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20110193676CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL SYSTEM, RFID ANTENNA AND CONNECTION INVESTIGATION METHOD - RFID control arrangements in a system including a plurality of RFID antennas and a control unit that controls each of RFID reader/writers. A storage unit stores an antenna use procedure, and a plurality of RFID antennas included in each of the use timings in the antenna use procedure are operated. Each RFID reader/writer: reads information held by a calibration RFID tag through an RFID antennas; and outputs read information. The control unit: receives the information read by each of the plurality of RFID antennas; acquires a combination of RFID antennas that do not read information held by the respective calibration RFID tags, among the plurality of RFID; and outputs, when the combination of RFID antennas that do not read information held by the respective calibration RFID tags is acquired, information of the RFID antennas included in each of the use timings in the antenna use procedure in the storage unit.08-11-2011
20130033356Systems and Methods For Switching - In one embodiment, a capacitive switching system may include a plurality of capacitive switches and at least one processor. Each of the capacitive switches may include an activation surface offset from an energized conductor by a dielectric region and a capacitance that is dependent upon an electric field generated by the energized conductor. The at least one processor may execute machine readable instructions to transform a change in the capacitance of one of the capacitive switches into a first control signal indicative of a first active state. A rejection delay may be activated by the at least one processor after the change in the capacitance of the one of the capacitive switches. The rejection delay can remain activated for a predetermined time period. A second control signal may be prevented from indicating a second active state while the rejection delay is activated.02-07-2013
20130069758INDUCEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INDUCEMENT APPARATUS, AND INDUCEMENT SYSTEM - Provided are a method of controlling an inducement apparatus, including: changing an output period of a light emitter of the inducement apparatus; dividing the changed output period into a plurality of slots, and generating control information, including the changed output period, as control information for controlling another inducement apparatus in a random slot among the divided plurality of slots; and transmitting the generated control information to the other inducement apparatus, and an inducement apparatus and an inducement system for implementing the method.03-21-2013
20110199178PORTABLE INPUT DEVICE AND INPUT METHOD IN PORTABLE INPUT DEVICE - It is intended to be able to perform an input operation with a simple configuration in which the number of components such as keys or switches is reduced. A remote controller (08-18-2011
20110140829MOBILE ROBOTIC DEVICE HAVING A COLLISION SENSOR - A mobile robotic device comprising at least one displaceable sensor member (06-16-2011
20120105192EVENT NOTIFICATION DEVICE, EVENT NOTIFICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is an event notification device capable of notifying an event with excellent immediacy without giving a shock or a sense of discomfort to a user. The event notification device 05-03-2012
20120242450Communication System and Method - A device is provided that includes a network communication portion, a device communication portion, a registration portion and a controller portion. The network communication portion can communicate with a communication network. The device communication portion can communicate with a second communication device, can communicate with a third communication device, can receive a registration communication and can receive a first communication. The registration portion can associate the third communication device with the second communication device based on the registration communication. The controller portion can instruct the device communication portion to transmit a first communication to the second communication device.09-27-2012
20120319813APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING A SCENE - Provided is an apparatus and method for processing a scene that may prevent overload of a scene caused by transmission of excessive information, by generating geometric information corresponding to meaningful information, as which sensed information may be construed semantically, and by only transmitting the geometric information to the scene, instead of transmitting, to the scene, all of the sensed information with respect to a real world.12-20-2012
20120326833CONTROL TERMINAL - A wearable control terminal for allowing a user to control a target object includes a contact detector, an impact detector, a motion detector, and a transmitter. The contact detector is mounted on a surface of a first portion of a user's body to detect whether the first portion is in contact with or separated from a second portion of the body based on whether a closed loop conducting path is formed with the first portion and the second portion. The impact detector detects an impact on the control terminal. The motion detector detects a motion of the user based on the results of detection by the contact detector and the impact detector. The transmitter transmits a control signal to the target object according to the detected motion.12-27-2012
20130176099COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN COMMUNICATION PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - An example system includes: a search communication apparatus searching for another communication apparatus; and search subject communication apparatuses searched for by the search communication apparatus. The search communication apparatus includes a search request transmission section transmitting a search request signal. The search subject communication apparatuses each includes: a search request reception section receiving the search request signal transmitted from the search communication apparatus; a search response transmission section transmitting a search response signal as response to the search request signal received by the search request reception section, to the search communication apparatus; and a search response monitoring section monitoring the search response signal transmitted from another search subject communication apparatus to the search communication apparatus. The search response transmission section transmits, as proxy response signal, to the search communication apparatus, the search response signal transmitted from the other search subject communication apparatus and monitored by the search response monitoring section.07-11-2013
20130176100AUTOMATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE NETWORK PAIRING BASED ON ELECTRIC FIELD COUPLING - A system for controlling an electronic device includes a sensor configured to detect occupancy of a person and a sensing electrode that provides an encoded signal in response to the sensor, the signal having a particular frequency and power. The sensing electrode is configured to transmit the signal to the person detected by the sensor. The frequency of the signal provided by the sensing electrode is configured to allow the signal to be redistributed through a person easily. An electronic device is configured to detect the signal when the electronic device is coupled to the person, and a response of the electronic device to the signal is controlling a feature of the electronic device.07-11-2013
20130154791APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING REMOTE CONTROL SIGNALS - A translator for converting remote control instructions from a first wireless medium to a second wireless medium includes a base unit having a base unit housing. A receiver disposed within the base unit housing is operable to receive a remote control instruction via the first wireless medium. A communication module including a communication module housing includes a transmitter operable to transmit the remote control instruction via the second wireless medium. The communication module is coupled to and detachable from the base unit.06-20-2013
20090121840METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING TIRES USING RFID - A method and apparatus for determining the position of four tires on corresponding four wheels in a vehicle. Each wheel has an axis of rotation. Each tire has an embedded Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag. The RFID tags embedded in the four tires have respective identifiers denoted as ID05-14-2009
20100060426ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING A SWITCHING STATE OF A SWITCH - An arrangement for monitoring the switching state of a switch has a monitoring circuit that monitors a circuit containing a first switch. The monitoring circuit has RFID electronics and a second switch. An outlet of the RFID electronics is connected in series with an RFID antenna, and the second switch is connected to an input of the RFID electronics, such that the second switch opens or closes the monitoring circuit dependent on the switching state thereof. The first and second switches are coupled to each other so that the switching state of the second switch is controlled as a function of the switching state of the first switch, so the switching state of the second switch represents the switching state of the first switch. An RFID reading device is within range of the RFID antenna, and feeds a query signal via the RFID antenna into the monitoring circuit to determine the representative switching state of the first switch via the switching state of the second switch.03-11-2010
20100156602COMMODITY DISPLAY POSITION ALERT SYSTEM AND COMMODITY DISPLAY POSITION ALERT METHOD - A commodity display position alert system includes commodity display shelves set in a selling floor space of a store, an RFID reader provided in each of the commodity display shelves, and a server as a system control unit. The RFID reader reads a commodity code from an RFID tag attached to a commodity. A server compares the commodity code of the commodity and display permission information stored in a database functioning as a shelf-rule storing unit and determines whether the read commodity code is a commodity code of a commodity that should be displayed on the commodity display shelf. When the server determines that a commodity other than the commodity that should be displayed on the commodity display shelf is displayed on the commodity display shelf, the server performs control for outputting a reporting signal for causing the PDA terminal to perform reporting operation.06-24-2010
20100156603ASSET APPARENCY METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus making an asset apparent. The method and apparatus may be configured to obtain an asset apparency request to locate an asset, wherein the asset apparency request includes an identification code corresponding to the asset, to generate an asset apparency message, wherein the asset apparency message includes an identification code corresponding to the user, the identification code corresponding to the asset, and one or more instructions to trigger the asset to perform one or more functionalities to make the asset apparent, and to transmit, to a central processing facility wherein the asset apparency message is processed by the central processing facility by: determining a unique identifying value for the asset from the identification codes corresponding to the user and the asset, and transmitting the one or more instructions to trigger the asset to perform one or more functionalities to make the asset apparent.06-24-2010
20110199186PASSIVE WIRELESS MEMORY DEVICE - A passive wireless memory device includes a memory unit and a passive tag. The passive tag converts data stored in the memory unit into a data packet in response to first to third data request signals from a reader and transmits the data packet to the reader. The passive tag determines the size of the data packet in response to the channel state predicting flag and the second and third data request signals.08-18-2011
20090219137Variable frequency tag - An antenna assembly is operative for receiving interrogating radiation at a variable frequency tag and generating a corresponding received signal, and for receiving a signature signal and radiating corresponding response radiation. A logic unit is operative for receiving the received signal and outputting the signature signal in response, the signature signal including a signature code for use in identifying the tag. A voltage controlled oscillator is operative for controlling a rate at which the signature code is output; and a power supply is operative for providing an electrical potential difference for energizing the tag. The voltage controlled oscillator is operable to output the signature code at a rate which is governed by the magnitude of the received signal.09-03-2009
20130027187SECURITY KIOSK - A security kiosk which allows travelers to process themselves through a security checkpoint. An example security kiosk includes an identification device, communications circuitry, a security scanner for examining a traveler and items accompanying the traveler, and a processor for obtaining identification information from the traveler using the identification device, for connecting to a host computer system using the communications circuitry, for determining whether the traveler has previously checked in from the host computer system, for checking in the traveler when the traveler has not previously checked in, for reading a check-in document when the traveler has previously checked in, and for operating the security scanner.01-31-2013
20090146790RFID tag and method and device for the production thereof - Disclosed is an RFID tag comprising a textile design tag (06-11-2009
20110181393Wireless Collection of Fastener Data - Data is remotely collected from a plurality of fasteners in response to a query signal wirelessly transmitted by a reader. Each of the fasteners includes a sensor for measuring a parameter related to the stress on the fastener. A device adapted to be attached to each of the fasteners receives the query signal, activates the sensor to measure the parameter and wirelessly transmits the data including the parameter to the reader.07-28-2011
20090051492Maintaining RFID Information For Virtual Machines - Methods, apparatus, and products for maintaining RFID information for virtual machines are disclosed that include establishing a virtual machine on a host computer, the host computer capable of supporting a plurality of virtual machines, the host computer comprising one or more RFID transponders; determining RFID information for the virtual machine; storing, in a specified one of the RFID transponders, the determined RFID information for the virtual machine; and upon request from an RFID reader, transmitting the stored RFID information as output from the specified RFID transponder to the requesting RFID reader.02-26-2009
20090289766Smartcard and method for the production of a smartcard - The invention relates to a smartcard (11-26-2009
20130027185RFID - Specimen Transport Puck Process Features and Porcess Method to Efficiently Wand, Rack, Transport, Track Specimens in the Laboratory - This invention is for the process method of an RFID Specimen Transport puck that can be used in the process of performing overall efficient wanding, racking, transporting and tracking of specimens throughout the entire lab. This puck design process can be used on a conveyor system, contains an RFID chip, can be used to wand specimens for tracking, can be used to rack specimens, can be used to transport specimens to laboratory areas and instruments, can be used to track specimen, is made of plastics, is small, has the ability to hold various tubes sizes, that has few pieces to assemble, that is low in cost, can be held in a rack carrying tray. By having all these process features in the one puck design, this ‘puck’ can be used in high volume and perform the overall wanding, racking, transporting, and tracking of specimens though out the entire laboratory.01-31-2013
20090115576Efficient Variable Format Data Encodation in RFID Tags and Other Media - An embodiment includes a data structure embodied in a tangible computer readable medium comprising a data section encoding at least one data item and an identification map having a plurality of bits, each bit corresponding to an entry in an external table. Another embodiment includes a system of data structures embodied in a tangible computer readable medium comprising at least one data structure, each data structure encoding at least one data item and an identification map having a plurality of fields indicating the presence of a data item. Another embodiment includes a system of structures comprising a data structure including a previously encoded data item, a deletion list, and an addition list.05-07-2009
20130043982METHOD OF IDENTIFYING AND AUTHENTICATING A RADIO TAG BY A READER - A method and apparatus are provided for identifying and authenticating a radio tag by a radio reader. The tag forms part of a set of tags in a radio range of the reader and has selected a time slot from a set of available time slots. The method includes: a step of the reader sending a query message during the selected time slot; and a step of the reader receiving a reply message from the tag that selected the time slot. The reply message includes a random value selected by the tag. The tag stores authentication coupons and the reply from the tag received by the reader during the time slot contains, as a random value selected by the tag, a value that is a function of one of the coupons.02-21-2013
20130043981ENCODED INFORMATION READING TERMINAL WITH MULTI-DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA - An encoded information reading terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory communicatively coupled to the microprocessor, a radio frequency identifier (RFID) reading device, and two antennas having substantially different spatial orientation. A switching circuit can be configured to alternatively electrically couple one of the antennas to the RFID reading device.02-21-2013
20090195360RFID SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD PERFORMED BY THE SAME - Provided is an RFID system and method for maintaining a constant strength of a signal transmitted from an RFID tag to an RFID reader, regardless of a distance between the reader and tag. The RFID signal strength measuring reader measures a signal strength received from the RFID tag, creates control information used to set an amplification amount of the RFID tag by using a value of the measured strength to include the control information in an output signal, and sends the output signal to the RFID tag. The RFID tag, if the signal sent from the RFID reader is received, extracts internal information from the received signal, sends the information to the RFID reader as an output signal, and extracts the control information included in the signal sent from the RFID reader to adjust a strength of the output signal according to a value of the control information.08-06-2009
20090195359SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - An object is to increase the reliability of a semiconductor device which is capable of wireless communication. The semiconductor device includes a plurality of functional circuits as redundant circuits, and each of the plurality of functional circuits includes an antenna and a semiconductor integrated circuit. The plurality of functional circuits is covered with one sealing layer in which a fibrous body is impregnated with resin. Further, the semiconductor integrated circuit is provided with a transmission/reception circuit electrically connected to the antenna, a power supply circuit electrically connected to the transmission/reception circuit, and a logic circuit electrically connected to the transmission/reception circuit and the power supply circuit.08-06-2009
20090195357Active transmission architecture without battery and application - An active transmission architecture without battery and the application are proposed, which make use of an analog front-end circuit to convert a received carrier into a dc signal for providing power for the active transmission architecture without battery, and therefore actively produces a replying signal with the same or different frequencies from the carrier. It is not necessary to add an extra power circuit, hence accomplishing the advantage of no battery. The proposed active transmission architecture without battery can apply to RFID systems or be used in applications that require transmitter and receiver modules.08-06-2009
20090195356Power Estimation of an Active RFID Device - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for power estimating of an active RFID device. A method includes, in a radio frequency identification (RFID) interrogator, interrogating a RFID device, receiving an identification code, times and temperature data from the RFID device in response to the interrogation, and estimating a remaining battery life of a battery in the RFID device. A system includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) device having a store of times and temperature data, and a RFID interrogator programmed to interrogate the RFID, receive the times and temperature data, and estimate a remaining battery life of a battery in the RFID device from the times and temperature data.08-06-2009
20100052856Radio Frequency Identification Triangulation Systems for Communications Patching Systems and Related Methods of Determining Patch Cord Connectivity Information - Methods of determining patch cord connectivity information include receiving, at each of a plurality of RFID readers, a signal from an RFID tag that is associated with a first patch cord and then, identifying the one of a plurality of connector ports that the first patch cord is connected to based at least in part on respective strengths of the signals received at each of the plurality of RFID readers. RFID triangulation systems and methods of calibrating such systems are also provided.03-04-2010
20100164689SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ACCESS TO AN ARTICLE OR OPENING OF A PACKAGE - A system for detecting access to an article, including an RFID tag, a reader detecting the RFID tag via wireless communication, and a container including conductive material. The container encloses the article, the conductive material surrounding the RFID tag and substantially preventing wireless communication between the RFID tag and the reader unless the container is opened. Detection of the RFID tag indicates that the container has been opened and the article has been accessed. A host computer may be notified of the detection and may receive from the RFID tag information associated with the article for inventory and accounting purposes.07-01-2010
20100164687RFID READER AND IDENTIFICATION METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING THE SAME - A method for identifying an RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) reader is provided. A first transmission path is defined between a first RFID reader and a host apparatus in a RFID system. A second transmission path is defined between the host apparatus and a second RFID reader adjacent to the first RFID reader. When the host apparatus is identifying the first RFID reader, the first RFID reader sends first identification data of the first RFID reader through the first transmission path to the host apparatus. The first RFID reader also sends first-resent identification data of the first RFID reader through the second transmission path to the host apparatus. The host apparatus identifies the first RFID reader by comparing the first identification data and the first-resent identification data transmitted through the first transmission path and the second transmission path respectively, thereby double confirming the identification data of the first RFID reader.07-01-2010
20100148929Multi-protocol radio frequency identification transceiver - A transceiver for a RFID reader and a transceiver for a RFID transponder (tag) allow communication between the two devices. The RFID reader utilizes an analog front end and a digital backend. In the receiver portion of the transceiver, the front end of the RFID reader uses a pair of down-conversion mixers to demodulate a received signal into in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) components and analog-to-digital converters (ADC) digitize the signal. A digital signal processor (DSP) in the back end processes the digital signal and uses a matched filter for data detection. The RFID tag receives an inductively coupled signal from the reader and the receiver portion of the tag uses a pulse/level detector that employs an analog comparator and a sample and hold circuit to detect the received signal. A digital decoder/controller is used to decode the incoming data and to establish a sampling clock for the pulse/level detector. An automatic gain control (AGC) circuit adjusts a receiver gain according to the received signal strength and controls tuning of magnetic coupling circuitry.06-17-2010
20100148930PRODUCT ITEM HAVING LOCATION-INDICATING CODED DATA AND RFID TAG - An object comprising first coded data disposed on or in a surface thereof and an RFID tag is provided. The first coded data identifies a plurality of locations on the surface and the RFID tag identifies a unique identity of the object.06-17-2010
20100148928PAYMENT SKIN WITH CONTACTLESS CHIP - An apparatus is provided for making contactless card transactions, specifically of the secure element payment application variety, adapted for use in, but not limited to a customized and personalized skin that is applied to various mobile devices. The contactless payment skin provides a customized fit to the physical design of the mobile device to which it is applied. Customized graphics or images may be imprinted on the payment skin. The contactless payment skin is affixed to that mobile device. The contactless payment skin contains a contactless card region that houses an antenna and a secure element (SE) chip that may be used for contactless payment transactions at a merchant point of sale reader.06-17-2010
20100148927SYSTEM FOR MANAGING INFORMATION IN RELATION TO A PET ANIMAL CARRYING SUBCUTANEOUS ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATION DEVICE - A system is provided for managing information in relation to a pet animal carrying subcutaneous electronic identification device, said system including: A reader, which reads a piece of identification information contained in the electronic identification device; at least one scale, which measures at least one physical datum associated with the animal; a device for storing and/or transmitting the at least one physical datum, while taking the identification information into account. The reader is built into the scale.06-17-2010
20100148926DUAL ANTENNA RFID TAG - A dual antenna RFID tag which can perform both Near Field (NF) communication and Far Field (FF) communication using a single RF tag is presented. The RFID tag includes an antenna unit and a voltage rectification unit. The antenna unit can perform communications in either or both a first and a second bandwidth. The voltage rectification unit can rectify and boost one or more radio signals received through the antenna unit and generate one or more power voltage impulses corresponding to the radio signals respectively.06-17-2010
20100148925WIDE-AREA DYNAMIC RFID SYSTEM USING UWB - A wide area radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes: a first RFID cell and a second RFID cell. The first RFID cell and the second RFID cell each include a reader and tags. The readers access the tags using ultra-wide band signaling. The RFID cells each include: a communications interface operable to communicate with a network operations center, and a communications gateway which supports direct communications between RFID cells. The method includes accessing the second RFID cell from the first RFID cell, and the accessing is performed using the communications gateway that can cover a range of at least five hundred meters.06-17-2010
20090278664RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG ENCRYPTION METHOD AND SYSTEM USING BROADCAST ENCRYPTION (BE) SCHEME - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag encryption method and system using a broadcast encryption (BE) scheme are provided by encrypting an ID of an RFID tag, storing the encrypted ID in a server and the RFID tag, and storing information relating to a reader authorized to read out the RFID tag in the server so that the reader can read out the RFID tag by decrypting the encrypted ID based on the encrypted ID information read from the RFID tag and the reader information. When readers read out ID data from the RFID tag, a privileged reader can read the data. Thus, it is possible to block unintended information leakage to the readers. In addition, user usability can be enhanced since an attacker cannot perform an access lock on the RFID tag.11-12-2009
20100085155LIQUID EXPOSURE DETECTION METHOD, SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - Methods, systems and program products are provided for monitoring an article for fluid exposure. A plurality of liquid sensors is incorporated into an article beneath an outer layer in a furnishing installation. In response to a fluid-detected or no-fluid-detected state, polling the sensors and sometimes other data, a processor component determines fluid exposure, sensor failure and tampering events and stores event data in a memory. Pairs of the sensors are sometimes provided within expected liquid exposure saturation footprint areas. GPS coordinate, weather condition data and structural component positioning data may also be associated with event data.04-08-2010
20130027186ULTRALOW-POWER IMPLANTABLE HUB-BASED WIRELESS IMPLANTABLE SENSOR COMMUNICATION - Communication power in a medical device system is managed by providing power from a power supply to a communication circuit in a sensing device according to a first communication wake up mode set for a first time period and according to a second communication wake up mode set for a second time period. The second communication wake-up mode is established by a second device.01-31-2013
20080258872Method of Operating a Rfid System - The invention relates to a method of operating a RFID system comprising at least one reader (10-23-2008
20110193684Method for the Detection and Identification of Failed Electronic Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission Devices - A method and system for analyzing an electromagnetic (EM) carrier signal that is operating outside transmission parameters by determining that an original carrier signal is operating outside one or more transmission parameters, modulating the original carrier signal and a meta-carrier signal, the meta-carrier signal comprising meta-data that identifies a transmission source, such that a modulated composite carrier signal results, and transmitting the composite carrier signal to a remote receiving device.08-11-2011
20090146783RFID SYSTEM WITH DISTRIBUTED READ STRUCTURE - A radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes a portable RFID reader, and a read infrastructure that includes a distributed read structure, which may be part of a display (such as a shelf) for holding objects. The read structure is used to couple the RFID reader to RFID devices (tabs and/or labels) on or near the structure. The RFID reader and the read structure communicate in a near field or proximity region communication, without any use of a direct ohmic electrical connection. The RFID reader may have an antenna that is configured for near field or proximity communication with a coupler of the read infrastructure. The RFID reader may also have a separate antenna for use in far field communication. The RFID reader may be able to obtain information more efficiently in the near field or proximity mode, allowing information to be received faster and with greater reliability.06-11-2009
20100079249COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS - A communication device and method for acquiring information of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags include setting a RFID tag search request comprising header information of the predetermined RFID tags, and searching a RFID tag according to the RFID tag search request. The communication device and method further include acquiring position information of a location of the communication device if a found RFID tag is a predetermined RFID tag, and sending the position information and header information of the found RFID tag to a server that collects information of the predetermined RFID tags.04-01-2010
20090121839WIRELESS IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM USING A DIRECTED-ENERGY DEVICE AS A TAG READER - A wireless identification system can include a directed-energy device configured as a reader. The reader can include a charged particle generator configured to generate energized particles and a charge transformer configured to receive the energized particles that include charged particles from the charged particle generator and to output a wavefront including energized particles that include particles having substantially zero charge. The system can also include an identification tag configured to be activated when impinged by the wavefront from the reader so as to transmit a signal configured to be used by the reader. A method of using a directed-energy device as a tag reader in a wireless identification system can include generating a wavefront that includes particles at substantially zero charge, impinging an identification tag with the wavefront so as to activate the identification tag so as to send a signal and detecting a signal transmitted by the identification tag.05-14-2009
20090121836Systems and Methods for Determining Identity and Personal Assistance - Systems and methods are disclosed which relate to identification and reminding. A wireless communication device is mounted at a point of security such as a car. When a user wishes to enter or start the car, the wireless communication device detects nearby items through wireless communication. These items, which possess wireless transmitters, are compared with an internal database to determine the identity of the user. Once the identity has been determined, the user can then be reminded of missing items.05-14-2009
20090121835Communications Device, Apparatus and System - A wireless near-field communications device is disclosed which comprises a first and a second near-field inductive coupling member, each of said first and second coupling member arranged to have a different coupling configuration from each other.05-14-2009
20100117800INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CARD AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA BY RADIO COMMUNICATION THEREOF - The present invention discloses an integrated circuit (IC) card and a method for transmitting data by radio communication thereof, which are provided to solve a problem that an antenna coil cannot be separated from an IC chip in the normal non-contacting IC card which is limited to apply. The IC card of the present invention includes a main card body and an IC chip set on it; the IC chip includes a CPU connected to a memory through a data bus and an address bus; a RF module for radio frequency identification (RFID) communication and two antenna pins corresponding to the RF module; the two antenna pins are led out of the main card body. The IC card processes data radio communication with the outside by an external antenna electrically connected with the antenna pins and applies to a smart card, especially to a dual interfaces intelligent card and design and manufacture fields of its related products.05-13-2010
20100117798Radio frequency identification reader with variable range - A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader for, and method of, reading an RFID tag to obtain data in both handheld and hands-free modes of operation, include all RFID module supported by the reader and including an antenna for propagating an electromagnetic field over a range, and a controller for varying the range of the antenna to be different in each mode. The antenna has a full range, preferably by default, in the handheld mode, and the controller is operative, preferably automatically, for decreasing the full range to a restricted range in the hands-free mode.05-13-2010
20090167495RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS ADAPTED FOR LOCALIZATION AND STATE INDICATION - An embodiment of the present invention provides a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED) that is controlled by the RFID's logic and powered by the RFID's power harvesting circuit, wherein the RFID tag is capable of being interrogated by an RFID reader and reporting its unique identification number by RF backscatter and/or controlling the illumination state of the at least one LED.07-02-2009
20130207780SCALABLE RFID SYSTEMS: A PRIVACY-PRESERVING PROTOCOL WITH CONSTANT-TIME IDENTIFICATION - A protocol with constant-time complexity solves the problem of private identification of tags in low-cost, large-scale radio frequency identification (RFID) systems—assuming that an adversary has complete control over the communication channel. Each RFID tag has an internal counter, c, and is preloaded with a unique pseudonym, ψ, and a secret key, k. A RFID reader attempting to identify and authenticate a tag within its range generates and transmits a random nonce to the RFID tag, which returns a first hash of its current pseudonym and counter, and a second hash that is a function of the secret key. The reader uses the returned data to identify the RFID tag and its secret key by reference to a database and returns other hash values that authenticate the reader to the RFID tag. The most expensive operation that RFID tags are required to perform is a hash function.08-15-2013
20100073139Electronic Monitoring Systems, Shipment Container Monitoring Systems and Methods of Monitoring a Shipment in a Container - A shipping container has a passive radio antenna element having internal and external antennas. A connector spanning the wall joins the two antennas. An internal communications device is disposed within the container and an external communications device is disposed external to the container. Another shipping container has a repeater element having internal and external antennas. A repeater unit spans the wall joining the two antennas. A communications device is disposed within the container and another communications device is disposed externally. RF signals are re-radiated by the antennas. Methodology includes emitting RF signals from a communication device disposed at a first location, receiving the signals through an antenna comprised by an antenna element, and re-radiating the signal from a second antenna comprised by the element, where the element spans the wall of a shipping container. The re-radiated signal is received by a second communications device disposed at a second location.03-25-2010
20100073138RFID tag communication system and RFID tag communication apparatus - This disclosure discloses an RFID tag communication apparatus capable of communicating with a plurality of RFID circuit elements, each of the RFID circuit elements having a tag antenna that transmits and receives information and an IC circuit part that stores information, comprising: a communication antenna that forms a communication range that includes said RFID circuit elements and performs wireless communication; at least one information acquisition device that attempts to acquire tag identification information from said RFID circuit elements positioned within said communication range by selectively using a plurality of communication protocols different from each other; and a storage processing device that performs predetermined storage processing with respect to a plurality of tag identification information with associating with each communication protocol, said plurality of tag identification information being acquired by said at least one information acquisition device with using said plurality of communication protocols different from each other.03-25-2010
20100073137SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - To provide a semiconductor device which can transmit/receive data to/from a reader/writer without interruption of operation by the reader/writer or the like. A semiconductor device capable of wireless communication includes an antenna circuit, a first demodulation signal generation circuit which demodulates a signal whose modulation factor is from 95% to 100%, both inclusive, a second demodulation signal generation circuit which demodulates a signal whose modulation factor is from 95% and 100%, both inclusive and from 10% and 30%, both inclusive and a logic circuit which selects one of a demodulation signal from the first circuit and a demodulation signal from the second circuit. When the antenna circuit receives an electromagnetic wave, the logic circuit selects the demodulation signal from the second circuit, and when the antenna circuit transmits an electromagnetic wave, the logic circuit selects the demodulation signal from the first circuit.03-25-2010
20100073136WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - A wireless communications apparatus includes: a second communications unit that uses electromagnetic waves to perform wireless communications with a recording medium having a first communications unit that stores information; and a housing that houses a portion of the recording medium, the portion including the first communications unit, wherein the second communications unit is provided at a position that faces the first communications unit housed in the housing; and the housing has a first electromagnetic wave suppressing member that suppresses radiation of electromagnetic waves from inside to outside, and suppresses radiation of electromagnetic waves from the second communications unit in a direction other than towards the first communications unit of the recording medium in a state housed in the housing.03-25-2010
20100073135SENSORS HAVING GAP BASED SENSING DEVICES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME - A sensor is provided. The sensor comprises at least one sensing device comprising a first electrode and a second electrode, and a gap defined as a distance between one or more facing inner surfaces of the first and second electrodes, wherein the gap distance at least in part determines a threshold of one or more sensed parameters, and an antenna in operative association with the sensing device.03-25-2010
20130043980ENCODED INFORMATION READING TERMINAL WITH MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL RADIO FREQUENCY FRONT END - An encoded information reading (EIR) terminal can comprise a microprocessor electrically coupled to a system/data bus, a memory communicatively coupled to the microprocessor, an EIR device, a multi-band antenna, and a wireless communication interface. The EIR device can be provided by a bar code reading device, an RFID reading device, or a card reading device. The EIR device can be configured to output raw message data containing an encoded message and/or output decoded message data corresponding to an encoded message. The wireless communication interface can comprise a radio frequency (RF) front end electrically coupled to the multi-band antenna. The RF front end can comprise a micro-electromechanical (MEMS) filter array including one or more band-pass filter. Each band-pass filter of the MEMS filter array can be electrically coupled to a bias voltage source or an oscillating signal source. The RF front end can be electrically coupled to an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter and/or to a digital-to-analog (D/A) converter. The wireless communication interface can be configured to transmit radio signals in two or more frequency regulatory domains and/or receive radio signals in two or more frequency regulatory domains. The multi-band antenna can in one embodiment be provided by a meta-material antenna.02-21-2013
20130043979DISPLAY METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC PAPER LABEL APPARATUS - A display method for electronic paper label apparatus first detects a serial number of an electronic paper label by a handheld device. Then a wireless display signal corresponding to the serial number is sent from the handheld device to the electronic paper label. Finally, the display content of an electronic paper of the electronic paper label is changed by the wireless display signal.02-21-2013
20090096583RFID Tag - For protecting information stored in an RFID chip and ensuring its genuineness, radio communication between the RFID chip and an external terminal is positively intercepted when a seal type RFID tag including the RFID chip is peeled from an adherend, while ensuring solidity when the RFID tag is put on the adherend. In the seal type RFID tag which includes the RFID chip fixed on a mounting surface of a base member having an adhesive layer applied thereto and which is put on the adherend by using the adhesive layer, an antenna formed on a main surface of the RFID chip is embedded in adhesive layers together with the RFID chip and an adhesive bonding strength between the antenna and the adhesive layer is made greater than a joining strength between the antenna and the RFID chip.04-16-2009
20100039226 Method of Manufacturing an Identifiable Roofing Product Including a Roofing Product and a Process Plant for Carrying Out the Method - A method of manufacturing an identifiable roof covering incl. the product thereof, comprising the steps of providing a first layer of material, providing a second layer of material onto said first layer of material and arranging a RFID tag onto the first layer of material prior to providing the second layer of material.02-18-2010
20090072948ID Reading Device, ID Reading Method, ID Reading Program, and Inspection Device - An ID reading device in an ID reading system that acquires IDs from a reader that reads identification labels, comprises an expected ID acquisition unit that acquires IDs to be read; a read attribute acquisition unit that acquires a correspondence between read attributes and the IDs, the read attributes being classifications of articles based on a possibility that, there is actually an article to which the identification label is attached; a complement condition storage unit that stores a correspondence between complement conditions for complementing the IDs and the read attributes; and a complement unit that compares the IDs acquired by the expected ID acquisition unit with the IDs received by the reader for each of the read attributes where their correspondence is stored in a read attribute storage unit and complements the IDs acquired by the reader with the IDs acquired by the expected ID acquisition unit.03-19-2009
20130033364EVENT DRIVEN CONTEXT SWITCHING IN PASSIVE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS - The invention relates to an event driven content switching technology in a passive, batteryless radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The RFID tag device monitors the occurence of an external event such as a change in the environment. The switching of the context of the tag is effected by sensors incorporated in the tag. An external event triggers the switch. An RFID reader may subsequently read out the occurrence of the event due to the switch change. Different alignments of the switch could bring about the closing or opening of specific electronic circuits within the RFID tag that effect the storing of information in a selected memory, or changing the ID transmitted by the tag. In a particular embodiment this latter is accomplished by shorting one or the other of two RFID tag antennas. When one antenna is shorted, the second tag's ID is sent, and vice versa.02-07-2013
20130033365Maintaining RFID Information For Virtual Machines - Methods, apparatus, and products for maintaining RFID information for virtual machines are disclosed that include establishing a virtual machine on a host computer, the host computer capable of supporting a plurality of virtual machines, the host computer comprising one or more RFID transponders; determining RFID information for the virtual machine; storing, in a specified one of the RFID transponders, the determined RFID information for the virtual machine; and upon request from an RFID reader, transmitting the stored RFID information as output from the specified RFID transponder to the requesting RFID reader.02-07-2013
20100045441NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC) ACTIVATION - The present invention discloses a method and a system for activating a communication device in presence of a field generated by a near field communication (NFC) tag reader in a near field communication (NFC) environment. The presence of a field generated by a NFC tag reader is automatically detected using detection circuits. Once the field is detected, the presence of the field is signaled to the communication devices associated with the NFC environment. The communication devices are then switched automatically to an appropriate mode according to the field. The method and system of the present invention removes the additional user interaction in pairing various communication devices in the NFC environment.02-25-2010
20100045440IMPLANTABLE DEVICE WITH REMOTE READOUT - The invention relates to a remotely readable electronic device (02-25-2010
20100045438Method of integrating an identification circuit into a data medium - The present invention relates to a method for integrating an identifier circuit in a data medium formed by at least one dielectric substrate covered by a conductive layer, the conductive layer comprising a part receiving data and a part without data. The method consists in etching in the part without data of the conductive layer, at least one resonating slot forming an antenna and coupling an integrated circuit to the slot.02-25-2010
20100045437RFID tag supplying apparatus and tag tape roll - This disclosure discloses an RFID tag supplying apparatus that supplies a substantially sheet-like antenna base on which an RFID circuit element provided with an IC circuit part that stores information and an antenna that transmits and receives information is disposed between a first tape and a second tape that are fed to a predetermined bonding position to be mutually bonded, comprising: a tape processing device that makes a tape orderly on said antenna base to prevent the generation of parts out of order in a tag tape including said first tape and said second tape.02-25-2010
20100045436METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING AND RFID TAG WITH A KNOWN REGION - A method of associating radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags with a region, location, or container is provided. The method can comprise, among other steps, transmitting an interrogation signal with an RFID reader corresponding to a read zone of a first size, receiving a response from at least one of the plurality of RFID tags in the region as a new tag, recording an indicator of the response of the at least one of the plurality of RFID tags, thereby designating it as a recorded tag, increasing the read zone of the RFID reader until no new tags are detected, and associating of each of the recorded tags with the region.02-25-2010
20100045435METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING SPURIOUS RF SIGNALS IN RFID READER - A method for improving RFID readers includes transmitting an outgoing RF signal to an antenna through a directional device, and generating a demodulated vector signal from an RF signal related to the RF signal received from the receiver. The method also includes setting the impedance of a controllable-variable-reflectance element with control-parameters from a memory circuit. The memory circuit includes a look up table having therein a corresponding relationship between the control-parameters and an error vector related to the demodulated vector signal.02-25-2010
20100045434COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A COMMUNICATION STATION AND DATA CARRIERS - The invention relates to a method of communication between a communication station (02-25-2010
20090189738Sensor - In order to provide a sensor that is employable in advantageous manner and which comprises at least one sensitive element and a housing within which the at least one sensitive element is arranged, it is proposed that at least one RFID data carrier be arranged below a surface of the housing, said data carrier storing sensor properties in non-volatile manner and being adapted to be read out in non-contact making manner.07-30-2009
20080297308System for Detection of an Interpersonal Communication Between Members of a Community and Relative Method - A detection and interpersonal communication system includes a RFID tag storing a univocal code, which tag is remotely readable and embedded in a user's portable personal item, and a device reading the storing tag, the reading device including at least one RFID-reading antenna located in a significant area accessible by the user and capable of transmitting the acquired signals to a computer in a service centre, the computer storing a plurality of personal profiles of registered users, and a personal device for sending and receiving short messages to and from the service centre, which may be carried by each user, and profile association elements capable of finding a correlation between personal profiles of users who are detected in a significant area through the reading of their respective RFID tags, transmission elements of the service centre being able to send and receive short messages signalling the occurrence of certain correlation events.12-04-2008
20090108992Technique And Hardware For Communicating With Backscatter Radio Frequency Identification Readers - An apparatus, system, and method for communicating with a radio frequency identification reader are described. The apparatus includes a protocol converter to receive a request for information from an RFID reader, to convert the request for information from the RFID protocol to a device protocol, and to communicate the request for information to an electronic device lacking RFID communication capability according to the device protocol RFD. Other embodiments are described and claimed.04-30-2009
20100102932RFID TRANSMITTER - Embodiments of the invention relate to the field of RFID interrogators, particularly RFID interrogators that combine low loss with high rates of communication from the interrogator to a tag. Further embodiments relate to the field of active RFID tags and general radio transmitters. We describe a transmitter comprising a resonant circuit and a driver coupled to drive said resonant circuit, wherein said resonant circuit includes a resonance regeneration system such that during amplitude modulation of a resonant signal in said resonant circuit when an amplitude of said resonant signal is reduced energy from said reduction is stored and when said amplitude is increased said stored energy is used to regenerate said resonance signal.04-29-2010
20100097189BATTERY MONITOR - A circuit tracks the total amount of time that a host device has spent in its high power “activated” state (an optionally idle and hibernate states) and thereby can estimate the total power consumed by the tag. A remote device can query the state of a counter storing a value representing this time to accurately determine how much of the energy has been consumed by the host device and how much time is left and/or how many more operations can be performed before the host device's battery is exhausted.04-22-2010
20100097191Wireless Tag And Method For Producing Wireless Tag - The wireless tag includes an antenna conductor; a first power-supply conductor which is electromagnetic-inductively coupled with the antenna conductor; and a second power-supply conductor which is loop-shaped and which is electrically coupled with the first power-supply conductor.04-22-2010
20100097181Patient Lifting System Using RFID Technology - An arrangement for a patient lifting system, wherein the patient lifting system comprises a lifting device and a sling adapted to be coupled to the lifting device. The lifting device is during use of the lifting system adapted to lift the patient from a lowered to a raised position and said sling is adapted to be at least partly wrapped around the patient to be lifted. The arrangement of the present invention comprises at least one RFID-chip (04-22-2010
20130038427Sight Spot Guiding System and Implementation Method Thereof - A sight spot guiding system and an implementing method thereof are provided. The method includes: a mobile terminal equipped with an RFID chip, after arriving at the sight spot, receiving a radio broadcast signal transmitted by an RFID reader set at the sight spot, and transmitting a radio response signal which carriers the ID of the present RFID chip; the RFID reader reading the radio response signal and then reporting the IDs of the RFID chip and the reader to an administration center, which, after receiving the IDs of the RFID and the reader, sends sight spot description information corresponding to the ID of the reader to the mobile terminal corresponding to the ID of the RFID chip, according to corresponding relationships between IDs of RFID readers and sight spot description information and between IDs of RFID chips and mobile terminals.02-14-2013
20100109844Methods and Apparatuses For RFID Tag Range Determination - Apparatus and methods are described which are useful for determining a location characteristic between an RFID tag and an RFID tag reader or a second RFID tag. In various embodiments, signals backscattered from a singulated tag over a range of frequencies are evaluated for in-phase I and in-quadrature Q signal components. The I-Q data is processed to determine phase delay angles associated with each signal frequency. The phase delay data can be processed by a sum of squared errors method or Fourier transform method to determine a distance to the singulated tag. The methods can also be used to determine any of a location, a radial velocity, a directional velocity of the singulated tag, and proximity of the singulated tag to a second tag.05-06-2010
20100109846MICROSTRIP ANTENNA AND APPARATUS FOR READING RFID TAG INFORMATION - This disclosure discloses a microstrip antenna comprising: a substrate constructed by a dielectric body; a microstrip antenna pattern configured to be supplied power, formed on one side of said substrate; and a base plate disposed on the other side of said substrate, said microstrip antenna pattern having one power supply point to be connected to a power supply line and two grounding points to be connected to said base plate.05-06-2010
20100109845WALLET COMPOSED OF STEEL FABRIC - A wallet comprises a back layer and at least one front layer stitched to the back layer around a part of a perimeter thereof to define at least one pocket in the wallet. At least one of the layers is composed of a stainless steel fabric and preferably all of the layers are composed of stainless steel fabric. The threads of which the woven stainless steel fabric is composed are preferably of an Inox alloy, especially Inox 316L stainless steel with a metric mesh number between 350 and 550 and composed of stainless steel threads with a thickness generally of 0.25 mm to 0.35 mm. More preferably, the mesh number is 440 and the thread thickness is 0.28.05-06-2010
20100109841READER AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A reader that performs wireless communication with a tag inside a metal housing including a plurality of metal walls, the reader has an antenna which transmits and receives electromagnetic wave, a transmission control device that writes and/or reads information to/from the tag via the antenna, and a reflecting plate, reflecting the electromagnetic wave, and having a reflection phase different from that of the metal wall.05-06-2010
20100109842SUB ROOM LEVEL INDOOR LOCATION SYSTEM USING WIDEBAND POWER LINE POSITIONING - An indoor location system uses an electrical power line, power line signal injection devices, and portable position receivers (tags) to generate location data relating to positions of the tags in a structure such as a residence or business. The indoor location system fingerprinting of multiple signals transmitted along the power line to achieve sub-room-level localization of the positioning receivers. In one embodiment, the fingerprinting techniques utilizes wideband power line positioning (WPLP) that injects up to 44 different frequencies into the power line infrastructure of a structure. The WPLP technique improves upon overall positioning accuracy, improved temporal stability and may be implemented in commercial indoor spaces.05-06-2010
20100109843ELECTRIC POWER COMMUNICATION DEVICE, ELECTRIC POWER COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, ELECTRIC POWER COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An electric power communication device includes a plurality of directional antennas, a plurality of electric power communication portions, and an electric power communication control portion. Each of the plurality of directional antennas has directionality, and each of the plurality of electric power communication portions has directionality. The electric power communication control portion controls which of the plurality of electric power communication portions is used for electric power communication with a partner communication device, in accordance with the directional antenna, among the plurality of directional antennas, for which receiving of an incoming wireless signal that was transmitted from the partner communication device has been detected.05-06-2010
20100109840Radio Frequency Identification Read Antenna - A radio frequency identification (RFID) read antenna is provided. The RFID antenna includes an aperture board having at least one opening and a dielectric patch element spaced a distance from the aperture. The RFID antenna further includes a quadrature coupler connected to the aperture board and configured to excite the dielectric patch element to generate RFID signals.05-06-2010
20090201130RFID TAG WITH USER-CONTROLLED KILL MECHANISM - An inexpensive disabling or kill mechanism is provided for an RFID tag to allow a user to decide when to disable the tag and to initiate the kill process. RFID tag antenna circuitry is partially or wholly covered with an oxidation-retardant coating. The activation-retardant coating includes a grippable pull tab. When a user decides he or she no longer wants a functional RFID tag, the user can use the pull tab to remove the least a selectable area of the oxidation-retardant coating. Removing the selectable area will expose at least part of the antenna to begin an oxidizing process that will eventually disable the antenna. An oxidizing agent may be deposited on the antenna before the oxidation-retardant coating is put in place. When exposed to ambient environment, the oxidizing agent may accelerate the oxidation process that disables the antenna.08-13-2009
20090140840RFID System and Bearing Components for Rolling Mill - A system and method of use within a rolling facility comprising a plurality of bearing assemblies with each assembly further comprising components including liners and chock sets. An RFID system utilizes RFID tags on each of the plurality of components in order to track and/or monitor characteristics of either the entire bearing assembly or individual components thereof. An RFID tag reader may be incorporated within a mill stand or may include portable devices. In one embodiment, RFID tag interrogation occurs both at the mill stand and at a remote site at which bearing assembly occurs. A unique combination of bearing components can be assembled, identified and monitoring during successive rolling campaigns allowing the mill operator to make adjustments toward improving the quality of rolled product.06-04-2009
20100026462METHOD OF RECOGNIZING RFID TAG FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING THOURGHPUT INVERSION AND RFID READER PERFORMING THE SAME - A method of recognizing a tag in an RFID reader includes: obtaining a predetermined frame size in the case where throughput obtained by reflecting a slot length based on the remaining number of tags except for recognized tags within a frame progressing current tag recognition that substantially has a maximum value; and when the current frame size is different from the predetermined frame size, stopping the current progress of frame and changing the current frame size into the expected frame size. The method of recognizing a tag may further include when the current frame size is equal to the expected frame size, changing the current frame size into the frame size that does not cause a throughput inversion phenomenon for the remaining number of tags to be recognized within the frame progressing the current tag recognition. By the throughput inversion phenomenon, the occurrence of throughput loss can be prevented and the tag recognition time is reduced to recognize the tags at high speed.02-04-2010
20100026457Location of Tagged Boxes - Devices and methods described herein can allow an installer to locate an electrical box preinstalled behind building material. This approach can minimize the number of cuts in the building material, which can save time and can prevent the unnecessary loss of or damage to material. In some embodiments, the devices and methods can identify a particular circuit or type of outlet box, switchbox, ceiling box, ceiling fan box, junction box, or other type of box. In one example, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is secured to the box, wherein the RFID tag comprises an RFID antenna. An RFID reader is configured to broadcast to and receive transmissions from the RFID tag, wherein the reader comprises a reader antenna configured to broadcast to and receive transmissions from the RFID antenna. The reader indicates the presence and location of an RFID tag secured to the box when the box is pre-installed behind a building material.02-04-2010
20100066500SELECTION OF AN IMD BY MEANS OF DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA - In a method and a system for initiating communication with an implantable medical device to conduct a wireless communication session between the implantable medical device and an external programmer device. A directional antenna is employed for initiating communication between a programmer device and an implantable medical device (IMD). The IMD is targeted by the programmer device by having an operator of the programmer device orient the directional antenna toward the IMD and transmitting a communication-initiating signal from the programmer to the IMD via the directional antenna. The directional antenna has a directional characteristic and communication range. the IMD responds to the communication-initiating signal by sending identification information to the programmer. the programmer may then use this identification to establish a communication session with the IMD targeted by the directional antenna.03-18-2010
20090201131Embedded RFID Verifiable Currency - A system and method of determining likelihood of counterfeiting without inspection of currency compares signals returned by uniquely customized RFID chips when interrogated, preferably incident to a transaction. The RFID information is compared to RFID information for bills known to be in circulation in order to validate a given currency bill. Usage patterns can be determined from statistical analysis of such reports and reported usage patterns will statistically differ significantly if not radically with the number of RFID chips returning the same RFID information and such differences will increase in either or both of geographic locations of reports and frequency of reports with increase of the number of bills having duplicated RFID chips. The basic infrastructure for practice of the invention is also capable of tracking genuine currency following, for example, a theft or other criminal activity.08-13-2009
20090045916Battery-assisted backscatter RFID transponder - A radio frequency transponder includes at least one battery, which is coupled to provide electrical power for operating the transponder and at least one antenna, which is configured to receive and backscatter RF interrogation radiation from an interrogation device. An integrated circuit is arranged to store a code including information and, powered only with energy provided by the battery, to vary a radiation characteristic of the antenna responsively to the code so as to modulate the information onto the backscattered radiation.02-19-2009
20100328038WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ARRANGING READER ANTENNA OF WIRELESS TAG READING APPARATUS - A wireless tag reading apparatus comprising: an electric field-type reader antenna which has an electromagnetic wave radiating side arranged toward a wireless tag for both near-field and far-field operation and which transmits and receives a signal to and from the wireless tag by an electric field; a magnetic field-type reader antenna which has an electromagnetic wave radiating side arranged toward the wireless tag from a different direction from the electromagnetic wave radiating side of the electric field-type reader antenna and not orthogonally to an antenna side of the wireless tag and which transmits and receives a signal to and from the wireless tag by a magnetic field; and an antenna switching unit which switches use of the magnetic field-type reader antenna and the electric field-type reader antenna.12-30-2010
20100328037 RFID MONITORING SYSTEM - A radio frequency identification (RFID) monitoring system (12-30-2010
20130049934Systems, devices, methods, and admixtures including interrogators and interrogation of tags for indication of food attributes - Systems, devices, admixtures, and methods are described including transponder devices (e.g., a palatable transponder, an edible transponder, a palatable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, an edible RFID tag, etc.) for admixing with a food product.02-28-2013
