Ξ September 7th, 2008 | → Comments Off on New Super Long Distance Heavy Duty Metal Mount RFID UHF GEN 2 Tag | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |
SkyRFID announces their new UHF Gen 2 tag that uses the latest recently announced third generation of IC’s.
This new tag is providing an enhanced distance of over 25% from the earlier generation 2 IC inlays reaching over 9 meters (over 30 feet).
The new SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 tag is designed for rough and harsh service environments where you need an extended read distance, may encounter high temperatures of up to 125°C or 257°F and wet environments.
This tag can be riveted, bolted on or attached with epoxy or even double back adhesive tape. These tags are very attractively priced making them ideal for applications such as asset management, supply chain management, manufacturing and more. Since the tag has been designed to withstand water depths of 42 meters there are many potential marine or oil and gas applications for this new tag.
Options include custom encoding on the EPC numbers for ease of asset tracking plus you can even get an optional steel ball insert for detection by food processing equipment.
SkyRFID the RFID Experts
SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas, Europe and other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Asset Management, Access Control, Container Management, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Systems Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and more.
Visit SkyRFID web site – http://www.skyrfid.com
To assist RFID newcomers and provide additional knowledge to all RFID users SkyRFID has added free tutorials for:
Simply click on any of the above links to go to that page or go directly to SkyRFID.com home page and view from there.
Either way it is now very easy to learn more about RFID all in one place when you want to.
Before you start any RFID project let our consulting experts provide you with their advice on the who, what, where, when and why of RFID.
SkyRFID the RFID Experts
Ξ August 12th, 2008 | → Comments Off on What are you doing with a Hammer on the DogBone over the Crab? | ∇ General RFID Questions, RFID News |
You could even be putting your Belt on the Web, while looking at the Frog on the Corkscrew and playing with your Banjo. Or holding the Trident with a Button draped over the HoneyComb under a Monster with a PaperClip. You could take a Blade to the Imperial, Lasso a Propeller, and Squiggle the Spyder!
What am I doing? I’m writing about some of the names of the RFID UHF inlays that are currently being produced. No longer is it just a technical number such as JD-234; manufacturers now call inlays by what they visually look like! So a Frog is a UPM Raflatac UHF Global 860 ~ 960 Gen 2 Power Series Inlay
UPM Raflatac UHF Global Inlay
and a Belt is another UPM Raflatac UHF Global 860 ~ 960 Gen 2 ShortDipole Series inlay.
- UPM Raflatac UHF
Well I do think that the Inlay called the Frog does have some sort of resemblance to a Frog and possibly the one above does look kinda like a belt and it really is easier to remember a Frog and a Belt than a JD-234 and an TF-1969 so I’m OK with it.
Most people really don’t realize just how many inlays there are available for UHF let alone other frequencies and even then people are not aware that you could have a copper, silver or aluminum antenna on the inlay and each one provides different read characteristics.
To help people understand more about what inlays are and what they look like SkyRFID Web site has added a few new pages http://www.skyrfid.com/index.php?pr=RFID_Tag_Inlays for Tag Inlays and other pages for Tag Design, Tag Read Distances and Tag IC’s to help people understand more about RFID tags. Take a look at the pages and hopefully you will get a better understanding of the tag technology.
SkyRFID your Global source to RFID hardware and RFID Solutions
Now if you have an Impinj ” Speedway” UHF reader and use their new firmware (incidentally which is called “Octane“) you can tell which direction the tag is going when it is read by the reader!
Apparently this is with any Gen 2 UHF tag – all you need is the “Speedway“and some Octane and you have direction information.
You can use virtually any antenna types and get results in less than a second. All you need is two antennas!
This is really good news for many organizations who use tags for asset control, supply chain management, strategic resource management, retail and more.
Virtually any RFID application can benefit from knowing if the tag is coming or going! While the current version of “Octane ” only supports up to 15 tags at one time, the algorithm used provides an error threshold of less than 1% as it doesn’t report the tag direction if the confidence factor falls below a certain value.
So now you can have a higher comfort level and less programming logic in RFID solutions that need to know if its coming in or going out as the system will do it automatically (provided you’ve enabled it and modify the software to accommodate). I’m adding this feature to all our programs – can be very useful!
Think about all the applications that can benefit from this technology!
