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.Read more →
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.Read more →
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…?”Read more →
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.Read more →
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!Read more →
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?Read more →
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.Read more →
Retail RFID seems to get the most limelight in the RFID industry at the moment. And that is not surprising because of its huge tag volumes and growth rates. But there are many other industries that are benefiting from RFID use as well. One of my personal favorites is the aerospace industry. To serve this industry, an ecosystem of RFID technology providers has emerged. In addition, the ecosystem has generated business opportunities for the supporting industry.Read more →
ISO 18000-63 (6C, EPC Class 1 Gen 2) has been by far the most used UHF RFID standard for several years. There have been some competing standards such as Tagidu, IP-X (tag-talks-only) and ISO18000-62 (6B), but they are nowadays rarely used in new applications. However, new RFID standards still emerge: for example in Brazil, SINIAV has created a protocol aimed for vehicle tracking applications, and in China, a new UHF standard, GB/T29768-2013 has been recently published.
There are several chip and tag manufacturers working with these new standards. Why do these national RFID standards exist? And what does it mean for performance testing?Read more →
I saw my first combined UHF RFID-NFC apparel label at a trade show several years ago. I remember wondering what the reason for this combination was. After all, UHF RFID is primarily used in the business-to-business world of retail: supply chains, inventories, point-of-sale, etc. NFC on the other hand is used in the business-to-consumer interface: in retail, primarily brand enhancement. Could there be a reason to combine these two technologies?Read more →