20130049936RFID EVALUATION SYSTEM, TARGET POSITION INDICATING APPARATUS, AND TARGET POSITION INDICATING PROGRAM - An RFID evaluation system which evaluates an RFID system is disclosed, the RFID evaluation system including a tag position and posture varying unit which accepts a manual operation from an operator to vary a position of an RFID tag and automatically varies a posture of the RFID tag; an antenna unit which transmits a radio signal for testing to the RFID tag and which receives the radio signal transmitted from the RFID tag; and a control unit which, for each combination of the position and the posture of the RFID tag, controls the antenna unit to measure a response radio wave strength of the RFID tag, wherein the control unit includes a position measuring unit which measures the position of the RFID tag; and an information providing unit which provides information for moving the RFID tag to a target position.02-28-2013
20130049933Systems, devices, methods, and admixtures including interrogators and interrogation of tags for indication of food attributes - Systems, devices, admixtures, and methods are described including transponder devices (e.g., a palatable transponder, an edible transponder, a palatable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, an edible RFID tag, etc.) for admixing with a food product.02-28-2013
20130049935METAL TOOTH DETECTION AND LOCATING - A machine tooth for heavy equipment can be monitored by coupling an RFID tag to the heavy machine tooth and positioning an RFID reader to read the RFID tag. The RFID reader provides an indication that the heavy machine tooth is separated from the heavy machine. The heavy machine tooth is configured, for example, to be mounted on a bucket of a heavy machine.02-28-2013
20130049932Systems, devices, methods, and admixtures of transponders and food products for indication of food attributes - Systems, devices, admixtures, and methods are described including transponder devices (e.g., a palatable transponder, an edible transponder, a palatable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, an edible RFID tag, etc.) for admixing with a food product.02-28-2013
20130049931Systems, devices, methods, and admixtures of transponders and food products for indication of food attributes - Systems, devices, admixtures, and methods are described including transponder devices (e.g., a palatable transponder, an edible transponder, a palatable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, an edible RFID tag, etc.) for admixing with a food product.02-28-2013
20090212915SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ENHANCED RFID TRANSPORT DEVICE SENSOR NETWORK - A mobile sensor system and method for managing inventory of a store includes at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) scanner for receiving readings from RFID tags, at least one external sensors for detecting at least one external events other than RF signals from the RFID tags, and a processor configured to update an RFID database for storing the readings from the RFID tags, wherein the update is based on a correlation function of the readings from the RFID tags and the external events detected at the at least one external sensors.08-27-2009
20110001609SAMPLE CARRIER DEVICE INCORPORATING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION, AND METHOD - An apparatus for associating information with a carrier and/or at least one biological reagent is provided. The apparatus can include a carrier adapted to retain at least one biological reagent and at least one non-silicon Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID). The RFID tag can comprise information in the form of an information pointer that can be resolved by an information pointer resolution device. The information pointer and/or resolution device can be used to access a remote system. The carrier can be configured, for example, as a microfluidic processing device or a multi-well plate. Methods and systems using the apparatus are also provided.01-06-2011
20130069767METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RFID TAG COMMUNICATIONS - The present invention provides backscatter interrogators, communication systems and backscatter communication methods. According to one aspect of the present invention, a backscatter interrogator includes a data path configured to communicate a data signal; a signal generator configured to generate a carrier signal; and a modulator coupled with the data path and the signal generator, the modulator being configured to spread the data signal to define a spread data signal and amplitude modulate the carrier signal using the spread data signal, the modulator being further configured to phase modulate the carrier signal.03-21-2013
20130088334METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING REFERENCE TAG USED FOR POSITIONING - A method and an apparatus for selecting a reference tag used for positioning are provided. The method includes: obtaining first signal strength emitted by a reference tag and second signal strength emitted by a tag to be positioned, where the first signal strength and the second signal strength are detected by each radio frequency reader; comparing the first signal strength with the second signal strength to determine a boundary of the radio frequency readers, and dividing a network into a first area and a second area with the boundary; determining an estimated direction of the tag to be positioned relative to the reference tag according to a relative position of the reference tag and the boundary; and according to the estimated direction and according to the specified number of reference tags, selecting a valid reference tag group as the reference tag used for positioning.04-11-2013
20130088333MULTIMEDIA DEVICE HAVING DETACHABLE CONTROLLER - Provided is a multimedia device that has a detachable controller. The detachable controller may attach to a main body of a multimedia device and act as a control panel of the main body. Further, the controller may be detached from the main body of multimedia device and act as a remote controller of the multimedia device.04-11-2013
20130088332REMOTE CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR A MULTIMEDIA DEVICE - A multimedia device is disclosed in a specification. The multimedia device comprises a first interface, a memory to store a code value of a function corresponding to an electronic device coupled to the multimedia device through the first interface, and a controller to control information indicative of the function of the electronic device, obtain the code value stored in memory after receiving a first signal selecting the function, and transmit a second signal including the code value through a second interface coupled to a remote controller.04-11-2013
20130088331APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING LOCATION OF OBJECT IN LOCATION RECOGNITION SYSTEM - Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for recognizing a location of an object using radio frequency Identification (RFID). The method for recognizing a location of an object includes: activating tags located around radio frequency identification (RFID) tags by transmitting power to the RFID tags in a magnetic resonance type; transmitting a call signal for identifying a mobile tag attached to an object; receiving a tag identifier of the mobile tag corresponding to the call signal; receiving location information from fixed tags around the mobile tag; and recognizing the location of the mobile tag using the location information.04-11-2013
20130088330USE OF MULTIPLE NFC TAGS - A computer implemented method including: maintaining, in a storage, information about one or more sets of tags, wherein each set of tags comprises two or more tags, receiving, from a user device, a request for content relating to a certain tag, wherein the request comprises an identifier, identifying, on the basis of the identifier and the information maintained in the storage, a set of tags that comprises said certain tag, and returning, to the user device, information about content relating to said certain tag and information about content relating to at least one other tag belonging to said identified set of tags.04-11-2013
20090115580RFID SYSTEMS AND METHODS EMPLOYING INFRARED LOCALIZATION - A series of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems are delineated. An RFID system comprises an RFID signpost having a transmitter for transmitting signals of a predefined type, and a receiver for receiving signals of the predefined type, wherein the transmitter for transmitting signals of the predefined type cannot transmit until a determination is made that the predefined type of signal is not present at the receiver. Another RFID system comprises an RFID signpost including a transmitter having a continuous power dissipation rating, and a processor for controlling the transmitter such that peak pulse power of a transmission from the transmitter multiplied by its duty cycle does not exceed the continuous power dissipation rating for the transmitter.05-07-2009
20090303013SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRELESS CONTROL OF EQUIPMENT - Systems and methods for wirelessly controlling equipment or apparatus by employing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The systems and methods provide the capability to manually or automatically select an RFID tag or change the encoded information in an RFID tag to wirelessly change the control state of a piece of equipment or an apparatus. The system includes an RFID based selector including at least one RFID tag, and an RFID reader capable of wirelessly reading RFID codes from the RFID tags of the RFID based selector. The system further includes a control mechanism capable of changing a control state of said equipment or apparatus in response to said read RFID codes. To expand the system capabilities yet keep power requirements at the selector to a minimum, methods are included of passive addressing of many pushbuttons in the selector. Wireless and battery free selectors are explained. Utilizing the inherent ID code of the tag permits management of which selectors are virtually connected.12-10-2009
20090303012IC TAG LABEL - An IC tag label 12-10-2009
20090303011IC TAG LABEL - An IC tag label 12-10-2009
20090303010RFID THREAD, SHEET WITH RFID THREAD, AND PRINTING MACHINE FOR SHEET WITH RFID THREAD - An RFID thread which is mounted on a sheet and whose predetermined information can be read wirelessly from outside, the TFID thread includes: an IC chip recording the predetermined information; a first antenna consisting of an electrically continuous conductor which has a length corresponding to a size of the sheet and on which one or a plurality of the IC chips are mounted; and a base film made of resin for supporting the first antenna.12-10-2009
20090303009Information processing apparatus for transmitting and receiving RF signals - An information processing apparatus includes: a physical quantity detector unit which transforms a physical quantity into an electric signal and provides a detected value represented by the electric signal; a physical quantity determiner unit which determines whether the detected value is larger than a given threshold value; a timer unit which measures a time period during which it continues to be determined that the detected value is not larger than the given threshold value, in response to the determination that the detected value is not larger than the given threshold value after it is determined that the detected value is larger than the given threshold; a transmitter unit which transmits a request signal for requesting transmission of data, when the time period measured by the timer unit transcends a first given time threshold; and a receiver unit which receives transmitted data which is transmitted in response to the request signal.12-10-2009
20090303008RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG HAVING TESTING CIRCUIT - An RFID tag with a testing circuit includes an analog block having a test unit configured to output a command signal in response to an operation command signal and receiving an externally applied test input signal, and to output a test output signal corresponding to a response signal to outside of the RFID tag. In the RFID tag, a digital block is configured to output an operation control signal and to output the response signal to the analog block. A memory block is configured to receive the operation control signal in order to generate an internal control signal for controlling internal operation, and to read/write data in a cell array including nonvolatile ferroelectric capacitors in response to the internal control signal.12-10-2009
20090303007MULTIPLE BAND RFID READER DEVICE - There is disclosed a multi-band RFID reader, including a duplexer for separating a data signal received from a tag according to a frequency band, a directional coupler for diverging a part of the signal separated through the duplexer, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for determining a frequency band of the diverged signal and generating a control signal based on the determination result, and Radio Frequency (RF) switch for turning on/off transmission/reception modes in response to the control signal of the DSP. The multi-band RFID reader can read signals received from various kinds of tags by employing a multi-frequency band irrespective of frequency bands.12-10-2009
20090303005Systems and Methods to Determine Kinematical Parameters using RFID Tags - Systems and methods to determine kinematical parameters of physical objects using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags attached to the objects. In one embodiment, one of a population of RFID tags is selectively instructed by an RFID reader to backscatter the interrogating electromagnetic wave and thus allow the RFID reader to measure the position, speed, acceleration, jerk of the object to which the tag is attached. The RFID reader combines the signal representing the backscattered interrogating electromagnetic wave and the signal representing the interrogating electromagnetic wave transmitted by the RFID reader to determine or monitor one or more of the kinematical parameters of the object.12-10-2009
20090303004Systems and Methods to Determine Motion Parameters using RFID Tags - Systems and methods to determine motion parameters of physical objects using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags attached to the objects. In one embodiment, a method implemented in a radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes determining a motion parameter of the RFID tag based on detecting a Doppler frequency shift in a radio frequency signal received from the RFID tag.12-10-2009
20090303003RFID SMART BOX - A module for identifying contents of a container, the module comprising an interrogation trigger, an interrogation transmitter, a response receiver, and a response transmitter. The module may be embedded within a wall of the container or affixed to an outside surface of the container. The module may be an active device initiating an interrogation or a passive device merely responding to a received interrogation signal.12-10-2009
20090303001SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AND COMMUNICATING WITH RFID MEMORY DEVICES - This invention relates to a system of communicating with a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder microchip (IC) for the purpose of accessing pre-programmed data. Such system involves direct electrical contact between the system reading the data from the memory in the transponder IC and the IC itself via two mechanical contact points. This system provides an interface with a transponder IC in order to energize the IC. Once the presence of the transponder IC is detected, the host system can read or write to and process preprogrammed data stored in the IC.12-10-2009
20090303002OMNIDIRECTIONAL RFID ANTENNA12-10-2009
20120218083METHODS AND APPARATUSES TO SECURE DATA TRANSMISSION IN RFID SYSTEMS - Methods and apparatuses to secure data transmission in a radio frequency identification (RFID) system against eavesdropping, using multiple communication channels. In one embodiment, a method includes communicating key information and cipher text generated based on the key information, or plain text, using a plurality of different, distinct and separate communication channels connected to an RFID tag.08-30-2012
20120218082COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM INCLUDING DISPLAY WITH NFC DEVICE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A communications system includes a display configured to display at least one time variable image, at least one passive near field communications (NFC) device associated with the display, and a media device. An identifier is associated with the at least one passive NFC device. A mobile wireless communications device includes a second NFC device, a wireless transceiver, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive, via communication between the at least one passive NFC device and the second NFC device, an identifier for the at least one passive NFC device. The processor is also configured to send, via the wireless transceiver and to the media device, the identifier and the identifier time, and receive, from and media device and via the wireless transceiver, data relating to the at least one time variable image based upon the identifier and an identifier time based upon the identifier.08-30-2012
20120218081RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ANTENNA SWITCHING IN A CONVEYOR SYSTEM - A radio frequency identification (“RFID”) method, computer-readable medium, apparatus, and system are provided. In one embodiment, the method acquires dimensions of an item. The dimensions and speed of the item are used to determine the item's location on a conveyor (i.e., to track the item on the conveyor). The location of the item is used to determine which switch RFID reader antenna in a plurality of RFID reader antennas is the most suitable RFID reader antenna to communicate with a transponder located on the item. In other embodiments, the apparatus, system, and computer-readable medium are also provided which perform similar features recited by the above method.08-30-2012
20090040026MONITORING SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE AND MAIN CONTROL DEVICE THEREOF, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR REGISTERING TERMINAL DEVICE - By pushing the registration switch of a main controller, a radio signal for requesting the transmission of a terminal-device ID number is transmitted (SP02-12-2009
20090040023RF Transponder for Off-Line Authentication of a Source of a Product Carrying the Transponder - A transponder (02-12-2009
20090040022Transponder Unit - The invention relates to a transponder unit (02-12-2009
20090040021Method For Identifying Tags Using Adaptive Binary Tree Splitting Technique In RFID System and RFID System Therefore - The RFID system includes an RFID reader for sending information selected from among collision type information, idle type information, and readable type information, to all of the RFID tags depending on the number of signals in the corresponding time slot, and RFID tags for performing functions, in which, when information, indicating that a current time slot is a collision type, is fed back from the RFID reader, each of RFID tags selects one arbitrary value of either 0 or 1 and is assigned a time slot, in which a corresponding RFID tag will send a signal to the RFID reader, based on the selected value, a single tag group that caused a collision is divided into two sub-groups depending on the assigned time slots, and tags of the sub-groups send signals, including IDs thereof, to the RFID reader in different time slots for the respective sub-groups.02-12-2009
20130057391INTEGRATED MODULAR ACTIVE SAFETY SYSTEM BASED ON ACTIVE DUAL-FREQUENCY RFID DEVICES - An apparatus for controlling safety and preventing accidents at the workplace comprising: a plurality of RF transceivers (03-07-2013
20130057390RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS FOR USE IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS - A portable RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag includes one or more sensors. Each sensor measures a condition of an environment within which the RFID tag is disposed. Circuitry obtains data from measurements provided by each sensor. A transceiver modulates a radio frequency (RF) signal carrying the obtained data. An antenna, electrically coupled to the transceiver, transmits the RF signal. The circuitry, transceiver, and antenna are potted in their entirety in a thermosetting plastic epoxy for purposes of enduring extreme environmental conditions. The one or more sensors can include a temperature probe. A portion of this temperature probe can serve as the antenna.03-07-2013
20130057387IDENTIFICATION TAGS AND INSTALLATION TECHNIQUES - Various identification tags are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes a coupling with an extended skirt having an opening to receive an identification tag. The identification tag may be configured to be snapped into the opening, slid into the opening, or threaded into the opening, for example. The identification tag, such as an RFID tag, may include an electronics module to enable wireless communication with a reader. The electronics module may be received within a body to facilitate installation and retention of the tag and increase durability. The disclosed tags may also be installed in other components. Various other tags, systems, devices, and methods pertaining to identification tags are also disclosed.03-07-2013
20130057389WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TWO TEMPORARILY CONNECTED DEVICES - A system for setting up a wireless connection between two temporarily connected devices includes a device interconnector having a first end provided with a first wireless communication identifier and a second end provided with a second wireless communication identifier, a first device having a first interconnector mating unit, a first wireless communication unit and a first reading unit and a second device having a second interconnector mating unit, a second wireless communication unit and a second reading unit. The wireless communication units of each device is configured to receive an identifier being read by the corresponding reading unit as the device interconnector is attached to the corresponding mating unit and the wireless communication unit is configured to employ this identifier in setting up, together with the other wireless communication unit, a wireless connection between the two devices.03-07-2013
20130057386APPLIANCE AND METHOD FOR DATA EXCHANGE IN A HOUSEHOLD - Embodiments of an appliance and method utilize data keys to facilitate the exchange of data and information among devices as part of an energy management system. The data keys contain and/or encode information particular to the appliance. This information helps to distinguish data that originates from one appliance from data that originates from other appliances in the household. In one embodiment, the data keys are stored locally, either on devices (e.g., memory) incorporated into the appliance or on a communication device (e.g., a wireless radio) that can connect to the appliance to permit the exchange of inputs and outputs. Exemplary configuration of the appliance can sense the connection with the communication device and provide an input to the communication device to determine the data key that is associated with the appliance.03-07-2013
20130057388Internet of Things Lawful Interception - The present invention relates to methods and arrangements for providing a Law Enforcement Agency (03-07-2013
20090295542Tag tape, tag tape roll, and rfid label - This disclosure discloses a tag label producing apparatus comprising: a printing device; a transmitting/receiving device that performs information transmission/reception; a feeding device that feeds said tag medium; a coordination control portion; a communication determining portion that determines whether or not information transmission/reception has succeeded; and a decision portion that decides a feeding-stop condition for stopping feeding based on a feeding condition for the transmission/reception, and a feeding-condition for printing to a print area; wherein: said coordination control portion controls in coordination operations of said feeding device, said transmitting/receiving device, and said printing device so as to stop feeding based on said feeding-stop condition decided by said decision portion and to perform retry of said information transmission/reception when said communication determining portion determines that said information transmission/reception has failed.12-03-2009
20090289765Wireless identification tag - The present invention is aimed at providing a wireless identification tag which can save information with high reliability that is free from the possibility of being lost or falsified, is not broken or melt in the concrete, can expand directionality of an antenna, be distributed in a cement product to be in an appropriate condition for radio communication, and has good adhesion and affinity with cement or the like. A wireless identification tag 11-26-2009
20100097186USER INTERFACE DEVICES FOR CONTROL OF MACHINE SYSTEMS - What is disclosed is a system for controlling a process, where the process is implemented by a machine system. The system includes a user interface device and a first transceiver coupled to the user interface device. The first transceiver is configured to receive communications from the user interface device and transfer the communications. The system also includes a second transceiver in communication with the first transceiver and configured to transfer power to the first transceiver, receive the communications from the first transceiver, and transfer the communications to control the process implemented by the machine system.04-22-2010
20080290994Method For Cryptographically Combining HF and UHF RFID Tags/Smart Cards To Create A Single Multi-Use Credential - A method for creating an enhanced RFID tag. A longer range RFID tag and a relatively shorter range credential are proximately co-located in the same container. The longer range RFID tag is cryptographically bound to the shorter range credential by storing, on the longer range tag, signed data which includes indicia of the shorter range tag. The longer range RFID tag requires authorization via an authentication server to grant access to data stored in the enhanced RFID tag.11-27-2008
20090267744Safety equipment for freight loading and unloading docks - To inform warehousemen that a vehicle that has arrived at a dock is situated so as to allow loading or unloading operations, the dock is equipped with a series of radio identification tags placed in succession along an access lane to the dock and it is verified by appropriate devices associated with the dock whether a locating device placed in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle and carrying readers of radio identification tags is or is not arranged at a position with respect to a given direction in relation to the succession of tags along the access lane to the dock. The locating device is advantageously implemented in the form of a restraint chock for the wheels of the vehicle or in the form of any other means for immobilizing the latter at the dock.10-29-2009
20090267743METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A DEPLOYABLE RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION PORTAL SYSTEM - In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first assembly, a second assembly, and a coupling element coupled to the first assembly and the second assembly. The first assembly includes a processor, a memory, and a radiator module, the processor operatively coupled to the memory and the radiator module. The second assembly includes a radiator operatively coupled to the radiator module. The second assembly is movable relative to the first assembly about the coupling element between a first configuration and a second configuration. The processor is configured to interrogate a radio-frequency identification module via the radiator module and the radiator when the second assembly is in the second configuration.10-29-2009
20090267742SEQUENCED ANTENNA ARRAY FOR DETERMINING WHERE GAMING CHIPS WITH EMBEDDED RFID TAGS ARE LOCATED ON A BLACKJACK, POKER OR OTHER GAMING TABLE & FOR MYRIAD OTHER RFID APPLICATIONS - An improved antenna system, method and apparatus for interrogating and locating RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags and other RF (Radio Frequency) devices, and various applications therefore and thereof, are disclosed. One embodiment is for reading and locating the physical position of RFID tags (such as is made by Phillips, Siemens's Infineon and Texas Instrument) that may be embedded in gaming chips (RFID gaming chips, such as is made by Gaming Partners International Corp.) used in a casino, TV or movie studio or elsewhere for wagering at table games and other gambling games including Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Baccarat and Roulette, but the invention may be used for various other RFID applications.10-29-2009
20090267740SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES FOR TRACKING ITEMS - Systems and processes for tracking the status of an item are disclosed. Systems and processes for decommissioning identifying information from pharmaceutical product containers are disclosed.10-29-2009
20090267738SIGNAL CONVERSION DEVICE, RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE RFID TAG - A signal conversion device, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, and a method for operating the RFID tag. The RFID tag has an electrically erasable programmable read-only memory module for storing RFID tag information and transmitting the RFID tag information; an information comparison module coupled to the electrically erasable programmable for receiving the RFID tag information and demodulation information, comparing the RFID tag information with the demodulation information, and generating a driving signal; and a pulse oscillation module coupled to the information comparison module for receiving the driving signal, and transmitting pulse oscillating signals to the electrically erasable programmable read-only memory module, so as to allow the electrically erasable programmable read-only memory module to transmit the RFID tag information.10-29-2009
20090267737RFID SYSTEM WITH DISTRIBUTED READERS - A system in one embodiment includes a plurality of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers, each reader being capable of using a single antenna for both transmit and receive functions, wherein, during operation, one of the readers transmits and at least another of the readers receives a response to the transmission from an RFID device. A system in another embodiment includes a plurality of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers, each reader having at least one antenna mounted on a housing thereof, wherein, during operation, the reader transmitting emits a signal sufficient to communicate with a battery assisted passive RFID device at a range of at least 20 meters. Additional systems and methods are also presented.10-29-2009
20090267736NON-CONTACT ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A contactless electronic device comprises a semiconductor integrated circuit device, a plurality of antennas (or antenna coils) for receiving high-frequency signals supplied by radio waves or electromagnetic waves having different frequencies. An interface judgment circuit judges which antenna the high-frequency signals are inputted through, and according to a result of the judgment, the operation of the semiconductor integrated circuit device is changed. In this manner, the contactless electronic device becomes possible to respond to a plurality of communication protocols using high-frequency signals having different frequencies, while contactless electronic devices have been impossible to respond to communication protocols using various high-frequency signals.10-29-2009
20090267739CHIPLESS MICROWAVE IDENTIFICATION TAG - A chipless microwave identification tag (10-29-2009
20090267741RFID Floor Tags for Machine Localization and Delivery of Visual Information - An RFID system for a portable cleaning machine having RFID reader. Location of the machine within a floor field is achieved by detecting one or more of a plurality of floor-applied RFID tags as the cleaning machine traverses the floor field. Each RFID tag includes a tag carrier including visual indicia providing personnel with instructions or warnings or directions. An operator of the machine may reference the visual indicia of the RFID tag carriers as the machine traverses the floor field.10-29-2009
20120223815SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RFID DYNAMIC CONTENT PRESENTATION - A system and method for providing RFID dynamic content presentation using wireless devices and RFID technologies. The method comprises providing a wireless capable device which is configured to receive RFID information and store the RFID information in storage for later retrieval. The system is an infrastructure which comprises at least one RFID tag which stores RFID information; and a wireless capable device which is configured to receive the RFID information and store the RFID information in storage for later retrieval.09-06-2012
20120223814RFID DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACCURATE EQUIPMENT AND ASSET TRACKING - A method according to one embodiment includes conummicating with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag coupled to a reusable transport item (RTI); and determining whether the RTI has passed a predetermined useful lifetime thereof based on information received from the RFID tag. A method according to one embodiment includes conummicating with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag coupled to a reusable transport item (RTI); and determining both a horizontal and vertical position of the RTI. A method according to yet another embodiment includes communicating with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag coupled to a reusable transport item (RTI); and performing an action based at least in part on at least one of a location and a determined inactivity of the RTI.09-06-2012
20120223813Radio Frequency Identification System for Mineral Extraction Equipment - A system including, a first component of a mineral extraction system, and a first radio frequency identification (RFID) module coupled to the first component, wherein the first RFID module comprises first component data relating to the first component, and first location data relating to a first location of the first component.09-06-2012
20120223812Double wide forklift radio frequency - A forklift RFID system on a double wide forklift for a stack of plastic pallets comprising: a double wide forklift comprising a body, a mast mounted to the body and at least two fork assemblies including forks moveably mounted on the mast. A RFID reader having a low power which does not read RFID tags outside of five feet is secured in a fixed position on the forklift body outside the forks of the forklift when the forks are in a closed position. A user interface assembly including a touch-panel display, with the reader being hardwired to the touch-panel display is mounted on the forklift body and software is utilized to provide information to the touch-panel display describing which RFID tags have been interrogated by the reader.09-06-2012
20120223811Multiple Antenna Localizing - A reader includes a single receiver circuit and a switching circuit coupled to the single receiver circuit. A first antenna connection is coupled to the switching circuit, wherein the first antenna connection is configured to receive a first signal from a source of radio frequency waves. A second antenna connection is coupled to the switching circuit and configured to receive a second signal from the source of radio frequency waves. A processor is configured to determine angle of arrival information in accordance with the first and second signals. The processor is further configured to determine relative phase information in accordance with the first and second signals. Additionally, the processor is configured to localize the source of radio frequency waves in accordance with the angle of arrival information. The switching circuit includes a multiplexer selectively coupling the first and second antenna connections to the single receiver circuit.09-06-2012
20130063252METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USING RFID IN BIOLOGICAL FIELD - Biological reagent carrier devices and methods are disclosed, which employ RFID techniques to associate information with biological reagents.03-14-2013
20130063251MONITORING RESOURCES USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES - Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for monitoring resources. In one embodiment, RFID tags/sensors can be attached to resources and mobile assets may include the ability to communicate with such RFID tags/sensors. The mobile assets can transmit signals to be received by the RFID tags/sensors and receive responses from the same. For the resources associated with the received responses, the mobile asset can estimate their location to be that of or proximate to the location of the mobile asset.03-14-2013
20130063250Communication And Distance Measurements In An Addressed Wide Band RFID System - A method for communicating between elements including a reader and tags of a radio frequency identification system. The method includes addressing a wide-band-message signal by including in the signal an identifier of the first tag. The addressed wide-band-message signal is transmitted by the reader. A first tag waits to receive the addressed wide-band-message signal; and upon receiving the addressed wide-band-message signal and recognizing the identifier, the first tag responds to the addressed wide-band-message signal by transmitting an addressed wide-band response signal either back to the reader or to a relaying tag. The tag relays to another element of the system by transferring at least one datum of the query from the addressed wide-band-message signal to the addressed wide-band response signal, where the elements are readers or tags. The system and method allow for many parallel wide band addressed links, and for position determination using at least two tags with known locations.03-14-2013
20080272887Rack Position Determination Using Active Acoustics - Systems and methods for determining the position of a component rack within a data center and/or the positions of components within the component rack. In one embodiment, a plurality of ultrasonic reference transponders are disposed in fixed locations throughout a data center. The reference transponders communicate with one another to establish a reference coordinate system for the data center. Each component rack in the data center is provided with an ultrasonic rack transponder that can be triangulated with the reference transponders to determine the position of a component rack. This “rack position” information can be used by a system controller to control the components and to help regulate the data center within pre-specified operating parameters. If a problem occurs in the data center, information about the position of the affected components and component racks may be used by the system controller or a system administrator to help remedy the problem.11-06-2008
20130162401APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING TAG DATA - A tag transmitting apparatus of a passive RFID system generates a plurality of orthogonal square waves, converts tag data to a plurality of parallel data, and transmits the plurality of parallel data to a reader using a plurality of square waves as a subcarrier.06-27-2013
20130162399SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RFID INTERROGATORS - One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for efficiently interconnecting RFID interrogator elements. Each interrogator element is configured to function as both an RFID interrogator and an RFID tag. The RFID interrogator function enables one interrogator element to perform a read or write data operation to a second interrogator element functioning as an RFID tag. Two-way communications between interrogator elements is facilitated by read and write operations. A data backhaul network may be advantageously implemented as a wireless mesh network, comprising a plurality of interrogator elements, to transmit data from each interrogator element to a server for processing.06-27-2013
20090237214PROPINQUITY DETECTION BY PORTABLE DEVICES - A point of sale (POS) terminal including a contactless transaction/identification card reader and a propinquity verifier, coupled to the contactless card reader and verifying at least predetermined propinquity of the POS terminal to a propinquity indication element.09-24-2009
20090237212Electronic tag and system with conditional response corresponding to at least one plant attribute - A system for tracking plants includes electronic tags configured to conditionally respond to interrogation, the condition response corresponding to data stored in the tag and/or one or more environmental parameters corresponding to one or more plants.09-24-2009
20090237211SECURITY AND IDENTIFICATION TAGS - An identification tag, such as an EAS tag or an RFID tag, comprising a loop antenna having a substantially triangular shape and an electronic component connected to and positioned within the loop antenna, the antenna and component comprising a flexible metal structure disposed on one face of a flexible substrate, the flexible substrate extending away from one side of the triangular loop antenna to form a flap such that, when the tag is positioned on a face of a package close to its edge, the flap can be wrapped around the edge of the package and onto its other face.09-24-2009
20090237210PROXIMITY LOCATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF FOR LOCATING A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE - A proximity location system and method thereof for locating a communications device. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) proximity location tag is arranged in a proximity of the communications device and detected thereby. A proximity location key included in the RFID proximity location tag is acquired by the communications device and forwarded to a location information server. The location information is queried for location information associated with the proximity location key. Based on the location information, data transmitted by the communications device is routed to the appropriate receiver of the data. The location information is also provided to the receiver.09-24-2009
20090237216LPRF DEVICE WAKE UP USING WIRELESS TAG - A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver; and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.09-24-2009
20090237215APPLICATION OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - A method for making a container including a radio frequency identification label is provide. In an embodiment the method includes placing a radio frequency identification (RFID) label into a mold; positioning the RFID label so that an outer portion of the label is substantially flush with the mold surface; and molding a container such that the outer portion of the RFID label is substantially flush with the outer surface of the side wall of the container. An article, which may be formed using the foregoing method, is also disclosed.09-24-2009
20100060429Saw Sensor Tags with Enhanced Performance - The subject of the present invention is a set of SAW (surface acoustic wave) based sensor tag device embodiments system for remotely sensing and/or providing identification information. These sensor/tag devices would operate in a system which consists of one or more uniquely identifiable sensor/tag devices and a wireless interrogator. The sensor device incorporates an antenna for receiving incident RF energy and re-radiating the tag identification number and the sensor measured parameter(s). Since there is no power source in or connected to the sensor, it is a passive sensor. As such the device is elegantly simple, low-cost, and rugged. The device is wirelessly interrogated by the interrogator which is described elsewhere.03-11-2010
20130214907RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNAL ACQUISITION AND SOURCE LOCATION SYSTEM - A radio frequency signal acquisition and source location system, including a first signal acquisition and source location module comprising an RF transceiver coupled to an antenna, the antenna provided with a electronic steering circuit. The antenna operative to launch an interrogation signal, the interrogation signal steerable by an electronic steering circuit. A processor operatively coupled to the RF transceiver and the electronic steering circuit, the processor provided with a data storage for storing a signal data record for each of at least one response signal(s) received by the RF transceiver(s). The signal data record including a signal identification, a received signal strength indicator and an RF signal direction along which respective signal(s) are received by the antenna, the RF signal direction derived from the electronic steering circuit. A position logic operative upon the data record(s) derives a three dimensional signal origin location of each response signal.08-22-2013
20090027167ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT RADIOFREQUENCY TRANSMITTER - The energy self-sufficient radiofrequency transmitter has at least one electromechanical transducer with a rectifier circuit connected downstream and with a voltage converter circuit. A logic circuit configuration is connected to the voltage converter circuit. The logic circuit configuration has a sequence controller a memory in which an identification code is stored. The energy self-sufficient radiofrequency transmitter also has a radiofrequency transmission stage that is connected to the logic circuit configuration and a transmission antenna.01-29-2009
20120229258PROXIMITY DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD AND ASSET MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - Proximity detection apparatus 09-13-2012
20090058601Data detector for UHF RFID tags - A method of detecting a signal in radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder (FIG. 03-05-2009
20090009295Transceiver with far field and near field operation and methods for use therewith - A transceiver includes a far field transceiver section, when engaged, transceives first data with a remote device via far field signaling. A near field transceiver section, when engaged, transceives second data with the remote device via near field signaling. A communication control module selectively engages the far field transceiver section and the near-field transceiver section.01-08-2009
20090009294METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF IDENTIFICATION DATA DEVICES IN THEME PARKS - A method and system for providing enhanced interactivity and immersion in a theme park environment. The system uses a token having a tag that is able to communicate with a reader that is associated with a theme park device. The tag communicates to the reader identification data that correlates to the theme of the theme park and the theme park device. The theme park device will act or behave in response to the identification data.01-08-2009
20090009293Rfid Tag, Interrogator and System with Improved Symbol Encoding and Decoding - An improved RFID Tag, Interrogator, and system wherein at least one tag modulates a radio frequency signal by modulated backscatter operations.01-08-2009
20090009291METHOD FOR WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN A BASE STATION AND A PASSIVE TRANSPONDER, AS WELL AS A PASSIVE TRANSPONDER - A method for wireless data transmission, in, for example, RFID systems, between a base station and a passive transponder, as well as a passive transponder is provided by inductive coupling, as well as a passive transponder. It is possible to transmit data from the base station to the transponder by a first data transmission protocol type and by at least one second data transmission protocol type, whereby the first or the at least second data transmission protocol type is selected by writing a configuration register in the transponder.01-08-2009
20090009290RADIO FREQUENCY AUTO-IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A medical fluid delivery system includes a dialysis instrument; a disposable pumping cassette operable with a pumping actuator of the dialysis instrument, the disposable cassette including or connected fluidly to a plurality of first connectors; a plurality of second connectors configured to interface with the first connectors, each second connector associated with a radio frequency (“RFID”) tag; and electronics configured to read the RFID tags via a plurality of antennae and to identify that each of the second connectors is positioned properly with respect to a proper one of the first connectors.01-08-2009
20090009289Cattle identification system employing infra-red tag and associated tag reader - The invention relates to a method of identifying an animal within a group, the method of identification being characterized by the steps of: attaching an identification device—an electronic tag—to the animal, locating an activation device—a tag reader—at a location, and activating an indicator when the identification device within a range of the activation device.01-08-2009
20090009288Radio Frequency Identification Tagging - A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag has an electronic identification circuit coupled to an antenna, wherein the RFID tag is arranged to communicate with a RFID tag reader via the antenna, using RF energy. The tag comprises means sensitive to light (such as a photodiode, phototransistor, photocell or a solar cell) for controlling (in particular inhibiting) communication between the RFID tag reader and the RFm tag. The tag can for example be embedded in or on a high-value object such as a banknote. The existence of the banknote cannot be detected e.g. by criminals in the absence of light (e.g. while the banknote is located in a wallet), but the authenticity of the banknote can be verified in legitimate use.01-08-2009
20090009287Electric appliance monitoring device - The present invention relates to a monitoring device (01-08-2009
20100085157METHOD FOR PROVIDING SERVICE USING RFID TAG IDENTIFIER IN RFID SYSTEM AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A method and an apparatus for providing a service using an RFID tag identifier in an RFID system are provided. The method includes: identifying the RFID tag for providing the service; acquiring an object identifier and a unique item identifier from the RFID tag and determining whether or not each of the identifiers can be interpreted; and disregarding the RFID tag if either of the identifiers cannot be interpreted, and determining whether or not the service should be provided according to validity of the tag identifier of the RFID tag if both of the identifiers can be interpreted. In addition, directly after interpreting the unique item identifier stored in the RFID tag, instead of providing information searches or service, an operation of determining whether or not the tag identifier of the RFID tag is used or issued by an RFID system is performed using the tag identifier stored in the RFID tag. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the RFID tag issued intentionally or by mistake and having the same object identifier and unique item identifier stored in the RFID tag from receiving erroneous operations or unsuitable service.04-08-2010
20120235794Electronic Cards and Methods for Making Same - A method for communicating with a magnetic stripe reader which has a magnetic read head by activating the electronic apparatus from an off state to a reduced power mode, then detecting the magnetic stripe reader, then activating the electronic apparatus from the reduced power mode to a full power mode after detection of the magnetic read head, and then broadcasting a signal that contains a transaction specific data packet that is read by the magnetic read head. The signal is broadcast without using a static magnetic stripe and it is a time varying and spatial varying magnetic field that is interpreted by the magnetic read head as originating from a standard magnetic stripe. A monitoring system can be used to identify what type of point-of-transaction terminal is being used to read the electronic apparatus and choose a timing of the magnetic stripe broadcaster to accommodate it.09-20-2012
20090251290RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - A RFID tag adapted to control goods is provided which has two functions of a magnetic tag and of a RFID tag mounted with an IC chip and can widen the communication range of the RFID tag. The RFID tag is one which is mounted with an IC chip capable of receiving and transferring information from and to the outside in a non-contact fashion. Structurally, the RFID tag comprises a first antenna having electrical conductivity and mounted with the IC chip and a second antenna made of a soft magnetic material and electrically connected to the first antenna.10-08-2009
20110018690Smartbeam Visibility Network - A method for providing real-time visibility on a construction project includes steps of: attaching a low-frequency, ultra low-power, two-way transceiver radio tag to each construction material to be used in the construction project; storing data relating to the construction material in the tag; and reading the data from the transceiver of the tag by interrogating the radio tag with radio frequency interrogation signals.01-27-2011
20130162406RFID PRESENCE DETECTION DEVICE - A presence detection device (06-27-2013
20130162409H-Field Shaping using a Shorting Loop - In one embodiment the present invention includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) system with a shorting loop. The shorting loop at least partially surrounds the antenna. The shorting loop distorts the electromagnetic field generated by the antenna to improve the definition of the border of the read region of the antenna. In this manner, the RFID system provides more accurate discrimination between RFID tags inside the read region versus RFID tags outside the read region (i.e., improves the accuracy of determining that a particular RFID tag is inside the read region).06-27-2013
20110140860HEAT TRANSFER PRINTING ELECTRONIC RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - The present invention relates to the filed of the radio frequency identification (RFID) tag technology, and particularly to a heat transfer printing electronic RFID tag, which includes a substrate, a release layer and a RFID tag, the release layer adhering to the substrate. The RFID tag adheres to the release layer through a heat-melting adhesive layer and a dye ink layer with protect function is set on the RFID tag. In the present invention, a dye ink layer is provided on the RFID tag and the dye ink layer may protect the RFID tag, such that the RFID tag may be prevented from suffering outside eroding, for example, it has high waterproof performance; in addition, the designer may design various brand mark patterns and other pattern information, and then print them on the dye ink layer using various colors without the limitation of the RFID tag.06-16-2011
20120235795ACTIVE RFID TAG, APPLICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an active radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and an application system and method thereof. The system includes: a control processor; a coordinator; an active RFID tag, configured to perform an RF feature check first with very little time before spending more time to receive a whole valid data packet during the time period of an interception state; and a reader/writer. Therefore, the power consumption of an active RFID tag is reduced drastically. Further, the present invention also provides an active RFID tag having a plurality of fixed mode actions and the application system and method thereof, thereby improving the communication efficiency of the radio communication system and effectively reducing the probability of signal collision and mutual interference.09-20-2012
20120235793SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING INFORMATION ABOUT WAFER CARRIER IN BUFFER - The wafer carrier information management system includes a reader unit for reading wafer carrier information from a transmitting/receiving unit attached to a wafer carrier in a buffer, and a reader unit controller for collecting the wafer carrier information from the reader unit. The system may further include a buffer controller for collecting the wafer carrier information from the reader unit controller, and a wafer manager for receiving the wafer carrier information from the buffer controller.09-20-2012
20120235792OUTER COVER OF A PORTABLE COMPUTER FOR RFID OBJECT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An outer cover of a portable computer for RFID applications is disclosed, which comprises: a cover body formed of a nonmetallic material and provided for covering the portable computer; an RFID reader provided for detecting RFID tags on their corresponding objects; an antenna disposed in the cover body and provided for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals; a power interface provided for supplying power to the RFID reader; and a digital interface electrically connected to the portable computer and the RFID reader and provided for the transmission of data and control signals.09-20-2012
20120235791TRANSPORTATION ROUTE MANAGEMENT - Monitoring systems in accordance with the disclosure store one or more reporting behavior profiles that include parameters that determine when a monitoring device associated with a shipping container initiates transmission of a status message to a remote location, e.g., an operations center, a government interface, or a commercial interface. At least a portion of the parameters of the reporting behavior profiles are dependent on a location of the monitoring system. The reporting behavior profiles can cause the monitoring device to initiate a message based on many conditions. For example, the report conditions can include when the present location deviates from a predetermined route of the reporting behavior profile, when the present location of the container remains unchanged for a certain time, when a security condition of the container changes, when an environmental condition of the container changes, etc.09-20-2012
20130162403Apparatus and Method for Providing Product Information - A sensor system comprises a tag. The tag comprises at least one radio-frequency chip and a first antenna. The chip comprises a memory element, the memory element comprising electrical storage of a binary coded word comprising at least one bit, and output terminals. The tag further comprises at least one conductive polymeric system disposed in electrical communication with at least one output terminal of the chip and adapted to change electrical state in association with a predetermined change in an environment of the conductive polymeric system. The first antenna is disposed in electrical communication with the output terminal(s) of the chip and the conductive polymeric system.06-27-2013
20130162404Apparatus and Method for Providing Product Information - A sensor system comprising a tag. The tag comprises at least one radio-frequency chip, a first antenna disposed in electrical communication with the chip and a non-conductive coating disposed upon a surface of the tag. The chip comprises a memory element providing electrical storage of a binary coded word comprising at least one bit and output terminals. The antenna is in electrical communication with the output terminals. The non-conductive coating covers the chip and defines a perimeter. The perimeter is disposed over and exposes a portion of the antenna.06-27-2013
20130162405Radio Frequency Identification Sensor Assembly - In accordance with one embodiment, an RFID sensor assembly comprises an RFID chip, an antenna, a sensor, a substrate, and a laminated layer. The RFID chip is in electrical communication with the antenna and the sensor. The RFID chip, antenna, and sensor are secured to the substrate. The laminated layer is arranged as to create a generally airtight pouch between the substrate and the laminate layer. The laminated layer is further arranged to facilitate a post manufacturing method for exposing the contents of the pouch to the environment surrounding the RFID sensor assembly.06-27-2013
20130162407RFID MATERIAL TRACKING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus for tracking items automatically is described. A passive RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) tag is used with a material tracking system capable of real-time pinpoint location and identification of thousands of items in production and storage areas. Passive RFID tags are attached to the item to be tracked, remote sensing antennas are placed at each remote location to be monitored, interrogators with several antenna inputs are connected to the sensing antennas to multiplex the antenna signals, and a host computer communicates with the interrogators to determine item locations to an exacting measure.06-27-2013
20120112889OPERATION METHOD OF AN RFID TAG, OPERATION METHOD OF AN RFID READER, RFID TAG, AND RFID READER - The present invention is enables the high-speed download of a large volume of data stored in a tag memory without a remarkable change in conventional wireless communication techniques. According to one aspect of the present invention, an RFID tag comprises; a transmitting unit for transmitting a download command for instructing the download of tag data stored in a user memory bank of the RFID tag; and a receiving unit for receiving, from the RFID tag, tag data in a plurality of record block units, each of which is smaller than the size of the memory bank.05-10-2012
20120112888METHOD OF COMMUNICATION OF AN ACTIVE SMART RFID LABEL WITH A USER INTERROGATOR AND A PROFESSIONAL INTERROGATOR - A method of communication of an active smart RFID label with a user interrogator and a professional interrogator, said professional interrogator enabling a service provider to fully control said active smart RFID label and by means of which interrogator a content and a form of an extract of data, which are collected by a sensor, which is comprised of in the label, as well as a location within the label as location of said extract of data being collected by said label sensor, said location being accessible by the user interrogator are determined.05-10-2012
20120112886ARTICLES CONTAINING CHIPLESS RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ELEMENTS - A container comprising a body having embedded therein a plurality of chipless radio frequency identification elements. The chipless radio frequency identification elements comprises a plurality of categories of resonant elements. The resonant elements can be utilized in a system having a binary code feature. The combination of different resonant elements can be read and translated to identify the features of a particular product. The container can be prepared by compounding moldable compositions with the resonant elements and molding the moldable compositions containing the resonant elements into the final product. The invention also provides a system and a method for reading the binary code provided by the chipless radio frequency identification elements.05-10-2012
20120112885RFID Tag, Interrogator and System with Improved Symbol Encoding and Decoding - An improved RFID Tag, Interrogator, and system wherein at least one tag modulates a radio frequency signal by modulated backscatter operations.05-10-2012
20120112883Disease Mapping and Infection Control System and Method - The present invention is a system and method for disease mapping and infection control. It may collect data from many sources, including through the tracking of Entities and external sources. Such data may be analysed by the system and represented visually. The system further facilitates data modelling. The present invention facilitates calculations of risk and exposure to an infection posed to a person, location or community. The system may be used to test and monitor infection spread and control measures. It can further be configured so as to produce reporting based upon its data to produce information relevant to the creation of infection control policies. The reports may also be utilized to develop standards and measures to improve the operation response to an outbreak of infection within an Institution or a Geographical Area, at the syndromic or pandemic levels.05-10-2012
20120268252METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR SHOPPERS IN A MONITORED ENVIRONMENT - An example disclosed method involves collecting first data with first sensors fixed at entrances or exits of aisles in a retail or commercial establishment, and collecting second data with second sensors fixed in the retail or commercial establishment. The first sensors to collect the first data by detecting a first signal type different from a second signal type detected by the second sensors. The example method also involves generating a path of travel of a person in the retail or commercial establishment using the second data, and correcting an error in the path of travel based on the first data.10-25-2012
20120268251WIRELESS IDENTIFICATION TAG HAVING CIRCULARLY POLARIZED PLANAR ANTENNA - A wireless identification tag having circular polarization planar antenna is disclosed. The wireless identification tag includes a conductive substrate and a wireless identification device. The conductive substrate includes a first slot portion, a second slot portion, and a third slot portion. The first slot portion, the second slot portion, and the third slot portion pass through the conductive substrate. The first slot portion and the second slot portion stretch in a first direction and a second direction, respectively. The angle between the first direction and the second direction is between 45 degrees and 135 degrees. The third slot portion is connected between the first slot portion and the second slot portion. The wireless identification device is disposed in the first slot portion or the second slot portion. The wireless identification device is used to transmit or receive an electric wave.10-25-2012
20100182127ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED SENSITIVITY - The electronic identification system provides two-way communications between reader and tags using alternating magnetic fields established by the reader and tag. Communication is accomplished by utilizing either a one-step or a two-step modulation process in which the information to be communicated either modulates an alternating magnetic field directly or modulates a periodic signal which modulates an alternating magnetic field. The coil in the reader that is used to establish an alternating magnetic field is transformer-coupled through capacitors to a push-pull driving circuit consisting of four field-effect transistors connected in a bridge arrangement. The coil, capacitors, and coupling circuitry are maintained in a tuned condition by continually adjusting either the driving frequency, the coil inductance, or the capacitor capacitance during communications. A tag utilizes a coil to couple with the reader's alternating magnetic field and a capacitor to resonate the coil, thereby extracting power from the field more efficiently. Transformer coupling of the coil and capacitor is utilized for improved impedance matching. The coil, capacitor, and coupling circuitry can be maintained in a tuned condition by continually adjusting either the coil inductance, or the capacitor capacitance during communications. Certain configurations of the system may require that tuning maintenance be discontinued during the transmission of data.07-22-2010
20090045917Interrogator and Interrogation System Employing the Same - An interrogator, methods of discerning the presence of an object, and interrogation systems employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogation systems include multiple interrogators that communicate with a base command unit to track a location of an object. In another embodiment wherein the object is an RFID object (e.g., an object with an RFID tag), the interrogators employ signal processing techniques such as precharging the RFID object, and correlating a reference code with a reply code from the RIFD object using selected techniques to increase a sensitivity of the interrogator, especially for adverse environments. In other embodiments, the interrogation systems include variations of metal instruments and sponges employed therewith. In yet another embodiment, the interrogation system includes metal interrogators capable of discerning the presence of a metal object, especially in a presence of another metal object.02-19-2009
20100253480DISPOSABLE AND TAMPER-RESISTANT RFID LOCK - A disposable and tamper-resistant RFID lock that employs an RFID tag. Use of tamper evident housing. Disabling an RFID tag contained in the housing cutting, crushing, or puncturing the RFID tag.10-07-2010
20090045919APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A RFID TAG - An apparatus for communicating with a RFID tag that can improve versatility of the apparatus for communicating with a RFID tag, and further simplify equipment configuration and reduce costs of users by enabling information transmission/reception with a RFID circuit element in and outside the apparatus is provided. The apparatus for communicating with a RFID tag is provided with a housing constituting an outer profile of an apparatus main body and communicable regions both inside and outside the housing and has a loop antenna LC that can transmit/receive information with a RFID circuit element for a label production and a RFID circuit element for an information reading provided with an IC circuit part storing information and a loop antenna that transmits/receives information and a driving roller provided in the housing and configured to feed a tag label tape with print.02-19-2009
20090231101Electronic tag and method for using an electronic tag configured to track at least one plant - A system for tracking at least one plant includes an electronic tag including an interrogation interface and memory circuitry and a package for the electronic tag, the package being configured for physical association with at least one corresponding plant. The package may be configured for self-contained physical association with the at least one plant. The electronic tag may be interrogated by multiple trading partners in a supply chain.09-17-2009
