Smartrac Launches Dual-Function GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR

Glass Tag Thermosensor for Industrial and Animal ID Applications

, a global market leader in RFID products and IoT solutions, today announced the launch of its GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR product.

The new low-frequency RFID transponder offers temperature-sensing as well as identification capabilities for a broad variety of industrial items and animals.

GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR, the latest addition to Smartrac’s widely adopted low-frequency GLASS TAG product range, is suitable for implants and for use in liquids and even vacuum. Its biocompatible glass capsule can withstand high-temperature or high-acidity conditions and other demanding industrial environments.

The new product therefore covers all the application areas of the existing GLASS TAG products while offering one fundamentally new capability: accurate and very reliable temperature sensing and storing, without the need for a dedicated battery-powered sensor or data logger.

Suitable for identification plus temperature measurement

In cold chain or industrial environments, this innovative, passive sensing product can wirelessly measure the temperature inside closed bins, jars or chambers – whether the items to be monitored are in manufacturing facilities, laboratories or containers in transit. Similarly, pet owners and laboratory operators can not only identify their animals but also effortlessly monitor their body temperature.

IC with integrated data logging capability

The only precondition is the availability of a reader that can display the temperature information provided by the Excelio EL9265 IC. The chip offers 2048 Bit EEPROM, including 1760 bits of user memory that can be used for storing up to 50 temperature measurements. System integrator customers receive the information needed to calibrate, calculate and display the temperature in the readers they use.

Superior quality and temperature range

One thing that differentiates GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR from its competition — besides its “Made in Germany” high quality — is its wide range of measurable temperatures. The new sensing RFID tag boasts an overall operating temperature of -25 °C to +85 °C (storage temperature -40 °C to +85 °C). The product allows user-specific calibration of the preferred temperature range for improved accuracy, which can be as high as ±0.05 °C.

“With the new GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR, we are combining two of Smartrac’s particular strengths: experience in developing durable and very reliable glass transponders and our expertise in passive (no-battery) single-chip sensor solutions. GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR provides the market with the superior identification and temperature measurement capabilities it has been asking for,” says Robert Blaschke, Director Business Line Animal ID Components at Smartrac.

GLASS TAG THERMOSENSOR is available for volume delivery in one compact form factor (2.12 x 12mm), two frequency options (134.2 kHz and 125 kHz for industrial applications), several personalization options (e.g. ISO 11784/85), and with an optional Parylene coating. Volume delivery will start in December 2019.