The vast majority of passive UHF tags used all around the world today comply with EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, which are essentially the same. Yet this one set of standards is supported in hundreds of different RFID tags. Why so many? Because there are numerous variables that affect tag performance and lifespan, even when the frequency and technical protocols are standardized.
With so many options it can be difficult to select the best tag for each particular use case. Without expert guidance it will take some trial and error that could go on a long time. Xerafy can save you that time. We have worked with hundreds of companies to help them find the best RFID tag configuration to meet their needs. Often, these companies contacted Xerafy after starting to experiment with tags on their own.
Here are three leading tag selection mistakes, and how you can avoid them. Continue reading
Roswell is probably the world’s most controversial UFO incident. It refers to rumors that an alien spacecraft crash landed on planet Earth near Roswell, New Mexico and the U.S. government covered it up. So how did Xerafy come to name its RFID tag by the same name? Well for starters, Xerafy’s Roswell, which features a rugged stainless steel exterior and a center ring, looks like a flying saucer. The concept of using the top and bottom steel case as the RFID antenna was previously unheard of, and this clever design has enabled the tag to be easily used and attached to any metallic asset without it ever losing its optimal read performance.
Second, to design Roswell to be extremely reliable and durable for harsh applications, Xerafy took a completely new approach to making it resistant to high impact, vibration and extreme temperatures: we removed the tag entirely from the product design. Roswell is constructed of two cylindrical metal cases with a thin high temperature substrate between them. So essentially, there is no tag liability. This patent-pending design is so revolutionary, it’s really kind of “out of this world.” While the construction is unique, Roswell conforms to ISO 18000-6C and EPCglobal Gen 2 standards, so it is compatible and interoperable with the leading UHF RFID systems used around the world today. Continue reading
The Internet of Things will continue to evolve – While many people started paying attention to IoT and its potential last year, 2015 looks to be the year in which the industry lays the critical groundwork to realize that potential. As noted futurist Paul Saffo and founder of Discern Analytics aptly puts it: “The biggest shift is a strong move away from a single do-everything device to multiple devices with overlapping functions and, above all, an inter-relationship with our other devices.” Three quarters of organizations said passive RFID was important or very important to their IoT projects, according to a Forrester-Zebra Technologies study. Manufacturers, healthcare providers and retailers are among the leaders in applying Internet of Things concepts. The quality and value of real-time information that becomes available will take the guesswork out of planning and improve the speed of decision-making. Continue reading
The Slim Trak tag we introduced last month has an unusual combination of size, range and toughness that we believe will make RFID tagging viable for a wide range of items and will enable new use cases. Here is a brief overview of Slim Trak’s defining features, and how businesses can put them to good use.
Size – Slim Trak tags are only 1.3 millimeters (0.05 inch) thick. The extremely low profile makes Slim Trak tags suitable for use on all kinds of objects. For example, Slim Trak tags are outstanding options for IT asset management applications where there is very little room to spare on tightly packed server racks. Besides being only slightly thicker than a smart label, Slim Trak tags measure just 56.5 millimeters long by 5.95 mm tall (2.2 by 0.2 inches), which gives users a lot of placement flexibility. At that size, the tags are also an excellent option for identifying laptops, smart phones and other portable IT assets, plus small tools and other objects
Range – Some small tags have short range and can only be used in processes where the tagged object can be brought in close proximity to the reader. Slim Trak tags provide much more process flexibility and application options. They can be read from up to 2m (6.5 feet) away when applied to metal objects and from 1.5m (4.9 feet) when used off metal. Applications include inspections and location/asset audits, inventory management and automated tool crib management. Continue reading