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  • Editing Team 18:04 on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Reusable NFC Nano Suction Pads Seek Funding on Kickstarter 

    nfcPad-nfcTack-Kickstarter-NFC-rfid-blogA California-based startup is raising US$8,000 on Kickstarter on its self-developed nfcPad and nfcTack, two new NFC tags that use nano suction pad instead of a sticky adhesive which usually leave marks when they are removed.

    “In a mobile environment, NFC tag locations change often and NFC stickers need to be changeable, removable and reusable,” the team says, “Nano suction pads adhere to most hard flat and non-porous surfaces as long as the surfaces are not non-stick material like silicone, Teflon or polyethylene. Nano suction pads use microscopic suction pores to grip onto surfaces. They do not use any adhesive, yet their adherence is very strong and they leave no residue.” the team says.

    Different from nfcTack, the bigger nfcPad is designed to hold a device as well as provide NFC functionality. “The nfcPad can hold a device up to 2lbs (1kg) under ideal conditions, but the rated safe-working load is limited to 7oz (200g),” the team explains.

    “We evaluated many NFC form factors including NFC stickers, NFC cards, NFC rings and NFC bracelets, but the NFC tag with nano suction pad was the most versatile for our multiple applications.”

    “When the nano suction becomes soiled with dust or grease, it can be cleaned and its suction adhesion revived,” they add. “The prototype nano suction is durable; we have tested nano suction for two years.”

    Various nfcTack and nfcPad kits are now available, with prices starting at US$13.

     
  • Editing Team 17:22 on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Research: Cold Can Affect RFID Tag Retention 

    The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has mandated the use of RFID for traceability of individual cattle from birth through to slaughter. Several forms of tags have CCIA approval based on the tags’ retention, readability and ability to withstand tampering.

    However, a research team working with the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) has found that very cold temperatures can prevent the tag from staying put on cattle’s ears.

    According to the results of the test, tags were much weaker than to those inserted at room temperature. Besides, the tags were also more difficult to insert when cold, and broke apart “far more easily, even when back at room temperature”.

    The lesson learned, PAMI said, is that it’s best to avoid tagging animals in extremely cold temperatures. Producers, if the job can’t be avoided, should keep both the tag applicator and the tags themselves warm while the tagging is taking place, PAMI recommended.

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  • Editing Team 18:16 on January 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Are Passive RFID Tags Recyclable? 

    If an RFID tag has read-write memory, you can write data to them using software supplied with the reader. If you need to write data to a large number of tags, you can utilize third-party software that will bulk-encode the tags. The Electronic Product Code (EPC) standard for passive UHF tags allows you to write a single 16-bit “word” to the chip’s memory. The Block Write command lets you write multiple 16-bit words. In order to Block Write to the tag, both the tag and the reader must support the Block Write command. If you want to write over existing data, you can do so with the same commands, provided that the memory was not locked the first time data was written to the tag.

    Passive tags can be recycled if they are encased in protective plastic or some other material that will allow them to survive the removal process. If you try to tear a passive RFID label off an object, you will likely destroy the connection between the chip and the antenna, thereby rendering the tag useless. You also will not be able to stick the label on anything else. But there are tags encased in plastic that can be affixed to totes that make multiple trips through the supply chain, or that can be affixed to assets via a plastic loop. Additionally, you can obtain hard tags that can be affixed to clothing and reused, much like how electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags are recycled.

    The challenge with reusing tags is managing the collected data. You must ensure that when a tag is removed, its serial number is no longer associated with the item being tracked, and that it is properly assigned to a new object. If you are doing this for thousands or tens of thousands of items, that can prove challenging. Therefore, proper processes and controls must be established in order to ensure that each tag is associated with the correct item, every time.

     
  • Editing Team 17:48 on December 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    LBE Protective App Adds New Function — Unlock with NFC Tag 

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    LBE Privacy Guard, an Android-based protective app, has been upgraded before the Christmas. The new version can unlock with NFC tag.

    Some might wonder what NFC is, but if I refer to using NFC phone to pay for bus fare, you might know what it is. In fact, NFC is more than mobile payment. LBE has combined the technology with NFC tags to provide a new application.

    In the new LBE, you can download a related app called Privacy where you can store your private information or important files, and lock them up. Traditionally, there are PIN, pattern and other encryption methods, yet they are inconvenient and insecure. LBE uses NFC tag as the secure key. All you need to do is connect an NFC tag to the app. To unlock the app, you only need to tap the NFC tag on your phone, no need for password or patterns.

    Where to buy NFC tags? http://www.nexqo.com

    Besides, there is no need to worry if the tag is lost. You can simply log in with your pre-set password and disconnect it with the tag.

     
  • Editing Team 18:28 on December 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Deactivate an RFID Tag? 

    deactivate-tags-RFID-blogHow to deactivate an RFID tag? This would depend on the type of the tag. If it is a passive UHF RFID tag based on the Electronic Product Code (EPC) standard, then the tag has a kill function. If you know the security code that you need to transmit to the tag, you can send that code and deactivate it.

    If you don’t have the code — or if it is a passive HF or LF tag — then the best way to deactivate it is to zap it with electricity.

    Often, you can accomplish this simply via the static electricity that is emitted through your fingertip after rubbing your feet on some carpeting, but if you want to be sure, put the tag in a microwave oven or get an old extension cord and cut off the end where you plug in something. Strip the wires bare. Then plug in the cord and carefully touch the two ends to parts of the microchip or antenna. Be sure not to electrocute yourself or burn down your house.

    If the tag is an active tag, you can simply remove the battery. Overloading the circuits with electricity will also kill an active tag.

