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Changing the Way We Use RAIN RFID – A World First for Measuring Temperature

It’s an exciting time to be using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology as a new method of monitoring temperature has been discovered which is far more affordable, accurate, and economical than conventional sensors. The pharmaceutical, food service, and agricultural industries need to rely on unbroken cold chains when transporting goods or simply storing them. Various products are transported in demanding environments, meaning accurate readings are crucial to ensure the safety and longevity of products.

These demanding environments are often not suitable for active or semi-active sensors and are not at all economically feasible. This is where the new, innovative and smart RAIN RFID technology comes in.

What is RAIN RFID? 

RAIN RFID is used every day by businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage billions of items, connecting them to the internet. RAIN (RAdio frequency IdentificatioN) RFID uses the GS1 UHF Gen2 protocol, stores data on the cloud, and then manages and shares via the internet.

Tags are then attached or embedded in items which can store and send information while not having to be visible, and RFID readers identify the information on the tags.  

Benefits of RAIN RFID Readers and Tags 

RAIN RFID technology is beneficial for several industries for various reasons. They are fully passive sensors, meaning there is no need for a power source or battery for them to operate, providing a cost-effective solution that is longer lasting. You can deploy RAIN RFID inlays within immediate proximity of the asset, including moving parts and wet areas. An emerging problem occurring in electric and hybrid vehicles is water leakage, and Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have begun utilising this technology to detect water leakage reliably and effectively at a more accessible and affordable price.  

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So, What’s All the Fuss About? 

Well, the brains behind the technology have developed it to accurately read temperatures using the smart Temperature Sensor Dogbone which is the world’s first passive RAIN RFID temperature-sensing inlay. Temperature conditions and changes can now be accurately measured and detected in demanding environments and manage large numbers of applications. The Temperature Sensor Dogbone is maintenance and battery-free, making it highly accessible for businesses across the UK, and indeed the world.  

Head of Product Development and Management, Intelligent Things Business Division at Smartrac Dirk Boltersdorf commented, “With Temperature Sensor Dogbone, we are expanding our highly successful product family of passive sensor inlays based on RFMicron’s Magnus S3 chip.

Like its siblings, the new sensor inlay will provide the basis for a large number of applications that would be inconceivable without RFID sensing technology pioneered by Smartrac and RF Micron.”

Temperature Measuring Accuracy with RAIN RFID 

The innovative tech can sense temperatures ranging from -20°C to +65°C and digitise the temperature into a 12-bit number, communicating this information to readers using a standard UHF Gen 2 protocol. The defining temperature range is higher than standard methods of measuring as RAIN RFID can utilise either one-point calibration, which has a typical accuracy of +1°C, or two-point calibration.

This makes them highly advantageous over conventional active or semi-active sensors and is much easier to implement in various environments. They can work on a wide range of low and high dielectric materials, including plastics, construction materials, stone, wood and cardboard. 

RAIN RFID Technology with Tec-RFID 

Here at Tec-RFID, we believe in solutions that work and supply these amazing passive RAIN RFID temperature sensing RFID inlays and tags, helping multiple sectors across the UK with temperature monitoring. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our RAIN RFID technology. 

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