20080297317GAME SYSTEM USING RFID TAGS - A game can comprise a board with multiple RFID antennas and a game piece with a RFID antenna. When one of the multiple RFID antennas is adjacent to the RFID antenna in the game piece, the response characteristics of these RFID antennas can change so that the position of the game piece can be determined.12-04-2008
20110279234RFID SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING TRANSMISSION LEAKAGE SIGNAL THEREOF - Disclosed is an RFID system that includes a controller that outputs the transmission signal to be transmitted to an RFID tag and reads a receiving signal transmitted from the RFID tag; a leakage signal canceller that receives a portion of the transmission signal and the receiving signal, and performs an adjustment task to generate a cancellation signal according to an adjustment value and the portion of the transmission signal to remove a transmission leakage signal and to remove the transmission leakage signal included in the receiving signal; and a reader controller that determines whether there is a change of an RF environment using an intensity of the receiving signal according in a period set in advance, controls an operation of the leakage signal canceller according to the change of the RF environment, and controls an operation of the controller to read the receiving signal transmitted from the RFID tag.11-17-2011
20100066497TRACKING SYSTEM03-18-2010
20090295543TRANSPONDER, INTERROGATOR, AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A transponder is provided which includes an antenna circuit to perform communication with an interrogator, which is a communication subject, via electromagnetic waves. The antenna circuit includes a coil and a variable capacity circuit mutually connected in parallel, and the tuning frequency thereof is a first frequency. The transponder also includes a tuning frequency control circuit to switch the tuning frequency of the coil and the variable capacity circuit mutually connected in parallel to a second frequency in the case of transmitting electromagnetic waves with the antenna circuit.12-03-2009
20110279237SECURING A DATA TRANSMISSION - A method for securing a data transmission between a memory tag and a reader/writer device, the device operable to inductively power the tag in the near-field for data transmission using a near-field antenna of the device, comprising, generating an obfuscation signal in the device, and transmitting the obfuscation signal using a high gain far-field antenna of the device contemporaneously with a transmission of data to the powered tag using the near-field antenna, an interrogation device and a reader/writer device.11-17-2011
20100001841DYNAMICALLY DISTRIBUTABLE NANO RFID DEVICE AND RELATED METHOD - A nano RFID device or tag and method for using same are disclosed. The nano RFID device may be less than about 150 nanometers in size. The nano RFID device may be a passive, active or semi-passive nano RFID device. The nano RFID device may be distributed to a target such as a human or animal or products, for example. The nano RFID device may include an nano antenna that may comprise one or more carbon tubes. The nano RFID device may include a nano battery. The nano RFID device may include an environmentally reactive layer that reacts to its immediate environment to affix or adhere to a target. The nano RFID device may be constructed for direct or indirect distribution techniques such as by airborne techniques for inhalation, consumption distribution for ingestion, and contact distribution, for example.01-07-2010
20110140852POWER MANAGEMENT IN AN ELECTROMAGNETIC TRANSPONDER - A method of evaluation, by an electromagnetic transponder in the field of a terminal generating a magnetic field, of power that can be extracted from this field, including the steps of: evaluating the current coupling between the transponder and the terminal; and deducing therefrom information relative to the power available in this coupling position.06-16-2011
20080204195RFID TAG CHIPS AND TAGS COMPLYING WITH ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF REMAINING COMMANDS AND METHODS - RFID tags and chips for RFID tags are capable of complying with only a limited number of remaining commands, and methods. In a number of embodiments, a counter is adjusted in association with receiving a command and complying with it. The tag complies until the counter reaches a limit, and then it can stop complying. Non-compliance can be by the tag becoming quiet, or performing other activities, or performing nothing at all, or performing only selected activities, and so on. In some embodiments non-compliance is permanent, while in others it is temporary and/or restorable.08-28-2008
20110279236SEALING DEVICE - A sealing device including a housing and a closure member having a first end and a second end, at least one of the first and second ends being removably attached to the housing, the housing having means for checking the integrity of the closure member and a first transponder for transmitting information on the status of the sealing device where, the sealing device further includes a second transponder, preferably a passive transponder, associated with at least one of the first and second ends (11-17-2011
20110279233INPUT-PROTECTED STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM - A structural health monitoring (SHM) system that protects its active and passive components with filter circuits, instead of switches. The active module of the SHM system utilizes a high pass filter, and the passive module of the SHM system utilizes a low pass filter. The active module transmits its interrogating, or excitation, signals at relatively high frequencies that are filtered out by the low pass filter of the passive module, preventing the passive module from sustaining any damage due to the high voltage excitation signals. Meanwhile, the high frequency interrogating signals are passed to the active module's circuitry by its high pass filter, where they can be analyzed accordingly.11-17-2011
20110279232SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO SELECTIVELY CONNECT ANTENNAS TO RECEIVE AND BACKSCATTER RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS - Systems and methods to selectively attach and control antennas via diodes and current sources. In one embodiment, a system includes: an RFID reader having a plurality of reader antennas of different polarizations to transmit radio frequency signals; and at least one RFID tag. The RFID tag includes: a plurality of tag antennas of different polarizations; a plurality of diodes coupled to the plurality of tag antennas respectively; a receiver coupled to the plurality of diodes to receive the radio frequency signals from the tag antennas when the diodes are forward biased; and a set of one or more current controllers coupled to the plurality of diodes. In a receiving mode the controllers selectively forward bias the diodes to receive the signals from the RFID reader. In a transmitting mode the controllers selectively change the state of the tag antennas to transmit data via backscattering the radio frequency signals.11-17-2011
20100171593PROCESS AND ASSEMBLY FOR IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING ASSETS - An assembly and process for identifying and tracking assets, such as tubulars, equipment, tools and/or devices. An antenna is electrically connected to a responding device, such as a radio frequency identification device, and this assembly is connected to an asset. The antenna may be positioned about the exterior and/or the interior of the asset and significantly increases the range of signals that may be received and/or broadcast by the responding device. A transceiver may accordingly be positioned a greater distance from the asset without regard to the orientation of the asset and still permit communication between the transceiver and the responding device. In this manner, information that specifically identifies the asset may be compiled in a data base so as to maintain an accurate history of the usage of such assets as tubulars, equipment, tool and/or devices.07-08-2010
20100171592DETERMINING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM AND DETERMINING METHOD - A determining apparatus ensures an assurance value of reliability in the determination result for determining the correct tag. A signal receiving unit 07-08-2010
20100171591SYSTEM COMPRISING A TRANSPONDER, CONSUMER ITEM OR OTHER PRODUCT, AND METHOD FOR FITTING AN ITEM WITH A TRANSPONDER - The aim of the invention is to improve previously known systems and applications for protecting persons and goods. The aim is achieved by a method for protecting persons and goods and structurally delimiting closed areas by means of a transponder, e.g. an RFID chip, which is permanently or removably mounted on an item or a person and allows data on the item and the persons' status to be stored, means for recognizing the transponder and the transponder data that is stored using the transponder, means for storing reference data on the transponder data, and a central administration for comparing the transponder data and the reference data.07-08-2010
20130162410IC TAG SEARCHING APPARATUS - An IC tag searching apparatus capable of changing the shape of its searching board in a simple manner in accordance with the situations of a location to be searched, said location includes wide to narrow areas and areas in the corners, at the time of searching the positions of wireless IC tags those which are embedded in a concrete construction and the like, efficiently detecting the positions of the embedded wireless IC tags and performing reading and writing of information from/to the wireless IC tags is provided.06-27-2013
20130162408APPARATUS HAVING AT LEAST ONE PACKAGING UNIT WITH AN RFID CHIP WHICH IS USED FOR RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION, AND METHOD THEREFOR - An apparatus comprises at least one RFID chip (06-27-2013
20100194536Radio frequency identification interrogator and method of operating the same - A radio frequency identification (RFID) interrogator for determining a bandwidth of a backscattering signal to be backscattered by an RFID tag and a method of operating the same are provided. The RFID interrogator senses a predetermined frequency band to determine whether the predetermined frequency band has been occupied and determines a sensing result. The RFID interrogator further controls the bandwidth of the backscattering signal in response to the sensing result.08-05-2010
20100302008SENSOR/TRANSMITTER PLUG-AND-PLAY FOR PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION - A sensor assembly with a sensing element sends a sensor signal from the sensing element to attached process transmitter over sensor connection wires. The sensor assembly has memory circuitry for storing information related to the sensor assembly and interface circuitry that provides for digital communication of the stored information with the attached process transmitter. This digital communication is sent over the sensor connection wires.12-02-2010
20090128292RFID DEVICE TIME SYNCHRONIZATION FROM A PUBLIC SOURCE - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device includes an antenna linked to a receiving circuit, the antenna tuned to receive a radio frequency (RF) time-code signal from a public source, a controller circuit and an internal clock linked to the receiving circuit, a microcontroller linked to the receiving circuit, a memory linked to the microcontroller, and a battery linked to and powering the receiving circuit, controller circuit, internal clock, microcontroller and memory.05-21-2009
20110298589IDENTIFICATION OF DEVICES ON TOUCH-SENSITIVE SURFACE - The identification of a data storage device detected on a touch-sensitive display surface of a display device is described. In one embodiment, the presence and location of the data storage device is detected on the display surface and the data storage device is detected on a wireless communications channel. It is then confirmed that the data storage device detected on the wireless communications channel is the data storage device detected on the surface of the display device by communicating with the data storage device over a second communications channel.12-08-2011
20090309706RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED ACCURACY AND DETECTION EFFICIENCY IN PRESENCE OF CLUTTER - A technique that improves performance of passive backscatter RFID tags such as mitigation of read error in presence of clutter, provide enhanced range, speed up anti-collision reading, provide increased throughput etc. The technique utilizes amplitude and phase modulation at the tag and a compensation algorithm at the RFID reader without inflicting significant changes in the RFID chip and therefore has minimum cost impact. Modifications can be primarily in the antenna design and passive circuitry around it, printable by a single step process.12-17-2009
20090309704Methods and Systems for RFID Reader Power Management - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for managing power consumed by an RFID reader are described. Such methods, systems and apparatuses can include, for example, controlling RFID reader power levels by detecting proximity to an RFID tagged object, by motion detection of RFID readers and tags. Using internal and/or external sensor modules, power management capabilities of the RFID reader are enhanced leading to less frequent recharging of the RFID reader.12-17-2009
20120032784Magnetic Sensing Bar Assembly with Multiple Functions - A magnetic sensing bar assembly includes a RFID unit, an EM unit, a top covering paper and a bottom covering paper. The RFID unit and the EM unit are sandwiched between the top covering paper and the bottom covering paper. The magnetic sensing bar assembly has an elongate thin shape. Thus, the magnetic sensing bar assembly combines the function of an EM sensing system and a RFID sensing system, thereby enhancing the versatility of the magnetic sensing bar assembly. In addition, the magnetic sensing bar assembly has an elongate thin shape so that the magnetic sensing bar assembly can be placed in a book to have a hidden effect. Further, the magnetic sensing bar assembly has a shorter length so that the magnetic sensing bar assembly has a is available for an article having a smaller size.02-09-2012
20090237213COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH ANTENNA BOX AMPLIFIER - A communication system for communicating with an implanted wireless sensor is provided. A transmit antenna element can propagate an energizing signal onto a communication medium and a receive antenna element can recover a responsive implanted sensor response signal. The antenna box includes a power amplifier for amplifying the energizing signal and timing regeneration circuitry for detecting an end to signals and outputting control signals for selecting mode operation. The antenna box can receive the energizing signal from the antenna cable in a transmit mode and provide the implanted sensor response signal to the antenna cable in a receive mode. The antenna box can communicate with an electronic box and/or conversion box that provide and receive signals and provide power via the antenna cable.09-24-2009
20130162400SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND INTERFACES FOR UTILIZING TWO DIMENSIONAL CODES FOR PRINT CURRENTNESS - A method includes receiving a signal associated with a two dimensional code where the two dimensional code is associated with a set of data. The method further includes generating and transmitting a currentness signal associated with the set of data. Another embodiment includes the currentness signal being associated with at least one of currentness information, supplement information and a print date of supplement information, wherein the currentness information comprises a statement regarding currentness of the set of data and the supplement information comprises a statement regarding an existence of a supplement. Yet another embodiment includes receiving a download signal associated with a purchase transaction, the set of data and an electronic file and then generating and transmitting a delivery signal associated with the electronic file.06-27-2013
20130162402Apparatus and Method for Providing Product Information - A sensor system comprises a tag. The tag comprises at least one sensor, a radio-frequency chip, and a first antenna. The sensor is adapted to provide an output analogous to a change in an environment of the sensor. The sensor produces an analog output and includes output terminals. The radio-frequency chip comprises a memory element, input terminals and output terminals. The input terminals are disposed in electrical communication with the output terminals of the sensor. The output of the sensor alters the value of at least one bit in the memory of the chip. The first antenna is disposed in electrical communication with the output terminals of the chip.06-27-2013
20090231098RFID insert with disable feature and container that includes such an insert - An RFID insert includes a housing of molded plastic construction and an RFID tag captured within the housing. A portion of the housing is permanently frangibly removable from the remainder of the housing to remove the RFID tag from within the housing and thereby disable RFID operation of the insert. The housing preferably includes a center portion connected to a ring-shaped periphery by a plurality of angularly spaced frangible bridges. The center portion of the housing may include a slot or pocket for engagement by a tool to twist the center portion with respect to the periphery and thereby facilitate rupture of the bridges, and/or may include indicia to identify presence of the RFID tag in the insert.09-17-2009
20100176922MOBILE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) READER SYSTEM - A mobile radio frequency identification (RFID) reader system is provided. The RFID reader system includes an RFID reader. The RFID reader system further includes a primary antenna for transmitting RFID signals to acquire RFID information from RFID item tags and a secondary antenna for transmitting RFID signals to acquire RFID information from one of RFID shelf tags and RFID floor tags.07-15-2010
20090201134RFID WITH PHASE ROTATED BACKSCATTERING AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device includes an antenna coupled to receive a millimeter wave RFID signal from a remote RFID reader. A phase rotation module generates a phase rotated backscatter signal, based on the millimeter wave RFID signal and further based on a phase rotation signal that identifies the RFID device.08-13-2009
20100001836Method of Determining the Position of a Transponder in Relation to a Communicator - A method of determining the position of a transponder in relation to a communicator, wherein the transponder (01-07-2010
20090212914DATA MANAGEMENT FOR INTERMITTENTLY CONNECTED SENSORS - A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for managing data on an intermittently connected sensor. A data management system manages the data on radio frequency identification tags. The data management system comprises a radio frequency identification tag capable of storing the data, program code stored on the radio frequency identification tag, and a reader data processing system. The reader data processing system is capable of receiving the data and the program code from the radio frequency identification tag in a radio frequency signal and capable of executing the program code to read the data.08-27-2009
20110285509SHIPPING CONTAINER SECURITY PROCESS - A process for monitoring containers including use of a severable security lock with an radio frequency identification (RFID) antenna adapted sever upon dislocation of the lock. The process utilizes an electronic identification number to ensure security lock integrity. The process includes detecting the security lock in transit by the use of mobile and fixed transmission units at regional boundaries. Updates are provided to an event log associated with the security lock.11-24-2011
20120105205ITEM CHECKOUT DEVICE WITH WEIGH PLATE ANTENNA - An item checkout device with antenna which minimizes orientation sensitivity of RFID labels. An example checkout device includes a scale, a weigh plate on the scale, a radio frequency identification label reader antenna including a first portion within the weigh plate and a second portion below the first portion, and a radio frequency identification label reader coupled to the second portion. The second portion includes a conductive layer with substantially orthogonal slots having radiating edges, a drive circuit for driving the slots to radiate a circularly polarized electromagnetic field, and a non-conductive layer separating the conductive layer from the drive circuit.05-03-2012
20110285511DUAL-FREQUENCY RFID TAG WITH ISOLATED INPUTS - An Integrated Circuit (IC) for an RFID tag includes two electrically isolated antenna ports for connecting to two antennas, with each antenna port configured to operate at a different frequency range and/or with a different communications protocol. In some embodiments a rectifier coupled to one of the antenna ports is operable to extract energy from an electromagnetic field in a first frequency range, and a demodulator coupled to the other antenna port is operable to demodulate symbols according to an RFID protocol in a second frequency range. In some embodiments the frequency ranges are disjoint, intersecting, or one is a proper subset of the other. In some embodiments each port is coupled to its own rectifier and/or its own modulator and/or its own demodulator. In some embodiments an RFID tag includes the IC and two antennas, each operable in one of the two frequency ranges.11-24-2011
20110285510Implementation of On-Off Passive Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor Using Coding and Switching Techniques - Methods and systems for passive wireless surface acoustic wave devices for orthogonal frequency coded devices to implement ON-OFF sensors reusing orthogonal frequency code and distinguishing between ON and OFF states using additional PN sequence and on/off switches producing multi-level coding as well as external stimuli for switching and identification of a closure system. An embodiment adds a level of diversity by adding a dibit to each surface acoustic wave devices, thus providing four different possible coding states. The PN on-off coding can be with the dibit for coding in a multi-tag system.11-24-2011
20110285508APPARATUS FOR REMOVING TRANSMISSION LEAKAGE SIGNAL IN RFID SYSTEM AND RFID SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - Disclosed is an apparatus for removing a transmission leakage signal of an RFID system including a reader controller that sends a transmission signal to an RFID tag and receives a receiving signal transmitted from the RFID tag to read tag information, the apparatus including a leakage signal canceller that receives a portion of the transmission signal and the receiving signal, and performs an adjustment task to generate a cancellation signal according to an adjustment value to remove a transmission leakage signal and the portion of the transmission signal, and to remove the transmission leakage signal included in the receiving signal and a controller that continuously determines whether there is a change of an RF environment using an intensity of the receiving signal, the RFID tag being installed in the RF environment, and controls an operation of the leakage signal canceller according to the change of the RF environment.11-24-2011
20110291808SAFE INITILIZATION PROCEDURE FOR A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A transponder (12-01-2011
20110298588RFID TAG WITH AN IMPROVED COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AN EXTERNAL LOGIC ELEMENT CONDUCTIVELY CONNECTED THERETO AND AN INTERROGATOR AS WELL AS A METHOD FOR SUCH COMMUNICATION - A memory access arbiter (MAA) in an RFID tag is connected to an unique address space (UAS), which comprises a non-volatile memory (NVM), a transferred data memory (TDM) and a status-information memory (SIM) storing information on the status of the transferred data memory (TDM). The transferred data memory (TDM) and the status-information memory (SIM) are volatile memories, e.g. of the RAM type having a memory capacity of 16 bits or 32 bits according to the standard of an applied RFID communication. The RFID tag of the invention provides for a faster communication between an interrogator and an external logic element by one order of magnitude, which is due to fast volatile memories for transferred data as well as for corresponding status information. A still higher communication rate is achieved by introducing a command that has not yet been standardized.12-08-2011
20110298587SAFETY SYSTEM FOR AVOIDING WRONG USE OF MEDICINE - A safety system (12-08-2011
20110291803RFID SECURITY AND MOBILITY ARCHITECTURE - A method of communication between RFID devices that includes mutually authenticating the RFID devices is disclosed. Once mutual authentication is completed, one or more encrypted messages based on the encryption scheme can be exchanged between the RFID devices.12-01-2011
20120098646PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC AUTHENTICATION AND VALIDATION BY MEANS OF A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION PROTOCOL WITH AN INTEGRATED RFID INTERROGATOR SYSTEM - This invention relates to a physiological sensor which acquires pre-programmed data from an electrode or an electrode array using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The source of the sensor may be authenticated by means of a wireless interface between an RFID transponder affixed to the electrode array, and an RFID interrogator embedded in the patient interface cable. The criteria for use are then verified to ensure that they are met by the electrode array before beginning signal acquisition. If the criteria are not met, a message is provided to the user via the monitor.04-26-2012
20120098645REMOTELY POWERED RECONFIGURABLE RECEIVER FOR EXTREME SENSING PLATFORMS - Unmanned space programs are currently used to enable scientists to explore and research the furthest reaches of outer space. Systems and methods for low power communication devices in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed, describing a wide variety of low power communication devices capable of remotely collecting, processing, and transmitting data from outer space in order to further mankind's goal of exploring the cosmos. Many embodiments of the invention include a Flash-based FPGA, an energy-harvesting power supply module, a sensor module, and a radio module. By utilizing technologies that withstand the harsh environment of outer space, more reliable low power communication devices can be deployed, enhancing the quality and longevity of the low power communication devices, enabling more data to be gathered and aiding in the exploration of outer space.04-26-2012
20120098644METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VISUALIZING RECOGNITION AREA OF RFID - A method and apparatus for visualizing a recognition area of a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader are provided. The recognition area of the RFID reader is visualized by at least one beam indicating a recognition direction, recognition distance, and recognition angle of the RFID reader. The visualized recognition area is adjusted according to actual recognition of the RFID tag.04-26-2012
20120098643 RFID READING APPARATUS AND A READING AND ASSOCIATION METHOD - The invention relates to an RFID reading apparatus arranged stationary at a conveyor device. The RFID information is read in that during a reading procedure a transponder signal is generated for which purpose an RFID information of a frequency in a base band is modulated by back-scatter modulation onto a carrier signal. In accordance with the invention the transmitter unit has two transmitting antennae spaced apart in the conveying direction with the transmitter signal of one transmission antenna representing the in-phase component of the quadrature amplitude modulated transmission signal and the transmitter signal of the other transmission antenna representing the quadrature component of the quadrature amplitude modulated transmission signal so that on transmission of the in-phase and quadrature components these are superimposed in a plane extending transverse to the conveyor device additively to the full quadrature amplitude modulated transmitter signal.04-26-2012
20120098641Stake With RFID Tag For Outdoor Asset Tracking - A stake carrying an RFID tag comprises a metal body with an indentation formed into the body wherein the RFID tag is secured within the indentation. Advantageously, the indentation is sized such that when the RFID tag is placed therein, a clearance is formed around the RFID tag. A pressure sensitive label is applied over the indentation and RFID tag to seal the RFID tag within the indentation. The RFID tag allows for electronic transfer of an ID number or code to a mobile reader device to retrieve data from an RFID compatible database.04-26-2012
20110291802STRUCTURAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEM AND METHOD - A structural health management device, system and method are provided for facilitating the inspection of a structure, such as in accordance with a condition-based maintenance strategy. A structural health management device may include a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and at least one sense line communicably coupled to the RFID tag and configured to extend at least partially along a workpiece. The sense line may be formed of different materials depending upon the objective of the inspection. The RFID tag may include processing circuitry and an antenna configured to facilitate offboard communication. The processing circuitry may be configured to interrogate the at least one sense line to determine a change in continuity which is indicative of a change in the structural health of the workpiece. The structural health management device may therefore detect the onset of structural issues in a timely manner.12-01-2011
20110291810Method and Apparatus for Detecting RF Field Strength - A method and apparatus for detecting RF field strength. A field strength reference generator develops a field strength reference current as a function of a field strength of a received RF signal; and a field strength quantizer develops a digital field-strength value indicative of the field strength reference current. In one embodiment, detected field strength is used to dynamically vary the impedance of a tank circuit whereby, over time, induced current is maximized. In another embodiment, using the quantized field strength to sense changes to the environment to which the RFID tag is exposed.12-01-2011
20110291806FOOD PACKAGE WITH INTEGRATED RFID-TAG AND SENSOR - A container for containing a perishable substance has a container wall with an inner side and an outer side. The wall has an electrically conductive layer extending between the inner side and the outer side. The inner side faces the space containing the substance. The container comprises electronic circuitry having a sensor for sensing a physical property or condition of the substance, and an antenna for communicating an RF signal to a receiver, external to the container. The RF signal is indicative of the physical property or condition sensed. The sensor is positioned so as to be exposed to the space containing the substance in operational use of the container. The antenna is positioned at the outer side, or between the outer side and the electrically conductive layer, and is electrically isolated from the electrically conductive layer.12-01-2011
20110291805PASSIVE RFID CHIP READER ANTENNA AND EMBEDDED RFID CHIPS - The present disclosure teaches an RFID chip reader comprising two spaced-apart antennae in electrical communication with each other, with one antenna being incorporated into the chip reader, and with the other antenna separate from the main body of the chip reader but in electrical communication with the other antenna by suitable circuitry. The RFID chip reader may optionally include tuner means disposed within the circuitry connecting the two antennae. One antenna may be smaller than the other to facilitate reading of data from an RFID chip associated with an object made from a electrically-conductive material. The chip reader may optionally incorporate tuner means associated with the circuitry connecting the antennas, to optimize circuitry effectiveness.12-01-2011
20110291804TACTILE PAVING PAD, TACTILE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A replaceable tactile paving pad with electronic components is disclosed. The tactile paving pad comprises a base, a plurality of protrusions extending upwards from the base, a duct portion comprising at least one duct provided on a top surface of the base with an opening provided on the top surface facing upwards, the duct portion extends along a whole length of the base, and an electronic component received within the duct. A system is also disclosed, the system comprising at least one pad and a remote device. The remote device comprises a wireless reader, an input device and an output device. The wireless reader communicates with wireless devices in each pad and a backend server and alerts a user with information retrieved from the backend server.12-01-2011
20090108994TWO SIDED THERMAL RFID - A radio frequency identification enabled dual-sided direct thermal image element and printer therefor are provided. One embodiment includes, a first substrate having an exterior side and an interior side, a radio frequency identification device attached to the interior side of the first substrate, and a second substrate having an exterior side and an interior side, wherein both the first substrate and the second substrate include a thermally sensitive coating on at least the exterior side thereof, and wherein the interior side of the second substrate is attached to the interior side of the first substrate, such that the radio frequency identification device is positioned between the first substrate and second substrate.04-30-2009
20110291807Low voltage low power CMOS temperature sensor circuit - The present invention provides an ultra-low power embedded CMOS temperature sensor based on serially connected subthreshold MOS operation particularly well suited for passive RFID food monitoring applications. Employing serially connected subthreshold MOS as sensing element enables reduced minimum supply voltage for further power reduction, which is very important in passive RFID applications. The temperature sensor may be part of a passive RFID tag and incorporates a temperature sensor core, proportional-to-absolute-temperature (PTAT) and complimentary-to-absolute-temperature (CTAT) delay generators, and a time-to-digital differential readout circuit. In one embodiment, the sensor is embedded inside a passive UHF RFID tag fabricated with a conventional 0.18 μm 1P6M CMOS process. With the sensor core working under 0.5 V and digital interfacing under 1 V, the sensor dissipates a measured total power of 119 nW at 33 samples/s and achieves an inaccuracy of +1/−0.8° C. from −10° C. to 30° C. after calibration.12-01-2011
20100253479METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION REPEATER - The present method enables an RFID repeater to be used in conjunction with an RFID tag to allow data in the RFID tag to be read using wireless packet switched technologies. For example, the present method enables an RFID repeater to be coupled with an RFID tag. The RFID repeater reads and records the data from the RFID tag and then transmits the retrieved data from the RFID tag over a wireless packet network.10-07-2010
20100039228RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG LOCATION ESTIMATION AND TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods for locating one or more radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are provided. A phase difference of received information signals of illuminated RFID tags is utilized to locate the RFID tags. One or more exciters transmit interrogation signals to illuminate the RFID tags in which the exciters may have a plurality of antenna selectively configured to transmit through two or more antennas and to receive on one antenna. Multiple reads of the same RFID tag can also be performed to generate a probability model of the location of the RFID tag. An enhanced particle filter is applied to probability model to determine the exact location of the RFID.02-18-2010
20100090803METHOD OF SHIPPING AND TRACKING INVENTORY - A universal tracking assembly that is capable of supporting more than one protocol used in electronic article surveillance (EAS) labels. The universal tracking assembly includes an acousto-magnetic (AM) EAS portion with a Radio Frequency (RF) EAS portion. The intrinsic characteristics and properties of the components of these individual labels are utilized to enhance the overall performance and utility of the combined EAS universal tracking assembly.04-15-2010
20110133895MULTI-PROTOCOL RF TRANSCEIVER - A transceiver for a RFID reader and a transceiver for a RFID transponder (tag) allow communication between the two devices. The RFID reader utilizes an analog front end and a digital backend. In the receiver portion of the transceiver, the front end of the RFID reader uses a pair of down-conversion mixers to demodulate a received signal into in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) components and analog-to-digital converters (ADC) digitize the signal. A digital signal processor (DSP) in the back end processes the digital signal and uses a matched filter for data detection. The RFID tag receives an inductively coupled signal from the reader and the receiver portion of the tag uses a pulse/level detector that employs an analog comparator and a sample and hold circuit to detect the received signal. A digital decoder/controller is used to decode the incoming data and to establish a sampling clock for the pulse/level detector. An automatic gain control (AGC) circuit adjusts a receiver gain according to the received signal strength and controls tuning of magnetic coupling circuitry.06-09-2011
20110291809Drug Delivery Management System - The present invention relates to assisting patients in the taking of medication, and to assisting third parties in accumulating information regarding patient medication intake. The invention may be embodied a system including a portable medication monitor used in association with an instrumented medication package to provide intake data acquisition and patient support functions. The system may further be connected to a computer or computer network allowing information distribution between the medication monitor and third parties, such as physicians or pharmacists.12-01-2011
20090295544METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CHECKING IN PASSENGERS AND THEIR LUGGAGE - A method for automatically checking in passengers and their luggage by an electronic input of the passenger data or travel data by the passenger himself into an automatic check-in terminal is provided. In the automatic check-in terminal, possibly following selection of various criteria, the boarding pass and one or more information media for attachment to the luggage are created and output. The information medium created is a luggage tag which is easy to affix to the luggage item and which contains, in machine-readable form, at least all the data and information which are required for a later generation of an internationally standardized, preferably self-adhesive luggage band which is affixed to the luggage item within a conveying and sorting system in addition to the luggage tag.12-03-2009
20100188195Smartcard Protocol Transmitter - Techniques for protecting communication between a card reader and a contactless smartcard are disclosed. In one embodiment, a protocol transmitter includes a transmit circuit and a processor. The transmit circuit is configured to generate a blocking signal having a frequency used by the card reader to communicate with the contactless smartcard. The processor is coupled to the transmit circuit and configured to modulate the blocking signal according to a communication protocol of the contactless smartcard. A first antenna of the protocol transmitter is disposed a predetermined distance from the card reader and is coupled to the transmit circuit to radiate the blocking signal. Optionally, the processor modulates the blocking signal so as to simulate a data exchange between the card reader and the contactless smartcard.07-29-2010
20100271179RFID TAGS WITH ORTHOGONAL COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS - An apparatus for use in an RFID data collection system includes an antenna portion for wirelessly exchanging signals and a memory portion for storing RFID data. A signal processing portion is coupled among the antenna portion and the memory portion. The signal processing portion is configured to receive RFID data and to at least encode or decode the received RFID data via at least two orthogonal modulation signals. Other configurations are also disclosed.10-28-2010
20090160615Contact-less tag with signature, and applications thereof - A method which comprises generating a first signature by encoding an identifier with a first additional data set at a first time instant; responding to a first read request from a tag reader by releasing the first signature; generating a second signature by encoding the identifier with a second additional data set at a second time instant, the second additional data set being different from the first additional data set; and responding to a second read request by releasing the second signature. Also, a method which comprises obtaining a signature from a contactlessly readable tag; decrypting the signature with a key to obtain a candidate identifier and a scrambling code associated with the signature; and validating the candidate identifier based on at least one of the scrambling code and the signature.06-25-2009
20100079252Apparatus for communicating with RFID tag and method for communicating with RFID tag - This disclosure discloses an apparatus for communicating with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, configured to execute information reading from a plurality of RFID tag circuit elements, each of the RFID tag circuit elements having different polarization-phase direction of a tag antenna, comprising: a distribution-related information obtainment portion configured to obtain distribution-related information associated with polarization corresponding to a distributed state of the plurality of RFID tag circuit elements in a peripheral area; an antenna device configured to carry out information transmission and reception with the plurality of RFID tag circuit elements; a polarization-phase switching portion capable of switching a polarization-phase direction of the antenna device during radio communication to a plurality of directions; and a switching setting portion configured to set a switching time interval for the plurality of polarization-phase directions on the basis of the distribution-related information obtained.04-01-2010
20100052860DATA CARRIER AND DATA CARRIER SYSTEM - The data carrier has a communication protocol storage unit storing a communication protocol for communicating with an external communication device, an RF analogue receiver receiving an interrogation signal from the external communication device as an RF signal, a contact communication end terminal unit performing contact communication with the external communication device, a communication command controller controlling a command used in an RF communication protocol performed via said RF analogue receiver or a contact-type serial communication protocol performed via said contact communication end terminal unit, and a connection selector selectively connecting one of said RF analogue receiver and said contact communication end terminal unit with said communication command controller.03-04-2010
20080309460METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING BETWEEN DEVICES A REFERENCE TIME FOR EXECUTION OF A TASK THEREON - A method is disclosed for determining, between an initiating device and at least one responding device, a reference time for the execution of at least one task on one of the devices. The method includes the initiating device prompting at least one responding device to provide a respective desired reference time. The method further includes at least one responding device providing a respective desired reference time, in response to the prompting. An actual reference time is determined based on any desired reference times provided. In one embodiment, the actual reference time is the latest of all desired reference times. A system including the initiating device and a responding device is also disclosed.12-18-2008
20100033307SMALL RFID CARD WITH INTEGRATED INDUCTIVE ELEMENT - A memory card compatible RFID card includes a smartcard controller that receives power from a host device. The RFID card also includes a small inductive device capable of inductive coupling with an RFID reader. The small inductive device is small enough to fit in the form factor of a memory card. Commands may be sent to the RFID card to keep the RFID card powered.02-11-2010
20100033306METHOD OF CONFIGURING RFID READER - A method of configuring an RFID reader includes (1) collecting information related to an operation environment of an RFID reader, and (2) configuring the RFID reader to operate in a mode that is selected for the operation environment of the RFID reader.02-11-2010
20100033305Method and System for Secure Communication - A communications system including a receiver and a first transmitter, wherein the first transmitter transmits noise signals across a range of communication channels used by the receiver, the receiver being adapted to receive a transmission transmitted by a second transmitter over one or more of said range of communication channels, and to distinguish the transmission made by the second transmitter from the noise signals using information from the first transmitter about the noise signals.02-11-2010
20110215908RADIO SECURITY LEADER CONTROLLING OPERATION MODE, AND RADIO SECURITY TAG SUPPORTING SECURITY MODE AND NORMAL MODE - Disclosed are a radio secure reader and a radio secure tag for supporting a secure mode and a normal mode. The radio secure reader for controlling an operation mode of the radio secure tag may include a reader modem to receive the operation mode from the radio secure tag, and a reader processing unit to identify the received operation mode as a normal mode or a secure mode, and to control the radio secure tag based on the identified operation mode.09-08-2011
20110215910Emergency ingress/egress monitoring system - A system to monitor the entry and exit of individuals from a facility and to identify individuals who safely evacuated the facility and those who have entered, but apparently have not safely evacuated it and indicated safe evacuation by use of a card reader or similar device at an emergency reporting area. The system also indicates the most likely area of a facility in which an individual may be found. Such census information is made available to emergency workers and is of significant value in rescue efforts following facility evacuations. A modification of the systems allows an attendant to monitor the entry, exit, and re-entry of individuals traveling in two or more vehicles following stops. Finally, the system includes a head count census of individuals entering large facilities in which individual identity is effectively impossible to follow and a head count census of individuals evacuating the facility identified by specific parts of the facility.09-08-2011
20110215904SHELF LAVEL MANAGINGSYSTEM, SHELF LABEL MANAGING METHOD AND SHELF LABEL MANAGING APPARATUS - Provided is a shelf label management system that offers improved convenience to a user. Each of a plurality of electronic shelf label terminals detects power-on and determines, based on the detection of the power-on, whether a system ID, which indicates the shelf label management system in which the electronic shelf label terminal is to enter, is recorded in a storage unit. If the system ID is not recorded in the storage unit, the electronic shelf label terminal transmits, to a shelf label management apparatus, a system entry request containing the terminal ID of the electronic shelf label terminal. The shelf label management apparatus receives the system entry request from the each of the plurality of electronic shelf label terminals in a period from a start time of a registration request receiving period to an ending time thereof, and registers, with a shelf label management table in a database, the terminal ID of the electronic shelf label terminal that has made the system entry request, as a terminal ID of an electronic shelf label terminal that can be registered in the shelf label management apparatus. The shelf label management apparatus then transmits, in response to the reception of the system entry request, a system entry completion notification to the electronic shelf label terminal that has transmitted the system entry request.09-08-2011
20110215906INTERROGATOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF INTERROGATOR - An interrogator includes: an acquisition unit acquiring an identifier which is stored in a wireless tag and specifies a type of the wireless tag; and a communication unit executing wireless communication using a communication command at transmission power according to the acquired identifier.09-08-2011
20110215905METHOD FOR PROTECTING DATA PRIVACY AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method for protecting data privacy of a mobile communication device includes detecting whether any RFID tag data is received, determining whether an RFID tag data is equal to a first RFID tag data corresponding to an RFID tag device stored in the mobile communication device when the RFID tag data is received, and prohibiting a specified service of the communication device from being accessed when the RFID tag data is not equal to the first RFID tag data.09-08-2011
20110260837TRANSPONDER UNIT - A transponder unit for transferring data to a reading device by modulation of an electromagnetic field includes a device for varying the data block size of the data by restricting the same or by modifying a clock signal, in dependence on a frequency difference between a clock frequency of a clock signal transferred from the reading device to the transponder unit, and a frequency generator frequency of a frequency generator of the transponder unit.10-27-2011
20090184802METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG ASSOCIATION AND RELATIVE POSITIONING - Obscured radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are indirectly read by an RFID reader. Other tags operate to relay the information associated with the obscured tags from one tag to another, until the associated information is ultimately received by the RFID reader from a tag in direct communication with the RFID reader. The tags may be adapted to store the received information associated with the obscured tags and then to encode this associated information and resident information in return signal(s) transmitted to the RFID reader and/or to other tag(s). The RFID reader is adapted to decode the received return signals to obtain the information encoded therein, and to process the decoded information to identify irrelevant tags and obscured tags.07-23-2009
20090189739PASSIVE VOICE ENABLED RFID DEVICES - Passive voice enabled RFID devices. The passive voice enabled RFID devices include a power harvesting circuit that converts natural and artificial energy sources to voltage and current to power the device, thus, the device does not require a battery. It provides a voice capable RFID device with a power harvesting circuit that is powered by harvesting energy from various artificial or energy sources and/or natural energy sources such as: voice signals, other electromagnetic waves, sun light, vibrations, RF noise, etc. and used voice signals received to uniquely identify a generator of the voice signals or other sound signals.07-30-2009
20090189737Wireless Communications Unit Operating As A Tag When A Host Device Is Turned Off - A wireless network communications unit is operable to transmit and receive data for a host device. The wireless network communications unit includes a wireless network communications interface configured to transmit and receive data using a wireless network protocol when a host device having the wireless network communications unit is turned on. The wireless communications unit also includes a tag component detecting when the host device is turned off. In response to detecting the host device being turned off, the unit enters a tag operational mode wherein the tag component is configured to transmit data identifying the host device via the wireless network interface.07-30-2009
20090167497TAG FOR RFID, WIRELESS TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LARGE SCALE MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS USING THE SAME - The invention provides an RFID tag for storing large scale multimedia contents data readable only when it is authenticated, remote authentication for accessing the multimedia contents data stored in the RFID tag, and a wireless communication system and method for transmitting/receiving the multimedia contents on a radio frequency through the authentication. Specifically, the tag includes: a wireless communication unit transmitting/receiving the first and second request signals and the first and second data signals; a first memory device storing first data for the first data signal; a second memory device storing second data for the second data signal; a tag control unit which generates and transmits the first data signal based on the first data in response to the first request signal from the reader device, or generates and transmits the second data signal based on the second data in response to the second request signal from the reader device; and an authentication unit selectively prohibiting the tag control unit from accessing the second memory device depending on authentication information contained in the second request signal.07-02-2009
20100079245RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER HAVING ANTENNAS IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS - A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader includes a plurality of signal antennas, which are respectively arranged in directions that are not parallel to and co-linear with each other. Each of the signal antennas has a predetermined antenna field pattern and operates with a predetermined carrier wave frequency. A wireless receiver is connected to the signal antennas. A signal conversion unit is connected to the wireless receiver. A frequency generator generates the carrier wave frequency to the signal antenna. A microprocessor is connected to the signal conversion unit and the frequency generator.04-01-2010
20090212917WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A wireless communication method utilizing a wireless communication apparatus is provided. The method includes: providing an antenna unit being used by both a first wireless communication circuit and a second wireless communication circuit, using the first wireless communication circuit for RFID communication via the antenna unit in a first mode, and utilizing the second wireless communication circuit for RFID communication via the antenna unit in a second mode.08-27-2009
20090206998INTERMODULATION MITIGATION TECHNIQUE IN AN RFID SYSTEM - When multiple readers for RF transponders have to be placed in close proximity, such as in adjacent lanes of a highway toll barrier, they can be set to operate at different frequencies. When signals from two adjacent ones of the readers interfere, the resulting signal includes interference terms whose frequencies equal the sum of the reader frequencies and the difference between the reader frequencies. To remove such interference terms while passing the desired terms, a tag includes a low-pass or other frequency-selective filter.08-20-2009
20090322485METHOD, APPARATUS AND ARTICLE FOR DETECTION OF TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS, FOR EXAMPLE DURING SURGERY - The presence or absence of objects is determined by interrogating or exciting transponders coupled to the objects using pulsed wide band frequency signals. Ambient or background noise is evaluated and a threshold adjusted based on the level of noise. Adjustment may be based on multiple noise measurements or samples. Noise detection may be limited, with emphasis placed on interrogation to increase the signal to noise ratio. Match filtering may be employed. Presence/absence determination may take into account frequency and/or Q value to limit false detections. Appropriate acts may be taken if detected noise is out of defined limits of operation, for example shutting down interrogation and/or providing an appropriate indication.12-31-2009
20100271183TERMINAL, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INTERACTING WITH A SIGNALING TAG - A terminal for interacting with a signaling tag includes a controller capable of selecting a signaling tag and thereafter receiving a tag type from the signaling tag at least partially over an air interface. The controller is also capable of determining if the terminal is actively operating an application. In this regard, the controller is capable of performing a predefined action based upon the tag type, such as based upon a tag type of “Read Only,” “Read/Write” or “Transceiver in Show Mode.” And when the controller is actively operating an application, the controller is capable of performing the predefined action further based upon the application and a state of the application.10-28-2010
20100253473AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE AND ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THEREFOR - An automotive vehicle includes one or more computers. The one or more computers are configured to, in a first mode of operation, receive and store, at a plurality of instances, inventory information about assets in a vicinity of the vehicle, and identify patterns in asset inventories based on the inventory information and a history of vehicle locations associated with the inventory information. The one or more computers are also configured to, in a second mode of operation, generate output representing at least one suggested vehicle destination based on the identified patterns and assets detected in the vicinity of the vehicle.10-07-2010
20110267173RFID TAG - An RFID tag comprising a coil and an RFID chip having two inputs/outputs, each input/output being connected to the coil. The tag further comprises an electrical circuit connected to the inputs/outputs, the circuit being adapted to operate in one of two modes, one mode outputting substantially no signal whereby the RFID chip is allowed to operate and a second mode being a mode wherein a signal is output so that the operation of the RFID-chip is interrupted. Alternatively, the circuit may have a lower operating voltage than the RFID-chip and may thus starve the RFID-chip and prevent its operation when desired.11-03-2011
20090153300RFID TRANSPONDER WITH HIGH DOWNLINK DATA RATE - A RFID transponder includes a high quality factor antenna, and a resonance capacitor coupled to the high quality factor antenna for providing a resonant circuit. The RFID transponder has a symmetrical RF input stage and is adapted to vary the quality factor of the resonant circuit such that the quality factor is low during downlink data transmission when the RFID transponder receives data through the antenna, and the quality factor is high during uplink data transmission, when the RFID transponder transmits data.06-18-2009
20090153303MULTI-BAND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a wireless communication device, such as a transponder, that has a plurality of antennas for multi-frequency usage. The wireless communication device comprises a control system, communication electronics, memory, and the aforementioned antennas. A wireless communication device having a pole antenna may be used with one or more loop conductor antennas to achieve the desired operating frequencies. A wireless communication device having a dipole antenna may be coupled across a loop conductor antenna to provide different loop conductor configurations depending on the frequency.06-18-2009
20090153302METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING USER PERFORMANCE - A system and method for using RFID technology to track resource performance and task completion is disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a fob and an RFID reader may engage in mutual authentication. Where the RFID reader and the fob successfully mutually authenticate, the fob may transmit to the RFID reader information identifying the resource's performance tracking account to which the fob is associated. The RFID reader may receive and forward the information to facilitate performance tracking. In one exemplary embodiment, the RFID reader may forward the information to a point of interaction terminal for transaction completion. In another exemplary embodiment, the fob completes tasks via a computer interface. In still another exemplary embodiment, the fob resource and/or a manager may access a resource engine, wherein the resource engine may be used to automatically grade, track, score, and assign resources based on resource skills and skill sets.06-18-2009
20090153301IMAGE TRANSFER IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - The present invention provides A method for identifying lost individuals comprising the steps of (a) compiling a first individual data contact; (b) entering the first individual data contact sheet information into a computer mediated contact database; (c) compiling a first individual tag identifier; (d) entering the first individual tag identifier into the computer mediated contact database; (e)relating the first individual tag identifier with the individual data contact; and (f) processing the first individual tag identifier onto image transferable media.06-18-2009
20090153299Wrapping with Antenna - A radio a frequency identification (RFID) system includes a RFID reader, and a RFID tag affixed to an asset, the asset surrounded in a wrapping having one or more conductive elements in proximity to the RFID tag to enable radio frequency (RF) signal distribution.06-18-2009
20090153298SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORECASTING LOCATION OF MOBILE OBJECT - A method and system forecasting the location of a mobile object in a network by utilizing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The network consists of a plurality of nodes connected with each other, at lease one RFID reader having a monitoring range is disposed at each node of the network and at least one RFID tag is physically attached to the mobile object. The method includes the steps of generating a record data related to the mobile object when the mobile object moves within the monitoring range of an RFID reader disposed at a node and statistically processing the record data to estimate the location of the mobile object.06-18-2009
20090146789Vehicle occupant protection device - A vehicle occupant protection device includes a safety-relevant means which can assume at least two different conditions. The vehicle occupant protection device further comprises a reading device (06-11-2009
20090146787METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SETTING RFID PARAMETER - The present invention relates to an RFID parameter setting method and device in an RFID system including a first means for comparing a first mobile country code provided by the outside and a currently set second mobile country code, and generating a control signal for changing an RFID parameter setting of the RFID system according to the RFID standard that corresponds to the first mobile country code when the first mobile country code and the second mobile country code do not correspond with each other, and a second means for setting an operational frequency of the RFID system according to the control signal.06-11-2009
20090146788RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - A radio communication device detects a reception sensitivity in receiving tag identification information to be responded from radio tags. The device determines whether or not the detected reception sensitivity is not lower than a preset threshold. The device makes the radio tags, of which the reception sensitivity in receiving tag identification information is not lower than the threshold, effective to perform prescribed processing.06-11-2009
20090146786MEASURING DEVICE - [Problem to be Solved] To provide a measuring device preferable to enhance capability of pickup processing when picking up each chip of a plate-shaped member individually separated into a form of chips.06-11-2009
20090146784Method and System for Variable Power Amplifier Bias in RFID Transceivers - Described are a method, a device, and a system managing power usage. The method includes operating a communication device in a first state, transmitting a forward signal to at least one target, switching from the first state to a second state, and receiving a reverse signal from the at least one target while operating in the second state. The device, operating in at least a first state and a second state, includes a control circuit switching the device from the first state to the second state, an amplifier operating at a current level coordinated with one of the first state and the second state, and an antenna transmitting a forward signal to at least one target while the device operates in the first state and receiving a reverse signal from the at least one target while the device operates in the second state.06-11-2009
20090146782SINGULATION OF RADIOFREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS - Systems and methods are provided that facilitate matching an item tag associated with an object identified through a unique item code, thereby identifying the specific object within a set of objects, e.g., singulating said object. Singulation relies at least in part on scanning a barcode that conveys a unique item's identifier code and cross-referencing specific information included in the barcode with data collected from multiple radiofrequency identification tags associated with the set of objects. The specific information can also be employed to discriminate among bins containing multiple tagged objects prior to singulating a specific item. Data included in the singulated RFID tag can be displayed and manipulated. A communication framework facilitates to convey the data to an application that produces actionable information in real time in connection with the singulated object.06-11-2009
20090079542RFID tag and method for spacing an RFID tag - An RFID tag comprising a label material including a printing surface and an adhesion surface opposite the printing surface, the adhesion surface including an adhesive operative to mount at least one RFID inlay to the label material, the label material also including deformation indicia for a user to deform the label material to perpendicularly space the RFID inlay from the printing surface. The invention also includes a method of fabricating an RFID tag comprising: (a) printing onto a printing surface of a label material, where the printing surface is defined in party by an X-Y plane; (b) encoding an RFID chip concurrent with the act of printing; (c) removing at least a portion of a backing material from an adhesive layer of the label material to expose an adhesive applied to the label material; and (d) deforming a portion of the label material onto itself, thereby trapping the RFID inlay between the label material so that the RFID is spaced apart in a Z-axis direction from the X-Y plane of the printing surface between 3 to 10 millimeters.03-26-2009
20080303634TIRE REVOLUTION DETECTING SYSTEM - A tire revolution detecting system includes an electric power generator (12-11-2008
20100123551SYSTEM FOR TRACKING VESSELS IN AUTOMATED LABORATORY ANALYZERS BY RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - A system for automation of laboratory analyzers that utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and radio frequency identification (RFID) readers to identify containers and vessels, and the contents thereof, that are employed in the system. Radio frequency identification tags, conforming to the guidelines of ISO 18000 and either of ISO 14443 or ISO 15693, are positioned on the items of interest, such as, for example, reagent containers, sample containers, and microplates. These tags can be read by and written to by a stationary antenna connected to a radio frequency identification reader. Reading of radio frequency identification tags and writing to radio frequency identification tags are controlled by software.05-20-2010
20100007467DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING SIGNAL DELAYS IN AN RFID COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An RFID communication system comprises an NFC device (01-14-2010
20080315993DUAL MODE RF POWER AMPLIFIER - Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a dual mode power amplifier is capable of operating in either linear mode such as class A operation, or a non-linear mode such as class F operation. The power amplifier may be utilized in an RFID interrogator. The power amplifier may be biased to operate in a linear mode if the power amplifier is operating in a higher linearity mode, or may be biased to operate in a non-linear mode if the power amplifier is operating in a higher efficiency, lower power mode. The power amplifier may comprise two or more amplifiers coupled in parallel. A current mirror circuit may turn on more amplifiers if the power amplifier is operating in a higher power mode, and may turn on fewer amplifiers if the power amplifier is operating a lower power mode.12-25-2008
