Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Supply chain RFID tag combines UHF and NFC technologies

Steve Rogerson
April 15, 2015
The first tag to combine seamlessly the benefits of UHF's global supply chain acceptance with the consumer engagement capabilities of NFC into a single design is available from Michigan-based EAgile. The UHF and NFC multi-frequency DualWing chip also incorporates the latest ISO standards of both frequencies to provide anti-counterfeiting and validation capabilities.
A dual frequency tag has long been anticipated by the marketplace to unleash the full power of RFID, says the company.
"By providing the tools that extend the RFID value chain to include the ability for brand owners to immediately interact with the end customer is a milestone event for the entire industry," said Gary Burns, CEO of EAgile. "The DualWing is the Swiss Army knife of RFID that delivers maximum utility to organisations with minimal impact to existing systems."
The tags use a single chip sharing common memory blocks and the same unique ID allowing for information to be shared or updated by both UHF and NFC devices. The UHF function allows for the longer read ranges and faster read-write cycles required of asset tracking and logistical applications while the NFC features allow for robust functionality and marketing applications using smartphones or near-field scanners.
Security protocols of ISO 18000-63 and EPC Gen2 v2 used by the UHF interface combat counterfeiting and tag alteration while the NFC's ISO 14443A-3 standard and rolling access counter are said to make the device one of the most secure platforms available in either frequency.
"To combine all the benefits of UHF and NFC into a single chip tag is elegant," said Peter Phaneuf, president of EAgile. "To embrace the latest ISO standards for maximum security in both frequencies opens doors to opportunities beyond the retail applications originally targeted and into the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and healthcare spaces."

The DualWing is the latest addition to EAgile's family of item level intelligence products, which includes software and hardware engineered to capture business data and engage with users through smartphones. The DualWing's full product line is scheduled for large-scale release in wet and dry formats during the third quarter of 2015 in converted formats with available user specific print and encoding schemes.