Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Access This Premium Content

Options To Access This Article:

What Subscribers Are Saying

  • "Probably the best investment I've ever made."
    Steve Meizlish, President & CEO, MeizCorp Services, Inc.
  • "I have found that RFID Journal provides an objective viewpoint of RFID. It you are looking for a resource that provides insights as to the application and implications of deploying RFID, RFID Journal will meet your needs, It gives you a broad perspective of RFID, beyond the retail supply chain."
    Mike O'Shea, Director of Corporate AutoID/RFID Strategies & Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • "No other source provides the consistent value-added insight that Mark Robert and his staff do. In a world dominated by press release after press release, RFID Journal is developing as the one place to go to make the most sense out of the present and future of RFID in commerce."
    Bob Hurley, Project Leader for RFID, Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division
  • "RFID Journal is the one go-to source for information on the latest in RFID technology."
    Bruce Keim, Director, Hewlett-Packard
  • "RFID Journal is the only source I need to keep up to the minute with the happenings in the RFID world."
    Blair Hawley, VP of Supply Chain, Remington Products Company

Printed-Electronics RFID Tags Debut

Some businesses are starting to use these low-cost tags, while vendors and researchers continue to improve the tags' performance and add features.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 01, 2010—The promise of low-cost radio frequency identification tags made with printed electronics has been circulating for years. RFID Journal first wrote about the nascent technology in 2004—at which time analysts predicted functioning RFID tags would be printed in five to 10 years—and then reported on significant advances in 2008.

Today, that promise is starting to come true. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is using printed-electronics RFID tags in its disposable, limited-use transit-fare cards. And a number of end users in other industries are testing printed tags for use in applications such as product authentication and promotions.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
But with the current state of the technology, there are limitations in terms of printing the number of transistors required to perform advanced functions, such as data encryption. The first printed tags to market are passive high-frequency (HF) tags, which operate at 13.56 MHz. (Active tags aren't being printed, though they likely will be in the future.)

Still, HF tags represent the largest part of the RFID market. They're used in myriad applications—from ticketing to tracking laundry and key cards for building access. The greatest short-term potential for printed RFID tags is in applications that use basic, low-memory HF tags, says Peter Harrop, chairman of IDTechEx, a research firm that focuses on RFID, printed electronics and smart packaging.

While many startups and established companies have entered the fledgling printed electronics market, which includes makers of solar panels, displays and medical devices, few are focused on RFID tags. Some companies that did early work to develop printable RFID tags—including OrganicID (purchased by Weyerhaeuser in 2006) and Motorola—have dropped out of the market. But other vendors and research facilities continue to advance the science behind printed RFID. One focus is on developing printed tags with integrated printed sensors. These tags could be printed directly onto packaging or into products, such as consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals.
To continue reading this article, please log in or choose a purchase option.

Option 1: Become a Premium Member.

One-year subscription, unlimited access to Premium Content: $189

Gain access to all of our premium content and receive 10% off RFID Reports and RFID Events!

Option 2: Purchase access to this specific article.

This article contains 1,499 words and 4 pages. Purchase Price: $19.99

Upgrade now, and you'll get immediate access to:

  • Case Studies

    Our in-dept case-study articles show you, step by step, how early adopters assessed the business case for an application, piloted it and rolled out the technology.

    Free Sample: How Cognizant Cut Costs by Deploying RFID to Track IT Assets

  • Best Practices

    The best way to avoid pitfalls is to know what best practices early adopters have already established. Our best practices have helped hundreds of companies do just that.

  • How-To Articles

    Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to RFID-enable a forklift, or deciding whether to use fixed or mobile readers. Our how-to articles provide practical advice and reliable answers to many implementation questions.

  • Features

    These informative articles focus on adoption issues, standards and other important trends in the RFID industry.

    Free Sample: Europe Is Rolling Out RFID

  • Magazine Articles

    All RFID Journal Premium Subscribers receive our bimonthly RFID Journal print magazine at no extra cost, and also have access to the complete online archive of magazine articles from past years.

Become a member today!

RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations
© Copyright 2002-2016 RFID Journal LLC.
Powered By: Haycco