CenTrak, a provider of RTLS systems for the indoor tracking of equipment and people, has debuted its IT-740 Staff Badge, touted by the firm as the world’s thinnest hybrid active RFID tag currently on the market. Measuring in at a thickness of only 3 millimeters, the badges are nearly as thin as ordinary, non-RFID enabled badges.
According to its maker, the thinness of the IT-740 Staff badge offers a key advantage. it is thin enough to be layered with another standard badge, enabling a seamless integration with existing uniforms and security systems. This easy integration also makes it more likely that staff will comply with wearing the tracking tags, cutting down on missing information in the tracking system and improving its reliability.
The new staff badges are a part of CenTrak’s InTouchCare RTLS solution, combines a patented new generation of infrared (Gen2IR) and RFID. A monitor transmits the unique room number using Gen2IR which is received by any tag in the room. The tag communicates the room number and its own unique ID via RFID to the InTouchCare Location Server through an antenna using a hospital’s existing wired or Wi-Fi network, where it can be accessed in real-time by hospital personnel. The Gen2IR signals will not pass through walls, but does not suffer from traditional IR line-of-sight limitations.