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Organizations are seeking more robust radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions that can handle inventory tracking in challenging environments, while also having the capability to be cloud-connected to identify, authenticate, locate and engage with various products.

HID Global, a globally renowned company in trusted identity solutions, has announced the HID Keg Tag family of RFID transponders that combine RAIN RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies into a single tag for advanced supply chain management of returnable transport items (RTI).

HID Keg Tags

The new HID Keg Tag is ideal for advanced supply chain, logistics and inventory management

The new HID Keg Tag is ideal for advanced supply chain, logistics, inventory management and improved customer engagement for industrial returnable transport items such as bulk containers, gas cylinders, kegs and other curved RTIs.

HID Keg Tags can be affixed to steel containers for long-range tracking, logistics and management from the warehouse during preparation to distribution and shipping. The tags also enable powerful Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, such as product authentication, as well as offering the ability for customers to directly engage with items and vendors, via their smartphones.

RFID transponders with cloud capabilities

HID Global has been at the forefront of helping organizations streamline processes by securely connecting equipment, devices, inventory and billions of other things to local and web-based business applications using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification),” said Eric Suligoj, Director Business Development, Smart Components, Identification Technologies with HID Global. 

Eric adds, “Our new HID Keg Tags optimize the full range of inventory lifecycle management processes by enabling long-range management and bulk scanning logistics throughout the supply chain and for customers. The tags’ cloud-connected capabilities improve the customer reordering process and provide valuable marketing data to help optimize inventory and refine marketing campaigns.

Enhancing efficiency of RTI operations

The tags improve the efficiency of RTI operations while ensuring that the steel containers are safely transported and returned. Distribution center teams can use the HID Keg Tags’ RAIN RFID technology to help manage RTI refills, cleaning and shipping.

At the recipient location, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology enables customers to easily and efficiently identify RTI content, manage expiration dates, process re-orders and interact with the vendor, all with the simple tap of their smartphones.

HID Keg Tag features include:

  • Improved logistics performance and visibility: RAIN RFID technology enables faster and more accurate RTI processing by simultaneously reading multiple incoming and outgoing containers.
  • Enhanced customer convenience: Near Field Communication (NFC) technology gives customers new opportunities to simplify inventory management without having to invest in expensive RFID readers and software.
  • Optimal fit and durability: The tags are designed to withstand harsh environments and sterilization processes. A slight curvature enables them to be welded to rounded surfaces.

Combined RAIN UHF and NFC tag solutions

Combined RAIN UHF and NFC tag solutions serve a wide range of additional use cases

Combined RAIN UHF and NFC tag solutions serve a wide range of additional use cases that require advanced supply chain management and customer engagement. In retail, tags with both RAIN UHF NFC technologies can be easily used by consumers or employees who can tap their mobile phones to products to determine if they are genuine.

Consumers can also interact with brands online, read instructions or re-order materials, and companies can easily stay connected with their customers through customized communications and marketing engagement.

The UHF tags better enable keg tracking, while slashing processing time. They allow accurate accounting of entire pallets, even full truckloads of containers in seconds. The tags are optimized to facilitate reliable inventory tracking, event amidst a dense field of objects, such as when items are filled with liquids.

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