Symbol Launches Portfolio of RFID Gen 2 and Specialty Tag Inlays

New design uses two antennas to boost read distances, read-write functions regardless of reader position

New design uses two antennas to boost read distances, read-write functions regardless of reader position

Las Vegas  May 2, 2006  Auto-ID specialist Symbol Technologies has taken the wraps off a portfolio of radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays based on the Generation 2 (Gen 2) standards set forth by the Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards body.

Symbol also unveiled a prototype of a hardened metal mount tag that will be the first in a line of RFID asset tag products designed to provide intelligent asset management solutions for customers.

A patented dual dipole technology enables Symbol Gen 2 RFID inlays and tags to be read from any orientation at distances of up to 30 feet, according to the solution provider. This design uses two RFID antennas and allows the tag to perform faster read and write functions regardless of the position of the RFID reader antenna, which is suited for high-speed conveyor belt applications used in distribution warehouses as well as luggage processing at airports, Symbol said.

Tag performance is further improved by the antenna design and packaging process, which compresses the antenna and chip into a small, low-powered inlay that can be attached to a variety of materials, from plastic and glass to cardboard and wood, according to Symbol.

The company's first RFID asset tag will be a 6x6 inch metal mount tag designed for asset management applications that require assets to not only be read but also written to in process. This reusable specialty tag will be able to track assets in rough environments where the tagged item sustains heavy knocks and blows, as well as those that are out of reach by providing a read distance of up to 50 feet, Symbol said.

"Customers are going beyond mandates to find real value in RFID by using readers and tags to gain insight into their supply-chain processes and better quantify working capital," said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol's RFID and wireless infrastructure divisions.

Bartolo said that Symbol RFID inlay products leverage the dual dipole antenna design and unique charge pump technologies so they can be optimized for different applications to help ensure fast business processes or the best read performance over long distances.

New Channel for RFID Tag Products

Symbol said its portfolio of inlays will be sold to customers by Symbol Certified Label Converter Program (SCLC) partners that convert the inlays into EPC labels of all different form factors. Symbol has worked with authorized label converters to train and certify them to deliver the RFID tags. The company's RFID inlay portfolio is available today in various sizes for label converters that serve the needs of customers in the retail supply chain and aviation, consumer packaged goods (CPG), government and manufacturing industries.

Current SCLC members include George Schmitt & Co.; The Kennedy Group; Lowry Computer Products; Marnlen RFiD; Mid South Graphics; Moore Wallace; National Label Company; NCR; Paxar; Plitek; The R and V Group; Repacorp Label Products; RSI ID Technologies; and Zebra Technologies.

Additional Articles of Interest

 Contemplating RFID? Here are three critical questions to answer before embarking on a radio frequency identification initiative. Read "Recognizing Real RFID Adoption Potential," in the February/March 2006 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

 A recent independent study revealed that Wal-Mart customers are finding the items they wanted in stock more often due to the retailer's use of RFID technologies when compared to control stores. Read more in "Wal-Mart Achieving Improved On-shelf Availability with RFID, Study Finds" on