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Impinj secures $21 million equity financing from investment firms; Trimble announces RFID reader for Nomad handheld; Argonne, Evigia finalize licensing agreement for hazmat-tracking RFID sensor technology; Infinite Peripherals unveils RFID reader for the iPad; William Frick & Co. to distribute solar-powered UHF tag.
Infinite Peripherals Unveils RFID Reader for the iPad
Infinite Peripherals Inc., an Arlington Heights, Ill., provider of mobile peripheral devices, receipt printers, print mechanisms and other receipt printer-related components, has announced its Infinea Tab, an RFID reader designed to work with the Apple iPad 2. The Infinea Tab—a compact, easy-to-use unit that mates with the iPad's 30-pin connector—is available with an optional RFID reader for interrogating passive 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags complying with the ISO 14443-3 Type A and ISO 15693 RFID standards. According to Infinite Peripherals, the unit is designed to optimize the iPad's functionality as an efficient, convenient, mobile point-of-sale (POS) device for retailers that saves customers and staff members time, frees up checkout counter space and eliminates long lines in stores. In addition to POS applications, the company reports, the Infinea Tab and iPad can be used with software written for other applications and industries, including expediting and automating inventory management, asset tracking, ID verification, lead tracking, inspection and work flow, dispatch, time and labor, and lab and health care. Software-development resources and tools are available for the Infinea Tab, allowing customers to program scanner and reader functions into their own software application. Also offered for the Infinea Tab are a variety of protective cases and stands, including a mounting plate for vehicles, a handgrip strap and custom solutions. Four Infinea Tab models are available, but only one supports radio frequency identification: the Infinea Tab MSR 1D/2D BT RFID, which incorporates a three-track magnetic stripe reader, a 1-D or 2-D bar-code scanner and an RFID reader.

William Frick & Co. to Distribute Solar-Powered UHF Tag
William Frick & Co. has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Enable IPC, a technology-development startup located in Madison, Wis. Under the terms of the agreement, William Frick & Co. will distribute its Solar Powered RFID ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag in the Americas, as part of its SmartMark product line. Manufactured in conjunction with Enable IPC, the Solar Powered RFID UHF tag continuously recharges under any light source—even moonlight—and stores energy in an onboard capacitor. As a result, the tag can also be tracked in the dark for up to 48 hours. Even when completely drained of power, Evigia reports, it functions as a standard passive UHF tag until exposed again to light, at which point it can be recharged in as little as two minutes and deliver its extended read performance. The Solar Powered RFID tag is a rebranded version of Enable IPC's S/Cap tag, which the firm announced approximately a year ago (see Ultracapacitor Offers 75-Foot Read Range for Passive Tags). The tag, designed for asset-tracking applications, performs like a battery-assisted tag—but, instead of a battery, it uses an ultracapacitor to store an electric charge and thereby boost the inlay's read distance. Ultracapacitors can receive and release a charge faster than batteries can, as well as withstand a greater number of charges and discharges than batteries can accommodate. The Solar Powered RFID UHF tag comes in both metal-mount and standard configurations, each covered by a seven-year warranty. The tag has an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, making it able to withstand dust, dirt and moisture. Its polycarbonate shell is impact-resistant, and can withstand ultraviolet (UV) rays, harsh chemicals and oils, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. The combination of features makes the Solar Powered tag an appropriate solution for a variety of industries, William & Frick Co. reports, including aerospace, fixed asset management, logistics and vehicle tracking.

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