20100127829RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READERS, METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR ADJUSTING A QUERY COMMAND SLOT-COUNTER PARAMETER Q - RFID readers and methods for adjusting a query command slot-count parameter Q for use by radio frequency identification (RFID) tag reader in an RFID tag inventory round are provided. A method for adjusting a query command slot-count parameter Q for use by an RFID tag reader includes setting an initial value for Q for a first inventory round, issuing a query command to a population of RFID tags, and monitoring replies from the population of RFID tags. The value of Q is decreased by a first amount if no reply is received, and the value of Q is increased by a second amount different from the first amount if a tag collision reply is received.05-27-2010
20100127833IC TAG READING NECESSITY DETERMINATION METHOD, IC TAG READING NECESSITY DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM - An IC-tag reading necessity determination method and system include preparing success rate information indicating a rate of success of receiving a response from an IC-tag to a first signal each time a set or a plurality of sets of transmitting the first signal to the IC-tag a plurality of times is performed, performing processing to transmit a second signal to a target IC-tag from a reading apparatus a plurality of times to acquire response reception success/failure information indicating success/failure of reception of a response to the second signal; and determining whether the target IC-tag is to be read based on the success/failure of each time indicated in the response reception success/failure information and a rate of success of each time indicated in the success rate information.05-27-2010
20100117802System and method for providing communications for container security - A system for providing communications for container security is provided. The system includes a sensing system for monitoring the contents of the container; a signal receiving element for receiving sensor data from the sensing system; a control element for analyzing received sensor data; a first transceiver element for receiving signals containing sensor data from within the container and for transmitting those signals outside of the container; and a satellite transceiver element for receiving signals from the first transceiver element and for forwarding the received signals via satellite uplink to a remote location.05-13-2010
20090322479COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS - A communications system configured to execute data transmission between a transponder having no radio wave generating source thereof and a reader/writer is provided. The communications system includes, a service permission level notifier configured to tell a service permission level for associated with a received signal level for permitting service acceptance from the reader/writer to the transponder, and an access controller configured to determine in the transponder whether the received signal level from the reader/writer is at the notified service permission level to determine accessibility to the transponder from the reader/writer.12-31-2009
20080266058UTILIZING AN RFID TAG IN MANUFACTURING FOR ENHANCED LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT - Data associated with supply chain events for a manufactured assembly is automatically stored. In preferred embodiments the supply chain events for the manufactured assembly are stored on an RFID tag attached to the assembly as it travels through the supply chain to insure the data concerning the assembly is readily available and not separated from the assembly. In other embodiments, the supply chain events or characteristic data is stored on the RFID tag in a hierarchical structure beginning with the original state of the assembly and with additional entries for each step in the assembly process. In other embodiments, as the product undergoes rework, conversion to a different assembly, or personalizations, the new state of the assembly is stored in the RFID tag. In other preferred embodiments, other information is also stored on the RFID tag such as country of origin, failure data, cycle times and a quality status indicator.10-30-2008
20080266056Wireless Electronic Device for Automatic Connection and Disconnection of an Electric Power and Respective Method - This invention is directed at automatically connecting electric current in a location (e.g. hotel rooms and the like) in the presence of a person and automatically disconnecting it when the person leaves. It comprises a wireless portable signal transmitter and a fixedly-attached receiver connected to the mains supply of the location. The transmitter periodically sends a signal in a predefined manner. When the receiver receives the signal, it causes a main circuit breaker to close and thus provides the location with electricity, and the receiver causes the circuit breaker to open automatically after a period of time longer than those periods of transmission. If the transmitter is located within the reception range of the receiver and sends a signal within the predefined timing to the receiver, the receiver maintains the circuit breaker closed and if the transmitter is unavailable (detected by absence of any signal from the transmitter), the receiver opens the circuit breaker and disconnects electricity from the location.10-30-2008
20100265042CONJOINED CLASS-BASED NETWORKING - A data communication network includes two logically distinct class-based networks conjoined by at least one common node that has membership in each of the respective classes of the two logically distinct class-based networks. Optionally, three or more class-based networks may be conjoined to form a data communications network.10-21-2010
20090309703RFID DEVICE WITH CONDUCTIVE LOOP SHIELD - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device includes a conductive loop shield for a loop antenna. The shield may overlap the conductive loop antenna. The preferred frequency of operation may be a frequency or range of frequencies within the ultra high frequency (UHF) range of frequencies. The conductive loop shield provides a distributed capacitance to the loop antenna, which brings the inductance of the combined system of the loop antenna and the conductive shield down to an inductance level that allows impedance matching with the RFID chip (at the desired impedance or range of impedances). The use of the conductive loop allows the RFID device to function as a near-field magnetic communication device, utilizing a loop antenna having a larger area than would normally be possible for impedance-matching with RFID chip. The loop antenna and the conductive shield loop may be on opposed major surfaces of a dielectric material layer.12-17-2009
20090309705RFID Tag - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a battery that stores therein electricity and supplies the electricity to the RFID tag, an antenna that receives radio waves transmitted from a reader/writer, an electricity generating unit that generates electricity based on the radio waves received by the antenna, and supplies the electricity to the RFID tag, an electricity storage determining unit that determines whether electricity is stored in the battery, an electricity supply switching control unit that, when the electricity storage determining unit determines that electricity is stored, selects a connection of a circuit to operate the RFID tag with the electricity supplied from the battery, and an electricity generating unit switching control unit that, when the electricity storage determining unit determines that electricity is stored, selects a connection of a circuit not to input the radio waves received by the antenna to the electricity generating unit.12-17-2009
20100007469DYNAMICALLY TRIGGERABLE NANO RFID DEVICE AND RELATED METHOD - A nano RFID device or tag and method for using same are disclosed. The nano RFID device may be less than about 150 nanometers in size. The nano RFID device may be a passive, active or semi-passive nano RFID device. The nano RFID device may be distributed to a target such as a human or animal or products, for example. The nano RFID device may include a nano antenna that may comprise one or more carbon tubes. The nano RFID device may include a nano battery. The nano RFID device may include an environmentally reactive layer that reacts to its immediate environment to affix or adhere to a target. The nano RFID device may be constructed for direct or indirect distribution techniques such as by airborne techniques for inhalation, consumption distribution for ingestion, or contact distribution, for example. The nano RFID device may also be constructed to deliver, on command or other certain conditions, an effect such as a virus, compound, toxin or the like, on a target such as a terrorist, for example.01-14-2010
20100007468APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING INFORMATION HELD BY AN IC TAG - An apparatus and method for apparatus for recognizing information stored in an IC tag. An embodiment includes: an antenna part having a first antenna and a second antenna for receiving electric waves from the IC tag, and configured to form a plurality of areas including an area in a readable range of the first antenna, an area in a readable range of the second antenna, and an area in a readable range of the first antenna and the second antenna; a reader part for reading the information stored in the IC tag via the antenna part; and a determination part for determining whether the information stored in the IC tag should have been read by the reader part, based on a presence or absence of information read via the first antenna and the second antenna in the plurality of areas.01-14-2010
20100007466SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RFID SECURITY - An RFID system includes an RFID tag, an RFID reader, and a server. The RFID tag communicates to the server via encrypted information. The information may be encrypted with synchronized encryption keys. In this manner, the reader need not decrypt the information from the RFID tag. The effectiveness of malicious readers is thereby reduced, resulting in improved RFID tag security.01-14-2010
20100007465READER AND METHOD FOR WHEEL-BASED RFID DEVICES - A drive over, reader system for a wheel-based, electric field-actuated transponder device includes a vehicle support pad surface; an antenna device on the support pad located to operatively align with a wheel-based transponder device of the vehicle with the vehicle positioned on the pad in a read location; a transmitter device and a receiver device coupled to the antenna device for generating an upwardly directed electric field to actuate the transponder device and receive a responsive signal back from the transponder device. The upwardly directed electric field operatively engages the transponder device as the vehicle drives over the antenna device. Multiple antennae may be aligned in a linear array to subject the transponder device to multiple electric fields as the vehicle traverses the support pad. The antenna device of the reader system may be configured as a layered panel positioned on the support pad or as a dipole antenna embedded within the support pad.01-14-2010
20100127834PASSIVE SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE SENSING SYSTEM - The present disclosure relates generally to wireless detection systems. In one illustrative embodiment, a wireless detection system includes a plurality of surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, and an electronic reader for interrogating the plurality of SAW sensors. In some instances, each of the surface acoustic wave based sensors includes an integrated sensor coil. The electronic reader may include a plurality of reader coils and a controller. The controller may be configured to interrogate the plurality of surface acoustic wave based sensors using a time division interrogation. In some cases, each of the plurality of reader coils is inductively coupled to only one of the integrated coils of the SAW sensors at any given time.05-27-2010
20090273446Wireless tag and electrically conductive pipe having wireless tag - A wireless tag adapted for mounting inside a hollow electrically conductive pipe, includes: a contact placed in contact with the electrically conductive pipe so as to be electrically connected to the electrically conductive pipe; a lead wire placed inside the electrically conductive pipe along a longitudinal direction of the electrically conductive pipe and spaced a prescribed distance away from an inside wall of the electrically conductive pipe, thereby forming a coaxial line together with the electrically conductive pipe; and a wireless tag circuit, electrically connected at one end to the contact and at the other end to the lead wire, for generating a response signal in response to an interrogation signal transmitted from a reader/writer.11-05-2009
20090079541CONFIGURING SPECTRUM AGILE DEVICES BY MEANS OF LABELS STORING SPEKTRUM OPPORTUNITY PARAMETERS - A device (DEV) which is capable of communicating using different spectrum opportunities comprises a communication unit (CMM) capable of communicating with other devices (DEV) and/or with communication networks, wherein the communication unit (CMM) is capable of communicating using different spectrum opportunities, and wherein a spectrum opportunity is defined by a set of at least one spectrum opportunity parameter; a label reader (REU; REU) capable of reading information (inf) from a label (TAG), wherein the information identifies at least one spectrum opportunity parameter of a spectrum opportunity; and switching means capable of switching the communication unit (CMM) to communicate using the spectrum opportunity as at least partially identified by the information (inf) read from the label (TAG).03-26-2009
20110063080MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a mobile electronic device that makes an initial response in a slot marker system, includes a reception unit configured to receive an initial response command from a terminal, a recognition unit configured to recognize a total slot number N (integer equal to or greater than 2) set in the terminal, from the initial response command received by the reception unit, a logic unit configured to generate an integer n from a random number, a storage unit configured to store data set to the mobile electronic device and representing whether the mobile electronic device is a main device or a sub device, and a control unit configured to cause the logic unit to generate 0 as integer n, thereby responding to the initial response command for the first time, if the mobile electronic device is set as the main device.03-17-2011
20110063079Enhancements to meterless remote parking monitoring systems - A remote meterless parking monitoring system including a plurality of individual parking spaces, a plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units for monitoring the status of the individual parking spaces; at least one Gateway device responsive to the plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units; a Command and Control Server for employing numerous security provisions at least including encryption of data, Virtual Privacy Networks, firewalls and authenticated connections and responsive to data from said Cellular gateway via the internet; and the Command and Control Server uses the status of each space and the ID from the motorist's RFID tag to cross reference data according to a Policy database and identifying the motorist through a Motorist Database including information about the motorist's mailing address, vehicle payment account balance or other information.03-17-2011
20110148579METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADAPTIVE OPERATION OF A POWER AMPLIFIER OF A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) READER DEVICE - A method and system for adaptive operation of a power amplifier of an RFID reader device enables more efficient power management of the reader device. The method includes transmitting an RF interrogation signal from an antenna of the RFID reader device (step 06-23-2011
20090289769Method and System for Tracking Containers Having Metallic Portions, Cover for Containers Having Metallic Portions, Tags for Use With Container Having Metallic Portions and Methods of Calibrating Such Tags - The present invention is directed towards a novel procedure and system for making a security tag for an aluminum-pressed, cardboard container. The method employs a system of distancing the tag from the container and a method of calibrating the tag. The tag is then inserted into a specially designed cap and spaced a given distance from the container. The product is sealed and then sold to the consumer.11-26-2009
20100085160Systems and Methods for Zero-Power Security - The present invention provides systems and methods for utilizing zero-power, energy-harvesting computational modules to provide secure and reprogrammable wireless communications with vulnerable devices comprising integrated circuits (ICs), including active implantable medical devices, electronic lock and key systems, credit cards, access cards, identification cards and passports. The zero-power, energy-harvesting computational modules are powered by radio signals received from an interrogator, and requests from the interrogator are authenticated using an encrypted challenge-response mechanism. Communications between the interrogator and the vulnerable device are enabled if the interrogator requests have been authenticated, thus preventing unauthorized requests from reaching the vulnerable device.04-08-2010
20100085159Method to Determine a Field Strength by a Reader for Telemetry Units - A method and a passive tag enable making a distance d detection of a radio telemetry unit, typically an RFID active tag or passive tag, without having the possibility to measure the incoming amplitude of power at the reader. The telemetry unit of a tag sends a sequence of steps together with its value of amplitude and data to be transmitted to the reader. The reader decodes the first understandable part of the sequence to determine the amplitude of the power required by the telemetry unit to be in range of the reader, and therefore can deduce a distance d.04-08-2010
20100085158METHOD OF TRANSMITTING DATA, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TRANSPONDER - In a method of transmitting data, a low or high frequency transponder (04-08-2010
20100079253RFID Bridge Antenna - An RFID bridge antenna is positioned between a tag antenna associated with a tag and a reader antenna associated with a reader. The bridge includes at least two RF antenna elements spaced apart from one another and coupled together by an electrical conductor. The first RF antenna element is located proximate to the tag antenna and the second RF antenna element is located proximate to the reader antenna. An electromagnetic carrier signal transmitted by the reader antenna is received by one of the RF antenna element and retransmitted to the tag antenna by the other RF antenna element, increasing the distance over which the tag can communicate with the reader. Where the tag is attached to a packaged object, the RFID bridge antenna may be included in the package to allow wireless data communication between the tag and a reader. The reader may also be located external to the package. For example, one of the RF antenna elements may be attached to a label on the package, allowing data stored in the tag to be extracted by the external reader. The object may be a module, also known as a customer replaceable unit (CRU), and the tag may be configured as a customer replaceable unit monitor (CRUM).04-01-2010
20090278662System and method for determining the position of instrumented biological agents - A system for determining the position of instrumented biological agents including a plurality of biological agents each having a miniature transmitter/receiver attached thereto. A plurality of antenna is placed about an area of interest. An interrogator subsystem is configured to determine the position of each miniature transmitter/receiver on each of the plurality of biological agents in the area of interest.11-12-2009
20100079250Information-Processing Device and System For Restricting Use of the Device - Schedule information including a user-specific ID and user occupying time period authorized to the user is stored in a device in advance. In a state that inputting from an input section of a device is inhibited, when wireless communications are carried out between an RFID module carried by an individual user and the device, a user ID associated with the user occupying time period including the current clock-time is acquired from the schedule information. Then, the acquired user ID is compared with an ID received from the RFID module. If the two IDs match, then the inputting inhibition is released based on the conformation of the two IDs.04-01-2010
20100079246INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH A RECTIFIER ELEMENT - An integrated circuit with a rectifier element. One embodiment provides a signal source, an electronic circuit and a rectifier element with a copper layer and a cuprous oxide layer adjacent to and in direct contact with the copper layer. The signal source is configured to drive a signal on a signal output terminal that is electrically coupled to the copper layer. The electronic circuit is electrically coupled to the cuprous oxide layer. The rectifier element may be formed between wiring layers of an integrated circuit.04-01-2010
20090206999DYNAMIC ANTENNA TUNING CIRCUIT FOR A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER - A resonant antenna circuit for a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader generates an electrical signal for activating a passive identification tag. The identification tag in turn generates a coded electrical signal that is detected by the reader. The electrical characteristics of the resonant circuit are actively and dynamically altered so that the antenna performs more optimally during the transmit and receive intervals.08-20-2009
20090206997RUNFLAT SAFETY BAND INCORPORATING WIRELESS DEVICE - A run flat safety band 08-20-2009
20090206996Phone number identifiers for ISO 11784/85 compatible transponders and associated systems and methods - Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying animals with radio frequency identification transponders using phone number identifiers stored within ISO 11784 code structures in ISO 11784/85 compatible implantable transponders. These phone identification (ID) transponders feature unique telephone numbers, allowing pets to be returned to their owners through direct phone contact, for which ISO 11784 standard does not provide. The phone number information can be stored prior to implantation or after implantation depending upon the type of transponders being utilized. More particularly, within the ISO 11784 code structure, phone number related country codes are stored in bits 17-26, and phone numbers are stored in bits 27-64. Un-used digits can be filled by adding leading zeros or trailing zeros or both, as desired. In addition, variations can be provided to account for particular country conditions, such as 12-digit phone numbers in Germany.08-20-2009
20090206995RFID Tag with a Releasable Coupler - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag is provided that comprises an RFID transceiver configured to transmit and receive radio frequency (RF) signals, the RFID transceiver comprising an integrated circuit chip (IC) coupled to an antenna having an impedance, gain and directionality that in conjunction with the characteristics of the IC defines a first read range of the RFID tag. The RFID tag also comprises a releasable coupler configured to be releasably engagable with the RFID transceiver comprising a coupling material, the releasable coupler being configured such that when the releasable coupler is releasably engaged with the RFID transceiver, the coupling material altering at least one of the impedance, the gain and the directionality of the antenna to define a second read range of the RFID tag, wherein the second read range is greater than the first read range.08-20-2009
20080266057UTILIZING AN RFID TAG IN MANUFACTURING FOR ENHANCED LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT - Data associated with supply chain events for a manufactured assembly is automatically stored. In preferred embodiments the supply chain events for the manufactured assembly are stored on an RFID tag attached to the assembly as it travels through the supply chain to insure the data concerning the assembly is readily available and not separated from the assembly. In other embodiments, the supply chain events or characteristic data is stored on the RFID tag in a hierarchical structure beginning with the original state of the assembly and with additional entries for each step in the assembly process. In other embodiments, as the product undergoes rework, conversion to a different assembly, or personalizations, the new state of the assembly is stored in the RFID tag. In other preferred embodiments, other information is also stored on the RFID tag such as country of origin, failure data, cycle times and a quality status indicator.10-30-2008
20120092130SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SYNCHRONIZED WIRELESS NETWORK - A system and method for operating a wireless network comprising a plurality of devices each having a powered down mode, a receive/transmit mode, and a timer, may include a master device and a defined time interval. Time interval information and synchronizing information are communicated to the plurality of devices of the wireless network, whereby the timers of each of the plurality of devices are set to time substantially the same time interval, and the time intervals of the plurality of devices of the wireless network are substantially synchronized.04-19-2012
20100079247RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A radio frequency identification (RFID) communication system and method is provided to resolve the power-consuming problems of an active RFID tag while operating at a receiving mode in a long duration. A designated channel is established between the reader and the RFID tag, and also the reader sends a designated message so that the actuated active RFID tag can receive the designated messages and dynamically enter into a receiving mode. Therefore, normal communications may be conducted between the reader and the RFID and the usage period or technical performance can be improved as well.04-01-2010
20120092131ANNULAR LIGHT GUIDE ILLUMINATOR AND OPTICAL SCANNER - The disclosed annular light guide illuminator (04-19-2012
20090167500RADIO FREQUENCY ALIGNMENT OBJECT, CARRIAGE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF STORING A PRODUCT ASSOCIATED THEREWITH - A carrier apparatus is provided that includes a body and a fastener configured to affix the body to a product. The body includes a radio frequency (RF) transponder tag, or marker for directing inclusion of an RF transponder tag, at a designated location on the body. The apparatus of this aspect further includes a positioning feature configured to position the body, RF transponder tag and affixed product relative to an RF antenna separate from the RF transponder tag. This positioning feature may be configured to position the body, RF transponder tag and affixed product in a manner ensuring approximately at least a predetermined spatial relationship between the RF transponder tag and the antenna or one or more other RF transponder tags located proximate the RF transponder tag. A carriage apparatus and method of storing a product are also provided.07-02-2009
20100090802SENSOR ARRANGEMENT USING RFID UNITS - A sensor arrangement suitable for determining a condition. A first RFID-unit and a second RFID-unit are subjected to the condition. The second RFID-unit is at least partly provided with a degradation unit having such properties that, when subjected to the condition, the second RFID-unit is functionally degraded to a greater extent than the first RFID-unit. A sensor arrangement product includes at least one sensor arrangement.04-15-2010
20110169610RADIO FREQUENCY ANIMAL TRACKING SYSTEM - An RFID system provides a transponder having a power store that can be recharged when located within an electro-magnetic field generated by a transceiver unit. The power store can be a battery and/or a capacitor. In certain embodiments, the transponder can communicate over at least two different frequencies so that the real time performance of the transponder can be improved without losing backwards compatibility. The system provides an ear tag for use on livestock with superior durability and overall performance in the field.07-14-2011
20090015377RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGGING - A RFID tag or label comprises a RFID tag module (comprising an electronic identification circuit and a coupling means) and an antenna structure coupled to the coupling means. The RFID tag module is separate from, separable or arranged to be severable from, the antenna structure. The tag module can be placed in or on an object and the antenna structure in or on packaging material for use with the object. A patch antenna type RFID tag antenna structure has a ground plane spaced from the patch antenna so as to increase the range of the tag. The ground plane is not substantially larger than, and electrically insulated from, the patch antenna. The ground plane is flexible, so the RFID tag structure can be worn by a human, and can be incorporated into a piece of clothing. A RFID antenna structure for use with a tag reader is made flat and robust so that it can be mounted on the ground to be walked upon or driven over. A bi-directional YAGI type RFID tag antenna structure has director elements on two opposite sides so that the YAGI antenna radiates in two opposite directions. An object includes a gain increasing metallic structure for increasing the gain of a RFID tag when placed near the object so as to form a RFID tag antenna structure.01-15-2009
20090212919RFID TAG FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT FOOD CONTACT - The present invention relates to an RFID device that is intended to be used in connection with direct or indirect packaging of consumer food products, such as with the use of food trays, totes and other transport packaging for perishable items. The RFID device may include a RFID inlay assembly that has been encased in a laminate that is safe for use with food products.08-27-2009
20090212910Detection Device - The invention relates to a detection device for piece goods, in particular textiles. Starting from the marking of textiles with RFID tags that can be read out by means of a reader, as is known from the prior art, a detection device for textiles is produced within the scope of the present invention, in which electromagnetic fields of different orientation are generated by means of at least two antennas arranged at a defined angle to each other, and this ensures that the electronic markings of the piece goods disposed in a counting cage may be reliably read out independently of their relative arrangement in the space.08-27-2009
20090212913Radio Frequency Identification Enabled Tag And Method For Its Production - An apparatus and method for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags provides RFID enabled metal tags that are of thicknesses limited only by the thickness of the RFID chip embedded therein. The metal can support variable information, and as such, may be printed economically in short runs by various metal printing techniques. The RFID chip in the tag is readable from two sides of the tag.08-27-2009
20090212911RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM - Provided is a method and device for processing RFID tag data. According to the method and device, tag data are read by an RFID reader, and server connection data recognized from the tag data are displayed on a display unit of the device. It is possible to directly receive additional data and additional services from a corresponding server by connecting to a system indicated by the displayed connection data.08-27-2009
20100123556MULTI-MODE RFID TAG ARCHITECTURE - A multi-mode RFID tag includes a power generating and signal detection module, a baseband processing module, a transmit section, a configurable coupling circuit, and an antenna section. In near field mode, the configurable coupling circuit is operable to couple the transmit section to a coil or inductor in the configurable coupling circuit to transmit an outbound transmit signal using electromagnetic or inductive coupling to an RFID reader. In far field mode, the configurable coupling circuit is operable to couple the transmit section to the antenna section, and the multi-mode RFID tag then utilizes a back-scattering RF technology to transmit the outbound transmit signal to RFID readers.05-20-2010
20100123554High realibility pest detection - A pest detection device includes a housing with a sensor and one or more bait members. The sensor includes one or more of a chisel-shaped electrically conductive trace carried on a substrate, a low resistance electrically conductive ink defining an electrical pathway on a substrate with a pointed profile, and/or a substrate including a directional grain structure oriented in a predefined manner relative to an electrically conductive pathway.05-20-2010
20110199188RINGUP/ RINGDOWN INTERROGATION OF RFID TAGS - The method of interrogating an RFID memory device (08-18-2011
20090091426METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING USER PERFORMANCE - A system and method for using RFID technology to track resource performance and task completion is disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a fob and an RFID reader may engage in mutual authentication. Where the RFID reader and the fob successfully mutually authenticate, the fob may transmit to the RFID reader information identifying the resource's performance tracking account to which the fob is associated. The RFID reader may receive and forward the information to facilitate performance tracking. In one exemplary embodiment, the RFID reader may forward the information to a point of interaction terminal for transaction completion. In another exemplary embodiment, the fob completes tasks via a computer interface. In still another exemplary embodiment, the fob resource and/or a manager may access a resource engine, wherein the resource engine may be used to automatically grade, track, score, and assign resources based on resource skills and skill sets.04-09-2009
20090284349Method for Tamperproof Identification of Individual Electronic Sub-Assemblies - A method for tamperproof identification of individual electronic sub-assemblies determines the state changes of specific memory cells of the memory resulting from a specific interruption of one or more auxiliary functions of a memory of an individual electronic sub-assembly and compares them with respect to identity with predetermined memory-characteristic reference state changes of specific memory cells of the memory resulting from the specific interruption of the auxiliary function of the memory of the electronic sub-assembly.11-19-2009
20090284352TRANSPONDER, READER, METHOD OF OPERATING A TRANSPONDER, AND METHOD OF OPERATING A READER - In a method of operating a transponder (11-19-2009
20110169609Apparatus for the Treatment of Containers with Combined Size-Part and Fitting Detection - An apparatus for the treatment of containers may include a conveying device which conveys the containers along a pre-set conveying path and a size part which is arranged in an interchangeable manner on the apparatus. The size part may include a first identification element based upon RFID technology in order to identify the size part. The size part may in turn include a position detection device which detects a position of at least one element of the apparatus with respect to the size part and emits a signal characteristic of this position.07-14-2011
20110169608METHOD OF OPERATING AN RFID READER IN AN RFID SYSTEM - A method of operating a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader used in an RFID system for use with a device includes the steps of: providing that the RFID system includes the RFID reader and an RFID tag, the RFID tag being attached to the device; controlling dynamically the RFID reader; monitoring constantly a plurality of outputs of the RFID reader; and determining, dependent on the steps of controlling and monitoring, whether the RFID reader senses the RFID tag in an actual location of the RFID tag.07-14-2011
20110169607LONG RANGE PASSIVE REAL TIME LOCATION SYSTEM - Methods and systems for providing a long-range real-time location system comprise transmitting a power signal from one or more exciters to at least a portion of the tags, wherein the exciters are located a distance from the tags within a range required to power the tags; initiating transmission of the power signal by a reader that transmits a command signal instructing the exciters to transmit the power signal to the tags, wherein the reader is located a greater distance from the tags than the range required to power the tags; receiving by multiple wideband antennas on the reader, wideband signals from at least one of the tags, and associating with the wideband signals a time of arrival at each of the wideband antennas; and calculating by the reader a location of the at least one tag based on differences between the time of arrival at each of the wideband antennas.07-14-2011
20080211634AUTO RECOGNITION OF A SHAVER BLADE FOR MEDICAL USE - A system for automatically identifying a blade that is connected to a hand piece based on data transmitted from the blade to the hand piece. The blade is provided with a first electronic coupler that communicates with a second electronic coupled positioned in the hand piece such that data related to the blade is transmitted to the hand piece and controllers/computers and in the case of reusable blades, updated data is transmitted to the blade to be saved in a memory coupled to the first electronic coupler. The coupling system can be either a hard wired or wireless coupling between the blade and the hand piece.09-04-2008
20080211633METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VERIFYING IDENTIFICATION OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - A method and apparatus for verifying an identification of an RFID tag that can verify whether all the information is identified from a plurality of RFID tags attached to a plurality of objects is provided. The method includes: reading object data and the weight data from the plurality of RFID tag attached to the plurality of objects; measuring actual total weight of the plurality of objects; comparing the measured actual total weight with calculated total weight corresponding to a sum of the read weight data; and verifying the automatic identification result about the plurality of objects through the comparison between the measured actual total weight and the calculated total weight.09-04-2008
20080211629Polymeric Film Substrate for Use in Radio-Frequency Responsive - A radio-frequency (RF) responsive tag comprising a heat-sealing substrate comprising a polyester layer, and an antenna comprising a patter of conductive material wherein said conductive material is in direct contact with a heat-sealing surface of the substrate, and wherein the shrinkage of the heat-sealing substrate is less than 5% at 190° C. over 30 minutes; a method of manufacture of said RF-response tag.09-04-2008
20080211630MULTIPLE RADIO FREQUENCY NETWORK NODE RFID TAG - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag that contains multiple Radio Frequency (RF) network nodes that provide enhanced memory capabilities, redundant functionality, and multiple frequency capabilities to the RFID tag using an inter-RF network node communication connection. The inter-RF network node communication may allow the coordination of RFID tag memory and functionality.09-04-2008
20090273444REMOTE MOTION MONITORING SYSTEM - A system, apparatus, and method for motion monitoring. In an embodiment, a plurality of self-powered active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transmitters are each configured to intermittently transmit radio frequency pulse at a rate proportional to motion, containing identification information. The pulse produced by each of the RFID transmitters are received and analyzed at a receiver. The analysis results in the identification of pattern of activity, which is used to produce meaningful data regarding the motion of a user. The RFID transmitters may be provided on a wearable tag.11-05-2009
20090273447Bioprocess data management - A data management system for a biological process, comprising: 11-05-2009
20090273445READER WITH RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION FUNCTION - A reader with a radio frequency identification function for reading a signal of an electronic tag includes a casing, a first circuit board, a second circuit board and a transmission interface. The casing in a racket shape is composed of an upper casing and a lower casing. Each of the upper and lower casings has a large-area receiving portion with a surface in a racket shape. The first circuit board is installed in the large-area receiving portion and can be designed with a large area of RFID antenna pattern. The second circuit board can be installed on the radio frequency identification (RFID) circuit. After the antenna of the first circuit board receives a signal from the electronic tag, the signal is processed and stored by the second circuit board or transmitted to an external computer through a transmission interface installed on the casing.11-05-2009
20090278663RFID tag information system - The disclosure discloses a RFID tag information system comprising a transmission/reception antenna configured to carry out information transmission/reception via radio communication with a RFID circuit element; an access information processing device configured to carry out predetermined processing relating to information for access that accesses the RFID circuit element or access acquisition information; and a selection processing portion for select and process one transmission path among a plurality of transmission paths that transmit the information for access from the access information processing device or that transmit the access acquisition information to the access information processing device.11-12-2009
20090284353INTERACTIVE RADIO FREQUENCY TAGS - Interactive radio frequency tags that are responsive to external stimuli to change state are disclosed. The tags preferably include a passive radio frequency transponder, having an antenna, an interface for receiving an external stimulus, and one or more integrated circuits responsive to the external stimulus received at the interface to change the state of the transponder. Also disclosed is a “sensor tag” which changes state in response to a particular environmental stimulus. In addition, either of these “button” or “sensor” features may be combined with an output feature which visually, audibly, tactilely or otherwise signals the state or change of state of an RF tag, or the tag may be designed to produce an output in response to the external stimulus of the RF signal received at the tag's antenna.11-19-2009
20090289768RFID SYSTEM AND RFID TAG THEREOF - An RFID tag is provided. The RFID tag includes an emitting module, a temperature detecting circuit and a tag chip. The temperature detecting circuit produces a time signal according to a surrounding temperature, wherein the time signal changes with the surrounding temperature. The tag chip is electrically connected to the temperature detecting circuit and the emitting module, wherein the time signal is transmitted via the emitting module.11-26-2009
20090289767INTERROGATING DEVICE, RFID INTERROGATOR, AND RFID INTERROGATING METHOD - An RFID interrogator includes a data transmitting unit, a data receiving unit, a tag-reception SINR estimating unit, and a transmission controlling unit. The data transmitting unit transmits a transmission signal to an electronic tag. The data receiving unit receives from the electronic tag a response signal in response to the transmission signal within a predetermined time after the transmission signal is transmitted. The tag-reception SINR estimating unit estimates an SINR value related to reception on the electronic tag side as a tag-reception SINR estimation value based on the response signal. The transmission controlling unit variably controls a modulation index of the transmission signal so that the tag-reception SINR estimation value is a reception-allowable predetermined SINR value.11-26-2009
20090289764INSTANT PROMOTIONAL MEDIA USING AN IDENTIFICATION TAG - A method for retrieving promotional media relevant to a product using a portable identification tag reader is disclosed. An identification tag is associated with the product. Relevant promotional media and information about the product are store on a server. The identification tag comprises a link pointing to the address of the server. When a customer uses a mobile electronic device to read the identification tag the link is decoded and the electronic device connects to the server via a network. The relevant promotional media and additional information is downloaded and displayed on the electronic device for the customer to interact with the media and information.11-26-2009
20110169611LAMINATE TAMPER EVIDENT CONSTRUCT - Security of packages and other articles of containment if left unattended in crowded public areas will be declared as suspicious raising concerns over the contents of the articles. The laminate construct of the present invention produces a tamper evident construct having at least one layer in combination with cold seal water-based adhesive of a predetermined colour under or over an indicia or image, used in combination with at least one paper layer for showing evidence of tampering when ruptured.07-14-2011
20090261948MACHINE ELEMENT CONTROL APPARATUS USING RFID TAG AND MACHINE ELEMENT CONTROL USING THE SAME - In a machine element control method, when conducting maintenance and inspection of a machine element assembly such as a plant to be operated for a long period of time exceeding life of RFID tags, to enable use of the RFID tags to identify respective machine elements, new RFID tags are additionally attached and a correspondence with respect to the RFID tags are stored and verified.10-22-2009
20090261951RFID Tag, Operating Method of RFID Tag and Operating Method between RFID Tag and RFID Reader - An RFID tag including a transmitting/receiving unit, a memory and a control unit. A first identification code, a second identification code, a password, and a set of data are stored in the memory. If the set of data is under protection, the set of data is accessible only when a verification procedure corresponding to the password is successfully performed. If the transmitting/receiving unit receives a request for accessing the second identification code, the control unit shall check whether the request includes the first identification code. As long as the checking result of the control unit is yes, even if the set of data is under protection and the verification procedure fails or the verification procedure is not successfully performed, the control unit shall still transmit the second identification code via the transmitting/receiving unit.10-22-2009
20100123555SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND INSPECTION METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND WIRELESS CHIP - The invention provides an inspection method of a semiconductor device which receives a test program wirelessly. As an inspection method of the semiconductor device, a test program is transmitted as a communication signal for every test. By transmitting a test program as a communication signal wirelessly in the case of an operation test, test contents are changed as required. As a result, a test program can be easily changed and an inspection circuit or the like is not required. In this manner, manufacturing cost of a wireless chip can be reduced.05-20-2010
20120086553Method and Apparatus Pertaining to an RFID Tag Reader Antenna Array - One or more frame components that each comprise 1/Xth of a 360 degree RFID tag reader antenna array can be physically coupled to one another to thereby form a multi-frame component. One or more RFID tag reader antenna mounts can comprise a part of such frame components and can be configured to aim a corresponding RFID tag reader antenna outwardly of the frame component. These teachings also accommodate disposing a plurality of RFID tag reader antenna units within a facility such that these antenna units are disposed higher than an expected location of, say, at least 90% of the RFID tags when the latter are in the facility. By one approach these antenna units can all be disposed at a substantially same height within the facility. These antenna units may, or may not, be visually concealed as desired.04-12-2012
20130099897RFID-Based Devices and Methods for Interfacing with a Sensor - A sensor is provided with an RFID reader, RFID chip, and an antenna electrically coupled to the RFID chip and configured to received signals from and transmit signals to the RFID reader. A sensing material is also electrically connected to the RFID chip and has a variable electrical property. The RFID chip is configured to modulate a signal received by the antenna and drive the sensing material using the modulated signal.04-25-2013
20130099898STEERABLE PHASE ARRAY ANTENNA RFID TAG LOCATER AND TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHODS - A system for and method of tracking and locating RFID tags, including where at least one steerable phase array antenna may locate the tags associated with items in three dimensions in real time, through the use of a beam steering unit and controller therewith to control the direction of a beam launched by the at least one steerable phase array antenna.04-25-2013
20100117799SECURE PERSONAL INFORMATION AND NOTIFICATION NETWORK FOR ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS SYSTEMS - The present invention provides a secure personal information and notification network for electronic health records systems. A client's personal health record may be entered into a secure database and updated in a number of different ways. Information required to identify the client and access the personal health record is carried on or near the client. Upon finding the information required to identify the client, authorized personnel may access the personal health records during an emergency. In addition, a predetermined individual or individuals will receive automated notification of a client emergency.05-13-2010
20110205024INSPECTION SYSTEM - An inspection system according to the present invention includes a sensor (08-25-2011
20110199187Tracking Biological and Other Samples Using RFID Tags - RFID tags are affixed to vials used to store samples, such as biological samples stored in liquid nitrogen dewars or mechanical freezers. In one set of embodiments, an RFID tag is inserted into a recess at the bottom of a vial and held in place by an insert that engages with vial structure. In another set of embodiments, the RFID tag is retained in the recess by directly engaging with the vial structure and without using a separate insert. Mechanisms for keeping the insert and/or tag in place include tabs that gouge into the vial material, clips that allow the insert/tag to be inserted, but not removed, and holes in the side wall of the vial recess that receive tabs extending from the insert/tag. Tag-insertion techniques enable tags to be affixed to vials either before or after insertion of the sample, thereby enabling retrofitting of existing sample-storing vials with tags.08-18-2011
20100277280Systems and methods for relaying information with RFID tags - Data from one or more sensors may be collected using a first band of a multi-band RFID tag device and then passed on to a remote receiver from the RFID tag device using a second RF band. This capability may be employed to allow a first band-equipped RFID tag to collect data from local sensors, and then to report that data over a second band link, allowing the RFID tag device to function as an intermediary bridge device or relay between the sensor/s and a remote receiver and/or tag interface device. Such a remote receiver may further be in communication with a remote network so that the RFID tag device acts to bridge local sensor data to a remote network, where it may be further processed aid/or accessed by one or more users. The RFID tag device may also be interactive in nature, meaning that the tag data storage and/or the tag's operation is reprogrammable in the operational environment.11-04-2010
20110140853RFID READER AND SIGNAL RECEIVING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to an RFID reader and a signal receiving method thereof. The RFID reader according to one embodiment of the present invention down-converts transmission leakage signals introduced into a reader receiver and then suppresses them through a band stop filter in a low frequency band and up-converts them, thereby making it possible to effectively suppress the transmission leakage signals.06-16-2011
20110205028ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WITH ANTENNA AND ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELD - An embodiment of an electronic communications device, including: a body of semiconductor material defining at least one integrated electronic circuit and having a top surface; an electromagnetic shield; a radiant element; and a capacitive element formed by a first electrode and a second electrode, the radiant element being set on the top surface and being ohmically coupled to the first electrode and the second electrode by means of a first connection element and a second connection element, respectively, the electromagnetic shield being set between the radiant element and the top surface and forming at least the second electrode.08-25-2011
20100207730BEHAVIOURAL METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREVENTING THE USE OF A CONTACTLESS PORTABLE DEVICE WITHOUT THE BEARER'S AUTHORIZATION - The invention relates to a method and a device for preventing the establishment of a radiofrequency communication between a contactless portable object and another contactless object. If the bearer of the contactless portable object does not modify the state of at least one on-board sensor of the contactless portable object in a specified manner and in specified proportions, the communication is prevented. One purpose of the invention is to prevent the use of the contactless portable object without the bearer's authorization.08-19-2010
20100102931WIRELESS TRANSPONDER SYSTEM WITH POLARIZATION MODULATION - A wireless transponder system includes at least one antenna configured to send transponder signals. The wireless transponder system also includes a wireless transponder circuit coupled to the at least one antenna, the wireless transponder circuit having a first state for sending transponder signals of a first polarization type and a second state for sending transponder signals of a second polarization type different than the first polarization type, and the wireless transponder circuit configured to encode information in a sequence of the transponder signals of the first polarization type alternating with the transponder signals of the second polarization type.04-29-2010
20100141387Information-processing apparatus, information-processing method, and program - An information-processing method performed in an information-processing apparatus, the information-processing apparatus performing wireless communication with a first apparatus and wire communication with a second apparatus, the information-processing method including the steps of: 06-10-2010
20100060431MINIATURE HERMETICALLY SEALED RFID MICROELECTRONIC CHIP CONNECTED TO A BIOCOMPATIBLE RFID ANTENNA FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN AIMD - A non-hermetically sealed and biocompatible multi-turn RFID loop antenna is electrically connected to a RFID chip which is enclosed within its own hermetically sealed miniature container. The hermetic seal can be very small and the loop antenna can be relatively large, wherein the entire package is both highly reliable, resistant to body fluids and completely biocompatible. The RFID structure can be implanted in a patient and later communicate with an RFID interrogator to provide information relating to the patient and/or implantable medical devices.03-11-2010
20100060430Enhanced RFID Output Control - A method, system, and an apparatus are provided for enhanced RFID system output control. A carrier field of an RFID reader is switched on in a controlled manner. A response signal from a passive RFID transponder located in the carrier field is received at the RFID reader. The response signal comprises a code related to the RFID transponder. Said code is detected and a time difference is determined between the switching on of the carrier field and the detection of the code signal. Said time difference provides a measure for the distance between the RFID transponder and the RFID reader.03-11-2010
20100060424Range Extension and Multiple Access in Modulated Backscatter Systems - One or more readers transmit radio frequency (RF) beacons to be electronically reflected by tags. Data transmitted via modulated backscatter from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags is encoded so as to permit reliable demodulation of simultaneous transmissions from multiple tags. This includes the use of spreading sequences as in direct sequence spread spectrum, where the spreading sequences may be a function of the tag ID, or may be randomly chosen. Backscattered signals from multiple tags may be detected using well-known receiver techniques for code division multiple access (CDMA) systems. Readers may be equipped with transmit and/or receive antenna arrays. A receive antenna array permits a reader to estimate directions of arrival for received signals, as well as to enhance range by performing receive beamforming.03-11-2010
20100060420METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING READ RANGE OF A PORTABLE RFID READER - A method and system for controlling the read range of a portable RFID reader is provided. The system includes a trigger system including a mechanical actuator manually positionable by a user and a sensor for sensing the position of the actuator. The read range of the RFID reader is changed based on the sensing result.03-11-2010
20100060421RFID TAG WITH A SEMI-ENCLOSED COUPLER - A RFID tag with a semi-enclosed coupler, wherein the coupler of the antenna layer is designed to be a semi-enclosed linear structure, and the open end of the coupler is connected to the antenna portion. One end of the antenna portion is inserted into the range of the coupler and the other end of which extends to the open end of the coupler. The length of the antenna portion can be an integer times of ¼λ, achieving the effect of signal stabilization and optimization.03-11-2010
20100060423Radio frequency identification (RFID) reader with multiple receive channels - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) system includes an RFID tag, an RFID reader, and a controller. The RFID reader employs a plurality of phase-offset or phase-diverse channels to improve detection of data transmitted from the RFID tag to the RFID reader. A controller selects the channel that provides the best signal-to-noise ratio and decodes the data provided by the RFID tag using the selected channel.03-11-2010
20080246589LAMINATE DEVICE HAVING VOIDED STRUCTURE FOR CARRYING ELECTRONIC ELEMENT, SUCH AS LABEL FOR RFID TAG - The invention concerns a laminate device with a substrate of the type having a front face adapted to receive printed information, an electronic device such as RFID tag, and an adhesive layer disposed on a back face of the substrate. The laminate device can be made with a voided or microcellular structure. The laminate device also can be made with a compressible and resilient structure such that, after application to an object, the electronic device is at least partially embedded in the substrate. A coated layer, for example, an unvoided coating, can be provided on a surface of the substrate. Advantageously, under electrodischarge testing according to MIL-STD-331B, at least 85% of a group of labels remains operational.10-09-2008
20080246588Pneumatic Tire - Provided is a pneumatic tire with which a search time for a transponder can be reduced, and with which, for a passive transponder functioning with energy transmitted from the outside, efficiency of energy transmission can be enhanced. The pneumatic tire of the present invention provided with a transponder has an identification tag, which indicates a position of the transponder, and which is disposed to an outer surface of a portion of the tire, the portion being where the transponder is disposed. Furthermore, for a pneumatic tire having a transponder on a sidewall part thereof, an identification tag, which indicates the position of the transponder, is provided to an outer surface of a portion of the tire, the portion being where the transponder is disposed, and another identification tag, which indicates at least the position of the transponder in the circumferential direction of the tire, is provided to an outer surface of the other sidewall part of the tire, which is on the opposite side of the sidewall part where the transponder is disposed.10-09-2008
20110267175SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING QUALITY OF SERVICE TO RFID - Embodiments of the present invention include systems and methods for providing Quality of service to RFID. In one embodiment the present invention includes a method of providing quality of service in an RFID network comprising storing RFID priority information corresponding to the RFID network, wherein the RFID network comprises one or more tags and one or more readers mapping the RFID priority information into priority information corresponding to a second network.11-03-2011
20110267176RFID INTERFACE AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF - A wireless power interface includes first coil, a plurality of coils, and a control module. Each of the plurality of coils has a different orientation with respect to at least one axis of a multi-dimensional axis system. The control module is coupled to enable at least one of the plurality of coils based on electro-magnetic coupling between the first coil and the at least one of the plurality of coils such that power is derived via the electro-magnetic coupling.11-03-2011
20110267174DIRECTIONAL SENSING MECHANISM AND COMMUNICATIONS AUTHENTICATION - The present invention is directed toward an RFID device that includes a motion sensing mechanism. The motion sensing mechanism is adapted to sense motion of the RFID device and then selectively allow or restrict the RFID device's ability to transmit messages, which may include sensitive data, when the RFID device is placed in an RF field. Thus, the motion sensing mechanism is utilized to control access to data on the RFID device to only instances when the holder of the RFID device moves the RFID device in a predefined sequence of motion(s).11-03-2011
20110267172TRIGGERING A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SCAN USING IMAGE RECOGNITION - A system and method for triggering a radio frequency identification, RFID, scan using image recognition includes; storing (11-03-2011
20080238627Sample carrier device incorporating radio frequency identification, and method - An apparatus for associating information with a carrier and/or at least one biological reagent is provided. The apparatus can include a carrier adapted to retain at least one biological reagent and at least one non-silicon Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID). The RFID tag can comprise information in the form of an information pointer that can be resolved by an information pointer resolution device. The information pointer and/or resolution device can be used to access a remote system. The carrier can be configured, for example, as a microfluidic processing device or a multi-well plate. Methods and systems using the apparatus are also provided.10-02-2008
20080238623TRANSCEIVER FRONT-END HAVING TX AND RX ISOLATION - A transceiver front-end comprises a transmitter section a receiver section, and an isolation circuit. The transmitter section includes an oscillation module that generates a radio frequency (RF) oscillation and a power amplifier module that amplifies and modulates the RF oscillation in accordance with outbound modulation information to produce an outbound RF signal. The receiver section includes a low noise amplifier that amplifies an inbound RF signal to produce an amplified inbound RF signal and a down conversion module that converts the amplified inbound RF signal into an encoded inbound signal. The isolation circuit reduces a blocking effect of the outbound RF signal on the receiver section.10-02-2008
20080238620RADIO-FREQUENCY TAG COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A radio-frequency tag communication device arranged to transmit a transmitted signal toward a radio-frequency tag and to receive a reply signal transmitted from the radio-frequency tag in response to the transmitted signal, for thereby effecting radio communication with the radio-frequency tag, the radio-frequency tag communication device including (a) a receiver portion including a receiver antenna device which has a plurality of receiver antenna elements for receiving the reply signal from the radio-frequency tag, (b) a reception-directivity control portion which controls the directivity of reception of the receiver portion device, by controlling the phase of a received signal which is received by each of the plurality of receiver antenna elements and which may include a leakage signal which is a part of the transmitted signal, (c) a modulated-component extracting portion which extracts a modulated component of the received signal which is modulated by the radio-frequency tag, and (d) a direction detecting portion which detects the direction in which the radio-frequency tag is located, on the basis of the modulated component extracted by the modulated-component extracting portion.10-02-2008
20080238618STRONG TYPING OF COMPONENTS IN RFID BUSINESS PROCESSES - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates verifying data within a radio frequency identification (RFID) business process. A radio frequency identification (RFID) business process can include at least one component that can receive an event from a logical source. A strong typing module can employ strong typing of the component to define at least one of an event type for the component, an input event type for the component, or an output event type for the component.10-02-2008
20080238624RFID READER WITH ACTIVE BLOCKING REJECTION IN RECEIVER - An RFID reader is operable to receive an inbound RF signal from an RFID tag during transmission of an outbound RF signal. The inbound RF signal from the RFID tag is a modulated, backscattered signal that includes a desired RF signal component and a blocking RF signal component. The receiver section of the RFID reader includes a preprocessing module operable to process the inbound RF signal. The preprocessing module includes an adjustable attenuation module operable to attenuate the inbound RF signal to produce an attenuated inbound RF signal and an active blocking rejection module operable to increase a ratio of the desired RF signal component to blocking RF signal component in the attenuated inbound RF signal.10-02-2008
20080238625NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION FRONT-END - A near field communication front-end includes an up conversion module, a plurality of coils, and a down conversion module. The up conversion module is coupled to convert an outbound symbol stream into a plurality of outbound signals based on a frequency-space encoding scheme. The plurality of coils is coupled to electromagnetically transmit the plurality of outbound signals and to electromagnetically receive a plurality of inbound signals in accordance with the frequency-space encoding scheme. The down conversion module is coupled to convert the plurality of inbound signals into an inbound symbol stream in accordance with the frequency-space encoding scheme.10-02-2008
20090002130WIRELESS IC DEVICE - A wireless IC device includes a wireless IC chip having a power supply circuit including a resonant circuit having a predetermined resonant frequency and a radiation plate that externally radiates a transmission signal supplied from the power supply circuit and that supplies a reception signal externally transmitted to the power supply circuit. The radiation plate is connected to the power supply circuit via an electric field or the radiation plate is coupled to the power supply circuit via a magnetic field. The radiation plate is a two-surface-open type radiation plate including at least one radiation portion arranged to externally exchange a transmission-reception signal and a power supply portion arranged to exchange a transmission-reception signal with the power supply circuit.01-01-2009
20100141391USER INTERFACE AND IDENTIFICATION IN A MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD - There are provided systems and methods for reading identification information and storing identification information in a medical device. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a method for accessing a medical device, the method including reading identification information from an identification tag and storing identification information in the medical device as patient information of a patient identification system. Medical devices having a reader and patient identification system are also disclosed.06-10-2010
20100127830PORTABLE CARD WITH AN RFID COIL - An RFID-type system is described in which a portable card receives a signal from a transceiver and outputs a phase modulated or amplitude modulated signal from which the transceiver derives information transmitted from the card. Alternatively, the card may have a coil with a self inductance of 3 mH or more which, by altering the characteristics of the coil or a circuit connected thereto (loading the coil) facilitates a loading of the signal from the transceiver, which load change may be used for extracting the additional information.05-27-2010
