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Tego Launches TegoDrive to Simplify Tag-Data Management

The chip maker's new software package enables users to read and write to an RFID tag from a PC, laptop or handheld device, by clicking on a tag icon displayed on their existing operating system's desktop to view a tag's data, and then dragging the file icon to the tag to encode it.
By Claire Swedberg
Tim Butler, Tego's president and CEO, notes that the new solution will "transform the way users look at RFID," from a separate technology requiring integration with other hardware and software "to a seamless extension of their existing networks and data."

The solution "will enable a much broader use case beyond the traditional supply chain," Butler says. "We think people will come up with some pretty interesting ways to use this." The TegoDrive software will operate with a variety of third-party RFID handheld or desktop readers, as well as standards-based UHF, low-frequency (LF) or high-frequency (HF) passive RFID tags, ranging from low-memory tags with a storage capacity of 521 bits or less to high-memory tags with 2 kilobits to 24 kilobytes of memory. Tego also offers free simulation software that provides users with the ability to try the system, by simulating the use of RFID tags containing the TegoDrive software to write data to those tags, and to then read that information.

"Our goal is to provide new ways for people to use RFID," Butler says, as well as to make the reading process as easy as possible. He envisions small and midsize companies utilizing the technology to read and encode tags in, for example, the chemical industry, at nuclear facilities (to track data regarding a part or tool on which a tag is attached) or the health-care sector (to track vials, assets, or personnel and patients).

What's more, the company adds, TegoDrive provides users with additional benefits, such as a complete and auditable history of changes or additions to tag data, including the ability to resurrect the information as it existed on a defined date or at a specified time; to split tags into multiple memory segments, so that different organizations can have their own region; and to encrypt and authenticate sensitive data (NSA Suite B), in order to prevent the cloning of tags or the counterfeiting of data or author.

The TegoDrive system will be exhibited for the first time at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, being held this week in Orlando, Fla.

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