19th February 2019: SML RFID, the leading full-service RFID solution provider has been named in European EPC Competence Center’s (EECC) latest annual report – UHF RFID Transponder Benchmark (UTPS) for its GB3U8; a small-form, high-performance inlay aimed at omnichannel retailers. The inlay has been featured in the report which includes an extensive list of RFID inlays and worldwide standard in the measurement of RFID transponders.
The EECC’s report aims to help retailers determine which RFID tag they should be using depending on the following aspects: Can it be used globally, what type of materials/products can the tag be used on, how long does it take to encode the tags, is the tag readable, is the reader sensitive enough and how does the tag perform on unknown materials? The report also highlights the costs and specific pain points that each platform tackles.
SML’s GB3U8 inlay is designed for omnichannel retailers to use in store and across supply chain deployments around the world. It allows retailers to track, manage and gather data on a number of market applications. The GB3U8 inlay meets all active ARC categories by Auburn University: Spec A, B, C, D, M, F, G, I, K, N and Spec Q, also fully compliant with GS1 EPC Global Class 1 Gen2 standards. The ARC Standards are a set of industry-wide performance requirements implemented to ensure that the RFID technology used meets or exceeds a level of performance that benefits both retailers and retail suppliers in a cost-effective manner.
The objective of both SML and EECC is for the report to align the needs of retailers and educate readers on the RFID market, how it can benefit a variety of different industries and the best uses and applications of transponders for each specific industry.
UHF RFID transponders can be used in almost every industry and with almost every object. Objects are now no longer just identifiable and dynamical status measurable. Simple systems, can be implemented to interpret the collected information and control their distribution through authorization and authentication features.
Commenting on the inclusion, Dean Frew SML’s CTO and Senior VP of RFID Solutions, says: “We have seen a significant rise in item-level RFID technology adoption within the last year. Many retailers are now reporting returns on investment using this technology. We are delighted to be featured in such a well-known, industry leading report and are safe in the knowledge that this will help to educate people further on RFID technology and its benefits to global retailers.”
Mauricio V. León Technical Manager of EECC says: “Our annual report aims to guide users in every industry to select the best performing inlay/chip to satisfy their target application. It’s great to have SML’s GB3U8 Inlay included in this year’s report and for the first time.”
The report can be found and downloaded on the official EECC website: https://www.eecc.info/utps.html
About SML RFID:
SML is a leading technology provider for this New Era in Retailing. As the full-service RFID solution provider and trusted partner to the world’s largest retailers and fashion brands, delivering proven results and rapid ROI’s. SML offers the industry a broad spectrum of cost effective high performance certified RFID tags and a global network of encoding solutions to enterprise-class RFID software Clarity® for retail stores throughout the supply chain.
With a presence in over 30 countries, SML has the largest global network of source-tagging service bureaus that enables it to be the leading technology provider behind the pragmatic revolution of retailing.
In 2004, GS1 Germany, Deutsche Post DHL, and METRO GROUP have founded the European EPC Competence Center (EECC) in Neuss, Germany. The EECC is the European leader for solutions and services in the field of Electronic Product Code (EPC) and its information systems (EPCIS).
In 2005, the EECC was the first European lab to be certified as “EPCglobal Performance Test Center” by EPCGlobal. The EECC supports the European economy with hardware solutions that handle a large amount of serialized data in an efficient manner. In addition, the EECC offers custom software solutions for the traceability of objects along a supply chain. Based on the individual customer needs, the EECC develops EPC-based solutions that work seamlessly with any reader technology (RFID, bar code, virtual). To complement its services, the EECC also organizes the RFID Academy to share knowledge in the area of EPCIS, Auto-ID, and RFID in collaboration with the Auto ID Lab St. Gallen, ETH Zürich, and the RWTH International University. Courses also cover relevant standards, software and architectural best practices.
The in-house developed EPC analyzing tool EPCAT was certified in May 2015 according to the latest 1.1 standard (together with GS1 solution as the world’s first software). The Analytics area with the “+1” product family makes EPCIS data available to customers in real-time. Since 2015, the EECC has also offered all software solutions as cloud services in customer responsibility. Since 2017, it has also started to provide it as SaaS (software as a service).
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