20100214065RFID TAGS WITH CDMA COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES - An apparatus for use in an RFID data collection system includes an antenna portion for wirelessly exchanging signals and a memory portion for storing RFID data. A signal processing portion is coupled among the antenna portion and the memory portion. The signal processing portion is configured to receive RFID data and to at least encode or decode the received RFID data via at least one spreading code, such as a mutually orthogonal code. Other configurations are also disclosed.08-26-2010
20090167501SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MATERIALS OF A WAREHOUSE - A system for managing materials of a warehouse includes a computer and a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader to allocate a warehouse location for a material to be imported. The RFID reader reads a serial number corresponding to the RFID tag of the imported material. The computer acquires information of the material according to the serial number and updates inventory of the warehouse.07-02-2009
20100201493PHOTOELECTRIC CELL DEVICE AND MALFUNCTION DETERMINING METHOD - Provided is a photoelectric-cell device including a power-source unit arranged between a ground line and a power-source line for generating photo-electromotive force and applying state information to the power-source line, and also including an inverter for converting a direct-current power source into a predetermined one and communicating with the unit via the power-source line. A power-source module of the unit includes a photoelectric-cell module, a bypass diode, a state detector, a communication unit, and a communication controller. The photoelectric-cell module includes cells for generating photo-electromotive force, first/second terminals on the ground-line/power-source-line sides, respectively. The anode of the diode is connected to the first terminal, and the cathode to the second terminal. The detector detects a state of each power-source module. The communication unit applies the information to the power-source line. The controller controls the communication unit to apply the information selectively, based on an information request from the inverter.08-12-2010
20100201492RFID communication method and system - In a method of communicating in a radio frequency identification (RFID) system including a RFID reader and a plurality of RFID tags, a plurality of spread spectrum data are stored in the plurality of RFID tags. The plurality of spread spectrum data are transmitted from the plurality of RFID tags to the RFID reader. A plurality of original data respectively corresponding to the plurality of RFID tags are simultaneously extracted from the plurality of spread spectrum data at the RFID reader.08-12-2010
20100201491DEVICE FOR TRACKING RENTED BOWLING SHOES - The invention relates to a tracking device for managing the rental of a stock of bowling shoes including a stock of shoes for rent and arranged inside a rental space, characterized in that at least one shoe of each pair of shoes is provided with an active RFID chip for transmission to a reception antenna located inside the rental space and connected in such a manner with the reader and the processing computer of the rental space that the presence of pairs of shoes can be monitored in real time when they are not rented out, and in that it further comprises means for deactivating the transmission of the active RFID chips and/or the reception by the antenna when the shoes are rented out in such a manner that the absence of pairs of shoes inside the rental space can be continuously monitored.08-12-2010
20100201490DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY SYSTEM THEREOF - A display device includes a RFID tag unit, a display unit, a processing unit and a power supply unit. The RFID tag unit follows a wireless communication standard of a RFID system to receive a wireless signal and outputs identification information. The processing unit electrically connected with the RFID tag unit and the display unit receives the identification information and outputs to the display unit for displaying. The power supply unit supplies operation power required to the processing unit and the display unit. The required power while the above-mentioned display device refreshes the information is supplied by the power supply unit, so that the information can be refreshed with longer communication distance and power saving is achieved. A display system including the above-mentioned display device and a reader/writer device is also disclosed.08-12-2010
20100201489SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR COMMUNICATING A PRIVACY POLICY ASSOCIATED WITH A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG AND ASSOCIATED OBJECT - A system, method and program product for communicating a privacy policy associated with a RFID tag. The method includes defining in an tag a first identifier for uniquely identifying the object and a second identifier for uniquely identifying a privacy policy that indicates a proper and intended use and level of protection to be afforded data/information transmitted by the identification tag coupled to the object, associating the second identifier with the first identifier, each of the first identifier and the second identifier being coupled to the identification tag, and responsive to detection of a communication signal received from a receptor, transmitting the first identifier and the second identifier, which includes an accept-reject provision for controlling dissemination and usage of the data/information transmitted by the identification tag, where based on a response received to the accept-reject provision, the data/information is either transmitted or not transmitted to the recipient.08-12-2010
20090167494Intelligent Power Cord Device ( iCord) - The iCord is an apparatus capable of controlling and/or monitoring the electrical power being fed to any device that uses detachable electric power cord. The iCord sits in between the power source and the electric load and contains, on one of its side, a power inlet, and on the other side, a power outlet. These two connectors are a complementary male/female pair matched to the respective connectors coming from the power source and going to the electric load. The iCord contains electronic circuit capable of switching its power outlet on/off based on controls sent wirelessly by a central module. The iCord may contain electronic circuit and sensors capable of measuring current being drawn through its outlet as well and voltage across its outlet terminals. A power control and monitoring network may be built by deploying many iCords wirelessly controlled by central module.07-02-2009
20100201488DISPLAYING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) READ RANGE OF AN RFID READER BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM FIXED RFID BEACON TAGS - The present disclosure describes a system, methods and apparatus for displaying read range of a nomadic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader based on feedback from fixed RFID beacon tags. For instance, the nomadic RFID reader can transmit an interrogation signal within a space that includes a plurality of fixed RFID beacon tags at known locations, and can receive response signals from a group of the fixed RFID beacon tags. Based on known locations of the group of fixed RFID beacon tags, a read range of the RFID reader can be determined. The read range is defined by the group of the fixed RFID beacon tags. The read range of the nomadic RFID reader can then be displayed on a display along with other information about the fixed RFID beacon tags and/or RFID item tags that are within the read range of the nomadic RFID reader.08-12-2010
20100201487APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING & TRACKING MULTIPLE TOOLS AND DISPOSABLES - A method and apparatus for identifying and tracking instruments, in multiple instrument environments such as an operating room or a garage. Each instrument or disposable has attached thereto an identifying tag, such as an RFID tag. Each plane or location the instruments or disposables are placed on, comprises an antenna and thus continuously identifies the tools. In order for the antenna to work in a metallic environment, the antenna is equipped with a metallic board underneath, which insulates form other metals, and in order for the metallic board not to absorb all the energy, a spacing layer is placed between the metal board and the antenna. Flat antennas may be implemented as a collection of wire loops, overlapping in about 20% of one of their dimensions.08-12-2010
20100201486SHIPPING CONTAINER INTEGRITY DEVICE AND SYSTEM - Disclosed is a remotely monitorable shipping container security and integrity system and radio frequency identification device. The system permits remote monitoring of shipping containers via RFID devices capable of data storage. The RFID devices are adapted to become at least partially non-functional in the event of substantial tampering.08-12-2010
20080278286Communication Method, System and User Terminal - A communications system comprising one or more transponders and a user terminal including a processing unit, a reader unit for communicating with the transponders and a communications unit. The one or more transponders are configured to store connection specific information on the terminal device, and the reader unit of the user terminal is configured to receive the connection specific information on the terminal device stored in a transponder in response to the reader unit of the user terminal being positioned at least in proximity to the transponder, and the processing unit is configured to utilize the received connection specific information when a communications connection between the user terminal and the terminal device is established.11-13-2008
20080278288Rfid to Store Saw Calibration Coefficients - Calibration constants unique to a particular sensor are derived and stored in a memory with which the sensor is associated and then read from the memory and used to provide compensation for data readings (11-13-2008
20080278289Method for the operation of an RFID tag with precise localization - The invention relates to a method for the operation of an RFID transponder (11-13-2008
20080284571SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING RFID TAGS TO MANAGE AUTOMOTIVE PARTS - A system for utilizing RFID tags to manage automotive parts. A system is provided that includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader configured to read data from RFID tags affixed to parts located throughout a vehicle, wherein each RFID tag uniquely identifies a part; a data processing system configured to process the data obtained by the RFID reader; and a service application that provides service related information to an end user based on an installation or removal of a part from the vehicle.11-20-2008
20080290995SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AN RFID READER AND AN RFID TAG - A method for optimizing communication between an RFID reader and an RFID tag. Initially, an RFID tag is detected, and the tag type is passively determined. An optimization goal is then selected. An optimal parameter set for communicating with the tag, based on the tag type and the optimization goal is then determined. The reader is then reconfigured using the optimal parameter set to communicate with the tag.11-27-2008
20080290992SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED COILS - A semiconductor device with a number of integrated coils is disclosed. In one embodiment, a first coil portion and a second coil portion are at least in part overlapping each other. Another embodiment provides a process for manufacturing a semiconductor device having at least the processes of generating a first coil portion, generating a second coil portion, wherein at least a part of the first coil portion and a part of the second coil portion are overlapping each other.11-27-2008
20080290993Reader Control System - An RFID reader control system and method is provided. A protocol for controlling an RFID reader and an RFID reader control unit of a mobile phone is defined. Messages, information, commands, responses, and notification are constructed and transmitted between the RFID reader and the RFID reader control unit.11-27-2008
20130181814Method and System for Determining an Association of a Set of Radio-Frequency Identification Tags - Devices, methods, and systems comprising one or more shielding elements repositionable, e.g., slidably disposed, along a structure, e.g., a stylus, the structure further comprising a set of one or more radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, where the one or more shielding elements effect the radio frequency (RF) transmissibility of the set of one or more RFID tags, and a computing device comprising a processor, where the processor is configured to determine an association of a set of received one or more RFID tags with a unique identifier.07-18-2013
20080309462Method of Producing a Transponder and a Transponder - In a method of producing a transponder (T12-18-2008
20080309461Information Managing Unit and Information Managing Method - An information managing unit (12-18-2008
20080284570Reader Control System - An RFID reader control system and method is provided. A protocol for controlling an RFID reader and an RFID reader control unit of a mobile phone is defined. Messages, information, commands, responses, and notification are constructed and transmitted between the RFID reader and the RFID reader control unit.11-20-2008
20110205025CONVERTING BETWEEN DIFFERENT RADIO FREQUENCIES - The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for converting between different radio frequencies. In some implementations, a method includes receiving a request from a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) reader configured to communicate with a first type of RFID tag. Independent of digital signal processing, the received request is automatically converted to a request compatible with a second type of RFID tag different from the first type of RFID tag. The converted request is transmitted to an RFID tag of the second type of RFID tag.08-25-2011
20110205026RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER ANTENNA HAVING A DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTABLE Q-FACTOR - Turning now to the drawings, systems and methods for reading RFID transponders utilizing readers in which the Q-factor of the resonant antenna of the reader shifts over the course of the reader's interrogation cycle in response to the detection of data from FDX and HDX RFID transponders in accordance with embodiments of the invention are illustrated. One embodiment having a dynamically adjustable Q-factor, wherein the reader transmits an activation signal configured to activate half duplex and full duplex transponders includes a signal source configured to drive a resonant antenna and a dynamic switching circuit configured to set the Q-factor of the resonant antenna to a first value during the transmission of the activation signal. In addition, the dynamic switching circuit is configured to set the Q-factor of the resonant antenna to a second value below the first value during and/or in response to detection of a data signal from a full duplex transponder, the dynamic switching circuit is also configured to set the Q-factor of the resonant antenna to a third value below the second value when the RFID reader is not transmitting the activation signal, and the resonant antenna is multi-filar and the dynamic switching circuit is configured to control the Q-factor of the multi-filar resonant antenna by controlling the filars that are incorporated into the resonant antenna circuit.08-25-2011
20080284568Transponder - A transporter is provided for use in particular with microwave or millimetric wavelength electromagnetic radiation, and includes a retro-reflecting arrangement and a modulating arrangement, in which the modulating arrangement is operable, by a current-induced field, to apply a predetermined type of pattern of modulation to incident microwave or millimetric wavelength electromagnetic radiation passing therethrough, before and/or after the incident radiation is reflected by the retro-reflecting arrangement. When used in combination with an interrofator unit, a particular type or pattern of modulation applied by the transponder may be detected in order to extract information represented in the modulation.11-20-2008
20080278287Rfid Transceiver Unit - An RFID transceiver unit (11-13-2008
20080252416Electronic Device - The present invention relates to an electronic device (10-16-2008
20100127832STRUCTURAL COMPONENT BASED ON A CERAMIC BODY - The invention relates to a component based on a ceramic material that is stable to the greatest possible extent at elevated temperatures, especially temperatures exceeding 800° C. (i.e. the component can achieve the intended purpose thereof at said temperature).05-27-2010
20100127831ACTIVE RFID APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING PN CODE GNENRATION - An active radio frequency identification (RFID) apparatus having an additional transmitter in addition to a single transmitter is provided. The active RFID apparatus includes a first transmitter including a first pseudo noise (PN) code generator to generate a direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) introduced by ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission) 24730-2 or ISO/IEC 18185-5 type B; and a second transmitter including a second PN code generator to perform an AND operation on an initial value and a fed back value and shift the resultant value of the AND operation, to perform an XOR operation on particular bits from among the shifted bits and to perform an XOR operation again on the shifted bits and the resulting value of the XOR operation to finally generate a PN code. Accordingly, where an additional PN code is added besides an existing PN code, a PN code having excellent auto correlation characteristics allowing discrimination of the PN code itself and cross-correlation characteristics providing a code discrimination ability with respect to another code can be generated.05-27-2010
20080315991METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ATTACHING A RADIO TRANSCEIVER TO AN ANTENNA - Methods and systems of attaching a radio transceiver to an antenna. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising an antenna and an integrated circuit configured to operate as a radio transceiver. The antenna comprises a ground plane having a first edge surface, and an active element having a second edge surface. The ground plane and the active element are retained together such that the first and second edge surfaces are substantially coplanar and form an antenna edge. The integrated circuit is configured to operate as a radio transceiver, and the integrated circuit is mechanically coupled to the edge of the antenna and electrically coupled to the active element.12-25-2008
20080315997Tag tape, tag tape roll, RFID circuit element cartridge, and tag label producing apparatus - A tag tape comprises a plurality of substantially sheet-shaped antenna base wherein an RFID circuit element is disposed, and a first tape and a second tape provided opposite each other so that the plurality of antenna base is disposed therebetween, wherein the first tape includes an print-receiving layer, the second tape or the first tape includes an affixing adhesive layer, the second tape includes a separation material layer on the affixing side of the adhesive layer, and the antenna base is provided so that at least the IC circuit part juts toward the separation material layer side.12-25-2008
20080284569Guaranteed RFID Event Delivery - An RFID event tracking and management system provides a standardized approach that can be utilized by various industry verticals. Guaranteed event delivery can ensure that any event data captured by an RFID device is written to persistent storage. A first guaranteed commit process can ensure that event data captured by an RFID device is written to a persistent queue, and the event data is not released from the RFID device until the event data is verified to be in the persistent queue. A second guaranteed commit process then ensures that the event data in the persistent queue is written to persistent storage, and the event data is not released from the persistent queue until the event data is verified to be in the persistent storage.11-20-2008
20120293306Multi-Mode Communication Ingestible Event Markers and Systems, and Methods of Using the Same - Aspects of the invention include multi-mode communication ingestible event marker devices. Ingestible event marker devices of the invention include an ingestible component comprising a conductive communication module and at least one additional non-conductive communication module. The non-conductive communication module may be integrated with the ingestible component or at least a portion or all of the non-conductive communication module may be associated with a packaging component of the ingestible event marker device. Additional aspects of the invention include systems that include the devices and one or more receivers, as well as methods of using the same.11-22-2012
20080238626FAR FIELD RFID READER WITH BLOCKING - A far field radio frequency identification (RFID) reader includes a baseband processing module, a transmitter section, and a receiver section. The receiver section includes a low noise amplifier module, a down conversion module, and a current mode blocking circuit. The low noise amplifier module amplifies an inbound RF signal to produce an amplified inbound RF signal. The down conversion module converts the amplified inbound RF signal into the inbound baseband signal. The current mode blocking circuit substantial compensates for a blocking current component of the baseband inbound signal and passes, substantially unattenuated, a signal current component of the baseband inbound signal.10-02-2008
20080272885Modular Radio Frequency Identification Tagging Method - The RF antenna portion and the RFID electronics portion of an RFID tag are produced separately and assembled on the item to be tagged. This reduces the overall cost of the RFID tagging process, in addition to providing other benefits. Specifically, the RF antenna is pre-applied to an item that is to be tagged and the RFID electronics are applied separately to the item in the form of a discrete RFID electronics module that couples to the pre-applied RF antenna to provide an RFID capability for the item.11-06-2008
20100141388SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ON PIECES OF FURNITURE - A system for providing information on pieces of furniture includes a piece of furniture and an electronic device on the piece of furniture. The electronic device contains information and is able to transmit information to an external receiver. The system also includes a locator that covers the electronic device and provides a visible indication of the position of the electronic device.06-10-2010
20100141384BOTTLE CAP HAVING ANTI-COUNTERFEIT FUNCTION AND BOTTLE USING THE SAME - A bottle cap having anti-counterfeit function comprises a cap body and an RFID tag. The cap body has a cap portion, a ring neck portion and at least one joint portion, there is an interval between the cap portion and the ring neck portion, and the joint portion crosses through the interval and couples the cap portion and the ring neck portion. The RFID tag is disposed at the cap body and has an antenna and a chip electrically connected with the antenna. The antenna has a first antenna portion, a second antenna portion and a third antenna portion, the first antenna portion and the chip are disposed at the cap portion of the cap body, the second antenna portion is disposed at the ring neck portion of the cap body, and the third antenna portion crosses through the interval and bridge connects the first antenna portion and the second antenna portion.06-10-2010
20100141389RFID TRANSPONDER WITH IMPROVED WAKE PATTERN DETECTION AND METHOD - An RFID transponder is provided which includes an automatic gain control (AGC) stage for amplifying a radio frequency (RF) signal and for providing an amplified RF signal. The AGC stage has a control signal indicating an increase of the amplitude of the RF signal. A demodulator is coupled to receive the amplified RF signal for demodulating the amplified RF signal. The demodulator provides a data signal. A burst detector is coupled to receive the control signal of the AGC stage and adapted to provide a start signal in response to a change of the control signal. A wake pattern detector is coupled to receive the data signal and the start signal. The wake pattern detector is adapted to detect a predefined wake pattern in the data signal after having received the start signal and to issue a wake signal if the predefined wake pattern is detected for switching the RFID transponder from a first operating mode into a second operating mode having higher power consumption than the first operating mode.06-10-2010
20110006883METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING VIRTUAL SPACE - The present invention sets up a virtual space for an actual work space in which plural goods are loaded and unloaded. The disclosed system may manage the work space by recognizing automatically whether a movable apparatus moving in the virtual space or goods loaded thereon moves into or from the virtual space. Therefore, the work space is efficiently managed01-13-2011
20080258874TRANSPONDER CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DEMODULATOR - A transponder circuit arrangement including antenna contacts to which an antenna signal can be applied. The antenna signal includes at least one signal in one transmission band of a plurality of transmission bands. The transponder circuit arrangement also includes a detector adapted to detect whether the antenna signal includes a signal in a predetermined transmission band, and a demodulator adapted to demodulate the signal in the predetermined transmission band when the signal has been detected therein, and otherwise to demodulate a signal in another transmission band.10-23-2008
20080258875RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION FUNCTIONALITY COUPLED TO ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE SIGNAGE - The present disclosure relates to multiple embodiments of a signage having radio-frequency responsive features, methods of making and using the signage, and the performance characteristics of the signage. These embodiments include a cutout, aperture, or opening in an electrically conductive sign into which or adjacent to which is placed an RFID tag or chip.10-23-2008
20130120116Method and Apparatus for Power Management for a Radio Frequency Identification System - A method and device of power management for a networked radio frequency identification (“RFID”) system are disclosed. The described power management methods reduce the power consumption of battery-operated RFD) readers and REED tags. These power conservation methods increase the RFID system's hours of operation and decrease the cost by allowing the RFID readers and tags to function for a longer period of time before requiring charging or replacement of their batteries.05-16-2013
20130120117METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PRESERVING PRIVACY IN AN RFID SYSTEM - A card comprises an antenna configured to generate and receive radio frequency signals, a chip coupled with the antenna, the chip configured to store sensitive information and communicate the information to an authorized reader via the antenna, and a switching mechanism configured to tune and detune the antenna relative to the chip to enable and disable respectively, the chips ability to communicate the sensitive information via the antenna.05-16-2013
20110205027Radio frequency tag - The invention relates to a radio frequency tag. The tag comprises a receiver for receiving radio frequency waves having an amplitude spectrum provided with a first frequency component and a second frequency component. The tag also comprises a converter associated with the receiver for generating a signal having a frequency component at the frequency difference between the first frequency and the second frequency. In addition, the tag comprises a signal circuit for processing the generated signal and a coupler for forwarding the generated signal from the receiver towards the signal circuit. The signal circuit comprises a transmitter for transmitting the generated signal as a transmitted radio wave. Further, the transmitter comprises a magnetic loop antenna including a resonant LC loop08-25-2011
20100271180RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) CREDENTIAL FOR GUEST SERVICES - A Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tag can be used to store a Hospitality Industry Organization ID of a customer. The RFID tag can be detected and then the Hospitality Industry Organization ID can be determined by using a device at a hospitality location to determine information about the customer to facilitate service for the consumer.10-28-2010
20100271177METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USER INTERACTION VIA TRANSPONDERS - An approach is provided for user interaction via transponders (e.g., near field communication (NFC) tag, radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, or contactless card) disposed on a dynamically reconfigurable display. Each transponder corresponds to an area of the display that is associated with one or more actions. The actions are dynamically updated based at least in part on the content presented on the respective area of the display. A user equipment containing a transponder reader detects a signal from one of the transponders to trigger the corresponding action.10-28-2010
20100271178REMOTE MONITORING AND CONTROL OF LED BASED STREET LIGHTS - The present invention is directed to a method for remotely monitoring and controlling a light emitting diode. In one embodiment, the method includes establishing a two-way communication path via a communication module to a central office, wherein said communication module is coupled to said LED based street light and sending information related to the LED based street light to the central office via the two-way communication path.10-28-2010
20090160613Cartridge for including at least RFID tag and appratus for communicating with RFID tag - This disclosure discloses an apparatus for producing RFID label includes: a cartridge holder detachable with respect to a cartridge having a base tape provided with a RFID circuit element provided with an IC circuit part and a tag antenna, a loop antenna configured to transmit/receive information with the RFID circuit element via radio communication, and a cartridge connector configured to supply power to the loop antenna; a tape feeding roller configured to feed the base tape; and an apparatus connector configured to supply power to the cartridge connector.06-25-2009
20090128296TERMINAL HAVING RADIO FREQUENCY FUNCTION AND METHOD OF PROCESSING INFORMATION OF THE TERMINAL - Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.05-21-2009
20090128298METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOCATING SENSOR NODE IN SENSOR NETWORK USING TRANSMIT POWER CONTROL - A method and apparatus for a sensor network having a plurality of reference nodes and a sensor node that enables the sensor node to compute a relative position through transmission range control and position mapping. In transmission range control, each reference node sends location information signals to the sensor node while varying transmission power. In position mapping, the sensor node forms a grid of vertical and horizontal lines corresponding to a square area defined by the neighboring reference nodes, extracts coordinates of intersections in the grid belonging to a shared region between areas covered by location information signals of various transmit power levels from the neighboring reference nodes, and sets the position of the sensor node to the middle points of the extracted coordinates. Each reference node sends a location information signal when a random backoff time expires after reception of a location information request signal.05-21-2009
20090079543WIRELESS IC TAG READER - A wireless IC tag reader includes a receiving antenna, a transmitting antenna and a beam direction control unit. The receiving antenna has a maximum beam direction and a half-value angle. The transmitting antenna has a maximum beam direction and a half-value angle narrower than the half-value angle of the receiving antenna. The beam direction control unit changes the maximum beam direction of the transmitting antenna.03-26-2009
20090160618Method to personalize consumer items for use in outdoor activities - The present invention provides a method to personalize and enhance the value of consumer items for use in outdoor activities. It utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, computers, PDAs, and cell phones to link, record, and retrieve positional, personal, and historical data. The personalization and association of an object to a unique event by the consumer will lead to enhanced value of the product. Information that is stored on cell phones, PDAs, computers, and external databases are transferred as multimedia messages. The information is cataloged and organized using the unique RFID number. The subject line of the multimedia message is the RFID tag number. Commercial items such as skis, coats, hats, shoes, shirts, pants, gloves, sun glasses, surfboards, bicycles, wetsuits, cell phones, computers, golf clubs, golf balls, fishing poles, and lures will be produced that contain RFID tags.06-25-2009
20090160616Seat belt system - A seat belt monitoring system is provided. The seat belt monitoring system includes a seat belt system. The seat belt system has a first portion including a seat belt webbing and a tongue. The seat belt system also includes a buckle. A radio frequency device is associated with the first portion. The seat belt monitoring system further includes a radio frequency receiver that detects either a signal from the radio frequency device or a particular spatial relationship between the radio frequency device and a second radio frequency device placed near the buckle of the seat belt system.06-25-2009
20090160617CREDIT, SECURITY, DEBIT CARDS AND THE LIKE WITH BUTTONS - A card is provided, such as a credit card or security card, that may transmit information to a magnetic stripe reader via a magnetic emulator. The emulator may transmit the information in order to reduce the amount of circuitry needed to emulate a particular block of information. Additionally, for example, one or more buttons may be included on the card. Buttons may be includes, for example, to provide a control interface to navigate through various options of the card. Additionally, coding schemes may be selected via buttons. Furthermore, a card may be locked until a private number is entered into a card or a number may only be generated (e.g., displayed and/or emulated) once a particular private number is entered into a card.06-25-2009
20090160614Assembly work supporting method and system - Detecting whether components are combined and coupled correctly in assembly work is performed by correct and simple operations. The proposed method includes reading a first IC tag attached to a joint part of a first component and a second IC tag attached to a joint part of a second component together in a manner of preventing collision and determining whether the first component and the second component are coupled correctly, based on information representing mating relations of IC tags memorized beforehand.06-25-2009
20090160612Measurement System, Measurement Method and New Use of Antenna - The invention relates to a measuring system for detecting radio-frequency tags, a measuring method, and a new use for a leaky waveguide. The measuring system comprises a reading device and an antenna, which is connected to reading device for connecting to the tags. According to the invention, the antenna is a microstrip-type leaky waveguide having a length which is several times the operating wavelength of the tags. The invention permits reliable and precise RFID detection, for example, for a results service for sports events.06-25-2009
20090160611Enhanced Communication Via RFID Interrogator - An RFID portal is enhanced to provide communication capability to RFID communication enabled devices. Such devices include cameras, PDAs, voice communicator, keyboards, displays, indicators, storage devices, etc. Devices are made RFID communication enabled by providing them with an RFID interface and an RFID tag “front end”. Such an enhanced device communicates with an enhanced portal via an RFID reader/interrogator associated with the portal. The portal may have connection to other communication channels, such as an Ethernet tie to a network, a landline phone connection, a cellular interface, an 802.11 connection, a Bluetooth channel, etc. Such connections allow an RFID communication enabled device to communicate beyond the enhanced portal to the outside world.06-25-2009
20090128295RFID BASED IDENTIFICATION DEVICE - A RFID-based identification device comprising a first RFID antenna; and a second RFID antenna, wherein the first and second RFID antennas are in a first arrangement, the resonant frequencies of the antennas are away from an interrogation frequency such that no identification information is transferred, and wherein when the first and second RFID antennas are in a second arrangement, the resonant frequency of the identification device shifts such that identification information is transferred.05-21-2009
20110205029SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING DATA FROM AN OBJECT - A system for receiving data from an object, whose particularity consists in comprising at least one radio frequency transponder adapted to be connected to an object, said transponder containing information related to the object that one wishes to send to a user, at least one receiving device, adapted to be carried by a user, being adapted to read said at least one transponder and to receive said information sent by said transponder and related to said object.08-25-2011
20090128293SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIMENSIONAL RATING USING RFID TECHNOLOGY - A device for determining the dimensions of a parcel includes a platform and two adjacent walls. Each of the platform and walls are provided with a respective antenna for transmitting and receiving RF energy. The parcel to be measured is placed on the platform and registered against the walls. A responding device, having RFID tags attached thereto, is placed on a corner of the parcel. Each of the antennae are energized, and response signals from the RFID tags are measured. Based on the response signals from the RFID tags, the dimensions of the parcel can be determined, and the parcel can be rated for delivery based on the determined dimensions.05-21-2009
20090128291METHOD AND APPARATUS OF RFID COMMUNICATION DURING DEVICE ASSEMBLY - A method of RFID communication during device assembly includes, at a first production step of a device, determining first assembly information regarding production of the device via a first radio frequency identification (RFID) communication. The method further includes, at a second production step, determining second assembly information regarding the production of the device via a second RFID communication.05-21-2009
20090128299APPARATUS AND METHOD OF RFID FREQUENCY ENCODING - In one embodiment the present invention includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) apparatus comprising an inlay layer. The inlay layer includes a plurality of resonant metal structures. The plurality of resonant metal structures has a first configuration of locations and resonate frequencies. Each resonant metal structure corresponds to a location and a resonant frequency.05-21-2009
20090128297RFID TAG AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A RFID tag includes: an antenna section having a first base and a loop antenna; a strap section having a second base and a first conductive pattern to which a circuit chip is electrically connected; and a protection section having a protection body having relatively high rigidity and a second conductive pattern in which the protection body has a groove formed therein large enough to house the circuit chip, and the second conductive pattern electrically connects the first conductive pattern to the loop antenna.05-21-2009
20090128294DATA STREAMING APPARATUS FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - The invention relates to a data streaming apparatus for an RFID tag capable of streaming large scale data with low power consumption without a complicated structure. A mass storage is segmented into unit banks, and only the unit banks are selectively operated in a sequential manner. As a result, a tag capable of streaming large scale data with low power consumption can be provided.05-21-2009
20090128289Methods for coupling an RFID chip to an antenna - A method for mounting multiple small RFID chips onto larger antenna. The chips are mechanically aligned with an interdigitated gap at the feed point of the antenna by electrostatic or magnetic techniques. In an alternate embodiment RF field coupling between the chips and the antenna is employed.05-21-2009
20110128125ANTENNA DEVICE AND SYSTEM INCLUDING ANTENNA DEVICE - An antenna device performs communications with an identification tag by being connected to a reading device that reads identification information of the identification tag. The antenna device includes a first power feeding unit configured to receive power from the reading device; a resonator that is electromagnetically coupled to the first power feeding unit, the resonator having a predetermined bandwidth including a working frequency of the reading device; and a second power feeding unit that is electromagnetically coupled to the resonator, the second power feeding unit being terminated according to a predetermined resistance value.06-02-2011
20090184804METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A BUILDING - The invention relates to a method in connection with electrical-energy measurement. According to the method the electrical energy consumption (07-23-2009
20090184803UTILIZING AN RFID TAG IN MANUFACTURING FOR ENHANCED LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT - Data associated with supply chain events for a manufactured assembly is automatically stored. In preferred embodiments the supply chain events for the manufactured assembly are stored on an RFID tag attached to the assembly as it travels through the supply chain to insure the data concerning the assembly is readily available and not separated from the assembly. In other embodiments, the supply chain events or characteristic data is stored on the RFID tag in a hierarchical structure beginning with the original state of the assembly and with additional entries for each step in the assembly process. In other embodiments, as the product undergoes rework, conversion to a different assembly, or personalizations, the new state of the assembly is stored in the RFID tag. In other preferred embodiments, other information is also stored on the RFID tag such as country of origin, failure data, cycle times and a quality status indicator.07-23-2009
20090002128Location Management Method Using Rfid Series - The present invention relates to a method of location management on the road using RFID series. In particular, the present invention provides RFID series, where a number of RFID tags are concurrently installed without the need of installing RFID tags one by one and ID of each RFID tag is automatically computed, and therefore work can be completed with a little time and workforce without confusion even where a number of RFID tags are required in order to constitute an RFID system, and a method of location management on the road to specifically grasp the location where an optional thing on the road (e.g. a car) stops or moves using the RFID series.01-01-2009
20090251293SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INVENTORY OF ITEMS HELD IN A CABINET USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) - A RFID cabinet comprises a cabinet structure and one or more drawers or shelves. Chambers are formed within the cabinet to house the one or more drawers or shelves. An RFID scanner is configured to scan items tagged with RFID tags in the chambers via one or more antennas. The antennas can include transmit and receive antennas or antennas configured to perform both transmit and receive functions. The drawers can have a access cover, or lid that can be controlled so as to control access to the drawer. The scanner can be configured to perform inventory control for the tagged items.10-08-2009
20090251292RADIO COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A radio communication apparatus stores, in a pattern storing unit, channel pattern data indicating radio channel switching order for searching for a free channel and stores switching condition data for the radio channel in a condition storing unit. A control unit of the radio communication apparatus switches, when the switching condition data stored in the condition storing unit is satisfied, the radio channel according to the switching order indicated by the channel pattern data stored in the pattern storing unit.10-08-2009
20090251287Electronic vehicle license and a reading and writing control device therefor - An electronic vehicle license is installed on a vehicle to store a record and insurance data of the vehicle, and a reading and writing control device is provided for an authority/official organization to read and write data into the electronic vehicle license; the electronic vehicle license includes a storage unit, a non-contact transferring unit, and a central processing unit; the reading and writing control device includes a central controlling unit, which has a weight assigned thereto in accordance with a jurisdiction of the authority that is authorized to use the reading and writing control device so that the central controlling unit is allowed to handle certain categories of data; the reading and writing control device further includes an encrypting and decrypting unit, a non-contact transferring unit, and a displaying unit to show the data of the vehicle license.10-08-2009
20090251291SWITCHED CAPACITANCE METHOD FOR THE DETECTION OF, AND SUBSEQUENT COMMUNICATION WITH A WIRELESS TRANSPONDER DEVICE USING A SINGLE ANTENNA - A transponder detector is provided with capabilities for detecting the presence and type of a transponder in its read range while operating at low power and also using a common antenna for detecting and executing data transactions with transponders.10-08-2009
20090251289METHOD, RFID READER, RFID TAG AND RFID SYSTEM FOR SECURE COMMUNICATION - In an RFID system a method for communication between a reader (10-08-2009
20090251288METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RFID TAG DETECTION AND CHARACTERIZATION - This disclosure discloses methods and apparatus for detecting and characterizing radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags.10-08-2009
20080315996RFID reader - An RFID reader comprises a receiver section for receiving an RF signal and a transmitter section for transmitting an RF signal. The reader is a multicarrier RFID reader and both the transmitted RF signal and the received RF signal comprise at least two frequencies.12-25-2008
20080315995SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, CARD COMPRISING THE SAME, AND OPERATING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A semiconductor integrated circuit has a rectifying circuit, a switched capacitor, a switched-capacitor drive circuit, a demodulator, and an internal circuit. The switched capacitor executes series charging and parallel discharging to/from a plurality of capacitors using an output rectified voltage. When the current driving performance at the time of supplying a power source voltage is set to a high state, so that a receiving operation in a card is executed reliably even at a long communication distance. Transmission signal data from a card is supplied to a switched-capacitor current driving performance increase disable circuit, and the current driving performance at the time of supplying the power source voltage in the switched capacitor is changed to be low. The change is detected as a magnetic field change in an antenna by an apparatus.12-25-2008
20080315994Method, Apparatus, and System for Selecting and Locating Objects Having Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid) Tags - A carrier structure has a plurality of cells. A corresponding plurality of objects having data carriers, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, is placed in each cell. Each cell has an indicator associated therewith and is defined by walls that substantially prevent waves (such as RF waves) from propagating between cells. A control module is coupled to the carrier structure and is operative to selectively activate individual ones of the indicators. An automatic data collection device (such as an RFID reader) interrogates the data carriers of the objects placed in the cells, and the data carriers can provide response signals to the data collection device. The control module also monitors the response signals using an antenna present in each cell. If the data collection device selects a particular one of the responsive data carriers, the data collection device provides a notification signal to the control module to notify the control module of the selection. The control module then identifies and selects the cell of an object of interest having the selected data carrier affixed thereon, and initiates activation of the indicator associated with the selected cell, thereby identifying the location of the object of interest.12-25-2008
20090015378RFID READER CANCELLING LEAKAGE SIGNAL - A radio frequency identification (RFID) recorder for cancelling a leakage signal includes a digital unit calculating and storing an amplitude and a phase of the leakage signal, and a leakage cancellation circuit generating a leakage cancellation signal to cancel the leakage signal in response to a control of the digital unit.01-15-2009
20090015376RFID TAGS HAVING FERROMAGNETIC PATCHES - RFID tags and devices disclosed herein make use ferromagnetic films to store information. The tags include patches of ferromagnetic materials, each patch having a particular ferromagnetic resonance frequency determined by the composition of the ferromagnetic film. When stimulated, the patches emit microwave or RF signals at their resonance frequencies and at intensities proportional to the patch sizes. The signals are read and the frequency spectrum of the tag may be determined by using a FFT. Identity and other information may be provided by the spectrum.01-15-2009
20090015379APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTEXT-BASED WIRELESS INFORMATION PROCESSING - A context of the user of a mobile communication device determines what product or service is requested. By determining where the mobile communication device is, unique identifying information is used to identify a specific product or service. By using information regarding products limited to a defined area, a reduced product/service identifier can be used on products/services.01-15-2009
20090015380Reading out of information using an optoelectronic sensor and an RFID reader01-15-2009
20090051494Tag Identification System, Tag Reading Apparatus, and Method for Determining Sequence of Tags - The invention provides a tag identification system, a tag reading apparatus, and a method for determining sequence of tags. According to an aspect of the invention, a tag identification system comprises a tag reading apparatus and a plurality of tags, wherein: the tag reading apparatus has at least two antennas, wherein the apparatus transmits an interrogation signal within the coverage of each of the antennas; the plurality of tags sequentially pass by the coverage of each of the at least two antennas, each of the plurality of tags returning a reply to the at least two antennas in response to a received interrogation signal; and the tag reading apparatus includes a sequence determination unit which determines the sequence in which the plurality of tags pass by based on replies returned from the plurality of tags and received by the at least two antennas.02-26-2009
20090212918Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Based Sensor Networks - An RF addressable sensor network architecture is provided. The RF addressable sensor network includes one or more RF addressable sensors, one or more wireless sensor readers coupled to a communications network, and one or more end user devices coupled to the communications network. The RF addressable sensor network may also include a sensor network processor. An RF addressable sensor includes one or more sensor elements, one or more antennas for communicating with the wireless sensor reader, an RF power and communications interface, and RFID control module, and a sensor interface. The wireless sensor reader includes one or more antennas, a user interface, a controller, a network communications module, and an RF addressable sensor logic module.08-27-2009
20090212912Laundry Tag - A laundry tag is described comprising a first male portion (08-27-2009
20100271184Apparatus and Method for Monitoring and Communicating Data Associated with a Product - Visual and audio communication interface for a perishable integrity indicator system which includes a RFID transponder and perishable integrity sensor. A perishable integrity indicator system includes a RFID transponder and a perishable integrity sensor. The RFID transponder includes a RF integrated circuit coupled with an antenna. The sensor monitors the time and temperature of the perishable. A freshness determining module receives time- and temperature-dependent measurement data from the perishable integrity sensor and determines a current freshness status. A communications interface to the RFID transponder permits a RFID reader to retrieve current freshness status data corresponding to the freshness status determined by the freshness determining module. The system further includes a power management module. The visual and audio communication interface provides a communications means for sending sensor alerts, sensor setup and history as either a supplement to the RF communication or as an alternative to RF when RF is either not available or not able to communicate.10-28-2010
20090027163Radio Frequency Identification Tag Holding and Paper Roll Assembly - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag holding is for being applied to an object. The object has a receiving space having an opening direction. The RFID tag holding includes a supporting member for fixing in the receiving space. The supporting member has a carrier region for carrying an RFID tag. A normal vector of the carrier region and the opening direction are substantially parallel or form a predetermined acute angle.01-29-2009
20080238617Detector Logic and Radio Identification Device and Method for Enhancing Terminal Operations - An electronic device operable with a radio frequency identification device operable with a detector logic and a method for operating the electronic device with a radio frequency identification device and a detector logic is provided. Firstly, a detection event is registered by the detector logic. The detected event relates to an operation of the radio frequency identification device, which is applicable to transmit data to a counterpart radio frequency identification device. A detection signal is generated and issued by the detector logic in response to the registering and detection event, respectively, which detection signal is received by the electronic device. Then, the electronic device initiates one or more operations in response to the receiving of the detection signal.10-02-2008
20110140859RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGGING - A RFID tag or label comprises a RFID tag module (comprising an electronic identification circuit and a coupling means) and an antenna structure coupled to the coupling means. The RFID tag module is separate from, separable or arranged to be severable from, the antenna structure. The tag module can be placed in or on an object and the antenna structure in or on packaging material for use with the object. A patch antenna type RFID tag antenna structure has a ground plane spaced from the patch antenna so as to increase the range of the tag. The ground plane is not substantially larger than, and electrically insulated from, the patch antenna. The ground plane is flexible, so the RFID tag structure can be worn by a human, and can be incorporated into a piece of clothing. A RFID antenna structure for use with a tag reader is made flat and robust so that it can be mounted on the ground to be walked upon or driven over. A bi-directional YAGI type RFID tag antenna structure has director elements on two opposite sides so that the YAGI antenna radiates in two opposite directions. An object includes a gain increasing metallic structure for increasing the gain of a RFID tag when placed near the object so as to form a RFID tag antenna structure.06-16-2011
20110140855SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is a signal processing device including: a correlation signal output unit configured to, about a received signal transmitted from another device, calculate a correlation value between the received signal and a pattern of a waveform of a known signal and output the calculated correlation value as a correlation signal in a time corresponding to one symbol; a known signal determiner configured to determine, based on the correlation signal, whether or not the received signal is modulated by the known signal in a first interval defined when the time corresponding to one symbol is divided into a plurality of intervals; and an identifier configured to identify a series of the symbol based on a result of the determination.06-16-2011
20110140854WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A handheld device is configured to communicate with a base unit in an audience response system having a multiplicity of handheld devices that are like in kind and perform a same function. The handheld device includes a transceiver, a user interface configured to receive a user response, a unique address identifying the handheld device, and signal generating logic configured to generate a radio frequency signal encoding the user response and the unique address. The handheld device further includes transmission logic configured to instruct the transceiver to repeatedly transmit the radio frequency signal upon receipt of the user response, without receiving a signal from the base unit to initiate transmission, until a termination event occurs. The termination event consists of one of a receipt of an acknowledgment signal from the base unit and an expiration of a predetermined period of time.06-16-2011
20090085722CABLE INSTALLATIN SUPPORT SYSTEM, TERMINAL BLOCK PLATE AND CABLE INSTALLATION SUPPORT METHOD - Provided is a cable installation support system capable of saving the labor of, and speeding up, work and check work while eliminating human error. A terminal block is provided with terminals with a fixed pitch, and a terminal block cover provided with RFIDs with the same pitch as the pitch of the terminals of the terminal block is attached to the terminal block. A terminal is provided with an RFID reader that reads identification information stored in the RFIDs. Also, in the terminal, identification information in RFID tags attached to core wires of a cable and terminals to which the core wires are attached are associated with each other, and predetermined RFIDs attached to the terminal block cover and the respective terminals of the terminal block are associated with each other. When an RFID tag and an RFID in the terminal block cover are read by the RFID reader, the terminal determines whether or not the core wire is connected to a correct terminal, based on the associated information.04-02-2009
20090085721Methods and Apparatus for Efficiently Tracking Activity Using Radio Frequency Identification - A wearable data processing system includes a high power radio module and a low power radio module. The high power radio module may retrieve data from radio frequency identifier (RFID) tags. The low power radio module may transmit data to a base station data pertaining to the detected RFID tags. The low power radio module may also receive a power management signal from a gate radio. The gate radio may have an adjustable range. A power management engine in the wearable data processing system may determine whether the low power radio module is receiving the power management signal from the gate radio. The power management engine may also activate and deactivate the high power radio module, depending on whether the low power radio module is receiving the power management signal from the gate radio. Other embodiments are described and claimed.04-02-2009
20090096582RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG ANTENNA USING PROXIMITY COUPLING FOR ATTACHING TO METAL - An antenna attached to an object and transmitting electromagnetic waves that are modulated by an RFID tag chip includes a polygonal dielectric material layer that is adjacent to the object, a microstrip patch that determines a resonance frequency of the antenna, a microstrip line that is electromagnetically coupled with the microstrip match, and a shorting pin that disconnects the object and the microstrip line. Accordingly, a small-sized antenna that can be attached to metal can be realized.04-16-2009
20090096581Communications Patching Systems with Radio Frequency Identification Antenna Switching Circuits - Communications patching systems may include one or more patch panels, each of which has plurality of connector ports. A plurality of antennas are provided. Each antenna may be associated with a specific connector port. A radio frequency identification (“RFID”) transceiver and a controller are also provided. A switching circuit is coupled between an output of the RFID transceiver and the plurality of antennas. This switching circuit includes a plurality of switches that are configured to selectively couple one of the plurality of antennas to the output of the RFID transceiver under the control of the controller.04-16-2009
20090102608Vehicle Comprising at Least One Assembled Entity and Use of a Measurement System - A vehicle comprising at least one mounted assembly, comprising a wheel and a tire, and an element consisting partially of polymer compounds, said mounted assembly comprising at least one wireless system for measuring a physical parameter of the tire by surface acoustic wave technology or volume acoustic wave technology, at least one area of said element being at a constant distance from the mounted assembly during use of the vehicle. An interrogation antenna is associated with said area of said element.04-23-2009
20110227706EAS Tag with Wrapping Tethers and Cover - An electronic article surveillance (EAS) system is comprised of a first EAS housing and a second EAS housing, each having electrically conducting tethers and a cover to hold the housing in place on an object to be protected. The covers have a surface with adhesive on it. Each housing is placed in a cover with the tethers extending through the cover, and the adhesive surface is pressed to the object. Switches on the bottom of the housing indicate contact with an object. The housings have apertures for receiving the ends of the tethers which are extended from the housings and inserted into the apertures of the other housing to complete circuits between the housings. Electronics within the housings monitor the circuits and switches for tampering and can generate alarms. External devices may arm and disarm the housings via wireless communication. A magnet releases a blocking mechanism to remove the housings.09-22-2011
20110227704RFID-BASED ENTERPRISE INTELLIGENCE - An “RFID-Based Inference Platform” provides various techniques for using RFID tags in combination with other enterprise sensors to track users and objects, infer their interactions, and provide these inferences for enabling further applications. Specifically, observations are collected from combinations of RFID tag reads and other enterprise sensors including electronic calendars, user presence identifiers, cardkey access logs, computer logins, etc. Given sufficient observations, the RFID-Based Inference Platform automatically differentiates between tags associated with or affixed to people and tags affixed to objects. The RFID-Based Inference Platform then infers additional information including identities of people, ownership of specific objects, the nature of different “zones” in a workspace (e.g., private office versus conference room). These inferences are then used to enable various applications including object tracking, automated object ownership determinations, automated object cataloging, automated misplaced object alerts, video annotations, automated conference room scheduling, semi-automated object image catalogs, object interaction query systems, etc.09-22-2011
20110227701GATE SYSTEM - Disclosed is a gate system arranged on two gate frames and detects a tag passing between the two gate frames, the gate system including at least two gate frames that are vertically arranged facing with each other; at least two antenna units that are arranged on the at least two gate frames, respectively; and a reader that is arranged on each of the at least two gate frames and enables the at least two antenna units to emit electromagnetic wave to an article passing between the at least two gate frames using a predetermined frequency signal, and obtains information stored in a tag using a signal that the at least two antenna units receives from the at least two antenna units.09-22-2011
20090045918ELECTRONIC LABEL, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRODUCTS AND METHOD FOR DATA COMMUNICATION - The invention relates to an electronic label and a method for controlling products. According to the invention, the label comprises at least one support component; at least one support component; at least one antenna; at least one transponder; at least one display, the display comprising electronic ink arranged on a support; and a least one sensor means. The product is provided with the label according to the invention for controlling the product.02-19-2009
20090072949RFID SYSTEM - An RFID system according to the present invention includes an RFID antenna system including: a first antenna that can communicate with an external reader/writer; an antenna selector for connecting with the first antenna; and a plurality of second antennas that can connect with the first antenna in order via the antenna selector, each of the second antennas can communicate with an IC tag that is attached to an article placed in a region defined by the second antenna.03-19-2009
20110140858METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RFID TAG COMMUNICATIONS - The present invention provides backscatter interrogators, communication systems and backscatter communication methods. According to one aspect of the present invention, a backscatter interrogator includes a data path configured to communicate a data signal; a signal generator configured to generate a carrier signal; and a modulator coupled with the data path and the signal generator, the modulator being configured to spread the data signal to define a spread data signal and amplitude modulate the carrier signal using the spread data signal, the modulator being further configured to phase modulate the carrier signal.06-16-2011
20090096580SECURE AUTHENTICATION - A system for automatic identification and/or authentication through a multi-tag communication system. The system may include a plurality of tags which may include devices such as wireless transponders and/or emulated tag devices. Each of the plurality of tags may transmit a portion of identification and/or authentication information to a reader. Each tag alone may transmit insufficient information to identify and/or authenticate a user. The plurality of tags may transmit their respective information in a synchronized fashion to the reader, which may read and process the information to determine whether to grant a user access to a particular secure system or area.04-16-2009
20090096584RFID MUTUAL AUTHENTICATION VERIFICATION SESSION - In a protocol for preserving the privacy of communications between a RFID reader and a RFID tag, two distinct actions are taken. First, the reader and the tag must be mutually authenticated as being authorized participants in the communications. After that process is successfully completed, the authenticity of each authorized participant must be validated prior to each subsequent communication between reader and tag.04-16-2009
20130214906System And Method For Automatically Transmitting Messages To A Mobile Radio Device - The invention relates to a system and a method for automatically transmitting at least one message via at least one mobile radio network to at least one mobile radio device, including at least one detecting device disposed at an entrance to an institution, which is configured to detect passage of the entrance by a user of the mobile radio device as a result of an interaction of an entrance element of the user with the detecting device independent of a mobile radio network and to communicate at least one triggering signal as a result of detection of the passage, and including a transmitting device coupled to the detecting device, which is configured to receive the triggering signal and to communicate the at least one message to the mobile radio device as a result of the reception of the triggering signal.08-22-2013
20110227703SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF READING GAMING CHIPS AND OTHER STACKED ITEMS - Systems, methods and computer program products associated with wirelessly (e.g., RF) readable gaming chips are disclosed.09-22-2011
20110227702METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING MESSAGE USING CUSTOMIZED TAG - A message receiving method and apparatus using a customized tag including: receiving a message including a first customized tag from a message transmitting device; determining whether the first customized tag is included in the message, and, if the first customized tag is determined to be included in the message, extracting the first customized tag from the message; analyzing the first customized tag based on an extraction result; and controlling a message receiving device based on a control operation described in the first customized tag.09-22-2011
