HID's patented direct bonding process enables us to provide exceptional performance from ever shrinking form factors, increasing the possibilities for both animal ID and industry & logistics applications.
The latest additions to our Glass Tag family of passive contactless RFID transponders - Glass Tag Ultra and Glass Tag Mini - are opening customers' eyes to what a "big deal" small can be for animal identification and industry and logistics applications.
These tiny units, the smallest in our Glass Tag line, are made possible through HID Global's breakthrough chip-handling capability that enables us to process micro-sized chips that are less than 0.3 square millimeters - up to 75 percent smaller than previous generations. Today, HID can mount antennas to the tiniest integrated low-frequency chips available.... and our patented HID direct bonding technology is facilitating the development of products that deliver exceptional size-to-performance ratios.
Our exclusive ability to handle the new generation miniature chips enables the production of tiny tags that still deliver reliable read range performance. In fact, HID glass tags outperform other glass tags of similar sizes by up to 20 percent.
How little can we get? One Glass Tag Ultra version is just 0.08 inches (2.1 millimeters) in diameter, and 0.35 inches (34 millimeters) long. The new Glass Tag Mini is a mere 0.05 inches (1.4 millimeters) in diameter, 0.31 inches (8 millimeters) in length, and weighs just one-thousandth of an ounce (0.03 grams). In other words, a Glass Tag Mini is smaller than a grain of rice.
These glass tags were designed for subcutaneous implantation for improved acceptance within the animal identification segment. Smaller glass tags are less intrusive. And, uncompromised read range performance reduces trauma to animals during scanning. Application areas include production management systems for fisheries; laboratory test animals, including mice and rats; and identification for small pets, such as cats, little dogs and ferrets.
For industry and logistics applications, Glass Tag Mini transponders can be easily inserted or molded into a variety of materials to enable automated asset identification and management applications using RFID. Minute units may be used to tag very small components and they enable more covert tag placement.
What growth opportunities do you see in the shrinking sizes of RFID tags? Surgical devices? Brand protection? Add your comments below.
After my first year representing HID Global in the APAC region, I am more excited than ever about the expanding opportunities for RFID applications and HID Global's readiness to lead these advancements.
HID Global recently exhibited at AIDC/RFID China, the trade show that explores the Internet of Things (IOT). Utilizing computers, the Internet and mobile communications networks, the IOT is a scenario where unique objects and their whereabouts are identified and inventoried by computers in an Internet-like environment. Employing RFID technology is seen as a prerequisite or enabler to connect various everyday objects intelligently and wirelessly. Many IT specialists, economists, entrepreneurs and government officials believe that this convergence of technologies will drive considerable economic development worldwide.
I am proud to say, no company is better positioned to help lead this development than HID. And in the sometimes challenging Chinese marketplace, I am happy to represent HID and partner with integrators, suppliers and developers to sell our products in this territory. With highly experienced engineering and testing teams in Switzerland and operations and production teams in Asia, we offer simultaneously offer innovation and value benefits to customers.
HID Global has a legacy of success and holds patents on direct bonding technology used to connect contactless antennas to microchips - using fully automated technology which contributes to unsurpassed product reliability. HID is no small start-up; we can support and respond to customer needs in the long term. This is where true value lies.
We are successful in the animal identification, and industry and logistics segments in Asia because customers recognize the greater value they are getting for their technology investments when they partner with HID Global. HID brings decades of manufacturing and RFID technology expertise, having helped systems integrators, manufacturers, and end-user customers solve some of the most complex secure identity challenges in the world.
In addition to HID expertise and optimized production processes, APAC customers recognize a slew of value-added benefits that support doing business with the industry leader, including on-time delivery, global distribution, and continuing product innovation.
It's not hard to support and sell an RFID tag portfolio in China. My customers know the value they receive when they partner with HID. So although low-price tags are available on the Chinese market, our customers still firmly partner with us as they value HID product reliability and durability and the support they receive. Customers like the fact that HID can consistently supply them with advice along with large volumes of tags of the highest quality.
What do you believe customers value most about HID? Add your comments below.
We're always explaining the many advantages of using our visitor management software. But often overlooked is the benefit of improving an organization's image by helping manage visitors more professionally.
It's easy to see how visitor management improves security by identifying, screening, and tracking who is in your facilities and the reason why. Improving ones image is less clear, but can be just as important. So let's examine it more closely.
