As you guys know, we have been at RFID Journal LIVE all week having the time of our lives, but it left me with a little time to write my weekly column. Hopefully you guys can see some of the innovative things we saw there as soon as we can get these videos done! Here is the News with Suze for this week.
Researchers at North Dakota State University have developed ultra-thin RFID tags that are small enough to be embedded into paper. Since these tags are so thin, the researchers used laser enabled advanced packaging to embed the tags on to paper. To show off the potential applications, the researchers embedded the tags onto paper money demonstrating how the new ultra-thin tags can help secure physical money.
For half of the world, this potential new application probably wouldn’t make one bit of difference. Personally, I never keep cash on hand, and when I do, I spend it so fast that a robber would have no chance of getting his hands on it. I guess you could say I am a worse threat to cash than any mugger out there. To some though, keeping cash on hand is a must. In some locations, customers frequent stores that do not accept credit or debit cards which makes their wallets moving targets for the criminal underbelly of society.
Since these are passive RFID tags embedded in paper money, I personally do not see a privacy issue in this being on the market. Although as soon as I say that, someone out there will make some type of 1984 reference. For now, the technology is in the early stages, but it is a huge step in the RFID industry.
Climate Control with RFID
The manufacturing process has yet again been improved thanks to RFID technology. United Technologies’ Corp.’s division of Climate Controls and Security, which manufacturers Carrier heating and cooling systems, has started implementing RFID in their warehouse and manufacturing areas. They chose one of Xerafy’s metal mount RFID tags to tag metal carts that transport components during different stages of the manufacturing process. Employees used hand held readers to find any missing components that did not read through the doorways that are lined with RFID antennas.
Since the implementation of the RFID system, UTC has seen a reduction in hazardous situations and a decrease in assembly errors, ensuring that these heating and cooling systems are more efficient and effective. In the fall, when you realize that your new Carrier air conditioning system has been chugging away through the relentless heat of the summer, you can thank RFID for making the season just a little more bearable.
Alien has debuted several new tags this month all designed for the retail market. They released the ALN-9728, the ALN-9720, and the ALN-9770.
These new UHF based products are intended for retail environments where it can be tricky to get clear reads of tags. The retail industry has been using and experimenting with RFID tags for a while now, mainly for inventory purposes. I can’t wait to show you guys all the information on these new products that we rounded up at RFID Journal LIVE! Garment tracking has become a hit in the RFID industry, so Alien’s new RFID tags will help to revolutionize retail stores around the world. It will make inventory a breeze, and theft prevention will heighten. I loved learning about all the garment tracking at RFID Journal LIVE and you will too!