RFID Tags for Item-level Tracking Applications

December 19, 2012 Nikhil Deulkar


In a webinar last week, George Dyche, Director of RFID Product Line Management at Avery Dennison, presented details of five RFID tags the company has launched to take advantage of the Impinj Monza® 5 tag chip. These tags target a wide variety of item-level tagging applications, including well-established applications such as Retail Apparel as well as emerging applications such as Healthcare.

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General Purpose Supply Chain
General Purpose Supply Chain
Item-level Apparel
Item-level Retail
Embedded Uses

In each of these applications, the ultimate goal of the end-customer is to gain business value such as:

  • Higher revenue through better visibility of inventory in a retail store
  • Lower cost of managing inventory for a distribution center
  • Improved customer service through higher speed and accuracy of lab diagnostics in a hospital
  • Brand value protection through deterrence of product diversion and counterfeiting for a luxury goods manufacturer

To consistently deliver such business value, the RFID system must meet two basic requisites: Performance and Ease of Use. Impinj took both of these into consideration when we designed the Monza 5 chip from the ground up specifically for fast-growing item-level RFID tracking applications.

Monza 5 Delivers Optimal Performance

Monza 5 has great read sensitivity which increases the performance margin of the RFID system. Moreover, it enables smaller tags that can open the door to new applications. These chips deliver very high write sensitivity and encoding speed. In fact, the gap between read and write sensitivities, commonly known as the sensitivity gap, is a very critical measure for item-level tagging. The small sensitivity gap of Monza 5 enables inline and bulk encoding systems to run faster, resulting in higher throughput and lower applied tag costs. And that’s not all. If you have wondered why those Monza 5-based tags perform so much better in the field, it is because of the optimizations included in the chip – such as TagFocus and FastID. TagFocus helps get the harder to read tags much faster during inventory while FastID delivers the Tag Identifier (TID) and EPC much faster during inventory.

Guaranteed Ease of Use with Monza 5

Monza 5 reduces the complexity around managing serial numbers for tags. Improving upon its predecessor, the Monza 3 tag chip, Monza 5 supports Monza Self-Serialization which is a method of using the chip’s factory programmed serial TID number to generate the EPC serial number. Use of Monza Self-Serialization can completely eliminate the need for managing allocation of serial numbers in several applications. Moreover, more often than not the RFID system includes Impinj Speedway readers or readers built using Impinj Indy reader chips, making Monza 5 the easy choice for tags to take maximum advantage of optimizations in the reader hardware and associated software tools.

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