20110227700DETERMINING CONDITIONS OF COMPONENTS REMOVABLY COUPLED TO PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT - Method and system are disclosed for determining conditions of components that are removably coupled to articles of personal protection equipment (PPE) by tracking the components against predetermined criteria.09-22-2011
20090231104Method and Apparatus for Identification of Radio Frequency Tag - A radio frequency identification data tag, a system and a method for reading the tag are described. The tag comprises a plurality of diffractive elements which are indicative of data carried by the tag. The diffractive elements have such shape that the dimension of the diffractive elements along one axis is substantially different than the dimension of the elements along the perpendicular axis. The diffractive elements are arranged in columns and rows in accordance with a predetermined layout scheme. In each column, the diffractive element is oriented in a direction other than the direction of the elements in the neighboring columns. The system for reading the tag comprises an array of transmitting (Tx) antennas for emitting an RF transmitted radiation signal at a predetermined polarization towards the tag, and an array of receiving (Rx) antennas configured for collecting re-radiated RF radiation produced by the tag at a polarization orthogonal to the polarization of the transmitting antenna. The system also includes an interrogator unit configured for generating the RF transmitted signal, and processing the RF received signal for reading the data carried tag. The reading is carried out by using amplitude information of SAR images based on the received signal for determining the arrangement of symbol elements in columns and phase information of the SAR images for determining the arrangement of the symbol elements in rows.09-17-2009
20090231103DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN A MOBILE ELEMENT AND A FIXED ELEMENT - Device (D) for communicating between a mobile element and a fixed element, includes:09-17-2009
20090231102Electronic tag configured to sense a plant environment - A system for tracking at least one plant includes an electronic tag including an interrogation interface and memory circuitry and a package for the electronic tag, the package being configured for physical association with at least one corresponding plant.09-17-2009
20090231097SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING AN OPERATING STATE USING RFID - Systems and methods for determining a binary status of a device are provided. A method for detecting an operating status of a device using a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is provided. The method includes coupling a first portion of the RFID tag to a first portion of the device and coupling a second portion of the RFID tag to a second portion of the device, wherein the first portion of the device is moveable with respect to the second portion of the device, changing a position of the first portion of the device with respect to a position of the second portion of the device, detecting the change in position of the first device portion based on the movement of the first RFID tag portion, wherein the movement causes a change in a status of an RFID signal emitted by the RFID tag, and determining the status of the device based on the change in the RFID signal status.09-17-2009
20120032786COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A communication device includes a tag and a magnetic member. The tag communicates with an external device by radio, and the magnetic member is provided on the side opposite to the external device so as to face the tag. The magnetic member is formed to have a laminated structure that includes a high-μ′ layer and a low-μ′ layer. The high-μ′ layer is provided on the tag. The low-μ′ layer is provided so as to be more distant from the tag than the high-μ′ layer. A real part μ′ of complex relative permeability of the low-μ′ layer is lower than a real part μ′ of the complex relative permeability of the high-μ′ layer, and the thickness of the low-μ′ layer is larger than the thickness of the high-μ′ layer.02-09-2012
20120268254METHOD AND SYSTEMS OF TAGGING OBJECTS AND READING TAGS COUPLED TO OBJECTS - Methods and systems of tagging objects and reading tags coupled to objects. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising a reading antenna, a tag reader coupled to the reading antenna, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag comprising a tag antenna electromagnetically coupled to the reading antenna. The RFID tag couples to an object such as the body of a living organism or a metallic article. Moreover, the tag antenna has a far-field radiation pattern in a direction away from the object that is substantially unaffected by proximity of the RFID tag to the object, and substantially unaffected by which surface of the RFID tag faces the object.10-25-2012
20110221574APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD AND RFID TAG FOR THE LOCATION OF DEVICES INTEGRATED INTO A BUILDING - For locating of devices installed in a building, the devices are provided with RFID tags, on which data pertaining to the devices are stored and which emit only in a predetermined range. A locating apparatus has a receiver module for receiving data pertaining to a device from an RFID tag which is attached to the device which is installed in a room in the building; a position data capture module for capturing the device position; and a data management module for identifying the device position as at least one coordinate of a coordinate system and for storing the position thereby identified with the data pertaining to the device. The coordinate system is based on at least one area of the room. A fast, flexible and comprehensive locating of devices installed in a building can be used, for example, with respect to the installation, service and maintenance of such devices.09-15-2011
20090201133Method For Enhancing Anti-Cloning Protection of RFID Tags - A method for determining validity of an RFID tag. The method includes probing the tag using a series of tag commands to trigger a corresponding series of tag responses, comparing the tag responses to tag reference data stored in a database, and repeating the probing and comparing operations to determine whether or not the tag is valid.08-13-2009
20090201129Authenticity Determination - A method of determining the authenticity of an article. The method utilises a tag having a tag data store, which is coupled to the article. The method includes in a tag reader, determining article information from the tag data store. The article information is then compared to predetermined information obtained from the tag store, a database, a second tag provided on the article or the article itself, thereby allowing the article to be authenticated based on the result of the comparison. This can be used for offering reduced insurance premiums.08-13-2009
20090102609APPLICATIONS FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS - The present invention relates to RFID devices, including handheld RFID devices, and applications for such devices. The devices and applications may be used in connection with items that are associated with an RFID tag, and optionally a magnetic security element. The devices and applications are described with particular reference to library materials such as books, periodicals, and magnetic and optical media.04-23-2009
20090102606TAG AUTHENTICATION METHOD USING ROTATION, AND TAG AND READER PERFORMING THE METHOD - A tag authentication method, and a tag and reader performing the method are provided. The tag authentication method, including: a reader generating a first random number and transmitting the first random number to a tag; the reader receiving a second random number and a first verification value from the tag; the reader computing a second verification value based on the first random number and the second random number; and the reader comparing the first verification value and the second verification value.04-23-2009
20090243802Insulating Glass Unit With An Electronic Device and Process For Its Production - A sealed insulating glass unit comprises two glass sheets held apart by a spacer, optionally with a sealant between the edges of the glass sheets outside the spacer. The insulating glass unit contains an electronic device, having information relating to the origin, manufacture and/or properties of the insulating glass unit capable of being read from the device by means actuated from outside the insulating glass unit. The device is embedded within the spacer or sealant so that it is concealed within the insulating glass unit.10-01-2009
20090243808SYSTEMS AND METHODS THAT INTEGRATE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TECHNOLOGY WITH AGENT-BASED CONTROL SYSTEMS - The subject invention relates to systems and methods that distribute electronic data, such as Electronic Product Code (EPC) data, obtained from RFID tags by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers and/or servers to agents within an agent-based control system. The systems and methods employ a component that collects, filters, processes, and stores electronic product data. The component collects electronic product data through corresponding reader and/or server interfaces. This data can be filtered to accept particular electronic product data, processed to a format suitable to the agents, and stored. Such storage can include delineating the electronic product data across rows of a table by electronic product code and across columns of the table by various types of data. Upon receiving a subscription and/or request from an agent for electronic product data, the component can obtain and convey the information to the agent.10-01-2009
20090243806INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PROCESSING DEVICE AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PROCESSING METHOD - An electric signal is allowed to reach loop antennas disposed adjacently to one another from an RFID antenna as a starting point by electromagnetic induction, which permits one IC chip processing device to exert a function equivalent to that exerted by a plurality of IC chip processing devices. Further, the loop antennas are superimposed on a display screen of a display system of an information providing apparatus, and the display screen is transparently visible, and therefore it makes possible to utilize a display surface of display contents on the display screen as an IC chip reading surface and dispose a plurality of reading surfaces showing different services provided.10-01-2009
20090243803TAG SPECIFYING APPARATUS, TAG SPECIFYING METHOD, AND TAG SPECIFYING PROGRAM - A tag specifying apparatus includes a tag ID receiving unit that receives from a tag a first tag ID for uniquely specifying the tag, an image analyzing unit that analyzes an image of an object in which the tag is embedded and acquires a second tag ID, a tag ID comparing unit that compares the first tag ID received by the tag ID receiving unit, and the second tag ID acquired by the image analyzing unit, and determines whether the first tag ID and the second tag ID match with each other, and an information acquiring unit that acquires information from the tag when the tag ID comparing unit determines that the first tag ID and the second tag ID match with each other.10-01-2009
20090256683CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN AN RFID SYSTEM INCLUDING A MULTIPLICITY OF RFID READERS - A system and method that facilitates the configuration and control of components of a radio frequency identification (RFID) system, taking into account how the RFID system components are associated with one or more physical locations within an environment in which the RFID system is deployed. The RFID system can be controlled by obtaining a representation of the physical space. Next, at least one region of interest is specified in the representation of the physical space. An interrogation zone is then specified in the representation of the physical space, in which the interrogation zone corresponds to the data reader. Next, at least one overlap region of the interrogation zone and the region of interest is specified. Information is then stored, including the representation, and the interest region, the interrogation zone, and/or the overlap region. Operation of the data reader is controlled as a function of the stored information.10-15-2009
20090256679RFID BASED METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN MANUFACTURING AND MONITORING APPLICATIONS - Methods and systems for optimizing information associated with RFID devices that, include a memory chip written with redundant data and read by an RFID reader and, are adapted for operation of RFID tags and chemical, biological, and physical RFID sensors that are exposed to gamma radiation, such as disposable devices used in bioprocessing.10-15-2009
20090243799COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM - A return communication system and method for an Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) System allows a pick-up device (10-01-2009
20090243807RFID System for Identifying Location of Sensors/Indicators - A system of identifying the source location that a particle counter is using to draw its data from. The present invention includes a transmitting sensor placed at the location of interest, and a receiving sensor placed on the particle-counter device. A receiving sensor communicates a new position when a particle counter is not replaced at its origination point.10-01-2009
20090243804COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE - The present invention provides a communication system of a backscatter type, the communication system including: a reflector for transmitting data by a reflected wave formed by subjecting a non-modulated wave to a modulation process; and a reflected wave reader for reading the data from the modulated reflected wave signal from the reflector.10-01-2009
20090243800MEDIA PASSPORT SYSTEM - A media passport system including a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder attached to a removable medium a plurality of RFID readers installed in rooms, wherein each RFID reader has a unique identification (ID), and a security server connected to the plurality of RFID readers via a network. The security server hosts a zone-table including a unique ID information of the removable medium, and a zone information determined as a subset of the unique IDs of the plurality of RFID readers. Based on this the security server sends an alarm when a removable medium is transported inside or outside a zone.10-01-2009
20110227705SYSTEM FOR CHECKING THE LOCATION OF EQUIPMRNT - The invention relates to communication technology. Use of the invention allows to check the location of equipment in telecommunication racks. This technical result is achieved by steps of: providing the rail of rack with lengthy antenna connected to an RFID interrogator; installing on the rail sensors of location that change their state when equipment is mounted in the rack; providing said equipment with RFID tags. When equipment is set into the rack the equipment and its location is identified correlating changing of the RFID tags replay signal and changing of location sensors state.09-22-2011
20110102148CONFIGURATION INFORMATION PROVIDED TO CONFIGURABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE RESIDING IN A SHIPPING BOX - An apparatus comprises a shipping box containing an access area and a configurable electronic device. The configurable electronic device comprises an electrical connector accessible via the access area on the shipping box. The configurable electronic device also comprises a management module that receives electrical power via the electrical connector when a single external cable is mated to the electrical connector through the access area. The management module receives configuration information via the single external cable while the configurable electronic device is still in the shipping box and without having host logic in the configurable electronic device being powered up. In other embodiments, multiple configurable electronic devices can be reconfigured simultaneously and wirelessly by an external programming unit.05-05-2011
20090256681RFID FOLDER LABEL - A label having at least one printable face is described. The label comprises a first face having an embedded RFID inlay and a second face which is printable. The second face comprises a dynamically-generated printed region comprising at least one of a variable data field, a variable color coding value, or a variable bar code, each based on user-supplied data.10-15-2009
20090256682PRODUCT MANAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING RFID TECHNOLOGY - A product managing system and method using RFID technology is provided. The product managing system includes an RFID tag, an RFID reader, and a server. The RFID tag is set on a product for providing a tag ID, an object type and attribute, and an event content. The RFID reader reads the RFID tag. The server obtains various information provided by the RFID tag set on the product from the RFID reader, determines the product ID according to the tag ID, determines a class of the product and whether the product is correctly combined with another product according to the object type and attribute, and determines whether a processing procedure of the product is correctly conducted according to the event content. The server finally determines whether the product is normal according to the aforementioned determinations.10-15-2009
20120194320DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM HAVING RECONFIGURABLE DATA COLLECTION TERMINAL - There is provided in one embodiment a data collection system including a data collection terminal having an encoded information reader device and a computer spaced apart from the data collection terminal. The data collection terminal in one embodiment can be configured to be responsive to configuration data expressed in an extensible markup language.08-02-2012
20090256680CONTAINER FOR RECEIVING ARTICLES - The invention provides a container (10-15-2009
20120105210RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS ADAPTED FOR LOCALIZATION AND STATE INDICATION - An embodiment of the present invention provides a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED) that is controlled by the RFID's logic and powered by the RFID's power harvesting circuit, wherein the RFID tag is capable of being interrogated by an RFID reader and reporting its unique identification number by RF backscatter and/or controlling the illumination state of the at least one LED.05-03-2012
20120105208TRANSPONDER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RADIO-OVER-FIBER (RoF) WIRELESS PICOCELLULAR SYSTEMS - Transponder systems and methods for radio-over-fiber (RoF) wireless picocellular system are disclosed. One type of transponder system includes a RoF transponder used in combination with at least one radiation-reflector assembly to provide for enhanced antenna directivity of the transponder. Another type of transponder system is a transponder node assembly, wherein two or more transponders are integrated into a single assembly, thereby reducing cost while facilitating RoF wireless picocellular system deployment. Another type of transponder system provides one or more transponders in a RoF wireless picocellular system with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, and uses an RFID tag reader to locate and read information from the transponders, as well as to perform transponder mode selection. Another type of transponder system is directed to a tether cable assembly that includes a dispensible/retractable coiled tether cable housed in a protective housing for connecting the tether cable to a transponder.05-03-2012
20120105206FUEL-CELL-BASED COGENERATION SYSTEM WITH RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SENSORS - The present invention discloses a fuel-cell-based cogeneration system with radio frequency identification (RFID) sensors. The fuel-cell-based cogeneration system with RFID sensors includes the fuel-cell-based cogeneration system and an RFID data processing system. The RFID data processing system captures data of the temperature and flow rate from the RFID sensors, while the system data are in turn converted into RFID signals. The RFID data processing system transmits a control signal generated from the RFID signal to control the operation of the fuel-cell-based cogeneration system. Since the RFID transmission technology, the sensor error caused by wires is consequently reduced. Furthermore, overall sensitivity and accuracy of the RFID sensors are increased, which leads to an accompanying increase in the stability of the operating system.05-03-2012
20100156600Method and System for a Broadband Impedance Compensated Slot Antenna (BICSA) - Described herein are devices, systems and methods for compensating a frequency response of an antenna to an electronic device, such as a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) reader. An exemplary embodiment is a device including at least one radio frequency (“RF”) source for transmitting RF signals, at least one RF receiver for receiving RF signals, an antenna in simultaneous communication with the RF source and the RF receiver, and at least one distributed RF compensator network controlling an operating RF between the antenna and the communication device, wherein the at least one distributed RF compensator creates a particular antenna impedance that operates with a directional coupler and increases an RF isolation between the RF source and the RF receiver across a particular frequency region. An further exemplary embodiment is a method including determining a frequency response impedance measurement of an antenna of a communication device, the communication device including a compensator network attached to the antenna, and adjusting at least one operating setting of the compensator network to create a antenna impedance, wherein the antenna impedance improves an isolation between a transmitting function and a receiving function of the communication device.06-24-2010
20100013599SMART MONITORING AND WIRELESS QUERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A smart monitoring and wireless query system is disclosed which includes a sensor suite, an RFID chip, and a microcontroller. The sensor suite with appropriate sensors can be mounted to a separate circuit board installed in a housing of a fixture with the RFID chip in proximity to the sensors. The sensor suite includes, but is not limited to, various sensors for monitoring humidity, light intensity, temperature, and/or power consumption to determine the entire status of a product. A microcontroller can be employed to determine the condition of the fixture from the sensor inputs and convert that information into an RFID signal having a specific timing and pattern. A remote reader can receive said RFID signal pattern from the fixture and can then decode the signal in order to identify which particular fixture from which the signal is received and the status of that particular fixture.01-21-2010
20110102150METALLIC COVER HAVING IC TAG, AND METALLIC CONTAINER - An IC tag can be mounted without deteriorating appearance of a container, breakage or the like of the IC tag can be prevented and excellent wireless communication between a reader/writer becomes possible by eliminating influence of the metal container by ensuring a long communication distance to the reader/writer by allowing excellent communication properties to be exhibited even when an existing IC chip is used and mounting an insulated and sealed IC tag on a metallic cover having a low possibility of being brought into contact with other goods and equipment and being hidden by the adjacent metallic containers. The metallic cover is provided with an IC chip (05-05-2011
20090315681MULTI-MODAL TRANSPONDER AND METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT SAME - An integral detection and identification system for detecting and identifying an object includes an identification transponder and a presence/absence transponder. The identification transponder includes a first inductive winding wound about a core and electrically coupled to an integrated circuit to transmit an identification signal in response to receipt of an interrogation signal in a first frequency range. The identification signal encodes an identifier stored by the integrated circuit. The presence/absence transponder includes a resonant inductive/capacitive tank circuit having at least a second inductive winding wound about a core and electrically coupled to a capacitor to transmit a presence/absence signal in response to an interrogation signal in a second frequency range. The presence/absence response signal lacks unique identifying information and is physically coupled to the identification transponder to form an integral detection and identification transponder that can selectively be attached to the object.12-24-2009
20090315680Field Improving System Provided with Resonator - The present invention provides a system for improving communication statuses among a sensor, a tag and a non-contact type IC card for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). In the present system, a resonator 12-24-2009
20090315679LOCATION LOCALIZATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A location localization method and system. The method includes transmitting by an RFID tag reader, a request for locating a passive RFID tag in a facility. The RFID tag reader receives from a first group of active RFID tags, a first date/time associated with first data. The RFID tag reader transmits to the first group of active RFID tags, a request for retrieving the first data. The first data comprises distances between each active RFID tag of the first group and the passive RFID tag. The RFID tag reader receives the first data. The RFID tag reader receives a map of the facility and locations on the map for the first group of active RFID tags. The RFID tag reader determines a location within the facility for the passive RFID tag based on the first data, the map, and the locations on the map. The RFID tag reader transmits the first location to a user.12-24-2009
20090315678RFID-BASED ENTERPRISE INTELLIGENCE - An “RFID-Based Inference Platform” provides various techniques for using RFID tags in combination with other enterprise sensors to track users and objects, infer their interactions, and provide these inferences for enabling further applications. Specifically, observations are collected from combinations of RFID tag reads and other enterprise sensors including electronic calendars, user presence identifiers, cardkey access logs, computer logins, etc. Given sufficient observations, the RFID-Based Inference Platform automatically differentiates between tags associated with or affixed to people and tags affixed to objects. The RFID-Based Inference Platform then infers additional information including identities of people, ownership of specific objects, the nature of different “zones” in a workspace (e.g., private office versus conference room). These inferences are then used to enable various applications including object tracking, automated object ownership determinations, automated object cataloging, automated misplaced object alerts, video annotations, automated conference room scheduling, semi-automated object image catalogs, object interaction query systems, etc.12-24-2009
20090315682METHOD FOR DETECTING AN IDENTIFICATION OBJECT IN A VEHICLE - The invention relates to a method for detecting an identification object in an area (ZO) around an antenna device. The invention is characterised in that it comprises the following steps in which: a calibration signal (S_CAL) is emitted in the direction of the antenna device in order to determine a control power (PR); a functional signal (S_FONC) corresponding to the control power (PR) is emitted in the direction of the antenna device, such that the antenna device emits a pre-determined magnetic field; the magnetic field (Br) received by the identification object, corresponding to the emitted magnetic field, is measured and compared with a nominal magnetic field (B12-24-2009
20090315677Container Manifest Integrity Maintenance System and Method - A system, method, and medium for tracking the contents of a container in which the items stored in the container are provided with radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tags, and a tracker affixed to the container periodically polls the items in the container to collect identification information. An electronic manifest, also attached to the container, is updated periodically to reflect items which have been added to the container or removed from the container since the last polling. The tracker emulates an RFID tag when polled by an external reader, responding by uploading the entire electronic manifest to the external reader. The external reader and the affixed reader preferably utilize distinct RFID protocols so as to produce a hierarchical manifest data structure with high integrity.12-24-2009
20090121837SENSOR TAG, SENSOR TAG DEVICE, POWER RECEIVING CIRCUIT, AND SENSOR TAG DEVICE POWER SUPPLY METHOD - There is provided a sensor tag device capable of detecting event data by a sensor tag all the time even when no radio wave is received, saving power supply for a microprocessor, and enlarging the radio communication distance. The sensor tag device includes generation means 05-14-2009
20090121838Smart Connector System For Surgical Machine - A smart connector system includes a machine connector disposed on a face of a surgical machine, an illumination ring located on the face of the surgical machine and disposed around a periphery of the machine connector, an RFID reader antenna located in close proximity to the machine connector and the face of the surgical machine, and an accessory connector adapted to couple with the machine connector. The accessory connector has an RFID tag antenna and is capable of attaching a tool to the surgical machine. When the accessory connector is brought within close proximity to the machine connector, a communications connection is established between the RFID tag antenna and the RFID reader antenna.05-14-2009
20100176925Method and Apparatus for Surgical Instrument Identification - Systems and methods for identifying surgical instruments by use of radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) are disclosed. In the systems and methods, each of a plurality of surgical instruments is provided with at least one RFID transponder tag storing identification information associated with the corresponding instrument. The tag may be adhered to, embedded, or potted within a portion of the instrument. Using an RFID reading device, a user may interrogate the tag, thereby identifying the particular instrument. This identification information may be used to index a database and retrieve a data record unique to that instrument. The systems and methods allow a user to track, inspect, and verify inbound and outbound surgical instruments, to assess, for example, the surgical instruments' duty life cycle usage.07-15-2010
20100176924RFID System with Improved Tracking Position Accuracy - In one embodiment the present invention includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) system. The RFID system includes a reader system that generates electromagnetic energy, reader antennas that communicate information with RFID tags using the electromagnetic energy, switches that are coupled to the reader antennas. The reader system selectively controls the switches to short adjacent reader antennas. In this manner, the target (RFID tag) may be located with improved positional accuracy.07-15-2010
20100176923WIRELESS TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A wireless transmission apparatus for transmitting electrical energy and a data stream between a base electronic device and a portable electronic device. The wireless transmission apparatus includes a mobile transceiver installed in the portable electronic device and a base transceiver installed in the base electronic device. Each of the mobile transceiver and the base transceiver includes a storage unit for storing data, an encoder unit for encoding a data stream into data and decoding data into a data stream, a power supply unit for supplying electrical energy, a convertor unit for converting a direct current into an alternating current and converting an alternating current into a direct current, a modem unit for modulating an alternating current in accordance with a data stream and demodulating an alternating current to a obtain data stream carried by the alternating current, and an induction unit for transmitting and receiving a modulated alternating current.07-15-2010
20100176921DETERMINING SPEEDS OF RADIO FREQUENCY TAGS - The present disclosure is directed to determining speeds of radio frequency tags. In some implementations, a method includes sampling a Radio Frequency (RF) signal from an RFID tag at a plurality of different times as the RFID tag approaches an RFID reader and recedes from the RFID reader. A phase of the RF signal is determined for each of the plurality of different times based, at least in part, on the sampled RF signal. A speed of the RFID tag is determined based, at least in part, on the determined phase for the sampled signal for each of the plurality of different times.07-15-2010
20100188194MOBILE RFID MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A mobile RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system and method are provided to monitor multiple control zones of the system simultaneously through a mobile outpost monitor. The control zones included in the system are connected with each other through a data exchange interface. Each of the control zones includes a link interface connecting with a gateway of at least one RFID tracking module. The gateway connects with at least one RFID reader and a signal transmitter to receive tag information of RFID tags within the control zone, and transmits the tag information through the signal transmitter. When the mobile outpost monitor moves from one control zone to another, the mobile outpost monitor may switch to link with the signal transmitter of the gateway in the current control zone. Through the data exchange interface, the mobile outpost monitor is able to obtain the monitoring information of another control zones.07-29-2010
20100156598RFID MEDICAL DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR READING PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER - In the medical field, it is necessary to obtain physiological parameters, including temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, from patients frequently. The devices involved generally require human operation (for example thermometer and sphygmomanometer), or continuous direct connection to large devices. All these do not only create discomfort to the patients, but also requires operation of these devices from medical staff, which translates into substantial labor hours. To resolve these issues, RFID medical devices capable to read physiological parameters are provided, such that less human operation can be involved, or the patients may be freed from continuous connections to large devices.06-24-2010
20100156601LLRP-Based Flexible Reader System And Method - A system includes a host computing device, a first RFID transceiver, and at least one second RFID transceiver. The host computing device executes an application according to a predetermined RFID communication protocol. The predetermined RFID communication protocol supports communication only with a single RFID transceiver. The first RFID transceiver communicates with the host computing device according to the predetermined RFID communication protocol. The at least one second RFID transceiver communicates with the first RFID transceiver. The at least one second RFID transceiver provides data to the host computing device only via the first RFID transceiver.06-24-2010
20100188196CURABLE LIQUID COMPOSITION CURED FILM AND ANTISTATIC LAMINATE - The present invention relates to A curable liquid composition comprising 0.5-20 wt % of conductive particles, 0.4-10 wt % of a curable compound having at least two polymerizable groups, 15-50 wt % of water, 5-50 wt % of a solvent D and 30-80 wt % of a solvent E, wherein solvent D is an alcohol or a keton and solvent E is an organic compound comprising one hydroxy group and one ether group, wherein the organic compound comprises between 3 and 8 carbon atoms, which forms an azeotrope with water.07-29-2010
20120139710DIRECT COMMUNICATION IN ANTENNA DEVICES - Provided are a method, system, and device in which non-RF (radio frequency) data signals are transmitted to a non-RF data port connected to an antenna of a device. The non-RF data signals from the non-RF data port are coupled to a data bus using a low frequency coupler of the device. RF signals are blocked from the data bus using the low frequency coupler of the device. In another aspect, RF signals are transmitted to the antenna of the device and are coupled to an RF port using a high frequency coupler of the device. Non-RF data signals are blocked from the RF port using the high frequency coupler. Additional embodiments are described and claimed.06-07-2012
20090091427INFORMATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF PERFORMING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION WITH READER/WRITER DEVICE, PROGRAM, AND METHOD - An information device capable of performing wireless communication with a reader/writer device, a method, and a computer-readable medium are provided. The device includes a reception section that detects an information request signal transmitted from a reader/writer device and a transmission section that transmits a signal to the reader/writer device in response to the detection of an information request signal. The device also includes a detection data acquisition section that acquires detection data corresponding to a physical quantity or state from a sensor and a detection data storage section that stores the detection data. The device includes a control section that activates the detection data acquisition section at time intervals and inputs the acquired detection data into the detection data storage section and another control section that activates the reception section at other time intervals.04-09-2009
20100013601Applique Nodes for Performance and Functionality Enhancement in Radio Frequency Identification Systems - In an RFID system with existing reader and tags communicating with each other, appliqués derive information by listening to this communication to yield significant performance benefits, while not affecting the communication between the existing nodes. For example, an appliqué capable of receiving beamforming can estimate the angle of arrival of the signal emitted by a tag, thereby providing information that can be used to localize the tag. An appliqué may be connected to an existing reader by means of an existing port, such as to an antenna port or to an Ethernet port. The information from appliquéscan be integrated with that obtained from existing nodes at either the appliqués, or further up the hierarchy in middleware.01-21-2010
20090079545FLEXIBLE RFID TAG DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING SAME - The present invention relates generally to a flexible RFID tag comprising an RFID inlay and added protection via one or more means of encapsulation, and method of constructing a flexible RFID tag.03-26-2009
20100188197FINDING SENSOR DATA IN AN RFID NETWORK - A system and method of selectively reading sensor data from a memory device is able to search the memory device for an indicator that identifies the sensor data, and read only the sensor data identified by the indicator from the memory device. In this way, interrogating devices are able to sort through sensor data stored in a network of memory devices, such as an RFID network, and report specific data of interest despite the existence of a variety of data types in the network. In some embodiments, flags are stored and associated with specific types of data, such as various sensor data, thereby allowing numerous memory devices and sensors to operate and be read efficiently in the same environment.07-29-2010
20100033309TRANSPONDER DEVICE TO MARK IMPLEMENTS, SUCH AS SURGICAL IMPLEMENTS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AND USING SAME - A transponder device to mark a surgical implement, such as a metallic surgical instrument, is provided that comprises a transponder housing attachable to a portion of the surgical implement. The housing may include a transponder receiving cavity spaced at least 1 millimeter, and preferably at least 2 millimeters, from any portion of the surgical implement when the housing is attached to the surgical implement, and preferably includes a saddle-shaped finger support surface or a stabilizing surface sized and configured to receive a finger of a user for providing additional leverage and/or stabilizing structure when operating the implement. The housing may be removably attached to the surgical implement or permanently attached. In use, a transponder is retained in the device. Methods of manufacturing transponder devices and methods of detecting a transponder indicating the possible presence of a surgical implement are also provided.02-11-2010
20100259363Secondary Data Channels in RFID Systems - One or more secondary data channels are added to existing RFID protocols within the existing bandwidth, data clock rate and message frame times of the protocols.10-14-2010
20100259365FREQUENCY SELECTIVE SURFACE AIDS TO THE OPERATION OF RFID PRODUCTS - The present invention is directed to systems that use frequency selective surfaces (FSS) to aid in the operation of radio frequency identification (RFID) devices and products. In one embodiment, a system for interrogating radio frequency identification (RFID) tags includes a conveyor belt and an RFID reader. The conveyor belt has a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is configured to receive an item to which an RFID tag is affixed and the second surface is configured to slide on a metal slide plate. The RFID reader is configured to transmit instructions embodied in a radio frequency (RF) signal to the RFID tag, wherein the metal slide plate is positioned between the RFID reader and the RFID tag and comprises a frequency selective surface that is substantially transparent to the RF signal.10-14-2010
20100013600RFID-based active labeling system for telecommunication systems - A radio-frequency identification-(RFID)-based active labeling system for labeling components of a telecommunication system. The active labeling system includes an electronically addressable active label device that forms and displays indicia that remains static and visible when the device is unpowered. A RFID tag is operably connected to the device and is configured to receive a RF signal that contains component information, and to harvest power from the RF signal. The RFID tag then transfers the component information and power to active label device to enable it to form and display indicia representative of the component information. A database unit is operably connected or is contained directly in the RF reader and contains the component information on a computer-readable medium.01-21-2010
20100207734Information Interactive Kit and Information Interactive System Using the Same - An information interactive kit adapted to an information interactive device is provided. The information interactive device is for generating an interactive event to express the content of at least one predetermined information accordingly. The information interactive kit includes a storing unit and a communicating interface. The storing unit is for storing a theme database. The communicating interface, when connected to the information interactive device, transmits the content of the theme database to the information interactive device, so that the information interactive device determines how to change the generated interactive event according to the content of the theme database.08-19-2010
20100001842SINGLE FREQUENCY LOW POWER RFID DEVICE - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for a reader transceiver circuit are described. The reader transceiver circuit incorporates a frequency generator, such as a surface acoustic wave (SAW) oscillator. A reader incorporating the reader transceiver circuit is configured to read a tag at very close range, including while being in contact with the tag. The transceiver can be coupled to various host devices in a variety of ways, including being located in a RFID reader (e.g., mobile or fixed position), a computing device, a barcode reader, etc. The transceiver can be located in an RFID module that is attachable to a host device, can be configured in the host device, or can be configured to communicate with the host device over a distance. The RFID module may include one or more antennas, such as a first antenna configured to receive a magnetic field component of an electromagnetic wave and a second antenna configured to receive an electric field component of an electromagnetic wave. The RFID module may include a detector that is configured to determine if the RFID module is positioned in proximity to an object, such as a RFID tag. The detector may operate as a trigger for the RFID module, to enable or trigger a function of the RFID module.01-07-2010
20100013602H-Field Shaping Using a Shorting Loop - In one embodiment the present invention includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) system with a shorting loop. The shorting loop at least partially surrounds the antenna. The shorting loop distorts the electromagnetic field generated by the antenna to improve the definition of the border of the read region of the antenna. In this manner, the RFID system provides more accurate discrimination between RFID tags inside the read region versus RFID tags outside the read region (i.e., improves the accuracy of determining that a particular RFID tag is inside the read region).01-21-2010
20100001840METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTHENTICATING RFID TAG - Provided are a method and a system for authenticating a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, by which an RFID reader and an authentication server authenticate the RFID tag by using a cryptographic operation and a protocol.01-07-2010
20100001839COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND PORTABLE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL USING THE SAME - When commonly using a receiving antenna and a transmitting antenna having mutually opposing characteristics, the present invention makes it possible to commonly use the antennas without deteriorating the characteristics of both antennas. In a communication apparatus including both of an RF-ID function circuit 01-07-2010
20100001837ATTACHABLE RFID DEVICES AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING OBJECTS - The present invention generally relates to devices and methods for identifying objects, especially those which are subject to inspection regimes. Some embodiments comprise a housing that can be attached to an object. Some embodiments also include an RFID tag contained within a housing. Such RFID tags may be adapted to contain object-identifying information. Some embodiments optionally include a means for color coding the housing.01-07-2010
20100001838Automated Association of Patient Care Devices - Techniques for associating assets of a medical care facility include receiving a first data flow that indicates a first unique identifier for a first radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and receiving a second data flow that indicates a second unique identifier for a second RFID tag. Also received is database data that associates the first unique identifier with a first asset and associates the second unique identifier with a different second asset. It is determined whether a position of the first RFID tag is within operative distance of a position of the second RFID tag based on the first data flow and the second data flow and the associated first asset and second asset. If it is determined that the position of the first RFID tag is within operative distance of the position of the second RFID tag, then the first asset is automatically associated with the second asset.01-07-2010
20090102607AUTOMATIC TUNING READER - A system and method of automatically tuning a reading device that remotely monitors RFID tags or transponders. The reading device utilizes the phase signal of an antenna signal wherein the harmonic of the antenna signal is filtered through a signal coupling transformer and utilizes the antenna current reading to determine the optimal capacitance setting for the reader by adjusting capacitors and storing the relative phase signal and level of current in a processor. In one embodiment, the method comprises supplying power to the reading device, monitoring the power supply, storing data related to the monitored power supply, emitting a signal from an antenna, filtering the harmonic of such signal, outputting the phase signal to a processor and adjusting capacitors based on the phase signal and monitored current.04-23-2009
20100259364RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER - A RFID reader includes a radio frequency (RF) multiplexer having a plurality of antenna ports for connecting with a plurality of antennas respectively, a reader module having a first internal port and second internal port and being configured for communicating with a tag proximate to the RFID reader through one of the first and the second internal ports, a network module for connecting the RFID reader to a network, and a micro-controller module being connected to the RF multiplexer, the reader module and the network module. The micro-controller module is configured for controlling the reader module to communicate with the tag through a selected antenna port of the RF multiplexer or an external antenna device and for controlling the network module to communicate with the network. The first internal port of the reader module is connected to the RF multiplexer for the reader module to utilize the antennas connected to the antenna ports of the RF multiplexer. The second internal port of the reader module is configured for connecting to the external antenna device so that the reader module can utilize an external antenna connected to a selected antenna port of the external antenna device.10-14-2010
20100225447SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY TRACKING AND STATE FORECASTING TAGGED ENTITIES - A method is provided for dynamically improving a progress of an entity through an operation, the entity having an electronic tagging device associated therewith. The method includes sensing signals emitted by the tagging device, communicating the sensed signals and corresponding energy levels to a data processor, processing the energy levels to track locations of the tagging device relatively to the predetermined sites of the sensors, dynamically updating a path of the tagging device and the associated entity based on the tracked locations with respect to at least a portion of the operation, triggering simultaneously a forecasting simulation, determining whether the forecasting simulation encounters a problem, identifying a modification of a parameter related to the entity or the operation that substantially mitigates the problem, and incorporating dynamically the modification of the parameter to improve the progress of the entity through the operation.09-09-2010
20100156599Zone Determination by Combining Signal Strength with Topological Factors - Active RFID technologies are used to tag assets and people within buildings or open areas, such as parking lots or military bases; and to identify, preferably within a few meters, the real-time location (RTL) of the tag, i.e. to create a real-time location system, known as an RTLS. A novel and complex algorithm is provided that combines signal strength computations with factors that incorporate physical realities, such as walls and floors, to determine a tag's real-time location more accurately.06-24-2010
20100253478DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, IC CARD AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An object is to provide a data processing device which achieves multiple functions or easy additional providing of a function while suppressing adverse influence on a communication distance or to improve resistance to electrostatic discharge in the data processing device. The data processing device includes an antenna which transmits and receives a first signal to/from a first terminal device through wireless communication, an integrated circuit which executes a process in accordance with the first signal, and a terminal portion which transmits and receives a second signal to/from a second terminal device and has an exposed conductive portion on its surface. A protection circuit is provided between at least one terminal of terminals of the terminal portion and a power supply terminal of a high potential and between the one terminal and a power supply terminal of a low potential.10-07-2010
20100237997HANDY READER - A handy reader includes: an antenna unit configured to perform radio communication with a radio tag having data stored therein to thereby read the data stored in the radio tag; a fixing member configured to detachably fix a portable terminal mounted with a display unit configured to display the data read from the radio tag by the antenna unit; and a communication unit configured to perform radio communication with the portable terminal to thereby transmit and receive the data.09-23-2010
20100225448UNIVERSAL TRACKING ASSEMBLY - A universal tracking assembly that is capable of supporting more than one protocol used in electronic article surveillance (EAS) labels. The universal tracking assembly includes an acousto-magnetic (AM) EAS portion with a Radio Frequency (RF) EAS portion. The intrinsic characteristics and properties of the components of these individual labels are utilized to enhance the overall performance and utility of the combined EAS universal tracking assembly.09-09-2010
20090058604RFID TAG AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Disclosed are a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag and a method for controlling the same which may receive/transmit data from/to an RFID reader even at a relatively long distance. The RFID tag includes a modulation unit for modulating data requested from an RFID reader to generate a first transmission signal including the modulated data, a transmission amplification unit for amplifying the generated first transmission signal to output a second transmission signal, and a transmission antenna unit for transmitting the outputted second transmission signal to the RFID reader.03-05-2009
20100214070System and Method for Tracking Items - Disclosed is an on demand system and method for reusable asset tracking system using RFID tags. The system enables both individuals and companies to track their tagged assets in a customized manner. The asset owners may choose to track only a portion of their assets for a certain time period or for a certain location. The flexibility to limit tracking allows user to design and control cost for service. The system enables a pay per use or pay per service option in the tracking of assets using RFID technology.08-26-2010
20100237995TAG ASSOCIATING SYSTEM, TAG ASSOCIATING METHOD, AND TAG MOVING DIRECTION DETECTION SYSTEM - [Problems to be Solved] It is an object to provide a tag associating system that, when a plurality of RFID tags are collected to move as a tag group, associates the RFID tags belonging to the tag group with a representative RFID tag ranked as a representative of the tag group; its associating method; etc.09-23-2010
20090231105Multistatic Antenna Configuration For Radio Frequencey Identification (RFID) Systems - Methods and apparatuses for configuring antennae of radio frequency identification reader systems. In one aspect of an embodiment, a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader system, includes: a receiver; a radio frequency (RF) source for signal transmission; and a switch matrix coupled with the receiver and the radio frequency sources to selectively couple the receiver and the radio frequency source to a plurality of non-collocated antennae. When in a first mode, the switch matrix connects the radio frequency source to a first one of the antennae for signal transmission and the receiver to a second one of the antennae for signal reception; and when in a second mode, the switch matrix connects the first one of the antennae for signal reception and, in one example, the second one or another one of the antennae to the RF source for signal transmission.09-17-2009
20100225446RFID APPARATUS, WIRELESS NETWORK PLATFORM, AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - A radio frequency identification (RFID) apparatus includes a transmitting/receiving module and a determining module. When the transmitting/receiving module receives a radio frequency (RF) signal comprising a relay command, the determining module determines whether destination information of the relay command corresponds to the RFID apparatus and selectively transmits the content of the RF signal via the transmitting/receiving module.09-09-2010
20100225445RFID SYSTEM WITH RFID READERS AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - A radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes a host, a signal translating device and a plurality of RFID readers. The signal translating device includes a network receiving/transmitting module and an RFID receiving/transmitting module. The network receiving/transmitting module receives a control signal via a network and generates a translated signal according to the control signal. The RFID receiving/transmitting module generates an access command according to the translated signal, and transmits the access command via an RF signal. The plurality of RFID readers selectively generates an access signal or a relay access command according to the access command.09-09-2010
20100237994Automated RFID Reader Detection - Included are network devices, systems, methods, and computer readable medium. These may employ a microcontroller with access to computer readable memory and computer readable storage wherein the microcontroller operates at a first network component of a local area network. The microcontroller may be configured to spatially locate one or more fiducial network components of a local area network in which the microcontroller is a member. The spatial location may be determined by receiving a unique identifier for a first fiducial network component, receiving a wireless signal from a first fiducial network component, determining a physical distance between the first network component and the first fiducial network component, and updating a registry with the determined physical distance. In certain embodiments, the network component may be an RFID reader and the unique identifier may be an IP or MAC address.09-23-2010
20100237999 RADIO FREQUENCY TRANSPONDER AND RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A radio frequency transponder (09-23-2010
20100237998ADAPTIVE COMMUNICATION IN AN ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM - An adaptive communication system and method for use in an electronic toll collection system utilizing transponders located in vehicles travelling on a toll roadway. A transponder memory stores configuration type data that identifies the type of the vehicle carrying the transponder, the transponder or the transponder's mounting. The transponder transmits the configuration type data to the communication system. The communication system includes a memory which contains a database of predetermined communication parameters for various types of configuration types. The communication system looks up the predetermined communication parameters for the configuration type and adjusts variable communication parameters accordingly. Predetermined communication variables may include the transmit power of an antenna, or the receive sensitivity of the antenna or the position of the vehicle in order to maximize the likelihood of a successful communication.09-23-2010
20100237996READER FOR RFID TRANSPONDERS AND CORRESPONDING METHOD - An RFID reader system comprises one or more transceiver modules (09-23-2010
20100253476Storage and Dispensing Devices for Administration of Oral Transmucosal Dosage Forms - Dispensing devices and systems for oral transmucosal administration of small volume drug dosage forms to the oral mucosa are provided. The dispensing device may be a single dose applicator (SDA), or an electromechanical device comprising a means for patient identification such as a wrist worn RFID tag and annular bidirectional antenna together with a lock-out feature.10-07-2010
20110109440SYSTEM FOR READING INFORMATION TRANSMITTED FROM A TRANSPONDER - A reader device (05-12-2011
20110109441SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBJECT LOCALIZATION AND PATH IDENTIFICATION BASED ON RFID SENSING - A networked radio frequency identification system includes a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers, a computer in signal communication with the RFID tag readers over a network, and a software module for storage on and operable by the computer that localizes RFID tags based on information received from the RFID tag readers using a network model having endpoints and oriented links. In an additional example, at least one of the RFID tag readers includes an adjustable configuration setting selected from RF signal strength, antenna gain, antenna polarization, and antenna orientation. In a further aspect, the system localizes RFID tags based on hierarchical threshold limit calculations. In an additional aspect, the system controls a locking device associated with an access point based on localization of an authorized RFID tag at the access point and reception of additional authorizing information from an input device.05-12-2011
20110102151RFID READER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GAIN THEREOF - Provided are an RFID reader and a method for controlling a gain thereof. The RFID reader includes an amplifier and an AGC circuit. The amplifier controls the gain of an RX signal, received from an RFID tag, in response to an AGC signal. The AGC circuit measures a signal level in an ante-preamble period of the RX signal and generates an AGC signal to control the gain of the RX signal, on the basis of the measured signal level.05-05-2011
20110102149SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN RFID SYSTEM WITH HEAD TRACKING - A method of transmitting radiofrequency identification (RFID) interrogation signals is disclosed. The method comprises detecting a first movement of a user in a first direction, determining a command from the first movement, and transmitting a RFID interrogation signal in response to the command.05-05-2011
20120188059IC TAG READING AND WRITING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND IC TAG READING AND WRITING METHOD - An object is to suppress an influence on an antenna and a circuit performing communication with an IC tag in which a signal excited by an antenna which does not perform communication with the IC tag is a noise source. When an IC tag reading and writing device performs communication with a first IC tag, the IC tag reading and writing device connects an antenna (07-26-2012
20110057776Process Of Controlling The Correct Connection Of At Least One Power Driven User To Various Power Outlets - A system and method is provided for controlling the correct connection of power driven users, such as on an implement, to various power outlets on a tractor. Each user on the implement is identified by a signal coming from a sensor and being unique for this user. A controller generates a signal which is indicative of the activated and intended user, such as a user for raising a pick-up. In a verification phase these signals are assigned to each other, which assignment is stored in a memory valid until the users are separated from the outlets.03-10-2011
20100253477RFID READING DEVICE AND A METHOD IN AN RFID READING DEVICE - The invention relates to an RFID reader and method for it. The reader comprises a transmitter portion, a receiver portion, and an antenna or antenna group connected to them. According to the invention, the transmitter portion comprises a reactive power divider, in which there are at least two reactive branches (L10-07-2010
20100253474DEVICE FOR INCREMENTALLY ADJUSTING THE POSITION OF AN RFID TAG - A device for incrementally adjusting the position of an RFID tag includes a base, and a lid releasably attachable to said base. The base includes a generally planar surface in which a plurality of locators are formed at regular intervals. A portion of the RFID tag is received by one of the plurality of locators, thereby allowing for the incrementally adjustment of the position of the RFID tag. The plurality of locators extend collinearly and are formed overlapping so that the position of the RFID tag is adjustable in increments less than the overall length of the RFID tag.10-07-2010
20100253475Device and method for monitoring a maintenance unit - The invention relates to a method for monitoring a maintenance unit moving inside a pipeline, a state data signal generated by a first receiving and transmission unit due to a maintenance unit passing by being transmitted to at least one further receiving and transmission unit that is disposed at a distance along or in a pipeline, characterized in that the state data signal is provided with exact localization information by the first receiving and transmission unit, is routed via at least one further receiving and transmission unit in the direction of an interface device, and is supplied there to a SCADA system for analyzing the information that can be retrieved from the state data signal in quasi-real-time.10-07-2010
20100141386NEAR-FIELD RFID READER ANTENNA - A near-field radio frequency identification (RFID) reader antenna is provided. The near-field RFID reader antenna is intended to separately recognize adjacent items to which a plurality of small RFID tags are attached, such as wines displayed on a shelf in a store or chip trays on casino tables, using a near field. The near-field REID reader antenna includes a dielectric layer, at least one signal line formed on the dielectric layer, a ground surface formed under the dielectric layer, at least one ground line formed under the dielectric layer to be electrically connected to the ground surface in parallel with the signal line, at least one signal stub formed to be electrically connected to the signal line toward the ground line, and at least one ground stub formed to be electrically connected to the ground line toward the signal line in parallel with the signal stub.06-10-2010
20100141390RFID INTERROGATOR DEVICE - An RFID interrogator device has a transmission section for transmitting a command to an RFID tag and a reception section for receiving an RF signal from the RFID tag and is configured to perform backscatter radio communication with the RFID tag. The RFID interrogator device comprises a time window setting section configured to set a time window at timing of receiving preamble data added to a head of response data transmitted from the RFID tag in response to the command, and an identifying data storage section storing preamble identifying data. The RFID interrogator device compares the data received within the time window, with preamble identifying data stored in the identifying data storage section, thereby determining whether the data received is identical to the preamble data transmitted from the RFID tag.06-10-2010
20120139705MEDIA TRANSACTION KIOSK AND METHOD - A media transaction kiosk with an antenna which provides better field coverage around a return slot. The media transaction kiosk includes a return portion including a wall containing an aperture for receiving a storage device containing media, and an antenna. The antenna includes a first antenna portion in a first position relative to the aperture, wherein the first antenna portion is coupled to a tag reader, wherein the first antenna portion is for radiating an electromagnetic field at a tag reading frequency for reading a tag on the storage device. The antenna further includes a second antenna portion in a second position relative to the aperture, wherein the second antenna portion is located within the electromagnetic field from the first antenna portion, and wherein the second antenna portion is for resonating at the tag reading frequency and for radiating another electromagnetic field for reading the tag.06-07-2012
20100123552Tow notification system - A system for and method by which persons associated with a vehicle are notified of the towing of that vehicle.05-20-2010
20110210822REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a voice recognition unit for recognizing a voice of a name of food, a memory for storing location information of the food received in a storage chamber, a controller for determining the voice recognized by the voice recognition unit and searching a storage location of the food voice-recognized in accordance with the recognized voice, and a voice output unit for outputting a voice message on the storage location information of the food searched by the controller.09-01-2011
20100039231Arrangement and Method for Data Acquisition - The invention relates to an arrangement and the associated method for the acquisition of data between at least one detection unit E02-18-2010
20080315992FOLDABLE RFID DEVICE INTERPOSER AND METHOD - An RFID device interposer has folded ends that bring conductive lead end portions of conductive leads of the interposer to an underside of the interposer. The central conductive lead portions of the conductive leads remain on an upper surface of a dielectric substrate of the interposer. The folded ends of the interposer may be held together with an adhesive, or with thermal compression bonding. The interposer may also have an additional conductive material layer on an underside of the dielectric substrate. The conductive material layer may be capacitively coupled to the conductive leads of the interposer. The interposer may be tuned by varying the pressure used to secure the folded ends. This may be used to provide a better impedance match between a chip of the interposer, and the conductive leads and an antenna to which the interposer is coupled.12-25-2008
