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Hitachi RFID Tag turns metal objects into antennas Hitachi Chemical claims that their Ultra Small Package UHF RFID tag can even be attached to the edge of ANY metal and it will use that metal as an antenna. Our engineers have just completed two months of testing, and we're sharing the results.  How far away can you read a 2.5 by 2.5 by .3 millimeter RFID tag?

Read the product review and watch the video:
Hitachi 2.5mm C1G2 Durable RFID Tag Product Review.
We try not to blow ourselves up testing RFID tag durability In our funniest video yet, we power up the pressure washer, drop bricks, and try not to blow ourselves up testing the durability of HID's UHF RFID tags. You don't want to miss this one.

Read the product review and watch the video:
 » HID Durable UHF RFID Tags Product Review.
Covert Tracking & Surveillance Using RFID Eliminates Employee Theft In Episode 1 of The RFID Network TV Series (available now On-Demand) our team of engineers show how covert tracking of assets & people catches criminals & eliminates theft.

 » Watch the full TV Show and Read the In-Depth Article
How to Build an RFID Reader If you had to start from scratch, building your own RFID-enabled device would be extremely challenging. However, adding RFID technology to your own devices is not as difficult as you might think. In this episode, we show you how easy it is to RFID-enable just about anything.

 » Watch the Video and Read the How To Guide
Intelleflex BAP RFID Shatters Performance Records Intelleflex has shattered all of our read distance records with their line of BAP RFID tags. One tag even includes temperature logging. In this edition of the RFID Network video series, we put the Intelleflex BAP RFID tags to the test.

 » Watch the Video on-demand and read the in-depth product review
How RFID Improves Retail Fashion In the retail fashion industry, success is based on the ability to put the latest style in the correct size in the customer’s hand at the right time. In this video, our experts travel from San Francisco to Hong Kong to Paris to show you how RFID technology benefits the retail fashion industry.

 » Watch the Video on-demand and read the in-depth case studies
UHF RFID Tag Buyers Guide In this in-depth white paper, we explore what makes up the cost of a RFID tag and what you need to know before buying RFID tags.

 » Read our in-depth Buyer's Guide
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MSA Helps Streamline Agron’s Retail Warehousing Operations

MSA Helps Streamline Agron's Retail Warehousing Operations

This month, on The RFID Network, we are reviewing the complete retail warehousing solutions from MSA Systems. MSA provided a very significant upgrade to the retail warehousing operation at Agron; a major distributor of retail products in the USA. MSA claims that the new system is very efficient and flexible so that new components can be easily added and updated allowing Agron to adapt to changing market demands. Recently, they added an RFID component to that system. We have reviewed the entire system. For more details please watch the video and read the product Review.

Hitachi Chemical - MTI Demo Kit

Hitachi Chemical Tag and MTI ReaderAn RFID Network Exclusive Story and Product Review

Recently, we reviewed the Ultra Small RFID Tag from Hitachi Chemical. They are now offering a Development Kit bundle with 10 sample tags and the small versatile UHF RU-824 READ ME reader from MTI. The team at The RFID Network decided to see how well this small reader works with this tiny tag from Hitachi Chemical. We are skeptical that it can be read both in the very near field when using the built in tag antenna and far away using the coupled metal antennas. In this edition, we put the performance of the RU-824 READ ME reader with the Ultra-Small Packaged UHF Tag from Hitachi Chemical to the test.

RFID Labels that Work on Metal & Liquids

RFID Label on MetalAn RFID Network Exclusive Story

It wasn't long ago that people thought UHF RFID tags didn't work with metal or liquids. Of course, this myth has been dis-proven countless times with rigid RFID tags, or by using RFID labels with spacers. But what about placing UHF RFID labels directly on a metal surface? Well, now you can...

Omni-ID announced their thin, flexible, UHF RFID labels and inlays that work when applied to metal and liquid filled containers. The IQ 400 and IQ 600 are EPCGlobal Class 1 Generation 2 RFID labels and inlays that are designed for on-metal use.

