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Software pinpoints location for RFID tags


Cape Systems Group announced yesterday it is entering the emerging radio frequency identification (RFID) market with the introduction of software designed to help companies place their tags in the best location on their product.

"One of the biggest challenges of the RFID supply chain today is tag placement," said Cape's vice president for worldwide marketing, Peter Ayling, "Tags placed in the wrong location will lead to poor RFID reading results, which for many mean a failure to meet mandate compliance."

The RFID Tag Locator uses commercially available tags and readers to measure performance at the case and pallet level. The results from the measurements are displayed using interactive colour-codedthree-dimensional models to show radio frequency properties.

"This unique and intuitive visualization system conveys an immediate understanding of the radio frequency behaviour of a product," the company said in a statement. "This in turn leads to optimal tag placement and significantly improved case and pallet reading."

The RFID Tag Locator works with any of the industry standard RFID readers produced by such companies as Alien Technology, Symbol, WJ, Samsys and AWID. It works with Class 0, Class 1 and the upcoming Gen 2 tags.

The software operates as a standalone application and does not require Internet access. The RFID Tag Locator program is being marketed under a licensing agreement with Integral RFID.

CAPE Systems provides supply chain management software for packaging and pallet tracking and for warehouse and inventory management.

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