IDENTEC SOLUTIONS Launches Improved Temperature Tracking RFID Products to Manage Perishable Foods

IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, a leading provider of active long-range Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems, announced today the release of a wireless temperature logging RFID tag targeted at food processors and handlers who must comply with new EU requirements implemented on January 1, 2005 and pending USA traceability legislation. This patented wireless temperature logger samples, time stamps, and stores up to 13,000 temperature readings in memory, which can be retrieved on demand using a handheld PDA or dock-door reader at distances of up to 100 meters (300 feet). An optional tag feature is an external temperature probe, which can be used to monitor and log the internal temperature of food product during processing and cool-down.

Barry Allen, VP Engineering of IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, Inc., explains: We designed this product to help companies meet the strict food traceability legislations without making huge capital investments in infrastructure. Customer demand for a reliable, easily deployable monitoring and tracking technology is strong. The design drew upon five years of market feedback from deployments of our ILR RFID technology.

The temperature logger is rated for operational temperatures from -40 C to +85 C (-40 F to +185 F) and has a six-year battery life. Temperature measurements are accurate to within 0.25 C (0.5 F) and logging intervals are programmable from one minute to 18 hours, which means that users can capture product history from source to destination even when shipments are in transit for several weeks or suffer unexpected delays. Tag communications are 115 KBaud at distances of up to 100 meters (300 feet), allowing for quick retrieval of temperature logs at dock doors, so that product which has been subjected to a temperature excursion can automatically be flagged, stopped and quarantined before it is even unloaded from the truck.

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