SOURCE: Alien Technology

Alien Technology

April 02, 2014 08:00 ET

Alien Technology® Introduces Two UHF Passive RFID Tags for Applications Ranging From Near-Field to Consumer Electronics

Multifaceted "Wonder Dog™" Tag Is Ideal Solution for Application to Most Materials, and "SIT H4" Offers Higgs™4 Features for Near-Field Applications

MORGAN HILL, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2014) - Alien Technology, an industry leader in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) products and services, today introduced two new UHF passive RFID tags. The Wonder Dog ALN-9768 is a high-performance, no compromise tag where size (3.3 x 0.9" / 86 x 23mm) is less of an issue than the desire for optimal read sensitivity with high levels of backscatter. At the other extreme, Alien® also announced a Higgs4 IC near-field tag (0.47 x 0.35" / 12 x 9mm) that targets applications requiring short read distances and where space is constrained.

The Wonder Dog is truly a general purpose, high-performance inlay. While this tag can be used on most surfaces, the tag provides unusually good read and write performance for a standard thickness inlay when mounted close to radio frequency (RF) reflective surfaces such as metals. The tag is a world tag with excellent European frequency characteristics.

"The general-purpose nature of the Wonder Dog inlay allows it to be used in myriad applications," said Pat Ervin, Alien Technology, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "However, we designed this tag so that it can be used when attached to bottles of liquids or attached just above the surface of metals -- such as consumer electronics devices, metalized automotive windshields and metal containers or vessels."

Another benefit of this tag is that it does not necessarily require a high-performance reader. The Wonder Dog tag is able to operate at low power levels, as is often the case with handheld passive UHF readers. This allows the tag to be used in Automotive Vehicle Identification applications where the tag is placed on an automotive windshield with embedded metalized sun protection, while still being read with a low-power handheld reader.

The SIT H4 tag is a diminutive tag that is a true near-field design. Its size and characteristics lead itself to mounting on small objects requiring close proximity reads. The read-range increases when the tag is mounted close to metals. This combination makes it an excellent solution for tagging jewelry, pharmaceutical vials, food product packaging, access control, loyalty cards and numerous counterfeiting applications where the tag can be easily concealed.

With the Alien Higgs4 IC at its core, the SIT H4 provides authentication and security features including Dynamic Authentication™ anti-cloning technology, block perma-lock and read password protection in 32 bit blocks (more fine-grained control than alternative solutions).

The Wonder Dog and SIT H4 tags are 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, Wonder Dog, Dynamic Authentication and the Alien logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alien Technology Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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