20090278661HYBRID ULTRASONIC AND RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A radio frequency identification system and method includes a tag reader and radio frequency identification tag. The tag reader includes an ultrasonic transducer capable of transmitting tones at selected ultrasonic frequencies and a radio transmitter capable of transmitting signals at selected radio frequencies. The tag reader includes a radio receiver capable of receiving signals at selected radio frequencies. The tag reader determines if a received radio frequency signal is modulated at a selected ultrasonic frequency. The radio frequency identification tag includes an array of combination resonator/reflectors. Each combination resonator/reflector of the array includes an ultrasonic resonator coupled to a radio reflector. Each resonator/reflector of the array is tuned to a unique pair of selected ultrasonic frequencies and selected radio frequencies.11-12-2009
20090322484SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, IC CARD MOUNTED WITH THE SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND OPERATION METHOD FOR THE SAME - A semiconductor integrated circuit and an IC card mounted with the same are provided, in which a signal of any one of at least three kinds of reception signals can be received for a short time. An RF signal from an antenna is supplied in parallel to a first and a second demodulator circuit included in a demodulator circuit. The first demodulator circuit demodulates a first reception signal of a first degree of modulation. The second demodulator circuit demodulates a second reception signal having a first communication start signal (SOF), and a third reception signal having a second communication start signal (Preamble). The demodulated output signals of the first and the second demodulator circuit are supplied to a determination circuit. When the demodulation output by the first demodulator circuit is determined, it is determined that the first reception signal is currently received. When the demodulation output of the second reception signal by the second demodulator circuit is determined, it is determined that the second reception signal is currently received. When the demodulation output of the third reception signal by the second demodulator circuit is determined, it is determined that the third reception signal is currently received.12-31-2009
20110025469METHOD OF COMMISSIONING A DEVICE ARRANGEMENT - The invention describes a method of commissioning a device arrangement comprising a number of devices (L02-03-2011
20110025462SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SAVING POWER IN A DISTRIBUTED RFID SYSTEM - Systems and methods for saving power in a distributed RFID system are provided. One RFID reader includes a RFID radio, a data communication radio, and a controller. The controller is configured to compare a current list of RFID tags responding to a current interrogation signal and a previous list of RFID tags responding to a previous interrogation signal to determine if there has been a change in RFID tags responding to the interrogation signals. The controller is also configured to command the data communication radio to transmit a signal to an external computing device if there has been the change in RFID tags, the signal indicative of the change, or not transmit the signal if there has not been a change. An RFID system includes a central computing device, multiple RFID tags, and multiple RFID readers similar to the above RFID reader.02-03-2011
20090212916TRANSPONDER BACK SCATTER MODULATOR WITH REGULATED MODULATION DEPTH - An RFID transponder includes an antenna and modulation circuitry for back scatter modulation at an local voltage rail connected to the antenna such that a voltage of the antenna is maintained within a predetermined range. The modulation circuitry includes a voltage regulation loop including a rectifier connected between the antenna and the local voltage rail (Vlocal) for rectifying a voltage from the antenna so as to load the local voltage rail (Vlocal) with the rectified voltage from the antenna, an error amplifier (A08-27-2009
20090322480RFID TAG AND METHOD OF VEHICLE ATTACHMENT THEREOF - An electronic tag for a vehicle includes an antenna; a data transmitter coupled to the antenna; and an elastomeric coating layer encapsulating the transmitter and antenna. The tag may attach to the vehicle by means of a tire or otherwise affixed to the body of the vehicle. The antenna may be configured as a dipole accessible by an external signal from substantially a 360 degree sphere surrounding the tag package. An adhesive material layer may be included to encapsulate the elastomeric material coated transmitter and antenna and utilized to attach the tag to a vehicle component.12-31-2009
20090322481SYSTEM FOR SELF-SERVICE CHECKOUT INVENTORY CONTROL - A system for providing self-service inventory control is disclosed. The system comprises at least one RFID antenna mat placed adjacent to at least one of a horizontal and vertical surface of said cart; said RFID antenna providing a gain and sensitivity to transmit and receive information from a plurality of passive RFID tags within said cart, each of said RFID tags containing information regarding an associated item and a connector unit attached to the cart at a known position, the connector unit in communication with each of the at least one RFID antenna mats and including a connector for transferring said RFID tag information, a processing unit comprising, a extendable arm and a connector attached to one end of the extendable arm, and a processor for determining a position of said connector unit with respect to the processing unit, controlling the movement of the arm to extend the arm connector proximate to the connector unit, the connector unit connector being in communication with said arm connector when said connectors are one of proximate or physical connection to each other, initiating at least one request signal to the connector unit connector, said read signal being transmitted through the connector unit to said at least one antenna mat, receiving information from each of the RFID tags receiving the request signal, accessing a data base to obtain at least one characteristic information regarding each item based on the associated RFID tag read, tabulating the obtained characteristic information of each associated item and a display unit for displaying the tabulated obtained characteristic information.12-31-2009
20090040024ASSEMBLY DEVICE WITH AN ASSEMBLY CONTROL SYSTEM - A device for assembling two constructional elements is equipped with an assembly control system (CR) comprising a sensor (02-12-2009
20090040025Radio Frequency Identification Interrogation Systems and Methods of Operating The Same - A reply code for a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, a method of improving a reply code for a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for interrogation by an interrogator and an RFID tag employing the same. In one embodiment, the reply code includes a preamble having information about a quality of a clock associated with the RFID tag. The reply code also includes a tag identification (ID) code providing a digital signature for the RFID tag. The reply code still further includes an aftamble located aft of the preamble and having information about the quality of the clock. The aftamble cooperates with the preamble to improve a quality of the reply code for interrogation by an interrogator.02-12-2009
20090072950TRANSPONDER WITH STABILIZED OSCILLATOR - A coherent RFID tag design having no internal power source is disclosed. The design exhibits a longer detection range and less interference relative to conventional tag designs. The coherent RFID tag design operates in a locked or stabilized fashion, in that the frequency at which energy is parasitically coupled to the RFID tag (via its antenna) is the same as the frequency at which the RFID tag transmits information utilizing the same antenna. The RFID tag design allows a greater number of RFID tags to be deployed, without causing cross-tag interference issues and the like.03-19-2009
20080303632Shielding of portable consumer device - A portable consumer device is disclosed. An electromagnetic shield is provided in the portable consumer device that is capable of preventing communication between the portable consumer device and an interrogation device. The shield is movable between a distal position in which communication with the interrogation device is enabled and a proximate position in which the shield prevents the transmitting antenna from communicating with the interrogation device.12-11-2008
20090115575Apparatus, system for storing data, and method for accessing data directory - A storage apparatus includes a memory unit, a tag and a controller, wherein the tag is used to store a data directory and the controller is used to control the data access of the memory unit. Moreover, a storage system includes the storage apparatus and a host computer, wherein the host computer connects to the memory unit, the tag and the controller so that the host computer commands the controller to control the data access between the memory unit and host computer. Furthermore, the host computer updates the data directory of the tag in response to the updated data of the memory unit.05-07-2009
20090167499RFID COMMUNICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A mobile terminal communicates with a base station to request channel allocation for RFID communication, receives a channel from the base station, and communicates with an RFID tag through the allocated channel.07-02-2009
20090167496Radio frequency identification transponder memory - A radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder includes a vertically configured non-volatile memory array. The RFID transponder additionally includes a logic circuitry connected with the vertically configured non-volatile memory array. The logic circuitry is configured to read data from the vertically configured non-volatile memory array. Additionally included is an antenna, which is connected with the logic circuitry. The antenna is configured to collect power from a radio frequency signal and to transmit the data. The non-volatile memory array may include a plurality of two-terminal memory cells that store data as a plurality of conductivity profiles that can be non-destructively sensed by applying a read voltage across the terminals of the cell. The logic circuitry can be positioned in a logic plane and at least one non-volatile memory array may be positioned on top of the logic plane and the non-volatile memory arrays may be vertically stacked upon one another.07-02-2009
20100219939SCREENING TRANSMISSIONS FOR POWER LEVEL AND OBJECT IDENTIFIER IN ASSET MONITORING AND TRACKING SYSTEMS - A method for communicating to a recipient transceiver from a plurality of transceivers located within the broadcast range of the recipient transceiver includes: transmitting a communication at a first power level such that only a first group of transceivers receive the broadcast, the communication including a command causing each of the first group of transceivers not to respond to a subsequent broadcast; and subsequent thereto, transmitting a communication at a second power level greater than the first power level such that a second group of transceivers greater than and including the first group of transceivers receive the broadcast, but such that only a limited number of transceivers of the second group respond to the broadcast, the limited number of transceivers excluding the first group of transceivers. Each of the plurality of transceivers is associated with a respective sensor for acquiring data and transmitting the data to the recipient transceiver.09-02-2010
20080272886Item Carrying at Least Two Data Storage Elements - An item according to the invention comprises at least two data storage elements such as e.g. an RFID transponder 11-06-2008
20090002129Method of Preventing Collisions Between Rfid Readers in Rfid System - Disclosed herein is a method of preventing collisions between readers in an RFID system. The method includes a first step of RFID readers selecting transmitting channels by examining channels, a second step of transmitting signals via the selected transmitting channels, a third step of receiving signals via channels having the same frequencies as the selected transmitting channels; a fourth step of determining whether a collision has occurred by examining the status of the signals that are received via the transmitting channels; a fifth step of, if, as a result of the determination at the fourth step, it is determined that a collision between the readers has occurred, repeating the first to fourth steps after delays of random time periods based on a predetermined equation, and a sixth step of, if, as a result of the fourth step, no collision between readers is detected, communicating with the corresponding RFID tags.01-01-2009
20090115577RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes: a sheet-like base; an antenna provided on the base and extending along the base; a circuit chip mounted on the base and connected to the antenna for performing radio communication through the antenna; a protection body wider than the circuit chip and narrower than the antenna, which is located at least either above the circuit chip or on a backside of the circuit chip with the base interposed therebetween for protecting the circuit chip; and a connection section provided as a portion of the antenna at a location where an edge of the protection body and the antenna intersect with each other as viewed from a direction intersecting with a surface of the base, which includes one or more conductor patterns narrower than other portion of the antenna, and which connects inner and outer antenna portions of the edge with each other.05-07-2009
20090115574RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICAITON TAG - A radio frequency identification tag is provided, comprising: memory, storing at least one item of specific identification data; a logic circuit, connected to the memory, comprising at least a port to receive a trigger signal from an external source, and retrieving one item of the specific identification data from the memory according to the trigger signal; and an antenna, connected to the logic circuit, transmitting the specific identification data retrieved by the logic circuit.05-07-2009
20090115578RADIO FREQUENCY ANIMAL TRACKING SYSTEM - An RFID system provides a transponder having a power store that can be recharged when located within an electromagnetic field generated by a transceiver unit. The power store can be a battery and/or a capacitor. In certain embodiments, the transponder can communicate over at least two different frequencies so that the real time performance of the transponder can be improved without losing backwards compatibility. The system provides an ear tag for use on livestock with superior durability and overall performance in the field.05-07-2009
20090115573RFID ENABLED SYSTEM AND METHOD USING COMBINATION OF RFID ENABLED OBJECTS - A system for selecting digital content from at least one content source employs a plurality of RFID enabled objects that are read by one or more RFID readers. The RFID enabled objects may be, for example, RFID enabled media objects or RFID enabled non-media objects, such as any suitable RFID enabled object. Specific combinations of RFID tags and RFID enabled objects, or RFID enabled media objects provide access to more (or different) digital content than the same tags provide alone. A method includes contactlessly reading a plurality of RFID tags associated with a plurality of RFID enabled objects to obtain a plurality of RFID tag information and determining whether each of the read plurality of RFID tag information has been read within a suitable time period with respect to each other. If so, the method includes sending the read plurality of RFID tag information for receipt by a content delivery authorization unit to determine if downloadable content is available for download.05-07-2009
20110032079ANTENNA SWITCHING ARRANGEMENT - An antenna switching arrangement with a quadrature arrangement of transmission lines through which a desired signal path may be configured via switches selectively grounding junctions of the switching arrangement. The desired path routing a signal from an input port to one or both of first and second output ports to generate a signal with vertical linear polarization, horizontal linear polarization or circular polarization. The selected polarization may be changed as desired and/or multiple antenna switching arrangements applied to enable simultaneous signals with different polarizations.02-10-2011
20120242456RFID MODULE - An RFID module including an antenna element forming an RFID antenna; an RFID circuit block to which the antenna element is connected; and a first resonance frequency adjustment circuit having an element that includes a drain terminal connected to the antenna element, a gate terminal that is grounded, and a source terminal that is grounded, wherein a pull-up resistor is connected between the drain terminal and a power supply.09-27-2012
20120242458Device and Method of Coupling a Processor to an RFID Tag - An integrated scanner, scale and touchscreen display (“integrated touchscreen scanner”) is addressed. In one alternative, the integrated touchscreen scanner further includes a printer for printing receipts, coupons and the like. The integrated touchscreen scanner is designed for flush mounting in a checkout or self-checkout stand. Keystrokes, icon selection and the like may be suitably sensed employing weigh cells in the scale of the integrated touchscreen scanner. Additionally, the display may be partitioned into a customer portion and a checker portion. This partitioning may be fixed or dynamically adjusted in response to the state of the transaction.09-27-2012
20120242455APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PAIRING A CONTROLLED DEVICE WITH AN RF REMOTE CONTROL USING AN RFID TAG - Systems and methods are operable to initiate a pairing process and a de-pairing process between a controlled device and a radio frequency (RF) remote control. An exemplary embodiment detects presence of a radio frequency identifier (RFID) tag in an interrogation zone established by an RFID tag reader, automatically initiates a pairing process in response to detecting the presence of the RFID tag in the interrogation zone, and completes the pairing process between the RF remote control and the controlled device, wherein the pairing process identifies a unique identifier associated with the RF remote control. A subsequently received RF signal emitted by the RF remote control includes at least one command configured to control operation of the controlled device and includes the unique identifier.09-27-2012
20120242454METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS IN A WAVEGUIDE ENVIRONMENT - A system and method of transmitting sensor signals in a waveguide environment are provided. A sensor assembly is configured to wirelessly receive a sensor interrogation signal, determine an input power level of the sensor interrogation signal, and transmit a message including the determined power level. The system also includes a sensor controller configured to transmit a sensor interrogation signal determine an output power of the transmitted sensor interrogation signal at a plurality of frequencies, receive an indication of the received input power level of the sensor interrogation signal from the sensor assembly at the plurality of frequencies, compare the transmitted output power of the sensor interrogation signal to the received power indication, and select a transmit frequency for transmitting messages between the senor assembly and the sensor controller based on the comparison.09-27-2012
20090109002ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A FUNCTIONAL DEVICE AND A RESONATOR AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device. The RFID device comprises an antenna assembly and a resonator assembly. The antenna assembly comprises a first substrate and an antenna element. The resonator assembly comprises a second substrate having an integrated circuit connected to a resonator loop. The first substrate and the second substrate are attached to one another. The integrated circuit electrically couples to the antenna element without a direct mechanical contact.04-30-2009
20090108997SYSTEM, DEVICES, AND METHOD FOR ENERGIZING PASSIVE WIRELESS DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICES - Systems, methods, and devices wirelessly energize passive wireless data communication devices. In one embodiment, remotely powered wireless transmission power sources are actuated by a user. Upon actuation, a selected wireless transmission power source transmits electromagnetic energization energy into a volume of space, thereby energizing passive wireless data communication devices therein. The user may use a hand-held portable automatic data collection device to interrogate the wireless data communication devices and may use the automatic data collection device to remotely actuate the selected wireless transmission power source.04-30-2009
20080266055Method and System for Controlling RFID Transponder Response Waiting Periods - The invention describes an arbitration management method and system for use in identifying RFID transponders or tags which each transmit a response signal to a reader within a respective waiting period the maximum duration of which can be adjusted. The maximum duration is determined by a random number transmitted to a counter along a number of data lines, at least one of the data lines being provided with logic gates which block or permit data line signals reaching the binary inputs of the counter to control the maximum length of the waiting period.10-30-2008
20080231424Method and Rfid Reader for Evaluating a Data Stream Signal in Respect of Data and/or Collison - A method for evaluating, by an radio frequency identification reader (09-25-2008
20090109004SYSTEM, ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR TRACKING AN INVENTORY - The present invention pertains to a storage facility containing consumable items that updates an inventory when items are stored, removed and consumed. A product scanner and a computer installed in the facility use RFID technology to determine if an item has been consumed or removed from a locale. Items in the facility have RFID tags attached. The system interrogates the tags and if a tag becomes disabled, displaced or non-existent due to consumption or removal from a locale the system provides instantaneous status. The computer transmits consumption information to a central location for billing, inventory management, market research information and can transmit the same to other processing units such as hand held computers possessed by staff that replenishes the facility. This system prevents used items from being placed back into the housing facility and being incorrectly accounted for as usable/billable and provides for greater room servicing efficiencies.04-30-2009
20090108999Transponder-based appratus for space-time identification and location - The object of the present invention relates to a dual-band transponder-based apparatus for space-time identification and location that carries out the data exchange between a query device and one or more responders, being located within an appropriate distance range from said query device.04-30-2009
20090108995Equipment Mounting Systems and Methods for Identifying Equipment - An equipment mounting system for rack-mounted devices, such as patch panels, servers, etc., includes a frame that is configured to support equipment mounted thereto in a plurality of spaced-apart mounting locations. A plurality of RF antennas are secured to the frame in spaced-apart relationship such that each antenna is located at a respective mounting location. Each RF antenna is configured to activate and read information from an RFID tag attached to equipment mounted to the frame at a respective mounting location. A microprocessor is configured to selectively activate each antenna to identify the presence of an RFID tag in close proximity to the RF antenna and to read information from an RFID tag. The microprocessor is configured to receive RFID tag information such as equipment identification information and location information, from each antenna and transmit received RFID tag information to a remote device.04-30-2009
20090109000RFID TAG AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - The RFID tag has a base sheet having a recess, a first element provided on the base sheet astride the recess, a second element which is provided between the first element and the base sheet and which is electrically connected to the first element, and a communication antenna which is provided on the base sheet and which is connected to at least any of the first element and the second element.04-30-2009
20090108998Automatic reporting of configuration of a remote unit - Configuration information of a remote unit can be interrogated by an external interrogator. An embodiment of the remote unit includes an interrogation memory operatively connected to an interrogation interface device. When the remote unit is programmed with software/firmware to establish a remote unit configuration, the configuration information corresponding to the remote unit configuration may be stored into the interrogation memory. Upon receiving an interrogation signal from the external interrogator, the interrogation interface device may wirelessly communicate the configuration information to the external interrogator.04-30-2009
20090108993RFID TAGS WITH MODIFIABLE OPERATING PARAMETERS - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a facestock and a liner. The facestock includes an RFID circuit with an operating parameter, and the liner is releasably attached to the facestock such that when the liner is detached from the facestock, the operating parameter of the RFID circuit is desirably modified. The RFID tag may be configured so that the operating parameter that is modified is, for example, a read range or a propagation direction. The RFID circuit may include an RFID chip and an antenna, and the liner may include an electrical element that modifies a read range of the RFID circuit when the liner is attached to the facestock. More specifically, the electrical element may electrically couple with the antenna when the liner is attached to the facestock, thereby reducing the read range of the circuit. When the liner is removed, the antenna is decoupled from the electrical element and thereby enabled to operate at another read range, i.e., a specified operating range. Alternatively, the electrical element may couple with the antenna of the RFID circuit so that energy is propagated from the element in a direction that is orthogonal to a normal direction of propagation of the antenna.04-30-2009
20100295663METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR UTILIZING BACKSCATTERING TECHNIQUES IN WIRELESS APPLICATIONS - Embodiments of the present invention include methods and systems for utilizing backscattering techniques in wireless applications. In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method of wirelessly controlling a device comprising, in a first electronic device, generating a first command, modulating the first command, and transmitting the modulated first command over a first communication channel using an RF signal. In a second electronic device, the RF signal is received over the first communication channel, and the modulated first command is demodulated and executed. In one embodiment, the second electronic device absorbs and uses at least some power from the RF signal transmitted by the first electronic device. In one embodiments, data generated by the second device may be transmitted back to the first electronic device using backscattering.11-25-2010
20100295661Random Delay Generation for Thin-Film Transistor Based Circuits - Circuits and circuit elements configured to generate a random delay, a monostable oscillator, circuits configured to broadcasting repetitive messages wireless systems, and methods for forming such circuits, devices, and systems are disclosed. The present invention advantageously provides relatively low cost delay generating circuitry based on TFT technology in wireless electronics applications, particularly in RFID applications. Such novel, technically simplified, low cost TFT-based delay generating circuitry enables novel wireless circuits, devices and systems, and methods for producing such circuits, devices and systems.11-25-2010
20130135082RFID READING DEVICE AND RFID TAG GRID FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - A system and method for asset management that includes receiving from a client, an EIR terminal that includes an optical reading device configured to output the signal and/or results of decodable indicia and has an RFID receiver which outputs a first datum and a second datum. The invention includes locating the decodable indicia within the signal to reveal identifying information about an asset. The first datum identifies one or more of the RFIDs tag in closest proximity to the asset. These RFID tags are affixed to different known locations in a facility; every location within the facility is within the broadcast radius of at least one RFID tag. The second datum identifies at least one RFID tag in closest proximity to the asset.05-30-2013
20130135084System and Method for Simultaneous Wireless Charging, Tracking And Monitoring Of Equipments - A system and method for simultaneous charging, tracking and monitoring one or more equipments, comprising actuating a coordinator using a management server for transmitting UHF radio waves; receiving the transmitted UHF radio waves by a receiver; converting the UHF radio waves into DC power by employing an energy harvesting IC for charging a battery pack of said equipment, and simultaneously activating an RFID tag for receiving one or more operational parameters related to said equipment by employing said one or more sensors and transmitting said received one or more operational parameters by using short range data communication protocol via said coordinator.05-30-2013
20100302007METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RFID READER CABLE CALIBRATION - A method for calibrating an RFID reader having a transmit port and a receive port includes connecting a cable between the transmit port and the receive port, transmitting a known signal from the transmit port to the receive port through the cable, and computing a cable loss associated with the cable based on the difference between the known signal and the signal detected at the receive port. The power level of the transmit port may then be adjusted in accordance with the cable loss and a known antenna gain.12-02-2010
20100302006Rapid Device Customization Using a Specialized Dual-Access RFID Tag - A system and techniques for configuring a computer device are disclosed. The system and techniques employ a specialized RFID tag and process that rapidly personalize a computing device and eliminate the need to unpack and power up the device as a prerequisite to configuration.12-02-2010
20100302009DATA EXCHANGE WITH AN M2M DEVICE USING SHORT RANGE RADIO COMMUNICATION - Exemplary embodiments of the invention relate to a device attachable to an object and comprising a control module for receiving measuring data from at least one sensor and/or for controlling at least one actuator. The device further comprises a communication module for communicating with an external reader unit via a radio connection using a radio field. During the communication with the reader unit the communication module can be supplied with power using the radio field. The communication module may be configured to store data received from t reader unit in a memory of the device and/or to read data to be transmitted to the reader unit from the memory, while the communication means is supplied with power using the radio field. Exemplary embodiments also relate to methods for communicating with the device.12-02-2010
20100134256COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND ADAPTIVE EQUALIZER - A communication device is provided for receiving a packet including a preamble part having a continuous waveform, a sync part having a specific pattern and a data part, which has been modulated by changing electrical load. The communication device includes: a preamble detection unit for detecting the preamble part from a received signal to extract sampling timing based on the continuous waveform; a sync detection unit for detecting the sync part from the received signal based on the sampling timing to output a timing signal indicating a start position of the sync part; a delay buffer for giving a delay to the received signal so that the head of the sync part is not outputted until the detection of the sync part is determined; an adaptive equalization unit for performing adaptive equalization using the sync part based on the timing signal by inputting the delayed received signal; and a decoding unit for performing decoding processing of an equalized output signal from the adaptive equalization unit.06-03-2010
20120200395DETERMINING PRESENCE OF RADIO FREQUENCY COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A RF data communication device operates in at least two states. In a first state, the device transmits a response to an RF transmission if specific data therein represents an inquiry as to the presence of one or more RF data communication devices and if specific data therein corresponds to a class maintained by the device. The device does not transmit a response if specific data in the RF transmission is not representative of an inquiry as to the presence of one or more RF data communication devices, or if specific data therein does not correspond to at least one maintained class. In a second state, the device does not transmit a response when specific data is included therein that is representative of an inquiry as to the presence of one or more RF data communication devices and specific data therein corresponds to at least one maintained class.08-09-2012
20100134254Chip-less radio frequency identification systems using metamaterials and identification methods thereof - A chip-less RFID system, using metamaterial, may include a tag and a reader. The tag may include the metamaterial. The metamaterial may have at least two resonance frequencies. The reader may change a frequency of a first electromagnetic wave to be transmitted to the tag. The reader may recognize an identification (ID) of the tag by receiving a second electromagnetic wave from the tag that corresponds to the first electromagnetic wave. An identification method of chip-less RFID systems, using metamaterial, may include creating a tag that includes the metamaterial, the metamaterial having different resonance frequencies, changing a frequency of a first electromagnetic wave to be transmitted to the tag by a reader, and analyzing a frequency spectrum of a second electromagnetic wave from the tag that corresponds to the first electromagnetic wave.06-03-2010
20100134253METHOD FOR MONITORING AND/OR CONTROLLING A TRANSPORT DEVICE, TRANSPORT DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD AND CLAMP FOR DETACHABLY HOLDING AND TRANSPORTING - The invention relates to a method for monitoring and/or controlling a transport device (06-03-2010
20100134252Polarized RFID Antenna with Spatial Diversity - A system, apparatus, and techniques for interrogating a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag are disclosed. The system includes an RFID reader that includes a pivotable polarized antenna for reading a reader/tag link. The antenna moves at a specific frequency over a specific distance resulting in reader/tag links being moved out of a null region of the reader. Advantageously, by pivoting the antenna, the antenna apparatus minimizes signal fading and improves signal quality from tags.06-03-2010
20110121944RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device senses whether electrostatic discharge (ESD) fail occurs in a RFID chip or not so as to detect a failed RFID chip. The RFID device includes an antenna configured to transmit and receive a radio frequency signal with an external reader, and an electrostatic discharge detecting unit configured to sense flowing of leakage current depending on electrostatic charge applied to the antenna and output a modulating signal corresponding to the leakage current to the antenna.05-26-2011
20090243805RFID TAG AND RFID SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An RFID tag and an RFID tag using the same are disclosed, wherein the RFID tag comprises: a circuit unit arranged on a first part of a board; and a loop type antenna on a second part of the board.10-01-2009
20100321162Wireless Backscatter Interrogation of Passive, Resonant Sensor-LC-Tags - A sensor comprising: a sensor resonant radar reflector member; and a sensor element, the sensor reflector member being configured to resonate at a resonant frequency when irradiated by radio frequency radiation of a corresponding frequency, the sensor being further configured whereby exposure of the sensor element to a target measurand causes a change in the resonant frequency of the sensor reflector member.12-23-2010
20110241833HANDHELD DEVICE FOR ON-SITE DATACENTER MANAGEMENT - In various exemplary embodiments, a system and associated method to provide management of a plurality of electronic elements in a datacenter is disclosed. The system includes a datacenter management system coupled to a wireless network to receive information regarding a spatial location of a handheld device within the datacenter. The datacenter management system provides information to the handheld device related to each of the plurality of electronic elements. The datacenter management system includes a management processor to process information related to each of the plurality of electronic elements and a database to store information related to each of the plurality of electronic elements.10-06-2011
20110012712SYSTEM FOR MONITORING DETACHABLE CONNECTIONS USING RFID TAGS - The invention relates to communication technology. Use of the invention allows to monitor detachable connections using one antenna for a group of ports. This technical result is achieved by steps of: a patch cord plug is provided with the sensor of connection which contains an RFID tag; a port is provided with the modulator which changes uniquely the reply signal of the RFID tag; the reply signal of the RFID tag changes perceived by an RFID interrogator is changed in an unique manner when the plug is connected to the port; the port and the plug connected to the port is identified using the changed reply signal of the RFID tag. The tag can contain a dry reed switch which is a part of the RFID tag antenna. The modulator can be an electromagnet.01-20-2011
20110025467RECORDS COMPONENTS READER - A records component reader comprising a member comprising a front-facing surface and a rear-facing surface, a transceiver disposed on the front-facing surface, for projecting a reading field enabling an interrogation to be sent to the records component and a response to be received from the records component, the transceiver being arranged in use to adaptably curve about a surface of an item including a records component, and shielding means for confining the sending of the interrogation and the receipt of the response within the reading field.02-03-2011
20110025465WIRELESS INFORMATION CARRIER - Communication between RFID tags and RFID reader conveyed by an inductive link comprising a first (02-03-2011
20110025468TAGGED CABLE - A method of forming a cable having an elongate core, including positioning a records component proximate to the elongate core, and covering the records component with a cable covering which directly or indirectly urges the records component against the elongate core.02-03-2011
20110025466ELECTRONIC TAG - An electronic tag has a plurality of elongate conductive tracks (02-03-2011
20110043333Systems for Automatically Tracking Patching Connections to Network Devices Using a Separate Control Channel and Related Patching Equipment and Methods - Methods of automatically tracking a patching connection between a first connector port of a patch panel and a second connector port of a network device are provided in which a sensor is used to detect that a first end of a patch cord has been inserted into the second connector port. The patch cord has at least one data communications channel and a separate control channel. A first conductor of the control channel of the patch cord is biased to power an integrated circuit chip on the network device. In response to the detection by the sensor, a first signal is transmitted over the separate control channel of the patch cord to the network device. A second signal is received over the control channel of the patch cord in response to the first signal. The second signal includes a unique identifier that is associated with the second connector port.02-24-2011
20110043335METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A TRANSPONDER FOR THE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) AND RFID TRANSPONDER - The invention relates to a method for the operation of an RFID transponder, which is characterized by the fact that the RFID transponder is operated either in broadcast mode or in bidirectional response mode or simultaneously in both aforementioned modes. The RFID transporter is equipped with a wireless transmitter as well as with a wireless transmission/reception unit for operation in these two modes, said wireless transmitter and wireless transmission/reception unit being operable independently from one another.02-24-2011
20110043334METHOD FOR REMOTE MEASURING OF A PHYSICAL VARIABLE - System for remote measuring a physical variable comprising an RF transceiver arranged for transmitting an RF signal and for receiving a reflection signal derived from the transmitted signal. An RF transponder comprises a dielectric material having a dielectric property which is dependent on the physical variable according to a first function. The dielectric material is exposed to the physical variable to be measured. The transponder is arranged to receive the signal transmitted by the transceiver and to reflect a reflection signal, or the second and/or higher harmonics of it, which is dependent on the actual dielectric property. Processing means are provided for comparing the signal transmitted by the transceiver and the reflection signal received from the transponder and for converting the comparison result, e.g. the phase shift, into a value which is representative for the physical variable to be measured. The transponder may be e.g. a patch antenna.02-24-2011
20110043336POWER EFFICIENCY OF THE LOAD-SHIFT KEYING TECHNIQUE - The invention relates to a data transformer and a system for wireless transmission of energy and/or data and to a method for wireless transmission of energy and/or data from the primary side to the secondary side of the data transformer and/or vice versa: from the secondary to the primary side.02-24-2011
20090066479Electronic Device Capable of Identifying External Antennas and Related External Antenna Module - An electronic device with external antenna identification function includes a plurality of external antenna modules, each of which includes an antenna and an identification tag unit for generating a specific identification signal to identify the external antenna module according to a query signal, a connection port, a identification tag authorizing module, coupled to the connection port, for outputting the query signal when one of the plurality of external antenna modules is connected to the connection port and for generating a identification result according to the specific identification signal generated by the external antenna module, and a radio transceiver module, coupled to the connection port and the identification tag authorizing module, for transmitting and receiving corresponding radio signals according to the identification result.03-12-2009
20090066480RFID READER AND RF TRANSMISSION METHOD THEREOF - A Radio Frequency (RF) transmission method of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader using a plurality of channels is provided. The method includes: selecting at least part of the plurality of channels, measuring an RF power of each of the selected channels, determining a transmission environment of the RF according to a measurement determination, and modulating an RF signal according to the determined transmission environment.03-12-2009
20110018686Method and Apparatus for Wireless Sensing with Power Harvesting of a Wireless Signal - A method and apparatus for operating a sensor system. A first wireless signal is transmitted from a base station to a sensor unit. At least a portion of the first wireless signal is changed into power for the sensor unit using a power harvesting unit in the sensor unit. Information is received from a number of sensors associated with the sensor unit. The information is transmitted to the base station using a second wireless signal.01-27-2011
20110018689SECURE MODULAR APPLICATORS TO COMMISION WIRELESS SENSORS - The present invention includes novel systems and devices for commissioning wireless tags, RFID tags, and wireless sensors. The present invention benefits wireless sensors that are not directly part of a demand printed label. In one embodiment RFID tags or inlays are pre-loaded into cartridges prior to consumption and an encoder mechanism and corresponding antenna encodes and verifies the programmable RFID tags within the cartridges. This improvement adds significant convenience of loading RFID tags and enhances overall reliability of handling and applying the RFID tags. Accordingly, the present invention includes methods and devices that enable application and distribution of RFID tags in pre-loaded cartridges that are ready-to-use.01-27-2011
20110018688Connected Sensor System, Network Unit, And Sensor Unit - The present invention provides a connected sensor system which can be easily used by the user and which can give an external input to each sensor unit without making the wiring complicated, and also provides a network unit and a sensor unit used for the connected sensor system. A cyclic communication memory of a network unit is arranged with an external input request region, and an external input signal is stored to a corresponding memory in a host control apparatus. By performing cyclic communication between the network unit and the host control apparatus, the external input signal is stored to the cyclic communication memory of the network unit. Accordingly, the external input signal is transmitted to each sensor unit connected to the network unit, and each sensor unit executes the external input function.01-27-2011
20110018687ULTRASOUND ZONE LOCATION SYSTEM WITH HIGH CAPACITY - A zone location system with ultrasound US transmitters S01-27-2011
20110109439INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An interpersonal communication system (05-12-2011
20110001608RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes a semiconductor package, a substrate and an antenna pattern. The semiconductor package includes a semiconductor chip encapsulated therein and a plurality of connection terminals thereon. The plurality of connection terminals includes signal terminals and dummy terminals. The semiconductor package is mounted on the substrate. The antenna pattern is formed on the substrate and is electrically connected to the signal terminals. The antenna pattern is extended so as to overlap with at least a part of a bottom region of the semiconductor package.01-06-2011
20110025464Antenna Diversity For Wireless Tracking System And Method - The present invention provides a solution to determine a real-time location of an object in an indoor facility utilizing the spatial and angular antenna diversity on a sensor. Specifically, the spatial diversity is achieved by placing a second antenna a predetermined distance (which is greater than one-half of the wavelength) away from the first antenna. The angular diversity is obtained by placing the second antenna at ninety degrees (perpendicular) angle of the first antenna.02-03-2011
20110025463Parallel Antennas for Contactless Device - An electronic information device includes an integrated circuit embedded within the device. The electronic information device further includes a first antenna that is embedded within the device and is connected to the integrated circuit. The electronic information device further includes a second antenna that is embedded within the device and is connected to the integrated circuit. The first antenna is oriented within a first plane and the second antenna is oriented within a second plane that is substantially parallel to the first plane.02-03-2011
20100007464PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING PRODUCT AT A LOCATION - A system and method of managing product at a location in which an echolocation RFID tag or a weight-sensing RFID tag is utilized to determine the quantity of material in a container and then this information is read by an RFID reader and then transmitted to a data storage repository and processing program for further handling of the data. The data storage repository and processing program may be near the RFID reader or may be remotely located with respect to the RFID reader.01-14-2010
20110128127SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PEOPLE AND/OR VEHICLES IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS - System which comprises a plurality of devices for acquiring (06-02-2011
20110115610LABORATORY SAMPLE ARCHIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An archive apparatus is provided for storing and archiving laboratory samples including radio frequency identification means. The apparatus comprises a support structure or cabinet (05-19-2011
20110115609JUMP ROPE TRAINING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND SYSTEM - An apparatus, method, and system for jump rope training is disclosed, comprising at least one jump rope, at least one RFID device associated with the at least one jump rope, at least one RFID reader antenna, at least one RFID reader, and at least one coaching device.05-19-2011
20110043338WIRELESS IC DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETERMINING AUTHENTICITY OF WIRELESS IC DEVICE - An accessory device to be mounted on a main device is provided with a wireless IC device. The main device is provided with a reader/writer that is an interrogator that communicates with the wireless IC device of the accessory device. When the accessory device is mounted on or about to be mounted on the main device, the reader/writer selects two or more frequencies in a frequency band in which an authentic wireless IC device can communicate to perform communication with the wireless IC device. With this configuration, even if the identification code written in an RFID tag is read and the RFID tag is duplicated, the duplicated RFID tag can be accurately and effectively determined as being counterfeit.02-24-2011
20110115607TRANSMITTING / RECEIVING ANTENNA AND TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER DEVICE USING THE SAME - The present invention is concerned with a transmitting/receiving antenna, which includes a dielectric board, a driven loop antenna provided to the dielectric board, transmit processing portion connection terminals connected to the driven loop antenna, a transmitting/receiving loop antenna arranged in close vicinity to the driven loop antenna in a non-contact state, a resonance capacitor connected to both ends of the transmitting/receiving loop antenna, and receive processing portion connection terminals connected to the transmitting/receiving loop antenna. The driven loop antenna is constructed to have a loop wound in a single turn, and the transmitting/receiving loop antenna is constructed to have a loop wound in plural turns. According to this configuration, a wider frequency band of the frequency characteristic and a reduction of the power consumption can be achieved.05-19-2011
20110115608RFID TAG COMMUNICATING APPARATUS - An RFID tag communicating apparatus transmitting a transmission signal to a predetermined RFID tag and receiving a return signal returned from the RFID tag with a plurality of antennas to communicate information with the RFID tag, includes an information communication control portion that executes the process for narrowing down the RFID tags to be objects of a second communication continued from a first communication based on a result of the first communication with the RED tags; and a received signal processing portion that separates return signals from a plurality of RFID tags included in received signals based on the received signals received by the plurality of the antennas in accordance with a predefined relationship, the first communication being performed in parallel with a plurality of the RFID tags, the information communication control portion narrowing down the RFID tags to be the objects of the second communication when the received signal processing portion separates the return signals from a plurality of the RFID tags included in the received signal corresponding to the first communication if it is determined that the number of the RFID tags is greater than maximum number of return signals separable by the received signal processing portion.05-19-2011
20090051493READER CONTROL SYSTEM - An RFID reader control system and method is provided. A protocol for controlling an RFID reader and an RFID reader control unit of a mobile phone is defined. Messages, information, commands, responses, and notification are constructed and transmitted between the RFID reader and the RFID reader control unit.02-26-2009
20110074552APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADVANCED COMMUNICATION IN LOW-POWER WIRELESS APPLICATIONS - A low power device is presented. In some embodiments, the low power device communicates with other devices utilizing transport channels defined from combinations of a plurality of physical channels. In some embodiments, the low power device communicates with other devices utilizing packets that includes a preamble, a header with a sync and frame info, and a frame. The frame, for example, can be a wake-up frame, a request frame, a response frame, or one or more data frames. In some embodiments, the wake-up frame can include a count-down integer indicating the number of wake-up frames before a request frame is sent. In some embodiments, arbitration may be utilized between devices responding to a request. In some embodiments, specific requests commands can be included in the request frame and corresponding response frames are responsive to the commands.03-31-2011
20090033468RFID tag information communicating apparatus - This disclosure discloses an RFID tag information communicating apparatus, comprising an apparatus antenna device; a command transmission portion that generates and transmits a command signal for reading information from an RFID circuit element; an information acquisition portion that attempts a reception of a reply signal transmitted from said RFID circuit element in response to said command signal; and an electrostatic-safe communication control portion that controls at least said command transmission portion and repeatedly transmit a plurality of times said command signal to said RFID circuit element so that information substantially unaffected by static electricity is acquired by said information acquisition portion.02-05-2009
20090033464TRANSPONDER WITH ACCESS PROTECTION AND METHOD FOR ACCESS TO THE TRANSPONDER - A transponder is provided having at least one memory area, whereby the memory area is assigned an access password, the access password is assigned at least one attribute bit, and the length and/or structure of the access password can be set by the attribute bit. The invention relates further to a method for access to at least one access password-protected memory subarea of the transponder and to an RFID system comprising a transponder.02-05-2009
20090033467RF IDENTIFICATION DEVICE WITH NEAR-FIELD-COUPLED ANTENNA - An embodiment of a RF identification device is formed by a tag and by a reader. The tag is formed by a processing circuit and a first antenna, which has the function both of transmitting and of receiving data. The reader is formed by a control circuit and by a second antenna, which has the function both of transmitting and of receiving data. The processing circuit is formed by a resonance capacitor, a modulator, a rectifier circuit, a charge-pump circuit and a detection circuit. The antenna of the tag and the processing circuit are integrated in a single structure in completely monolithic form. The first antenna has terminals connected to the input of the rectifier circuit, the output of which is connected to the charge-pump circuit. The charge-pump circuit has an output connected to the detection circuit.02-05-2009
20100141385HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND MOBILE RFID READER THEREOF - A handheld electronic device and mobile RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) reader equipped thereon allow a user to move to wherever necessary and sense RFID tag data of a target object. The mobile RFID reader includes a microprocessor, a memory unit connected to the microprocessor, a reader positioning unit, a RFID transceiver, a temporary data storage and a network interface. The reader positioning unit positions the location of the RFID reader to obtain reader location information of the RFID reader, and then the RFID transceiver receives a tag signal with tag ID (Identification) data from RFID tag. The reader location information and the tag ID data of the RFID tag are able to be stored optionally in the temporary data storage, and will be uploaded to a backend network sever whenever the RFID reader is connected to the backend network sever through its network interface.06-10-2010
20100164688AUXILIARY DEVICE FOR IMPLANTABLE UNITS - In at least some embodiments, an auxiliary device compatible with a biomedical implantable comprises a first transceiver and a controller coupled to the first transceiver. If the first transceiver receives a wireless data signal from an implantable unit, the controller generates a corresponding data signal for transmission to a wireless network. The corresponding data signal has at least one of a higher power level and a higher frequency band compared to the wireless data signal.07-01-2010
20090315676Method And Apparatus For Coupling Multiple Microradios To an RFID Tag Antenna - Whether or not one utilizes direct DC coupling of the microradios to the antenna feed points or couples the RF energy from the dipoles associated with the spaced-apart contact pads on the microradio, in the subject invention one selects only those microradios that are within a certain variance of a preferred direction and then makes sure that the polarization direction of all of these radios is in the preferred direction are identical, in one embodiment by utilizing digital coding, which both activates the microradio and is used to sense the polarity associated with the connection from the signal source to the contact pads.12-24-2009
20090322482Delimited Read Command for Efficient Data Access from Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags - Methods, and systems for efficiently reading data stored in an RFID tag memory are described. A delimited read command is issued by an RFID reader, causing a tag to truncate the data read-out process when a delimiter data pattern is detected in the stored data. Upon receipt of a delimited read command, a tag reads data until a delimiter pattern is detected. The tag determines whether the detected pattern is a valid delimiter pattern or a spurious one. If the detected pattern is a valid delimiter, the tag terminates the read process and transmits the data to the reader. The format of the delimiter pattern may be modified based on needs of a particular communications protocol or specific implementations.12-31-2009
20090079544Periodic Detection Of Location Of Portable Articles Using An RFID System - A system for tracking network devices includes a host computing device, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag secured to at least one of the network devices, and a reader configured to communicate with the RFID tag to receive device parameters from the RFID tag, the reader being configured to transmit the device parameters to the host computing device.03-26-2009
20100127828RFID READER WITH AUTOMATIC NEAR/FAR FIELD INTERROGATION MODE SWITCHING, AND RELATED OPERATING METHODS - A dual-mode RFID reader is capable of automatically switching from a far-field interrogation mode to a near-field interrogation mode upon the detection of certain operating or handling conditions. The RFID reader includes an RFID radio module configured to support a far-field interrogation mode and a near-field interrogation mode, an antenna arrangement coupled to the RFID radio module, and a mode-switch sensor architecture coupled to the RFID radio module. The mode-switch sensor architecture is configured to detect conditions indicative of near-field interrogation, and the RFID radio module automatically configures itself for operation in the near-field interrogation mode upon detection of such conditions.05-27-2010
20110128126ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL, HANDHELD DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE IN AN ELECTRONIC LABELLING SYSTEM - The present disclosure relates to an electronic shelf label comprising a control unit and at least one memory unit holding information about a product associated with said label, said label comprising a receiver to receive from a handheld device a request for information about the product associated with the electronic shelf label, said control unit being arranged to process said request and select information stored in said at least one memory unit, and a transmitter to transmit said information to the handheld device in response to such request. The present disclosure also relates to a handheld device and a method for use in an electronic shelf label system.06-02-2011
20110241839SELF-POWERED, PIEZO-SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE APPARATUS AND METHOD - An autonomous, self-powered device includes a radioisotope-powered current impulse generator including a spring assembly comprising a cantilever, and a piezoelectric-surface acoustic wave (P-SAW) structure connected in parallel to the current impulse generator. Positive charges are accumulated on an electrically isolated 10-06-2011
20110241841METHOD FOR CHECKING THE READING OF A MOBILE TRANSPONDER - A method for checking the reading of at least one mobile radiofrequency transponder moving relative to an antenna of a reader of the transponder, includes: at least one guaranteed reading area is defined around the antenna; at least one checking transponder is attached in the periphery of the guaranteed reading area in order to have the reading thereof periodically checked by the reader in addition to reading the mobile transponder. Examples of equipment for implementing the method are also provided.10-06-2011
20110241840METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING COMMUNICATION DISTANCE ACCURACY OF A TRANSACTION SYSTEM VIA TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION - A method for improving communication distance accuracy of a transaction system via temperature compensation includes: storing a reference temperature value and a reference field intensity value in a card read micro-controller (10-06-2011
20110241836Information storage medium, object of management and management system - An information storage medium, a managed product and a management system in which the possible communication distance of an IC tag for wireless communication can be improved and the reading direction limitation can be reduced are provided. The information storage medium includes a wireless IC tag in which information is stored, a sheet body including a first spacer, an auxiliary antenna and a second spacer, and an elongated member formed of a conductive material. The elongated member is provided to be opposite to the wireless IC tag with respect to the sheet body. As the elongated member, for example, a part of a tool such as a body portion of a screwdriver can be used.10-06-2011
20110241842METHOD FOR A BATTERY AND PASSIVE POWER SUPPLY TO AN RFID TAG AND A SWITCHING CIRCUIT FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD - A controlled switching circuit (csc) comprises two controlled switches (cs10-06-2011
20110241837Signal processing apparatus and signal processing method - There is provided a signal processing apparatus, including a first antenna to perform non-contact communication with a reader writer, a second antenna installed adjacent to the first antenna to perform the non-contact communication with a non-contact communication apparatus, a metal body that is arranged between the first antenna and the second antenna and blocks a magnetic field between the first antenna and the second antenna, an amplification unit that amplifies a carrier wave by using at least external power supplied from an external power supply, a modulation unit that modulates the carrier wave, and a load modulation unit that changes an impedance of the first antenna.10-06-2011
20110241834Intrinsic Consumer Warnings and Pinch Peel Plates for RFID Inlays - The present invention provides for efficient use of radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays by eliminating the need for a printable face stock layer. The present invention provides improved and simplified RFID tagging operations to dispense RFID inlays thus eliminating the need for additional steps to convert RFID inlays into RFID tags or labels. Intrinsic consumer warning markings eliminates the need for a secondary printing process to provide required consumer warning text or symbols on a thin clear inlay. The present invention also provides for improved elements and structures for controlling the separation of thin, clear, shiny inlays from a conveyance web.10-06-2011
20100219938SCREENING TRANSMISSIONS FOR POWER LEVEL AND OBJECT IDENTIFIER IN ASSET MONITORING AND TRACKING SYSTEMS - A method for communicating to a recipient transceiver from a plurality of transceivers located within the broadcast range of the recipient transceiver includes: transmitting a communication at a first power level such that only a first group of transceivers receive the broadcast, the communication including a command causing each of the first group of transceivers not to respond to a subsequent broadcast; and subsequent thereto, transmitting a communication at a second power level greater than the first power level such that a second group of transceivers greater than and including the first group of transceivers receive the broadcast, but such that only a limited number of transceivers of the second group respond to the broadcast, the limited number of transceivers excluding the first group of transceivers. Each of the plurality of transceivers is associated with a respective sensor for acquiring data and transmitting the data to the recipient transceiver.09-02-2010
20110140856RFID Condition Latching - A passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) system has an RFID reader that communicates with and provides power to an RFID tag. The RFID tag has an RFID integrated circuit chip that contains a memory device for storing information to be transmitted to the RFID reader, and energy storage device that stores energy for powering the integrated circuit chip. In the event that the RFID tag is activated during periods when the RFID integrated circuit chip is not receiving sufficient energy from the RFID reader, then either an energy storage device is provided to allow the activation event to be recorded at the RFID integrated circuit chip, or a memory device is provided that senses and records the activation event and communicates this activation event once power has been restored.06-16-2011
20100214063RFID RECEIVER FRONT END WITH PHASE CANCELLATION AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - An radio frequency identification (RFID) receiver front end includes an antenna module coupled to generate a plurality of millimeter wave RFID signals from a remote RFID device. A plurality of a phase adjusters generate a plurality of phase adjusted signals from the plurality of millimeter wave RFID signals, based on a plurality of control signals. A combining module combines the plurality of phase adjusted signals to generate a received signal. A signal strength module generates a signal strength of the received signal. A control module generates the plurality of control signals to reduce the signal strength of the received signal.08-26-2010
20090322483METHOD FOR CODED DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN A BASE STATION AND AT LEAST ONE TRANSPONDER WITHIN A WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - A method for coded data transmission between a base station (12-31-2009
20090219140COFFEE BREWER AND A CORRESPONDING NETWORK-BASED METHOD AND APPARATUS - A coffee brewing apparatus comprises a corresponding coffee brewer as well as a sensor that is configured and arranged to sense food components as used by that means for brewing coffee beverages. This coffee brewing apparatus then further comprises an external network interface that is configured and arranged to facilitate interfacing with a remote resource (or resources). The coffee brewing apparatus can further comprise an end user interface and a processor that is operably coupled to the sensor, the external network interface, and the end user interface and that is configured and arranged to independently use information regarding food components as are used by the means for brewing coffee beverages to facilitate obtaining corresponding responsive information from the remote resource and to then present that information to an end user via the end user interface.09-03-2009