Asset management – In and out of rooms, departments, buildings and more
Retail – Did it go out to the display shelf or back into the stock room
Access in or out? How long in, How long out? – Parking lots, buildings, departments, critical secured areas
Events – coming in for the occasion or leaving – total attendance and who’s left behind
Key Personnel – Out to lunch? Where in the building?
Simple key asset location control – where is it? which way was it going last?
Any hospital can use this technology to track key operating room equipment or any other type of expensive equipment with minimum readers and retrieve the needed equipment resource faster – life saving!
Key Equipment for manufacturing – in what area is it?
The usage of direction in an RFID application can reduce costs and save lives.
Cool technology from the high Octane Speedway!
Check out the Impinj site for more details http://www.Impinj.com or call us at SkyRFID – Toronto Canada +1 647-476-3265!
Ξ May 7th, 2008 | → Comments Off on The Race is on for 3rd Generation Gen 2 Chips – And the winner is? | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |
Late March 2008 major chip maker Impinj announced a new Monza 3 chip that is significantly improved over their flagship Monza 2 chip released in 2006. This new Gen 2 Chip promises increased sensitivity by up to 40% on difficult to read items such as metals, liquids and densely packed cases. In addition it has super interference rejection which also improves readability in dense RF environments. With its dual antenna input configuration tag orientation becomes less sensitive making this chip a great next generation for RFID tags.
Early April 2008 Alien Technology introduced its new Higgs 3 chip which is a significant improvement over its Higgs 2 chip design. Alien states their new chip is 25 % more sensitive to RF signals than other tags currently available.
Both chips are slated to be available as inlays and tags in summer 2008 – So the race is on to see who has the best new Gen 2 chip. These chips offer increased sensitivity, reduced RF interference, more memory and more security than the existing Gen 2 chips.
What this really means to the rest of the world is that the both new chips offer significant improvements in read rates over the previous generation making it that much easier to deploy RFID solutions.
So the real winners will not just be Impinj and Alien for the their new designs, but the end users who will now have much better read rates and therefore improved accuracy on their RFID implementations which means all of us will benefit from the improved efficiencies that will come out of the RFID deployments.
So everyone wins!
Since we posted the Blog on our 13.56 MHz. (HF) and 900 MHz. (UHF) reader we have had a number of queries asking “Can the reader read both HF and UHF at the same time?”
Unfortunately the two technologies to read/interrogate the tags are completely different.
HF uses Near Field technology known as electromagnetic induction. The reader and tag literally make a transformer for communication and because of this transforming effect the read distance is very short, hence the term Near Field. Once there is a a coupling between the reader and the tag communication is established by the reader changing the amplitude (size) phase or frequency of the carrier wave to get a response from the tag. Since there can be multiple ways to read HF tags a single HF reader does not have the capability to read all HF tags. This is also one of the reasons HF tags are slower to read than UHF tags. HF also has many different encryption/decryption methods and ISO standards which also adds to the read time and makes a single reader possibility for all HF tags almost impossible to manufacture and if you could make one it would be so expensive most companies could not afford to purchase one.
UHF uses Far Field technology known as passive backscatter which is very similar to the radar gun used by law enforcement officials to check vehicle speeds. The UHF electromagnetic wave is partially absorbed by the UHF tag to power the chip and some reflects back to the reader depending on how well the tag resonates to the UHF frequency. While several years ago UHF was Gen 1 class 0 and Class 1 most of this has been replaced by Gen 2 which is a global standard for reader to tag communications. UHF Gen 2 has only two methods or ways to read a tag and that is totally dependent on the surrounding environment at the time of the read request. If the environment is RF noisy then the reader changes its read method to a slower read algorithm that eliminates the surrounding noise. This is done automatically by the reader and since either read speed is very fast users will not even know that the reader changed its interrogation method While UHF normally is Far Field technology, recent developments of small tags for item level deployment have produced the need for the UHF
to also use Near Field technology. Since the frequency is still UHF a change in antenna type is all that is needed to read NF UHF tags. Note that while you can have UHF tags that read 35 feet or more away from a reader Near Field is usually a foot or less depending on the reader power. The biggest reason for the Near Field tag is so that you can use all of the same hardware to read both Far Field and Near Field in the GEN 2 UHF frequencies.