What does a visitor see when entering a building, maybe for the first time? Everything looks professional and impressive in the lobby. They go to the front desk and the lobby attendant points to a visitor book on the counter and asks them to sign in. After they do so the attendant hands them a paper "Hello My Name Is" stick-on badge. Maybe they write the visitor's name on it, or ask the visitor to do so themselves.
First impressions are important and right from the outset, this could be viewed as "low tech" and unprofessional. Maybe the guest is wondering, "I could be anyone. How do they know? And who else are they letting in?"
In fact¸ if he or she is a salesperson they are probably scanning the sign-in book to see who else has visited and from what companies. Other vendors are likely doing the same.
But the real problem here is that the organization has failed at a most basic level to ensure the guest adheres to their specific requirements when visitors enter their buildings. Rather than managing visitors haphazardly, professional visitor management allows organizations to do it in a structured, planned way.
The first thing to understand is that HID's EasyLobby solution automates the entire check-in process by scanning a driver's license or other ID and recording that information. Using drop-down menus, the lobby attendant can gather additional information. Once the information is captured, it only takes seconds to print a professional visitor badge that clearly identifies that guest with pertinent information.
This ensures that, right from the start, the identity of the guest is validated in a professional manner. But then there's the issue of managing visitors properly and ensuring they adhere to the organizations' policies.
Each organization has its own unique requirements: outside contractors may need to be certified after a certain number of visits; or a partner needs to sign a non-disclosure agreement after one week; or a temporary employee could be required to watch an HR video on their first visit. The beauty of our EasyLobby software is that you can tailor it to alert anyone to most any situation.
And here's the point of all this.
By managing visitors professionally and efficiently, organizations can dramatically improve the first (and lasting) impressions they make on visitors, which can be crucial to enhancing your corporate image.
So take note the next time you visit an organization and they ask you to sign a visitor log book. What about your organization? Are you currently using a paper-based visitor log book? If so, check out HID's EasyLobby Secure Visitor Management solution.
Outside the "traditional" application to mobile payment systems, smart posters or automated device configuration, NFC can also create greater efficiency, accuracy and cost savings in industrial applications.
Payment systems and marketing frequency programs are just the beginning for NFC technology. In addition to the mounting interest in NFC for mobile access control, it also promises to empower more efficient, effective industrial applications.
Specifically, combining NFC-enabled smartphones with ruggedized RFID tags offers additional benefits when compared to traditional RFID solutions. When an application requires frequent interaction with tags at numerous process points by many different parties, the financials of using traditional handheld readers may prove to be cost prohibitive. By replacing handheld readers with NFC smartphones at certain data collection points, the ROI for the application increases.
Additionally, since housed RFID transponders are more durable and resistant to environmental conditions than labels or even cards, installations using NFC technology are possible within harsh environs. HID Global has a suite of RFID tag products that are NFC-ready today, such as the IN Tag, Epoxy Disc, Clear Disc, ID Bands, ISO Cards and Keyfobs. Also, the HID Contactless on-metal sticker allows one to add NFC tag capabilities to not yet NFC enabled electronic devices like smartphones. All these tags already have proven performance in traditional applications.
How different is NFC from traditional RFID solutions?
NFC is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4 cm or less. It operates at HF 13.56 MHz on ISO/IEC 18000-3 air interface and at rates ranging from 106 kbit/s to 424 kbit/s. NFC involves an initiator and a target; the initiator actively generates an RF field that can power a passive target. This enables NFC targets to take very simple form factors such as tags, stickers, key fobs, or cards that do not require batteries. NFC applications require a so-called NDEF data structure on the tag, which is supported by several different chip types including the commonly used MIFARE DESFire EV1 chips also found in the HID tag portfolio.
Industrial NFC applications take advantage of the fact that the reader population strongly increases by NFC smartphones. These can be used as HF RFID readers in addition to all their traditional smartphone functions like internet connectivity or GPS. In many professions the users may already have smartphones, so if these phones are NFC-enabled, the costs for separate dedicated RFID readers can be reduced. Also, the development of special applications is often easier for these smartphones, due to the large developer community and mature programming environments. HID RFID Tags are ready to work in such environments today. And, as industrial NFC use cases become more popular the HID tag family will grow with them.
Where might the burgeoning NFC technology yield efficiency and productivity in industrial applications? Add your comments below.