SOURCE: Alien Technology

Alien Technology

January 09, 2014 08:00 ET

Alien Technology® Introduces Miniature, Long-Range Inlay for Jewelry and Cosmetics Tagging

Highly Compact "Glint™" Tag Provides Long-Range Reading for Small Objects

MORGAN HILL, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 9, 2014) - Alien Technology, an industry leader in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) products and services, today introduced Glint ALN-9715, a small footprint 27 millimeters (mm) x 10mm (1.06" x 0.38") Higgs4 IC-based tag for jewelry, cosmetics and other small or metallic-coated products.

Despite its diminutive size, the Glint tag includes a long-range UHF antenna enabling tag interrogation up to 3 feet (1 meter) away. This highly compact antenna is unusually narrow and dense, enabling long-range access when affixed above metallic coated plastic surfaces. The Higgs 4 IC provides optional pre-encoded serialization and additional user memory that many competitive solutions lack.

"The Glint tag is another example of Alien's commitment to innovating in the retail market segment," said Pat Ervin, Alien Technology, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "Many jewelry and cosmetic tags available on the market today have a long tail that makes the tag too long for use in some applications and still not long enough to provide adequate read performance. Alien took a different approach by folding a much longer, narrower antenna into a condensed useable footprint."

"As the retail market expands, the categories of products being tagged must also grow to include smaller and more challenging products," said Ervin. "The Glint tag is an example that extends the RFID return-on-investment to challenging products, such as packed smaller items that are often metallic coated."

The Glint tag is available for volume ordering and will be exhibited at RFID Journal LIVE April 8-10, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., at the Alien Booth (#620).

About Alien Technology
Founded in 1994, Alien Technology is a leading technology and product provider of UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Integrated Circuits (IC), tags, readers and professional services. Alien Gen 2 products, along with software solutions from partners, help solve business problems for customers to improve productivity, processes, security and asset tracking for closed-loop and supply chain systems. These solutions are implemented in industries such as consumer packaged goods, retail apparel, manufacturing, transportation, airports and cargo logistics, government and defense, and more. Alien's facilities include corporation headquarters in Morgan Hill, CA; the Alien RFID Solutions Center in the Dayton, OH region; and a sales office in Shanghai, China. Alien is a member of EPCglobal.

Alien, Alien Technology, Higgs, Glint and the Alien logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alien Technology Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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