New RFID Tags from Symbol Technologies
The next generation of RFID technology—commonly referred to as Gen 2—has arrived, and Holtsville, New York-based Symbol Technologies unveiled its first RFID tags based on the new Gen 2 protocol. The company also launched a new line of specialty RFID tags, starting with the hardened metal mount tag that can be attached to items including utility poles.
The open set of common standards defined by Gen 2 help to develop interoperability and volume production, creating a more competitive market that will ultimately drive prices down and ensure cross-vendor compatibility. The standards also provide a number of strategic business benefits for large enterprise deployment, including trouble-free operation of multiple readers and multiple RFID applications, increased operational speed and widespread global adoption.
The Gen 2 standard has improved the rate at which readers can read data from, and write data to, RFID tags. While Gen 1 supported a data transfer rate of up to 140 kbps, Gen 2 offers a transfer rate of up to 640 kbps.
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