Polish Manufacturer Breaks the RFID Chip Price Barrier

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Polish Manufacturer Breaks the RFID Chip Price Barrier

Internet of Things (IoT) technology company Talkin’ Things has released an RFID tag priced at between 3 and 4 cents apiece, which it says will be incorporated into fast-moving consumer goods, food and pharmaceutical packaging.RFID Chip Price

“We introduce this groundbreaking offer to the RFID & NFC market to make wide implementation of this technology into FMCG goods and pharmaceuticals a reality, said Jakub Zaluska, Talkin’ Things marketing director. The tags are designed to be incorporated into product packaging for which RFID traditionally has been too expensive.
The new family of tags, which are being shipped in sample quantities, includes a UHFRFID tag priced at 2.7 cents, an HF 13.56 MHz tag compliant with the ISO 15693 standard that costs 4 cents and an NFC 13.56 MHz RFID tag compliant with ISO 14443 that costs 3 cents. The products are offered in the form of wet inlays with adhesive backing, though customers could request dry inlay versions as well.
With a brand-new production facility located in Warsaw Poland Talkin’ Things is able not only to offer a cost advantage but also competitive lead times by minimizing overseas transports, which has been recently even more than ever affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

RFID Chip Price - Talkin Things

Typically, RFID tags cost 5 cents or more apiece. By reducing that price, the company says it enables the technology’s use in ways that have previously been out of reach, simply because the use of tags in high volume becomes expensive; even pennies add up when tags are deployed in quantities of hundreds of thousands, or millions. The targeted application is to track high-volume, lower-value products that have not been tagged at the item level in the past.RFID Chip Price
The company predicts the new tags will enable IoT-based smart packaging, says Jakub Zaluska, Talkin’ Things marketing director, so that connected products can capture and transmit data throughout the supply chain and to consumers.
Companies can initially use the tags in a variety of ways. They can be built into boxes or other packaging, or into product labels (including those on bottles of wine), or into containers of medicine. For instance, HF tags offer the benefit of being readable by many smartphone models, while also transmitting data for logistics purposes, due to HF’s reliability around liquids and functionality for consumers. Pharmaceutical companies can use such a system to identify each container of a drug or other product as it moves through bottling, packing and shipping.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Talkin’ Things


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