF RFID printers.
CAEN RFID's Integrated UHF RFID USB/Bluetooth Interrogator
CAEN RFID, a supplier of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID systems, has introduced its qID Model R1240I mobile UHF RFID reader, compliant with the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 standards. The device features a Bluetooth communication interface, the company reports, and is suitable as an add-on UHF RFID reader for any Bluetooth-enabled host, such as a PC, a smartphone, a PDA or a tablet. The qID reader is compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP/7 and Windows CE/Mobile operating systems, as well as Android and iOS. It can be connected with another device via a USB cable or the Bluetooth interface, and can store up to 4,000 Electronic Product Code (EPC) numbers in its internal memory when a communication link (USB or Bluetooth) is unavailable. For mixed bar-code/RFID label environments, CAEN RFID offers an optional 1-D/2-D bar-code scanner. The company will showcase the new reader in Booth 324 at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, being held next week in Orlando, Fla.

InfoChip's Tiny HF Bluetooth Reader, Embeddable UHF Tag
InfoChip—a Canada-based a provider of RFID-enabled software for maintenance and inspection applications, as well as RFID tags and readers—has announced the release of its latest RFID product, the Bluetooth Easy Reader. The high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz interrogator is designed for industrial applications, and has a built-in display that can show its two most recent scans, along with configuration options and battery level. Compliant with the ISO 15693 standard, the reader has an IP67 rating, indicating that it is dustproof and waterproof, and is able to scan RFID tags embedded in metal, including InfoChip's own line of tags, according to the company. The new reader is also fully compatible with InfoChip's comprehensive asset-management software suite. "Our new HF Bluetooth Easy Reader simplifies RFID adoption," said Chris Gelowitz, InfoChip's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "It requires no special setup or software to immediately gain the benefits of RFID asset tracking. It simply scans the unique chip ID into any application or form on almost any Bluetooth-enabled device, including handhelds, popular phones, laptops and desktops." The HF Bluetooth Easy Reader is available now through authorized InfoChip distributors worldwide. In addition, the company has announced its patent-pending glueless metal-embeddable DuraPlug RFID tag, now available with a passive UHF inlay. The DuraPlug is available in 9-millimeter (0.36-inch), 10-millimeter (0.4-inch) and 12-millimeter (0.5-inch) sizes suiting various read-range requirements. InfoChip provides form drills that enable the quick and accurate drilling of a cavity to fit the DuraPlug in a metal asset without the need for glue. The InfoChip DuraPlug is encased in a polymer alloy that makes the tag resistant to impact, moisture, chemical, ultraviolet (UV), radiation, temperature, humidity, autoclave and other environmental threats. The company will showcase its new products in Booth 1408 at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, being held next week in Orlando, Fla.

Jolly Supports Zebra Technologies' UHF RFID Printers
Security software provider Jolly Technologies, a Zebra Technologies partner, has announced support for Zebra's line of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID label and card printers. The combination of Jolly's Lobby Track software, designed to help manage and control visitor access, and Zebra's card printers and UHF cards enables companies to issue RFID-enabled ID cards and check visitors in upon their arrival. According to Jolly, as a visitor moves throughout a facility, his or her location can be monitored in real time, using strategically placed UHF readers, and when the visitor leaves the site, that individual is automatically checked out, and his or her visit details are logged. Jolly's other software, such as the firm's Event Track package, can be combined with Zebra's printers and cards to issue badges to admit attendees, thereby allowing a company's event-production staff to track attendance without requiring that badges be scanned individually using a handheld scanner. When utilized with Jolly's Asset Track solution, Zebra's UHF tags can simplify the process of performing inventory counts, the firm reports. Companies can process all assets within a room, and also track hard-to-reach assets that cannot be scanned manually, such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units, as well as items within locked or otherwise inaccessible areas. Free trial downloads of the new software (Version 6, which includes support for Zebra's UHF products) are available at www.jollytech.com.

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