Tokyo, Japan, -- Omron Corporation has developed an RFID reader/writer compatible with both UHF (super-high frequency) and HF (13.56 MHz) frequency bands. In addition, Omron has also developed a UHF band IC tag that utilizes proprietary IC chip ultrasonic bonding technology.
On the occasion of this RFID reader/writer development, Omron entered into a technology license agreement with ThingMagic, a US based company and member of EPC Global, promoting standardization.
This newly developed RFID reader/writer, corresponding to both UHF and HF (13.56 MHz) frequency protocols, is equipped with antennae compatible with both frequencies making it capable of communication with IC tags conformed to EPC and ISO (18000-6, 18000-3) standards. Additionally, it adopts TCP/IP protocol for connecting to upper equipment, so it can easily be built into existing network environments.
Presently, UHF band is not authorized to be used for IC tag application in Japan, but towards the end of this year radio laws and regulations will be modified and it is expected that application of IC tags in the 950-956 MHz band will be permitted. With the acceptance of UHF band IC tag usage, communication with IC tags over a wide range that had previously posed challenges will become possible, and it is anticipated that practical applications such as freight management for goods distribution will expand exponentially.
This newly developed RFID reader/writer is projected for use at the Trade and Industry supported Publishing Industry Wireless Tag Experiment, and will be provided for various experimental trials led by governmental agencies.
EPC Global is a nonprofit corporation jointly established in September 2003 by EAN International, a European distribution standardizing organization, and UCC, an organization responsible for the distribution and management of bar codes. EPC Global handles operation and management of the IC tag and network technology combined EPC (Electronic Product Code) system. EPC Global has assumed responsibility over research findings of the Auto ID Center, which carried out research and international standardization for IC tag systems.
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