Electronic tags are a radio frequency away

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 1 December 2004




(2004), "Electronic tags are a radio frequency away", Microelectronics International, Vol. 21 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/mi.2004.21821cab.007



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Electronic tags are a radio frequency away

Electronic tags are a radio frequency away

Keywords: Tagging, Radio waves

A Richmond based company has won a prestigious Smart award to develop and produce an electronic tagging and tracking system for packaged items.

ITPCO Ltd won the £20,000 Smart Micro project award, (now renamed as Research & Development grants), from the Department of Trade and Industry's small business service (SBS), which aims to encourage innovation in England.

The company has been working on the development of an electronic tag that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) for packages in warehouses.

The RFID system has many advantages over the current barcode system. The tag can be invisible, water or mud resistant and stores up to 1 kilobyte of information that can be read through a scanner as English sentences.

Managing Director Foroutan Parand said:

"This new system will enable people to update information for individual products and supplier information will be available on the tag. It will improve efficiency as you can have a maintenance history from the manufacturer to the end-user and can double check to see if the product is genuine. The other advantage is that you can read many products at the same time. You could have 50 gadgets pass through a supermarket type reader system and they will be scanned and read simultaneously. Thanks to this award, we've managed to forge ahead with this project.''

For further information, visit the Web site: parandf@ITPCGroup.com

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