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IBM licenses Clipped Tag tech to Marnlen RFiD

Posted: 15 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IBM? Marnlen RfiD? Clipped Tag tech? Clipped Tag technology? Clipped Tag?

IBM disclosed that it will license its Clipped Tag technology to Marnlen RfiD. Developed at IBM's Watson Research Center, the Clipped Tag allows consumers to tear off majority of an RFID tag's antenna, reducing the tag's read range to just a few inches, ensuring consumer privacy while maintaining the benefits of the technology, such as product authentication or recalls.

"IBM's Clipped Tag concept is an elegant way to promote the benefits of RFID while protecting privacy," said Andris Lauris, VP of business development, Marnlen Management Ltd. "We're excited to be the first company in our industry to make the concept a reality." Marnlen RfiD will begin production of the tags and offer its availability immediately.

Marnlen RFiD manufactures custom and standard RFID labels at its manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Canada where its high-speed RFID label-converting equipment is in production.

Labels containing RFID tags are being used in a wide range of industries to streamline shipping and inventory systems, track valuable parts and equipment, and to authenticate products. Although most RFID use is at the case and pallet level in warehouses and manufacturing sites, some companies are starting to use the technology on single items.

"The Clipped Tag puts privacy protection into the hands of the consumer, as it gives the consumer a visual confirmation of the tag's modification," said IBM's Paul Moskowitz, one of the tag's inventors. "We believe that successful commerce depends on trust."

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