Unless a reader has two different antennas it can not read multiple frequencies (or different read technologies); and unless the reader has 2 separate operating systems, etc. in essence two readers contained in one enclosure you can not read an HF tag and a UHF tag at the same time.
SkyRFID has just started a new special feature on RFID readers.
This new item is an Industrial PDA that is not only a cell phone and a GPS device, it also reads and writes 13.56 MHz and UHF 900 Gen 2.
With an IP rating of 65 and both desk and car charging docks, this little portable is one mean and versatile machine. You can also get a CMOS digital Camera, 1 and 2 D bar code scanners and a Gun stock for heavy duty application requirements. It comes with 128 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which is expandable to 256 MB.
Pricing is super good and starts at just over $ 1000 for a basic unit.
Check it out at
If you want a better deal, mention the promotion SKYTAG and get a variety of 13.56 MHz. and 900 MHz. tags (50 $ Value) included in your configurations price for free. The promo code is only good for the first 20 people that use it so look at the special pricing on our web site and move quickly.
Ξ September 26th, 2007 | → Comments Off on Retailers using RFID hang tags to improve item level garment tracking | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |
In Latin America as well as Europe, larger chain stores such as Falabella and Galeria Kaufhof are implementing EPC Gen 2 RFID tags for garment control.The tags are put on by the manufacturers and then used to receive the goods into the stores.
The stores are using the RFID tags not only to maintain optimal stock levels on the sales floor, and to locate requested items on the floor, but also to display product information on touch screens for materials, pricing, care instructions, colors and sizes.
In addition to the obvious ease of taking daily inventory and reducing shrinkage, the retailers hope to enhance their customer service, increase the transparency and availability of their goods and also assess the impact of positioning and presentation of goods on the sales floor.
More and more companies are moving into Gen 2 RFID applications since it has become so readily available and successes are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Last year at this time there were very few Gen 2 RFID tags available.
Today there are literally hundreds of different inlays which in turn are used to make many hundreds of different tags for almost any application that one can think RFID could be used for.
Ξ September 10th, 2007 | → Comments Off on RFID Jewellery Tags | ∇ HF High Frequency, RFID News |
Jewelery, watches and other small high value items can be a problem controlling in many stores. Often stores are forced to limit the number of people in the store at one time just to deter theft.
Instead of having to constantly look around to see if your jewelery and other high priced items are still on the shelves or how many people are in the store and where are they, use our new RFID jewelery tags. These tags not only add brand recognition to your already prestigious product line, it also visibly deters theft!
If just seeing the RFID tag is not enough to deter a thief, just let someone pick up one of your tagged items and watch the door lock automatically as the alarm goes off!
Never again will someone try to steal from your store! Everyone in the area will know you use a state of the art RFID Theft Deterrent System and only buying customers will be visiting you!
Since these RFID tags are a great deterrent you can spend more time selling and less time looking and watching – sales increase and loses simply don’t happen.
Check out our Weekly Special on these custom tags today!
« Previous Page
Ξ August 28th, 2007 | → Comments Off on Ask The Expert | ∇ RFID News |
RFID technology has so many different facets, wave frequency, encoding/decoding schemes, IC chipsets, inlays, modulation schemes, ISO standards, substrate materials and more. All of which effect the outcome of an RFID implementation, but of which most people don’t have knowledge or understanding of. In short most people really don’t fully understand RFID and how it works and why sometimes it won’t work!
Since we started the 6 lesson 6 day course we have been inundated not only with people signing up for the FREE course, but also to ask us questions that they have been unable to find the answer to. A large number of these people are in businesses that are looking to use RFID and still have some concerns and need questions answered.
Since we can’t work for free as we would starve, we did the next best thing! We started an Ask The Expert page for anyone who needs an answer on anything to do with RFID for a cost of only $ 25.00 per question. This is super low compared to current consulting rates, but separates those who just want to ask questions for the sake of asking because it’s free, from those who really need an answer and are serious about their RFID question.
Feel free to use this Ask The Expert page if you need an expert answer in short time frame. We will make sure that what you ask is correct before we provide an answer so you don’t waste your money. It’s the least expensive and fastest method to get answers without engaging a consultant.
For a direct connection Press Here to ASK THE EXPERT
— Next Page »