The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) at the University of Kansas has announced its Agility Tag, a new RFID tag that can function well on conducting surfaces with much less buffering than foam attached tags (FAT) currently on the market.
Researchers say the Agility Tag is readable from 15 to 20 feet away when placed near metal and operates reliably and efficiently regardless of its location, compared to the less than six feet average read distance for a FAT tag when near metal. The Agility Tag uses only one-eighth inch of foam as a base, while FAT tags require as much as one-fourth inch.
“Previously, users had to choose between expensive asset tags and cheap FAT tags. Agility Tags give the performance of expensive asset tags, but at a manufacturing cost and complexity similar to FAT tags,” said says Dan Deavours, principal investigator and ITTC research assistant professor.
ITTC is currently seeking licensees to produce the Agility Tag.