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Smartrac unveils industry’s first passive moisture-sensing inlay

Smart tags just got smarter. This week Smatrac unveiled its Sensor Dogbone tag, the industry’s first passive UHF moisture-sensing inlay. Smartrac made the announcement at LogiMAT 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany. The product is the result of a collaboration with sensor technology specialist RFMicron.

Smartrac's new moisture-sensing inlay has initial use cases in healthcare, automotive, energy and construction.

The new inlay brings advanced capabilities to RFID beyond item tracking. Users of the new tag can now measure moisture conditions in industrial environments, which enables significant possibilities for enhancing production control, quality control and maintenance in many different industries.

The inlay is initially targeted at the construction, energy and healthcare sectors, as well as automotive production.

Samuli Stromberg, vice president, Segment Industry at Smartrac, says that the inlay is ready for high-volume production immediately.

“Sensor Dogbone represents state of the art in passive RFID sensing suitable for high-volume production,” says Stromberg. “The 2-in-1-design of chip and sensor keeps it simple and cost-efficient. We are looking forward to jointly developing further smart sensing solutions to enable enhanced, affordable and robust technology.”

The inlay can be deployed in environments where active or semi-active sensors are not practical or economically feasible, and works on different low and high dielectric materials like cardboard, plastics, stone, wood and construction material.

Smartrac will supply Sensor Dogbone in dry, wet and label format to suit all converting industry needs. The product complies with all relevant industry standards and strict quality control parameters. It is based on the RFMicron Magnus® S chip, and works in the 860-960 MHz frequency range. The inlay’s die-cut size is 97×27 mm (3.8×1.1 in), with an antenna measuring 89×24 mm (3.5×0.9 in).

“RFMicron’s collaboration with Smartrac provides customers with a new sensor choice that opens up a wide range of applications and environments,” says Hal Steele, vice president of global sales at RFMicron. “Passive, easy to deploy, and inexpensive sensor inlays can now be utilized across numerous industries to help make the Internet of Things a reality.”

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