German-based electronics equipment producer Siemens said it is preparing to enter the UHF tag-and-reader market in a big way, by launching a range of products set to launch in mid-2005 that will comply with EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO/TEC 18000-6 standards, RFID Journal reports.
The company has been offering a range of low-frequency RFID systems for more than 20 years to customers in a number of industries, including automotive and security. Siemens’ planned UHF products will operate in the 860 to 956 MHz range. The readers will consist of stationary and handheld models, with corresponding tags for various environmental conditions.
“These will not just be slap-and-ship tags. Our core focus will be on industrialized tags able to withstand high temperatures and hazardous environments,” Alex Stuebler said, business manager at Siemens Energy and Automation in Atlanta, GA, U.S.
The planned systems will target industrial as well as retail supply chain applications, including manufacturing, warehousing, and retailing. The readers will communicate via TCP/IP with PCs or use the companies’ existing SIMATIC process controllers ensuring that Siemens’ UHF offerings will integrate with its existing RFID systems, the company said. In addition, Siemens’ planned readers will allow for remote management of diagnostics through an Internet browser.
Siemens’ new lines will be marketed under the Moby brand, which consists of a variety of RFID systems for use in manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. (RFID Journal)
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