Digital Angel, a provider in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions, announced that the U.S. Department Agriculture has approved the Destron Fearing HD.Tag, a line of electronic identification tags using Half Duplex (HDX) technology.
Approval from the USDA is part of an initiative to increase the United States’ disease response capabilities. The 15-digit ID number that is programmed into the Destron Fearing HD.Tag and delivered to the livestock producer is links to a livestock database managed by the USDA. In case of a disease outbreak, the USDA can trace the origins of an animal identified through this process to assist federal and state health officials.
Half Duplex technology – also ISO approved and compatible for international use – is a passive RFID electronic identification system. Instead of using a continual signal (Full Duplex), it uses shorter-term signals to transfer data from tag to reader.
The Destron Fearing HD.Tag is available in 3 different product combinations. Producers can choose the typical RFID button only tag, a combo panel tag where the RFID button is attached to the panel, or choice set offering a panel tag for the right ear and the RFID button tag for the left.