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Sensors, Healthcare IoT and Pigeon Races - Review of RAIN RFID Research in 2017
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Following research activities of RFID is a nice way to keep up with the latest technology developments. Awareness of hot research topics also helps in anticipating the direction of commercial development and new product launches. Here is my take on the published RFID research in 2017. I have included short comments on the research topics, and a number of links to papers published in 2017 that have caught my attention – for one reason or another.

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Testing Against RFID Immunity Makes Medical Devices Future Proof
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Tightening cost, quality of care and efficiency requirements are some of the drivers that highlight healthcare as one of the strongly growing RFID application areas. RFID improves patient safety, raises operational efficiency and reduces shrinkage. To remove possible RFID related risks and uncertainties, a new test standard was created, describing methods for testing Medical Electric Equipment and System Electromagnetic Immunity against RFID readers.

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Vehicle RFID Tags - Big Benefits with Some Challenges
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Electronic Vehicle Identification (EVI) tags are a perfect match to RAIN RFID (UHF RFID) technology. Once a vehicle is tagged, the possibility to identify the vehicle remotely enables a lot of applications and services. While the vehicle tagging is of high interest, it is not the easiest task. In the past few months I have worked with some vehicle tagging projects and learned that the application requires some special attention from technology providers.

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RAIN RFID Tag Read Range: Opinion or Fact?
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Creating a tagging solution for passive RAIN RFID tags to a particular application starts with understanding the application specific requirements. That involves plenty of process engineering, but also typically discussions around the expected read range between tagged items and reader antennas. The read range is impacted by several factors and many start the cooking process by looking at the properties of RAIN RFID tags.

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Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) Tags - Do You Know Your Reader Receiver Sensitivity?
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One of my customers in Taiwan is developing battery assisted passive (BAP) tags. He called me recently and asked why the read range that they reach with their RFID reader is only a quarter (1/4) of the distance that they measure with their Tagformance RFID measurement system. I answered him with another question: “Do you know your reader receiver sensitivity…?”

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Designing a RAIN RFID Sensor. Simple, or Is It?
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Combine identification, sensors, low cost and years of life time together and you certainly end up with a disruptive mixture that is set to boil over in the near future. RAIN RFID sensors may not be a huge market just yet, but we can see many companies putting a lot of development effort on them. Read on to see an introduction to the six topologies that I’ve seen utilized so far.

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How to Win Sales with Good RAIN RFID Test Data
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When selling RAIN RFID tags: wouldn’t it be great to prove that the proposed tag is really the best possible for the customer’s application; and not just send out loads of free samples hoping that customers test them properly? And when purchasing: wouldn’t it be great to have comparable data of how each tag works in your application instead of “our tags are the best ones, you can trust us” statements?

Guess what: it is possible, and in most cases the sales person or buyer just needs to know what to ask. Tag developers have a lot of characterization data ready. Read on to see how to leverage that data following the 3-step approach!

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This Doesn't Look Right - Should I Contact Technical Support?
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What do you do if, one morning, a new light with some strange symbol is suddenly lit on your car’s dashboard? You probably pull over and start browsing the car owner manual. You may be a little worried. Did I do something wrong? Can I fix this myself or does the car need to be serviced? How long will I need to survive without my car? The same way your Tagformance, the RFID test system that you typically use every day, may have a problem you need to solve. You may already be an experienced user or maybe you have just recently started to work with the system. When a new error message pops up, or you get unexpected measurement result, it’s just like with your car. What’s wrong? Should I contact Voyantic Technical Support?

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Why RFID TIPP Grading is Great News for the Retailers Worldwide
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What does EU tax harmonization, war in Ukraine and TIPP adoption have in common? All three appear to be stagnant battlefronts with plenty of hard work done behind the scenes but minor visible progress to outsiders. Is there something wrong with the world order, how to move forward? Relax, take a sip of Dr. Pepper and read on to see why and how TIPP will prevail.

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