BAP RFID Makes People Tracking Possible

During the past 18 months, our team has helped a number of companies with people tracking, personnel tracking, and employee tracking, including a North American retail store tracking 40,000+ employees in 3,000+ locations. We have tested over a dozen RFID badge tags, six different stationary RFID readers, and four different RFID handheld readers. What we found is that traditional passive RFID badge tags can read up to about 15 feet away, but when you put them close to your body, the read range is not only reduced, but in some situations the tag can't be read at all.

CSL claims that their new Class 1 Generation 2 battery assisted passive (BAP) RFID badge tag can be read up to 16 feet away in your pocket. In this edition of the RFID Network, our team puts the CSL BAP RFID badge tags to the test. 

RFID Tag Benchmark for IT Asset Management

RFID Tag for IT Asset ManagementThe largest data centers in the world are using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for IT asset management; and there are numerous companies claiming to have RFID tags designed for IT asset management. The RFID Network engineers did performance testing of commercially available RFID tags advertised as complying with the FSTC Guidelines for IT asset management. We tested the:

  • Omni-ID Prox NG
  • Xerafy Global Track
  • Xerafy Data Track
  • Confidex Steelwave: both HIGGS IC and the Monza 3 IC versions

In this edition of the RFID Network, our engineers perform benchmarking testing of RFID tags for IT Asset management.

RTLS Comparison: 802.11 vs. Time of Arrival (TOA)

Subject Matter Expert Rod Saunders talks about his experiences implementing 802.11 Wi-Fi and Time of Arrival (TOA) based real time location systems, including:

  • installation time
  • system accuracy
  • system accuracy
  • tag battery life and
  • total cost of ownership.

A must watch video for anyone considering implementing an RTLS. Watch the video: RTLS Comparision: 802.11 vs. Time of Arrival (TOA).

RFID Network Launches TV Series

We're now on 23 U.S. cable channels!

RFID TV MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, -- The RFID Network is pleased to announce a new TV series focused on how Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is transforming our world. The RFID Network, a 30-minute educational television program, examines the exponentially expanding "Internet-of-Things", which refers to linking objects installed with RFID via the Internet, and features high-tech solutions filmed at locations all over the globe. The episodes scheduled for broadcast include: Covert Operations, Improving Food Safety, and Securing Sea Ports, with more shows in development.

The RFID Network TV show is on cable channels across the United States and reaches MILLIONS of viewers while the website averages over 100,000 views per month.

What Are The FASTEST Growing Applications for RFID?

RFID Applications

While nearly every RFID application area grew in 2011, of the fastest growing primary applications for RFID in 2011 there are four that stand out, according to VDC Research.

The Kobe Beef Scam: Why We Need Food Traceability

Introduction by Louis Sirico

The Kobe Beef Scam: Why We Need Food TraceabilityIn Episode 4 of RFID Network TV Series, we reported that NO safeguards have been put in place in the U.S. since the 2004 outbreak of Mad Cow disease. The United States still DOES NOT have livestock traceability and American's have no idea where the meat we eat comes from. This is the current episode airing on 20 cable channels throughout the U.S.

Just over a week ago, Food writer Larry Olmsted of reported that what we've thought was Kobe beef was most likely U.S.-raised beef.

The reality is the restaurant that served you probably doesn’t know where the meat came from either.  Unless the meat comes directly from a ranch, there is no way to know where it comes from.

Not knowing where your beef is coming from is only part of the story.  There is also no way for you to know for certain that the temperature has been maintained at a safe level during transport. We uncovered this fact in Episode 3 - RFID Food Tracking Improves Food Safety & Food Quality. That’s doesn’t apply to just meat, it applies to produce as well.

Our in-the-field reporter, Nigel Harbott, has un-covered more on the Kobe Beef story and food safety.

Where Does Your Kobe Beef Come From?

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