     
  • Editing Team 16:53 on December 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    National Cancer Center Reduced Waiting Time Using RFID System 

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    The National Cancer Center (NCC) has introduced a new RFID system which significantly reduced waiting times.

    After the system was implemented, NCC reported a 16% increase in the number of patients it was able to serve within an hour. The center typically sees about 130 patients a day.

    Under the new system, patients wear an RFID tag, which allows staff to track their location in real time. This enables them to keep track of which chemotherapy recliners and beds are occupied. When the patient drops the tag into a box, the system then signals that the station is free for the next occupant. The new system also allows pharmacy staff to electronically update the status of a patient’s drugs, allowing nurses in the chemotherapy unit to immediately see that drugs are ready without having to call the pharmacy.

    The system, which started with a trial in 2011, received two bronze awards for the best implementation and most innovative use of RFID in the Hong Kong RFID awards in November this year.

     
  • Editing Team 16:12 on November 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    US Department Stores Add NFC Tags to Provide Stock Information 

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    Thirty US department stores will be placing NFC labels on items in their shoe sections, letting shoppers tap a product to find out if their size and preferred color is in stock and, if not, get details of the nearest store that has stock available or place an online order for later delivery.

    The thirty stores are all part of the Bon-Ton Stores group and include Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Elder-Beerman and Younkers stores as well as Bon-Ton outlets in eleven US states. Thinaire’s NFC platform will be used to provide the service, which also enables coupons and other promotions to be delivered to shoppers.

    “By enhancing our displays with Thinaire’s technology we will be providing our shoppers with an engaging in-store experience,” says Luis Fernandez, chief omnichannel officer for Bon-Ton Stores. “Bon-Ton has developed a user-friendly mobile optimized process that makes it easy and intuitive for shoppers to find and purchase the products they want.”

    “Delivering dynamic product information through smartphones is just the beginning of the mobile engagement experience,” says Thinaire chief marketing officer Patrick Meyer. “Allowing shoppers immediate visibility into product availability makes the shopping experience more rewarding.”

    “The additional benefit of receiving coupons and promotions further strengthens Bon-Ton’s relationship with each customer who walks into a Bon-Ton store and taps. Shopping has never been so easy!”

     
  • Editing Team 18:07 on November 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Are There Any RFID Tags Made Specifically for Computing Devices? 

    Intel-Core-vPro-motherboard-RFID-blogThere are RFID tags designed specifically to be placed on a motherboard, or on any printed circuit board, for tracking work-in-process, and to store data about the board.

    Intel has developed a platform that integrates the RFID transponder with the central processing unit (CPU) via a wired connection on the board. The chip in the RFID transponder is designed with extra memory dedicated to the processor, creating what Intel describes as “processor-secured storage,” in which data can be stored safely and activated when needed. The information on the chip can be written to or accessed by the Intel processor via an inter-integrated circuit (I2C) interface, which is a semiconductor industry standard, and from an external handheld or fixed RFID reader.

    This integration between the RFID tag and the motherboard creates the opportunity to add new functionality to devices that use it. One application is called “lock in transit.” The CPU is locked so the device cannot be turned on after it is manufactured, which makes it less attractive to thieves. Once it arrives at a store and is purchased, the retailer can transmit a security code to the device in order to unlock it. Retailers and device manufacturers could also let consumers customize the device. For instance, they could send, through the RFID transponder, a customized message to display when the device starts up, such as “Happy Birthday, Mom.” This could be accomplished without opening the device.

    In September, Intel released its fourth-generation Core vPro computer processor with a built-in AeroScout active RFID Wi-Fi tag, enabling what Intel calls indoor location-based services (LBS). That, according to AeroScout, means that a computing device using the vPro Generation 4 platform can be located if it comes within range of an enterprise Wi-Fi network, and can be programmed to change its own settings based on that device’s location. Such devices can also identify the locations of other laptops and tablets containing the new processor, as well as assets fitted with AeroScout Wi-Fi RFID tag.

     
  • Editing Team 18:07 on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Vanguard Develops NFC-enabled ViewTag for Luggage Tracking 

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    Vanguard ID Systems has developed a weatherproof NFC luggage tag with an e-ink display that can be updated each time a traveler takes a flight and provides owners with information on their bag’s location throughout a journey.

    “The ViewTag works in conjunction with SMS text messaging,” the company says. “Throughout all airports, there is an RFID reader located on the loading belt for the aircraft. This RFID reader scans the ViewTag as it passes on-board the plane and sends a confirmation message to the subscriber.

    “The subscriber will receive a message at each destination. This enables the subscriber to know their luggage is on-board, made it on their connecting flight, or even made it to the final destination.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:17 on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    UK’s Biggest Charity Event Adopts NFC for Donation 

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    NFC has made it easier for consumers to make a donation in this year’s Poppy Appeal, the biggest charity event in the UK organized by The Royal British Legion.

    On the Poppy Day, NFC tags were placed on 20 collection tins and 12 posters in five locations — Victoria Square, New Street Station, Snow Hill Station, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Airport, allowing the public to “tap the poppy” on the tins or posters to make a donation to the charity.

    Upon tapping the tags, consumers were redirected to a website where they chose the amount of their donation and filled out their bank details for the payment. QR codes were also used for those without an NFC smartphone.

    “It enables people to donate easily and directly with their smartphones. We’re hoping that this will make it easier for people to support The Royal British Legion on their way to and from work, adding to the success of the Poppy Day and Poppy Appeal.”

    “With people on the move so much, carrying loose change isn’t something we all do. By enabling people to donate through their smartphones, which we rarely leave home without, it makes the process easier and more convenient, whilst benefiting important charities.”

     
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