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ODIN technologies releases the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark, Unisys sponsors the first objective, scientific analysis of Gen 2 RFID Tags

ODIN technologies, the leader in the physics of RFID testing and deployment, today released the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark, sponsored by Unisys. The report presents analysis of eleven of the leading EPC (electronic product code) compliant Gen 2 RFID tags. The RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark results provide surprising insights that will help end users make better RFID tag selection decisions. The Benchmark is the first scientific and objective comparison of Gen 2 RFID tags.

Dulles, VA (PRWEB) January 4, 2006 -- ODIN technologies, the leader in the physics of RFID testing and deployment, today released the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark, sponsored by Unisys. The report presents analysis of eleven of the leading EPC (electronic product code) compliant Gen 2 RFID tags. The benchmark was developed to provide end users with objective insight into how well tags actually work in the field and what criteria should be evaluated when making tag selection, placement and orientation decisions. The Benchmark is the first scientific and objective comparison of how Gen 2 RFID tags work with various standard materials such as corrugate packaging, water and metal.     

ODIN technologies President and CEO Patrick J. Sweeney II commented, “Gen 2 is the foundation for the rapid growth of RFID. ODIN technologies is proud to once again lead the way in RFID by producing the industry’s first and most comprehensive, scientific analysis of Gen 2 RFID tags. The RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark can save end users time, money and hassle during this important technology transition. ODIN technologies’ RFID Benchmark Series is the most read and referenced source for independent evaluation of leading RFID tags and readers. ODIN leverages its scientific lab combined with the industry’s most experienced RFID deployment team to test products from an end user’s perspective. The RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark is designed to be an end user’s trusted source for comparing the performance of leading RFID tags.”

Sweeney added, “Tag and reader communication is the first point of success or failure in any RFID system. The tag typically represents the weak link in the equation and must be selected with great care. The RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark results provide surprising insights that will help end users make better tag selection decisions. The fact is that some tag manufacturers continue to outpace others in tag quality and versatility. This information should be central to an end user’s tagging strategy. We wrote RFID for Dummies to better educate the industry and improve the quality of RFID deployments. ODIN technologies continues to produce benchmark testing to break through the marketing clutter and provide sound, factual data to end users and vendors working to improve RFID system performance.”

Peter Regen, vice president, Global Visible Commerce, Unisys remarked, “Gen 2 represents a critical technology transition that can go smoothly or with great difficulty. Unisys recommends its clients leverage RF science combined with a proven process to ensure the right tags, readers and other equipment is selected to create secure business operations. ODIN technologies’ RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark provides a sound, scientific basis for beginning your tag selection process. We are glad to see Gen 2 provides increased performance across the board, but the differences are still notable. Unisys knows from experience that the right tag for a retail or DoD application is often not at all appropriate for the pharmaceutical industry. ODIN’s research helps make that distinction and enables you to make the right choice for your business.”

Benchmark Contents: performance test, converter selection, Gen 2 overview and more
The benchmark includes performance testing related to distance, orientation sensitivity, material type, modulation depth and quality. It also provides a framework for selecting an appropriate tag converter and educational insights into the Gen 2 standard and recent market developments

Benchmark Participants: 7 Manufacturers, 11 Tags
The report includes Gen 2 RFID tags from seven manufacturers: Alien Technology, Avery Dennison, Impinj, Rafsec, RF IDentics, Symbol, and Texas Instruments. The tags in the report include:

Alien - Squiggle
Avery Dennison - Strip
Impinj - Banjo, Propeller
Rafsec - Short Dipole, Pharma
RF IDentics - Micro Wing, Mid Wing, Flex Wing
Symbol - Trident
Texas Instruments - TI Gen 2

Test Protocol Background
•    Minimum Effective Power – this analysis measures how well each tag extracts, consumes and reflects RF power and assesses the quality variance in a random lot of 100 tags
•    Distance performance analysis – provides a ranking based on tag performance at several distances with different common product materials
•    Orientation sensitivity analysis – ranks each tag based on orientation sensitivity with different common materials
•    Material dependence of tag performance – evaluates the relative performance of each tag on different material types
•    Modulation depth – evaluates the effectiveness of each tag in backscattering power to the reader antenna by employing a real time spectrum analyzer

Unisys: Sponsor of the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark
Unisys is the official sponsor of the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark building on its long-standing partnership with ODIN technologies. Unisys also sponsored the RFID Handheld Reader Benchmark published by ODIN technologies in June 2005.

ODIN technologies President and CEO Patrick J. Sweeney II commented, “Unisys has become a positive force for RFID adoption. Through its work with the U.S. Department of Defense and in the retail and pharmaceutical industries, Unisys is continually working to drive practical uses of RFID that become long-term operational advantages for its clients. As specialists in RFID testing and deployment, ODIN technologies highly values our partnership with Unisys based on its RFID experience, support capabilities and global reach. The sponsorship of the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark is just another example of Unisys’ efforts to drive industry education and successful adoption of RFID technology”.

Special recognition: Rhein Tech Laboratories and Tektronix
ODIN technologies would also like to offer special recognition to Rhein Tech Laboratories and Tektronix for their contributions to the RFID Gen 2 Tag Benchmark. Rhein Tech provided a 100 db anechoic chamber used during testing and Tektronix provided its real-time spectrum analyzer. Both contributions added to the quality and consistency of the test protocol.

About Unisys
Unisys is a worldwide technology services and solutions company. Our consultants apply Unisys expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, and server technology to help our clients achieve secure business operations. We build more secure organizations by creating visibility into clients’ business operations. Leveraging Unisys 3D Visible Enterprise, we make visible the impact of their decisions – ahead of investments, opportunities and risks. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

About ODIN technologies
ODIN technologies is the leader in the physics of RFID infrastructure testing, solution design and deployment. ODIN technologies leverages its team of RF engineers, physicists and software developers combined with its laboratory facilities to provide RFID consulting services to major retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, United States government agencies and other RFID early adopters. In addition to client deployment services, ODIN technologies is also the publisher of the RFID Benchmark Series, the industry’s first and most referenced head to head performance analysis of leading RFID tags and readers. ODIN’s President and CEO, Patrick J. Sweeney II is also author of RFID for Dummies published by John Wiley & Sons. ODIN technologies is privately held and has labs and offices in Dulles, Virginia. For more information visit: www.ODINtechnologies.com.

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