Glass tag brings NFC to embedded tagging
Able to be inserted into a range of materials such as concrete, plastic or wood, the glass tag NFC can be inserted into predrilled holes before being sealed in place with synthetic resin or silicone. It is resistant to most chemicals and made from biocompatible glass, adds Smartrac Technology Group.
Developed by Smartrac Technology Group, the glass tag NFC offers the option of embedded tagging to a range of materials, products and industry segments. It has a diameter of just 2.12mm and is 12mm long and weighs just 100mg. The tag is claimed to be among the smallest NFC transponders available.
The glass tag NFC complements the company’s portfolio of NFC tags and inlays and will be manufactured at Smartrac Specialty division’s facility in Wehnrath, Germany. The product is available with either an NXP SLIX IC, which has an 896-bit user memory, or NXP’s NTAG216 IC, which offers 888bytes of user memory. Data from the chip inside the tag can be read by either a dedicated reader or via any NFC-enabled smartphone.
“Broadening the uses of the glass tag beyond its proven field of animal ID and tracking,” says Hansjörn Reifschläger, head of sales at Smartrac specialty division, “[the tag] offers many more applications for customers wishing to protect their brand, conduct customer marketing, authenticate their products or even turn them into consumer experience platforms,” he says.
Like all applicable transponders manufactured by Smartrac, Glass Tag NFC benefits from Smart Cosmos, the company’s IoT platform which records and manages a set of transponder data (e.g. UID number, order or batch number or yield) at production level in a controlled and secure way. Smartrac explains that its Smart Cosmos enables full traceability of delivered RFID products and provides a reliable quality assurance.
The NFC tags will be available in high volumes from April 2019. It will be presented at LogiMAT 2019 (19 to 21 February) in Neue Messe, Stuttgart, Germany, Hall 4, stand B09.