ODIN RFID Labs Benchmark High Memory RFID Tags

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Options expand to deploy RFID in industrial, military and aerospace applications

ODIN Labs, the only commercially independent, exclusively RFID testing lab and a division of RFID software company ODIN, has released the latest in their on-going series of head-to-head RFID equipment comparisons – The High Memory RFID Tag Benchmark based on the AS5678 Tag standard. This Benchmark seeks to use scientific methods and objective testing to determine the best RFID tag with a memory capability of at least four kilobytes.
The Benchmark compares six of the industry leading high memory tags in the following tests:

  •     Minimum Effective Power
  •     Orientation Sensitivity
  •     Read Distance Testing
  •     Handheld Read Distance
  •     Maximum Encoding Distance

The six tags come from five manufacturers: MAINTag, Marubeni (two tags), RCD Tag Source, RFID Tag Source, and Xerafy. The tags have silicon chips that are new innovations from both Fujitsu and Tego. The internationally accepted standard, AS5678, requires that individual words of data can be separately locked and write-protected on the tag itself rather than on a separate database. This allows for flexible and secure history and maintenance data storage on a part as it travels through its normal life. The amount of memory required to indicate a successfully passed maintenance inspection, for instance, is vastly different from the memory required to exactly describe the maintenance operations performed on a component that failed an inspection. By using a flexible data locking architecture, the silicon is able to make the best use of its available memory. High memory tags also allow uses in the field where access to a secure database may not always be possible or practical.

“The speed of RFID innovation is quite impressive,” commented Farid Hassani who supervised the Benchmark from ODIN Labs. ”Moore’s law accurately describes the continual improvement rate in RFID performance and the value increase as price declines. ODIN is seeing many more industries aggressively adopt RFID; from Aerospace MRO to social media. It’s an exciting time for us because RFID technology is fundamentally changing the way entire industries operate.”
The Benchmark also saw the first time ODIN collaborated with a partner to address the issues in the European market. French RFID integration company Frequentiel (http://www.frequentiel.com/) provided ETSI consulting services and translation for the French market as well.

The High Memory RFID Tag Benchmark can be purchased for $750 for an enterprise license shared among anyone at a single corporation, $500 for an individual license and for $100 for an education version at http://www.odinrfid.com/odinstore.html.

About ODIN Labs:
ODIN Labs was formed in 2003 as a vendor neutral RFID-only testing facility based on the very first RFID testing lab at MIT’s Auto-ID lab. To date the Lab has completed over 30 public and private RFID benchmarks setting the standard for scientific objective performance evaluation. ODIN Labs is the only vendor neutral RFID testing facility that has no tie to manufacturers and does not accept advertising money in exchange for promotion or publication of tests. The goal of ODIN RFID lab is to arm RFID users with scientific information on which to base purchasing decisions and help them design the optimal RFID system for their requirements. ODIN RFID Lab produces publicly available benchmarks and can also be hired confidentially for private benchmark testing and product development work. The ODIN Labs are located just outside Washington, DC and Budapest, HU.

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