RFID tag-testing software expands worldwide

Odin Technologies, a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) software, announced that its EasyTag tracking product, which is capable of working in every UHF frequency range worldwide, is now available on international markets.

Tiny RFID tags can track everything from medical records and consumer products from their manufacture to their appearance on store shelves, boosting security levels and inventory accounting.

In June the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to require drug manufacturers to use RFID tags by the end of 2007 to establish an electronic pedigree to prevent counterfeiting.

EasyTag helps users and labs scientifically measure the performance of different tags and their locations on products, the company said in a statement. That helps tag readers pick the appropriate tag and location for their tracking needs, ensuring 100 percent read rate accuracy, it said.

Until now, European, Japanese and other overseas markets have been unable to conduct scientific testing of tagged products, said Kevin MacDonald, Odin Technologies vice president of client architecture.

'EasyTag allows people for the first time to test for their local frequency requirements from 860-960 megahertz,' he said,replacing the current trial and error methods with verifiable accuracy as to which tag should be used and where it should be placed.

In addition to client deployment services, Dulles, Va.-based Odin Technologies is the publisher of the RFID Benchmark Series, an industry reference on RFID tags and readers' performance analysis. Company president and CEO Patrick J. Sweeney is the author of RFID for Dummies.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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