20090219139Power Harvesting for Actively Powered RFID Tags and Other Electronic Sensors - Material conveyance devices with actively powered Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are described herein. The material conveyance devices motion is converted to electrical energy which is used to either recharge the RFID tags energy storage device or directly power the RFID tag.09-03-2009
20090219138Reader interfacing device - A reader interfacing device is operative for providing a communication path between a tag or smart label reader configured to emit and receive interrogating radiation suitable for interrogating tags or smart labels at a first radiation frequency; and a remote tag or smart label is configured to be interrogated using radiation of a second frequency, the first frequency and the second frequency being mutually different by at least an order of magnitude, and the reader being operable to communicate through the device to the remote tag or smart label. The device includes a power supply for converting interrogating radiation received at the device from the reader to generate power supply potentials for powering the device. Moreover, the device is mutually magnetically coupled to the reader for receiving the interrogating radiation therefrom and for providing a modulated load thereto for communicating back to the reader. In order to achieve such magnetic coupling, the device including a loop antenna for magnetically coupling to a corresponding loop antenna of the reader. The device provides, for example, the advantage that the reader can conform to a standard ISO 15693 and the device enables remote tags and smart labels not conforming to the standard to communicate with the reader.09-03-2009
20110210827PORTABLE ELECTRONIC PARKING PERMIT TAG AND A METHOD FOR USING THEREOF - A portable electronic parking permit tag for vehicles transporting disabled persons, which comprises (a) a memory module for storing data regarding the person(s) allowed to activate the tag, in which the stored data represents at least the personal biometric information of each of the person(s); (b) a biometric identification module for obtaining biometric data of the person trying to activate the tag; (c) a processing unit for operating the tag according to the obtained biometric data; (d) at least one display unit for indicating the status of the tag, whether activated or deactivated; (e) means for deactivating the tag; and (f) means for powering the tag.09-01-2011
20110210825MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION DISPLAYING METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION FOR USER IN DISPLAY AREA PART NOT COVERED WITH RFID TAG - There is provided a mobile terminal device designed to perform wireless communication with an RFID tag being held over the device by using electromagnetic waves. The device includes a plurality of antennae arranged in or in vicinity to a display area of the mobile terminal device, and a control unit configured to detect a part of the display area, which is not covered with the RFID tag, from electromagnetic wave intensities acquired by the plurality of antennae and to display information for a user in the detected part of the display area.09-01-2011
20110084807SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE TO INTERROGATE FOR THE PRESENCE OF OBJECTS - A system, method and device to interrogate for the presence of objects, to prevent the inadvertent separation of the objects from their owner. An owner is alerted when they are separated from the objects by determining when a trigger event occurs, such as a person leaving and/or entering a particular monitored area or location. These monitored areas can be retrofitted with an electronic interrogation device that monitors local conditions to determine whether a user is entering or leaving the monitored area to trigger an interrogation of the personal items. The interrogation device is constructed and arranged to communicate with the objects to determine whether the objects are with the owner. The interrogation device automatically determines the presence of a particular object at the monitored environment and automatically generates a notification when needed. The system further controls functionality of the objects, according to illustrative embodiments, when the object is present.04-14-2011
20110084806Wireless Tracking System And Method For Backhaul Of Information - The present invention provides a solution to backhauling health information. The present invention utilizes a mesh network to backhaul the health information. The system includes a plurality of first tags, a mesh network, and an information engine. Each of the tags represents a first object. The mesh network preferably includes a plurality of plug-in sensors located within the facility. At least one node in the mesh network operates as healthcare device. The information engine is in communication with the mesh network and determines a position location of the healthcare device and an operation of the healthcare device.04-14-2011
20110084811RFID TAG FOR RFID SERVICE AND RFID SERVICE METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are an RFID tag for an RFID service and an RFID service method thereof. The present invention includes a tag storage unit including a TID memory and a user memory; and a tag controller that inserts and stores a content name field including content name information related to an item attached with the corresponding tag in the user memory, wherein the tag controller inserts the content name information in a tag response signal according to the request of a peripheral RFID interrogator and transmits it or permits an access to the memory in which the content name field is inserted. The present invention includes and stores the content name information in the identification data stored in the RFID tag to allow a user to select only the desired tag when the interrogator simultaneously recognizes a plurality of tags and receive the desired contents through the network, making it possible to give convenience to a user and reduce time and the using fee of the network.04-14-2011
20110084809Wireless Tracking System And Method For Backhaul Of Information - The present invention provides a solution to backhauling health information. The present invention utilizes a mesh network to backhaul the health information. The system includes a plurality of first tags, a mesh network, and an information engine. Each of the tags represents a first object. The mesh network preferably includes a plurality of plug-in sensors located within the facility. At least one node in the mesh network operates as healthcare device. The information engine is in communication with the mesh network and determines a position location of the healthcare device and an operation of the healthcare device.04-14-2011
20110241835TAG COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A contactless tag reader device comprises upper and lower electrodes which together define a tag location zone between them in which multiple tags can be placed. The lower electrode and the upper electrode are offset from each other such that they substantially do not overlap. This structure is used to sandwich tags vertically between two horizontally (laterally) offset reader electrodes. This enables power coupling and data transfer using capacitive coupling.10-06-2011
20110241838SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR RFID, EMULATED RFID AND RFID-LIKE BASED ENABLEMENT AND PRIVILEGE ALLOCATION - A method of emulating a physical RFID tag includes storing in a machine readable memory an RFID tag encoding, communicating the RFID tag encoding to a system, and using the RFID tag encoding at the system to emulate the physical RFID tag and perform a function without emulating an RFID transponder signal.10-06-2011
20110084810RFID TRANSPONDER - An RFID transponder (04-14-2011
20100039233METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUS DETECTION OF A PLURALITY OF RFID TAGS USING MULTIUSER DETECTION - A method and apparatus are disclosed that apply multiuser detection (MUD) analysis to an aggregated RF response from a plurality of simultaneously queried RFID tags, so as to distinguish the individual tag responses. The claimed method thereby significantly reduces RFID detection latency when multiple tags are simultaneously queried. Some embodiments transmit carrier waves at more than one frequency, such as a plurality of equally-spaced frequencies, so as to enhance the MUD analysis by incorporating a multi-frequency dimension. Other embodiments incorporate additional spatial dimensions by deploying multiple RF detection antennae at separated locations. The number of colliding tag responses must be estimated before MUD analysis can be applied. In some embodiments other signal parameters must be estimated, such as signal bias and an impulse function for each responding tag that characterizes alterations of the RF signal while in transit due to propagation distance, passage through intervening objects, and reflections.02-18-2010
20100039232RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATON (RFID) ANTENNA, TAGS AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS USING THE SAME - Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag antenna, tags and communications systems using the same are presented. The RFID tag antenna includes a patterned conductive loop having a plurality of longitudinal conductive sections and a pair of transverse conductive sections connecting to each end of the longitudinal conductive sections to serve as a matching network. A pair of extended conductive arms is electrically connected to the patterned conductive loop via two nodes. A bonding pad with an RFID chip disposed thereon is arranged at the central area of the pair of extended conductive arms.02-18-2010
20100039229COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS - A self-contained breathing apparatus safety mask, a system and a method is disclosed providing radio frequency identification tag reader arranged to communication with a radio frequency tag so that the breathing apparatus can obtain an identification of the user for wireless radio group communication with breathing apparatuses of another users. The identifier contains information for establishing and changing the group communication parameters. The system comprises also a remote speaker microphone in short range radio communication with the mask. The RSM may be connected to private mobile system.02-18-2010
20110148584METHOD OF PLACING RFID TAG FOR UNDERGROUND USE UNDER GROUND SURFACE - A method includes: placing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for underground use under a ground surface, wherein a ground plate which has a diameter greater than that of the RFID tag or a tag antenna and on a top of which the RFID tag is mounted is placed underground such that the RFID tag protrudes above the ground surface or a bottom of the RFID tag is aligned with the ground surface.06-23-2011
20090322486RFID Storage Systems - The invention relates to a storage system comprising a repository, in which a plurality of different products can be stored, each of the products being equipped with a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder, and an antenna for the identification of the products by means of the RFID transponder, characterized in that each repository location is equipped with an RFID antenna, and the product position, and/or the product identification can be detected by said antenna. The products equipped with an RFID transponder can be configured by racks for receiving sample containers having a product identification, and the position and sample identification can be stored in the RFID transponder of the associated rack. Each sample container is equipped with an RFID transponder for storing the respective sample identification. An antenna arrangement corresponding with the spatial arrangement of the sample container receptacles serves the readout of the sample identification associated with the sample containers and stored in the RFID transponders.12-31-2009
20110175707IDENTIFICATION CARD APPARATUS - An identification card apparatus is provided. The identification card apparatus includes a main body formed by a first housing member and a second housing member and an active radio frequency identification module which includes a battery unit having at least one coin cell, an integrated circuit board and a plurality of conductive connecting pieces. One end of the conductive connecting piece connects to a side of the coin cell, and the other end of the conductive connecting piece connects to a surface of the integrated circuit board, thereby forming a bending portion for the conductive connecting piece. Consequently, by improving the structural design of internal elements and their connection relationship, the identification card apparatus can extend the transmission range, reduce the overall dimension in thickness and weight, enhance the connection relationship of the internal elements, and increase vibration resistance, thereby improving convenience of use.07-21-2011
20090322478Direct Integration of Rfid Elements into Folding Boxes - The aim of the invention is to simplify the attachment of RFID chips or RFID transponders to packagings. For this purpose, the RFID chips are produced as a single RFID label together with antenna elements that are functionally associated therewith. The chips or transponders can be attached to a packaging by means of corresponding devices during production of the printed material, during a subsequent treatment or finishing process of the printed material, during the preparation of the packaging, during production of the packaging or during filling of the packaging. At the time of attachment, the RFID chips can be tested and initialized. The invention allows to considerably simplify the so far complex processes required to integrate the RFID chips into different types of packaging.12-31-2009
20100039234RF POWER CONVERSION CIRCUITS & METHODS, BOTH FOR USE IN MOBILE DEVICES - This patent application teaches and describes radio frequency (RF) power conversion circuits and methods both for use in mobile devices (such as smart cards). Embodiments of the present invention include wireless personal ID cards or dongle including a fingerprint sensor. A fingerprint matching system can reside on cards. Power provided to the fingerprint sensor and on board processer(s) can be provided by a wireless signal provided to the card. The card can include an RF power conversion circuit configured to receive wireless RF energy and convert the wireless energy for powering electronics on the card. Other aspects, embodiments, and features of the present invention are also claimed and described.02-18-2010
20100039230METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING THE RADIO LINK OF RFID TAGS - The method relates to a method of characterizing a radio link. In the method, a radio frequency interrogator and a first radio frequency transponder, the response of which in an essentially anechoic chamber is known, are utilized. According to the invention, the response of the first radio frequency transponder is measured in a target environment in the chosen interrogator-transponder geometry and the responses of the radio frequency transponder in the target environment and in an essentially anechoic chamber are compared for characterizing the actual radio link. The invention provides information on multi-path propagation of radio waves characteristic to the target environment, which can be further taken into account in, for example, RFID system design.02-18-2010
20100039235Antenna device and apparatus for communicating with RFID tag - This disclosure discloses an antenna device connected to a signal generating device configured to generate a communication signal to a communication target, comprising: a magnetic-field radiation antenna and an electric-field radiation antenna configured to carry out information transmission and reception via radio communication at substantially the same frequency with each other; and a selection connecting device configured to selectively connect either one of the magnetic-field radiation antenna and the electric-field radiation antenna to the signal generating device.02-18-2010
20100052857 Methods and Apparatus for Distance Determination for Radiofrequency Identification Devices - Systems and techniques for reading radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and determining the distance between a reader and a tag being read. A plurality of interrogation signals are transmitted to an RFID tag, with signals at a first frequency being transmitted at a plurality of antenna polarizations and signals at a second frequency being transmitted at a plurality of antenna polarizations. The antenna polarizations are chosen such that return signals resulting from the signals and traveling along reflective paths will sum to zero. Return signals received from the tag are averaged, and phase shift information exhibited by the return signals is determined. The phase shift information for the return signals and frequency information for the interrogation signals is used to compute the distance between the reader and the tag.03-04-2010
20100052859Transponder Comprising an Electronic Memory Chip and Magnetic Circular Antenna - In a transponder having an electronic memory chip and a magnetic ring antenna is provided that the ring antenna comprises an electrically conductive coil having at least one turn, and a capacitor, wherein the capacitor exhibits, as a dielectric, a thin insulator foil that simultaneously serves as a substrate foil for the coil and/or the chip.03-04-2010
20090033463SWITCHABLE ACTIVE-PASSIVE RFID TAG - Various embodiments of the invention combine a passive RFID tag with a manually switchable battery for additional transmit range when needed. In some embodiments, connecting the battery may also modify the contents of the data transmitted from the RFID tag. This feature may be particularly useful in applications in which a device generally only needs to identify itself as being in a small area, but may occasionally need to send out an alert with greater range.02-05-2009
20090033462Rf ID Tag Device - The present invention aims to overcome the drawback with conventional RFID tag devices having a short communication range, and expand the communication range to several times or more that in the conventional scheme. The conventional scheme is based on equilibrium feeding/equilibrium modulation (a two-terminal circuit for antenna operation), whereas the present invention is based on disequilibrium feeding/equilibrium modulation (a three-terminal circuit for antenna operation). The conventional scheme is based on simple rectification of received RF signals, whereas the present invention employs a circuit based on a combination of a stub resonance-based, impedance transformation boosting scheme and a ladder boosting scheme. The conventional scheme is based on ASK or BPSK modulation, whereas the present invention is based on passive modulation, but can employ a QPSK modulation circuit.02-05-2009
20090033466Tag Identification System, Tag Reading Apparatus, and Method for Determining Location of Tags - The invention provides a tag identification system, a tag reading apparatus, and a method for determining location of tags. According to an aspect of the invention, a tag identification system comprises a tag reading apparatus which transmits interrogation signals and a plurality of tags arranged in a sequence, wherein each of the plurality of tags is capable of returning a reply in response to a received interrogation signal; the tag reading apparatus at least comprises a location determination unit which determines the arrangement location of the plurality of tags based on replies received by the tag reading apparatus which are returned by the plurality of tags in response to interrogation signals.02-05-2009
20100060422RFID ENHANCED OPERATING SYSTEM (EOS) FRAMEWORK - A radio frequency identification (“RFID”) reader includes a hardware platform having a transceiver, an input/output interface, a controller, and a memory. The transceiver receives communication signals from at least one RFID tag. The controller is communicatively coupled to the transceiver and the input/output interface and controls the operation of the RFID reader. The memory is communicatively coupled to the controller and contains a software development framework for developing a software application. The framework includes a plurality of predefined encapsulated functional components that interact with at least one of the transceiver and the input/output interface, to allow the software application to operate in a manner that is independent of a specific embodiment of the RFID reader hardware platform.03-11-2010
20100052861SIMULATING DEVICE, SIMULATING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The simulating device and method that evaluates the intensity of radio waves including estimating a received power of a radio wave reaching an antenna of a radio tag having an IC chip connected with the antenna, calculating an impedance matching coefficient to use for matching an impedance of the antenna of the radio tag with an impedance of the IC chip of the radio tag, and adjusting the received power estimated with the use of the impedance matching coefficient calculated.03-04-2010
20100066503METHOD FOR MEASURING LOCATION OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER BY USING BEACON - The present invention relates to a method for measuring a location of a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader by using beacons, and an RFID system for measuring a location of a moving RFID reader in an RFID system comprising: a plurality of beacon devices for emitting beacons; an RFID tag for transmitting pre-stored information by using radio frequency identification; and an RFID reader for calculating a current location using a plurality of at least three beacons wherein the RFID reader receives the plurality of beacons from the plurality of beacon devices while moving, and receiving the information from the RFID tag by using the radio frequency identification. According to the present invention, it is possible to increase the accuracy of the location measurement of a moving RFID reader in an RFID system because the location of the RFID reader is measured in consideration of propagation environments.03-18-2010
20120242457PORTABLE TERMINAL AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A portable terminal includes: a reader that reads identification information of an RFID tag; a position information detector that detects position information; a direction information detector that detects direction information; a storage controller that performs acquisition of reading direction of the reader from direction information detected by the direction information detector, and storage of (i) position information detected at the time of the reading of the identification information and (ii) the acquired reading direction information as (i) reading position and (ii) reading direction, so as to be correlated with the identification information of the RFID tag; and a notification controller that acquires reading direction of the reader from direction information, and causes a notification unit to make notification of guide information indicating the stored reading position and the stored reading direction with respect to detected position information and the acquired reading direction.09-27-2012
20110248824KEYBOARD VIDEO DEVICE - This invention relates to a device for displaying information concerning a part such as a chair or keyboard tray having articulating components as well as a method of displaying information on the use of the components of a chair or keyboard tray. In particular this invention relates to a device for displaying video information concerning a part such as a chair or keyboard tray having articulating components as well as a method of displaying video information on the use of the components of a chair or keyboard tray.10-13-2011
20110175710RFID TAG ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANAGING A RACE - A race management system which includes an RFID tag located between an inner and outer layer and is removably secured to a participant's bib through a mounting film. The inner layer is secured to a second inner layer having at least one fold line and an adhesive portion outward of the at least one fold line. The RFID tag is secured around a portion of the participant's shoe and is activated by at least one antenna to transmit identification data encoded on the tag. The encoded data corresponds to indicia printed on the bib and allows automatic collection of running times.07-21-2011
20110175708RFID MEMORY DEVICES - An RFID memory device includes two arrays of resonant members. A first array extends in a first member direction and a second array extends in a second member direction. The device includes one or more elements for transforming energy associated with vibration of the resonant members into a change in impedance of an electrical equivalent circuit of the memory device. The magnitude of impedance change caused by resonance of the first resonant members is maximised at a different magnetic field direction to that at which the magnitude of the impedance change caused by resonance of the second resonant members is maximised. Thus, different data may be encoded on each array and separately read. The resonant members may form part of a common electrical conductor that forms a coupling element for coupling with an applied excitation signal and causing vibration of the resonant members.07-21-2011
20110175705PASSIVE RFID TRIGGERING SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING ANTENNA REVERSE POWER DETECTION - The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a truly passive trigger in a hands-free device, e.g. an RFID system. Specifically, the present invention includes a passive trigger antenna, an RFID reader system, and an associated passive triggering method. The passive trigger antenna may include any type of antenna solely for the purpose of reverse power detection, i.e. the passive trigger antenna is another antenna associated with the RFID reader system solely for detecting near field obstructions. The present invention utilizes detected near field obstructions as a passive trigger thereby eliminating manual activation of the system. In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides a passive trigger for a hands-free RFID system, such as a wearable RFID device. Advantageously, the passive trigger overcomes a requirement for a user to manually trigger a button or other activation mechanism for RFID reading thereby making the RFID system truly passive and hands-free.07-21-2011
20100066501METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A CONTAINER - There is provided a method for monitoring a container for holding at least one object. An exemplary method comprises acquiring measured data about an object with a sensor and transmitting the measured data to a transponder, the transponder being separated from the sensor by an interlayer that absorbs or reflects electromagnetic radiation. The exemplary method also comprises transmitting status information from the transponder to a reading unit as a function of the measured data. The exemplary method additionally comprises supplying energy to the transponder from the reading unit, and relaying the energy from the transponder to the sensor.03-18-2010
20110102153DOCUMENT INCLUDING AN INTEGRATED MICROCIRCUIT DEVICE AND A METHOD OF DETECTING AN ATTACK ON THE PHYSICAL INTEGRITY OF THE DOCUMENT - A document including an integrated microcircuit device, in particular an RFID device, the document including at least one detector configured to detect a change in at least one physicochemical magnitude, which detection is capable of being performed away from the read field of an external reader capable of obtaining at least some information relating to said change from the integrated microcircuit device, the integrated microcircuit device being configured, during communication with the external reader to inform it that there has been an attempt at attacking the physical integrity of the document as a result of detecting a corresponding change of said at least one physicochemical magnitude.05-05-2011
20110102152DOUBLE SIDE IDENTIFICATION NOTATION-CONTAINING TEST STRIP AND TEST INSTRUMENT THEREOF - A double side identification notation-containing test strip and test instrument thereof, comprising: a substrate, having a first surface and a second surface, and at least a test area and an identification area provided thereon, hereby forming a double side identification notation-containing test strip. In said double side identification notation-containing test strip, a test area and an identification area are disposed respectively on different surfaces, thus increasing area of said identification area and sets of digital identification electrodes, and when it is operated in cooperation with a resistor, it generates a plurality sets of analog identification signals, hereby solving the problem of insufficient identification signals of the prior art.05-05-2011
20110074551RADIO-TYPE TRANSMITTING DEVICE, CONTAINER, TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING SYSTEM AND TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING METHOD - A radio-type transmitting device capable of transmitting information other than information in an internal memory is provided. A RFID tag includes a encoding circuit for digitalizing receiving sensitivity of a radio wave sent from an external transmitting/receiving apparatus and then sending the digitalized receiving sensitivity to the external transmitting/receiving apparatus. Thus, the external transmitting/receiving apparatus can obtain a distance between the external transmitting/receiving apparatus and the RFID tag based on received sensitivity information.03-31-2011
20110102154DETECTION OF MOVING OBJECTS - The present invention concerns a system for detecting and determining the position of moving objects, where electronic transceiver units communicate with at least two fixed transceiver stations. It is the object of the invention to perform a constant position determination of movable objects within a delimited area. This may be achieved if communication between the fixed transceiver facilities and the electronic transceiver units occurs in an ultra wideband frequency spectrum in a frequency range from 3.10 GHz to 10.6 GHz, wherein communication occurs in the form of transient pulses emitted from the electronic transceiver units, and where position determination is performed by calculating time or phase difference between receptions of a signal at least two transceiver facilities, respectively. By using high frequency wideband communication, it becomes possible to determine the position of the movable objects with very high accuracy.05-05-2011
20110068905READER AND TRANSPONDER FOR OBSCURING THE APPLICATIONS SUPPORTED BY A READER AND/OR A TRANSPONDER AND METHOD THEREOF - Transponder (03-24-2011
20110248825Remotely Powered and Remotely Interrogated Wireless Digital Sensor Telemetry System to Detect Corrosion - A corrosion sensing system includes a reader, a radiation receiving device, a sensing transponder, and a member. The sensing transponder includes a communications device, a processor, and a sensor. The member is subject to corrosion. The sensor is located to detect corrosion of the member. The communications device is connected for transmitting sensor data. The transponder is powered by electricity derived from electromagnetic radiation transmitted by the reader that is received by the radiation receiving device.10-13-2011
20110074550METHOD FOR TESTING EMBEDDED RFID TAGS - A method of testing an electronic tag includes: embedding the electronic tag within an elongate carrier strip composed of a material having material properties simulating an end product material within which the tag resides embedded during end product use; positioning the embedded tag substantially within the carrier strip at a mid-portion between opposite end portions of the strip; positioning the mid-portion of the strip and the embedded tag over at least one curved support surface; engaging the end portions of the strip; and positioning a reader in a position operative to receive information from the electronic tag during a testing transmission sequence; reciprocally moving the strip mid-portion in a forward direction and a reverse direction over the curved support surface; and rendering the reader operational to receive information transmitted from the electronic tag as the strip mid-portion reciprocally moves in the forward and reverse directions.03-31-2011
20120146767METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING OBJECTS USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - A method and apparatus for detecting non-linear tags. In one advantageous embodiment a system for detecting non-linear tags has a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter transmits a plurality of electromagnetic signals having a first frequency and a second frequency. The receiver monitors for an electromagnetic signal having a frequency equal to a difference between the first frequency and a second frequency that is generated by a non-linear tag in response to receiving the plurality of electromagnetic signals, wherein the non-linear tag is detected when the electromagnetic signal is detected by the receiver.06-14-2012
20120119882 Movement Detection Method and Reader/Writers in a Radio Frequency Identification System - A method in a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system including at least one reader/writer and a group of tags each attached to a workpiece. The method includes reading a plurality of tags from the group of tags, capturing received signal strength indication envelopes of tags, and storing the received signal strength indication envelope one tag as a template. A correlation match is performed for the received signal strength indication envelope of the tags and the template to obtain a time interval between the received signal strength indication envelope of each of the tags and the template when the correlation is at a maximum value. Using the present invention, the at least one reader/writer can report each tag that is directly in front of an antenna, even if multiple tags exist in the complicated industrial environment, ensuring First Come First-Read (FCFR) and improving the reliability of an ultra high frequency RFID system.05-17-2012
20120119881INFORMATION MANAGEMENT USING A CUSTOM IDENTIFIER STORED ON AN IDENTIFICATION TAG - A solution for managing information using an identification tag is provided. For example, information relating to an item and/or one or more transfers of the item can be managed using an identification tag associated with the item. The identification tag can store and transmit an item identifier, such as an electronic product code (EPC), corresponding to the item, which can be obtained and stored in a data store. Access information for retrieving the item identifier and identification information for a party to the transfer can be used to generate a custom identifier that can be provided for storage on the identification tag in place of the item identifier. The custom identifier can subsequently be used to acquire information on the item and/or the transfer event.05-17-2012
20110068901RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - A battery-assisted radio frequency identification (RFID) tag having a battery-assisted circuit and a filter is provided. The battery-assisted circuit generates a radio frequency signal whose frequency is outside an operating frequency band of the RFID tag to supply additional power to the RFID tag. The filter filters the radio frequency signal output from the battery-assisted circuit before the RFID tag demodulates a reader command, so that a modulation depth of the read command is less affected by multi-carrier. By using the battery-assisted circuit and the filter, the RFID tag has a longer read range and is less affected by multipath fading effects.03-24-2011
20110068904RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes: a tabular dielectric member 03-24-2011
20110068902METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING EXTERNAL DEVICE - A method and system for controlling an electronic device with information provided by an external device through a wired or wireless interface is provided. An electronic device control method of the present invention includes detecting an event; acquiring execution information associated with the event; and executing a task indicated by the execution information.03-24-2011
20090027165SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBJECT LOCALIZATION AND PATH IDENTIFICATION BASED ON RFID SENSING - A networked radio frequency identification system includes a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers, a computer in signal communication with the RFID tag readers over a network, and a software module for storage on and operable by the computer that localizes RFID tags based on information received from the RFID tag readers using a network model having endpoints and oriented links. In an additional example, at least one of the RFID tag readers includes an adjustable configuration setting selected from RF signal strength, antenna gain, antenna polarization, and antenna orientation. In a further aspect, the system localizes RFID tags based on hierarchical threshold limit calculations. In an additional aspect, the system controls a locking device associated with an access point based on localization of an authorized RFID tag at the access point and reception of additional authorizing information from an input device.01-29-2009
20090027164Medical information management system for medical institution - According to the present invention, a medical information management system comprises an IC tag reader terminal for information from an IC tag storing the information on the medical item delivered; a first IC tag reader-writer terminal for writing to the IC tag attached to the shipping medical item; an IC card reader-writer terminal for writing and/or reading to/from an IC card storing information on the patient or the medical staff a second IC tag reader-writer terminal for writing and/or reading to/from an IC tag of the medical item being disposed to the patient; an order server for receiving the information transmitted from the IC card reader-writer terminal and the second IC tag reader-writer terminal; and a SPD server for receiving the information transmitted from the IC tag reader terminal, the first IC tag reader-writer terminal, and the order server and summing up the respective inventory.01-29-2009
20090146785RFID DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE PASSIVE OPERATION MODES - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device is capable of operating in multiple passive modes, in either a fully passive mode or a boosted passive mode. The device includes an RFID chip that is suitable for operation of passive RFID devices. An antenna is coupled to the chip for receiving radio frequency signals, such as those sent by a reader/detector device. In addition, the RFID device has an energy booster which may be used to boost the energy of signals received by the device, in order to enable operation at a reduced level of RF signal. The energy boost may be selectively applied in order to transform the passive RFID device into operating in a boosted passive mode. The energy booster may include a one-port transistor and an energy source that is used to power the transistor. The energy source may be a rechargeable energy source.06-11-2009
20110248828ELECTRONIC UHF RADIOFREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION FOR A CONSTRAINING ENVIRONMENT - The invention relates to electronic radiofrequency identification in the ultra-high frequency (UHF) range for marking an article (10-13-2011
20110248826SYSTEM FOR RESOLVING A SERVICE TO BE PROVISIONED TO A TERMINAL DEVICE,A RELATED TERMINAL DEVICE AND A RELATED SERVICE RESOLVING SERVER - The present invention relates to a system for resolving a service to be provisioned to a terminal device (TD) by, a service resolving server (SRS). The terminal device is coupled over a communications network (CN) to the service resolving server. The terminal device comprises an auto-identification reader (ARP) for reading an auto-identification associated to an object or person. The system further comprises a context retrieving part (CRP) that is adapted to retrieve context information related to the auto-identification and further a service resolving part (SRP) that is adapted to resolve the service to be provisioned from a plurality of services based on the auto-identification in combination with the context information.10-13-2011
20110248823ASSET IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An asset identification and tracking system includes a plurality of antennas each constructed and arranged to be mounted to one of a plurality of rack positions within an equipment rack, a receiver coupled to each of the antennas, and an antenna selector coupled to each of the antennas for selectively enabling communication between one of the antennas and the receiver. The system may further include a controller coupled to the receiver and to the antenna selector. The system may further include a data center manager coupled to the controller for identifying and tracking an asset. Each of the plurality of antennas may be configured to receive a signal emitted by a RFID tag attached to an asset mounted within the equipment rack. The receiver may include an RFID reader.10-13-2011
20080258873Functional Laminate - The invention refers to a functional laminate including at least one electrically conductive component, particularly an antenna coil or a track, arranged on a non-woven substrate with a grammage of less than 25 g/m10-23-2008
20100171590X-BAND TURNSTILE ANTENNA - An X-band, crossed dipole turnstile antenna configured to be omni-directional with horizontal polarization is disclosed. It comprises a set of two dipole antennas aligned at right angles to each other attached to a common 50 ohm coaxial feedpoint and fed 90 degrees out-of-phase. The antenna pattern is nearly omnidirectional in the horizontal plane. The antenna can be used generally in microwave communications including Digital Radio Frequency Tags (DRaFTs) communicating with airborne and satellite platforms.07-08-2010
20100295662VERIFICATION UNIT FOR CONDUCTING A TIME-RELATED VALIDITY CHECK - The present embodiments relate to checking a validity of a time-limited status of a device. In one embodiment, a checking unit includes an RFID reader and a control unit. The control unit is embodied for performing a validity check that relates to a time period and is based on time information read by the RFID reader from an RFID label and conveyed to the control unit.11-25-2010
20080231425Quadrature demodulation device, quadrature demodulation method, and quadrature demodulation program - A quadrature demodulation device effectively utilizes the result of quadrature detection in order to improve demodulation efficiency. The quadrature modulation device includes a quadrature detector DT which performs quadrature detection on a reception signal obtained by receiving a radio wave from a radio frequency identification tag, to generate an in-phase signal and a quadrature-phase signal, and a demodulation circuit DM which detects a preamble of a particular transition pattern in at least one of the in-phase signal and the quadrature-phase signal and which decodes the at least one of the in-phase signal and the quadrature-phase signal to obtain data succeeding the preamble, the demodulation circuit DM further performing error detection on a decoding result to check for errors.09-25-2008
20080231422METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SIMULTANEOUS TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION OF FM SIGNALS UTILIZING A DDFS CLOCKED BY AN RFID PLL - Aspects of a method and system for simultaneous transmission and reception of FM signals utilizing a DDFS clocked by an RFID PLL are provided. In this regard, a plurality of signals utilized to transmit or receive FM communication may be generated by clocking a plurality of DDFSs via a signal generated to enable RFID communication.09-25-2008
20110175709INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a communication control unit controlling communication of a radio communication device with a data carrier transmitting a signal including communication distance information regarding a communication distance; an output variable control unit varying transmission output of the radio communication device; and a data carrier determination unit determining that the data carrier having a short communication distance is valid as the transmission output is large, and determining that the data carrier having a long communication distance is valid as the transmission output is small.07-21-2011
20110175706RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - An RFID tag includes a substrate, a chip, a conductive unit, and an antenna. The substrate is attached to an article. The chip is disposed on the substrate to partition the substrate into a first region on one side of the chip and a second region on the other side of the chip. The conductive unit is coupled electrically to the chip, and is disposed on the substrate to form a loop in cooperation with the chip. The antenna is disposed on the substrate and coupled electrically to the chip. The loop and an area of the substrate encompassed thereby are disposed in the first region, and the antenna is disposed in the second region. Removal of the substrate from the article results in a break in the conductive unit, and the chip is operable to detect the break in the conductive unit.07-21-2011
20090231100Structure for Attaching RFID Tag and Method for Detecting RFID Tag - The present invention provides a structure for attaching an RFID tag in a disposition allowing an easy detection by an external RFID reader, the structure preventing the RFID tag from being broken for a normal specification, and a method for detecting an RFID tag. The structure for attaching an RFID tag to a hollow cylindrical metal body is characterized in that the RFID tag is attached to an inner side of the hollow cylindrical metal body via a spacer between it and a metal surface such that a direction in which an electric field of the RFID tag is generated is in a direction along a circumference of the hollow cylindrical metal body.09-17-2009
20090231099Method and apparatus for tracking plants with electronic tag - One or more plants may be associated with an electronic tag including a memory circuit and interrogation interface. The memory circuit in the electronic tag may include data corresponding to the one or more plants. According to an embodiment the data may include plant care information such as a record of treatments received by the one or more plants and/or plant care instructions. The data may be structured.09-17-2009
20090167498ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTIVE RFID TAG AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESSING THE SAME - The present invention provides an electromagnetic inductive RFID tag to be used along with an article containing a metal, and an apparatus for accessing the RFID tag. An electromagnetic inductive RFID tag in the present invention comprises a magnetic core member having two ends, each of which has an end face, an antenna coil wound on the magnetic core member, and an IC chip connected to the antenna coil, in which, with respect to a direction of a magnetic flux entering an one side of the end face, a direction of a magnetic flux emitting from the other side of the end face is substantially at an angle of 180 degrees. Information can be read with a high reading accuracy without being influenced by a surrounding metal.07-02-2009
20110210826CASH HANDLING FACILITY MANAGEMENT - Cash handling facilities, such as cash vaults, receive and process large quantities of cash. The cash handling facility may have a plurality of custody points at which the amount of cash being processed is verified, counted, stored, or otherwise processed. Cash handling personnel that are handling the cash may be verified, detected, or otherwise documented as handling the cash. Automatic identification techniques may be implemented to track the cash and cash handling personnel at various custody points within the cash handling facility. A centralized tracking system may use the information obtained at each of the custody points to track, count, and verify the cash while it is located within the cash handling facility.09-01-2011
20110210823HDX DEMODULATOR - Low noise mixers for use in RFID readers and RFID readers configured to receive data from ISO HDX transponders in accordance with embodiments of the invention are illustrated. One embodiment of the invention receives the HDX FSK signal using a resonant antenna, upwardly mixes the FSK signal to an intermediate frequency, filters the intermediate frequency FSK signal using at least one ceramic bandpass filter, and demodulates the filtered intermediate frequency FSK signal to produce a binary output.09-01-2011
20080303635Rfid Series and Method for Constructing Location Management System Using Rfid Series - The present invention relates to RFID series and a method for constructing location management system using RFID series. The present invention relates to RFID series constituting an RFID system that can complete work with a little time and workforce without confusion, even when a plurality of RFID tags are required, by concurrently installing a plurality of RFID tags without the need of installing RFID tags one by one and simultaneously computing automatically ID of each RFID, and a method for constructing location management system using RFID series.12-11-2008
20090115581RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE WITH VISUAL INDICATOR - An RFID device includes a chip, an antenna operatively coupled to the chip, and a visual indicator operatively coupled to the chip. The visual indicator provides a visual indication of an operative state of the device. The visual indication may be human readable and/or machine readable, and may provide visual indication that is dependent on a change in an operative state of the device. The operative state that triggers the visual indication may include a state in which the chip has temporarily or permanently been rendered inoperative or disabled, that is, in which the chip no longer responds to, or otherwise interacts with, ordinary incoming RF signals such as from a device reader. The visual indicator may be included in a display that functions by any of a variety of suitable mechanisms, such as by use of electrochromic materials, thermochromic materials, liquid crystals, or chemically-reactive materials.05-07-2009
20120032785SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A protection circuit is designed to operate when the level of a DC power supply potential which is generated in a rectifier circuit is equal to or greater than a predetermined level (a reference level), so as to decrease the level of the generated DC power supply potential. On the other hand, the protection circuit is designed not to operate when the DC power supply potential which is generated in the rectifier circuit is equal to or less than the predetermined level (the reference level), so as to use the generated DC power supply potential without change. A transistor of the protection circuit includes an oxide semiconductor layer, which enables a reduction in the off-state current of the transistor and a reduction in power consumption of the protection circuit.02-09-2012
20100271182SYSTEM FOR MONITORING DETACHABLE CONNECTIONS OF CABLE CHANNEL USING RFID TAGS - The invention relates to communication technology. Use of the invention for monitoring detachable connections of cable channel allows to identify a port or a patch cable attached to that port and does not require an RFID antenna (sensor) for each patch panel port. This technical result is achieved by steps of: providing each port of patch panel by the sensor of presence of patch cord plug; mounting an RFID tag on each patch cord plug; interrogating RFID tags by an RFID interrogator; identifying a patch panel port and a specific patch cord connected to the port correlating the time of change of the reply signal of the RFID tag and the time of change of the sensor signal.10-28-2010
20080272890Battery-assisted backscatter RFID transponder - A radio frequency transponder includes at least one battery, which is coupled to provide electrical power for operating the transponder and at least one antenna, which is configured to receive and backscatter RF interrogation radiation from an interrogation device. An integrated circuit is arranged to store a code including information and, powered only with energy provided by the battery, to vary a radiation characteristic of the antenna responsively to the code so as to modulate the information onto the backscattered radiation.11-06-2008
20080272891Method of Reading Data From Transponders Through a Reader, a Transponder, and a Reader - A method of reading data (DAT11-06-2008
20110187506SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DSRC COMMUNICATION - A system and method for Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) between beacons and onboard units of a road toll system, wherein the beacons have a system-wide key and the onboard units have only individual keys, which are respectively formed from the system-wide key on the basis of a derivation code specific to the onboard units, wherein upon a communication from the onboard unit the derivation code is transmitted to the beacon in order to enable the beacon to emulate the individual key to encrypt/decrypt the communication with the onboard unit and/or for access to data stored in the onboard unit, and wherein upon communications with consecutive beacons the onboard unit transmits varying derivation codes.08-04-2011
20110187505Access Using a Mobile Device with an Accelerometer - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems, apparatuses and methods for using a mobile device with an accelerometer to gain access into a secured or restricted area. A first device and a second device interact by making physical contact with each other thereby generating interaction data that is representative of the physical interaction between the first and second device. The first and second device may be mobile phones. The second device may be a point of sale terminal, access point device, or any other stationary (i.e., in a fixed position) device positioned at a line, door, gate, or entrance. A server computer determines, based on interaction data, that the first device and the second device made physical contact. After determining that the first device and the second device made contact, communications may be initiated between the devices. Communications may relate an access transaction comprising an exchange of information, such as credentials, between a prospective entrant (operating the first device) and a gatekeeper (operating the second device) to verify that the prospective entrant is permitted or is not permitted access to a particular area that is secured or restricted by the gatekeeper. Other embodiments are direct to confirmation transactions. Access transaction and confirmation transactions may be combined with a financial transaction using a payment processing network.08-04-2011
20080284567Container - The present invention relates to a container, especially for moisture-sensitive goods, with a container body formed by a wall and a bottom of the container, and a container cover which can be opened and closed. The container has a layer, preferably containing a desiccant, which extends over at least a part of the body and a transponder which is arranged between body and layer.11-20-2008
20080278290Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System for Dynamically and Automatically Establishing Communication Between A Mobile Wireless Communicating Device and A Processing System - RFID tags to provide a relatively low power and power conserving wireless communication system to dynamically and automatically transfer all preselected data developed in designated digital devices to a centralized data processing system. Inclusion, in the target mobile wireless devices from which data is to be transferred, of an RFID tag, preferably passive, to minimize power consumption that is conventionally recognizable by a short range RF transceiver in the computer system to which data is to be transferred. Thus, each mobile wireless device being tracked includes a short range RFID tag, a short range RF transceiver and storage means for the digital data developed by the device that is to be transferred. The data processing system to which the transfer is to be made should include a short range RF transceiver for identifying all RFID tags within this short range boundary; and means, responsive to the system RF transceiver identifying the RFID tag in the mobile wireless device within said short range boundary, for transmitting a signal to said mobile device to trigger the mobile device transceiver to transmit stored digital data to the data processing system.11-13-2008
20100134255RFID DEVICE, RFID SYSTEM AND SIGNAL DISTORTION PRE-COMPENSATION PROCESS IN RFID SYSTEMS - In an RFID system an RFID device (06-03-2010
20090201132METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR METERING PRINTED MEDIA - Methods and apparatus for metering printed media are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus comprises a first radio frequency identification (RFID) tag to adhere to a first leaflet of a printed media at a first location; a second RFID tag to adhere to a second leaflet of the printed media at a second location of the second leaflet, the first and second locations being substantially a same location; and a first RFID absorber to adhere to a third leaflet of the printed media such that, when the printed media is positioned to expose the first and the third leaflets, the second RFID tag is inactive, and such that, when the printed media is positioned to expose the second and the third leaflets, the first RFID tag is inactive.08-13-2009
20080252424Stochastic Communication Protocol Method and System For Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid) Tags Based on Coalition Formation, Such as For Tag-To-Tag Communication - Data carriers (such as RFID tags) are formed into clusters of data carriers. Each cluster has at least one bridge data carrier that can communicate with a bridge data carrier of another cluster, thereby allowing data carriers in each cluster to communicate directly or indirectly with each other using a stochastic communication protocol method. Direct tag-to-tag communication capability is provided between data carriers in each cluster and/or between clusters. The data carriers can backscatter and modulate a carrier wave from a source, thereby using the backscattered and modulated carrier wave to convey data to each other.10-16-2008
20110254664SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING PATTERNS IN SPATIO-TEMPORAL DATA COLLECTED USING AN RFID SYSTEM - Systems and methods are described that collect spatio-temporal data using an RFID system that is capable of locating the spatial position of a sensor, which is typically unaware of its location. Such systems and methods can be contrasted with conventional RFID systems in that they are able to determine the location of sensors in space as opposed to with respect to read zones related to the underlying RFID reader infrastructure. One embodiment includes an RFID system having a plurality of read zones and configured to obtain the spatio-temporal state of sensors within a sensor cloud, where the spatio-temporal state of each sensor includes sensor information, a time stamp, and a spatial location specified independently of the read zones of the RFID system, a spatio-temporal database configured to store spatio-temporal state of a plurality of sensors over time, and an application server configured to trigger events based upon the detection of at least one condition by applying at least one filter to the data within the spatio-temporal database.10-20-2011
20080252425Rfid Tag, Method For Manufacturing Rfid Tag and Method For Arranging Rfid Tag - An RFID tag is characterized in that it includes: a dielectric substrate; a ground conductor portion disposed on one main surface of this dielectric substrate; a patch conductor portion disposed on another main surface of the above-mentioned dielectric substrate and forming a slot; electrical connecting portions internally extending from opposing sides of the above-mentioned slot, respectively; and an IC chip placed in the above-mentioned slot and connected to the above-mentioned electrical connecting portions.10-16-2008
20080252419Wireless access control system and method - A wireless access control system comprises a docking station configured to wirelessly identify a computing device, the docking station configured to, based on the identification of the computing device, selectively control access to at least one resource available through the docking station by the computing device.10-16-2008
20080252417SYSTEM, METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MONITORING THE TRANFER OF CARGO TO AND FROM A TRANSPORTER - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for monitoring the transfer of cargo, such as a shipping container, to and from a transporter, such as a truck. Identification codes are provided on the cargo and the transporter to aid in the identification of the cargo and the transporter. One or more identification code receiving devices, such as a camera, may be associated with a cargo moving apparatus, such as a crane, and configured to automatically capture the transporter identification code and the cargo identification code as the cargo is being transferred to or from the transporter. The transporter identification code and the cargo identification code can be associated with each other along with other information about the transfer in order to monitor the transfer. In this regard, identification information may be communicated to a shipping terminal's operating system to provide real-time information about one or more transfers occurring within a shipping terminal.10-16-2008
20090109001Wireless IC tag, wireless IC tag system and operation method for wireless IC tag - A wireless IC tag system according to the present invention is provided with a wireless IC tag, a reader/writer device and a high-frequency signal output device. The reader/writer device outputs a first high-frequency signal. The high-frequency signal output device outputs a second high-frequency signal only during a period when the reader/writer device outputs the first high-frequency signal. The wireless IC tag is provided with an antenna, a power supply circuit and a communication circuit. The antenna receives the first and second high-frequency signals. The power supply circuit generates a power supply voltage from the first and second high-frequency signals. The communication circuit transmits and receives an information signal to and from the reader/writer device by utilizing the first high-frequency signal.04-30-2009
20100321161WASHABLE RFID DEVICE FOR APPAREL TRACKING - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device including: a circuit provisioned to communicate an identification code to an RFID reader; a first antenna operatively connected to the circuit; and a radiating structure inductive coupled to the first antenna.12-23-2010
20100321163RFID DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL LEAD SYSTEMS - A system for identifying active implantable medical devices (AIMD) and lead systems implanted in a patient using a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag having retrievable information relating to the AIMD, lead system and/or patient. The RFID tag may store information about the AIMD manufacturer, model number, serial number; leadwire system placement information and manufacturer information; MRI compatibility due to the incorporation of bandstop filters; patient information, and physician and/or hospital information and other relevant information. The RFID tag may be affixed or disposed within the AIMD or leadwires of the lead system, or surgically implanted within a patient adjacent to the AIMD or leadwire system.12-23-2010
20100321160Plastic Container and Method of Manufacture Having Molded-in-Security Features - A molded plastic container, in accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure, includes an insert molded into an exterior surface of a wall of the container. The insert is of plastic construction that includes a UV brightener that is visible under UV light to verify authenticity of the container. The container wall and the insert preferably have identical colors under visible light. The insert preferably is of two-piece construction with an outer portion of the insert being exposed at the exterior surface of the container and an inner portion underlying the outer portion. The inner and outer portions preferably include respective UV brighteners that are visible as different colors under UV light. The outer portion of the insert preferably is removable to expose the inner portion and thereby to provide layered security for which the outer portion is first visible under UV light and, when removed, exposes the inner portion of the insert for illumination under UV light and radiating a different color from the outer portion.12-23-2010
20080204197Memory carrier and method for driving the same - A contactless memory carrier for which it is not necessary to fabricate a barcode and a tag using separate processes is provided. The memory carrier includes a memory which stores data; a control circuit which reads the data from the memory in accordance with a signal transmitted contactlessly from an interrogator; a converter which converts the read data in accordance with an algorithm; an image signal generating circuit which uses the data converted by the converter to generate an image signal; and a display device which uses the image signal to display a code. The data converted in accordance with the algorithm may be stored in the memory in advance. In that case, it is not necessary to provide the converter for converting data in accordance with the algorithm.08-28-2008
20080204196RADIO FREQUENCY TAG AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RADIO FREQUENCY TAG - According to an aspect of an embodiment, a radio frequency tag comprising: a base; a radio frequency antenna disposed on the base; a circuit chip mounted on the base and electrically connected to the radio frequency antenna, the circuit chip performing radio communication via the radio frequency antenna; and a protection sheet disposed on the radio frequency antenna, the protection sheet comprising a flexible material and rigid bodies dispersed in the flexible material so as to prevent the protection sheet from being collapsed when the radio frequency tag is bent and compressed.08-28-2008
20080204198RFID sensor array and sensor group based on pulse-processing - An RFID device having sensor arrays incorporated in its tags. Each tag generates an ID code together with sensing pulses the width of which changes with sensing values. Conflicts between tags in communication are avoided by adding a sleep section to the code sequence. The interrogator reads the ID code and digitizes the width of sensing pulses during the communication with tags, and then calculates sensing values based on the information obtained. Since only discrete signals exist in data acquisition, and the digitization process is in parallel with data communication, the system needs neither ADC circuits nor an extra process for signal digitization.08-28-2008
20080204199Method And System For Remotely Provisioning And/Or Configuring A Device - A method and system for remotely configuring and/or provisioning a device that is nonoperational is provided. The device may be, in general, any electronic device that includes at least one setting (“device setting”) that can be programmatically or otherwise established or adjusted to configure and/or provision the device for its operation. The method includes detecting, via a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tag, a state of a device that is communicatively coupled to the RFID tag; and providing the device setting via the RFID tag when the state signifies that the device is nonoperational.08-28-2008
20110163853Method for Selecting One or More Transponders - A method and device for selecting one or more transponders, in particular backscatter-based transponders, from a plurality of transponders by a base station, which method is based on a slotted ALOHA method, in which the base station defines numbered time slots and a random number generated in a given transponder determines a time slot when the transponder transmits its transponder-specific identification to the base station. The random number is generated in a given transponder with the aid of a random number generator, the relevant random number generator is switched into a counter operating mode after reception of a selection command transmitted by the base station, while a count state of the random number generator is decremented or incremented when the base station transmits the start of a time slot, the relevant transponder transmits a transponder-specific identification to the base station if the count state of its random number generator is equal to a predetermined value, and the relevant random number generator is then switched back into the operating mode for random number generation.07-07-2011
20110163854SURGICAL OBJECT TRACKING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for identifying and tracking surgical objects is disclosed. More specifically, a method and apparatus for identifying and tracking surgical objects such as needles, scalpels, blades, sponges and instruments in a medical industry using an identifier encoded on a fluorescent paint attached to the surgical object combined with detectors and software capable of retrieving the identifying information on the identifier.07-07-2011
20110163852RFID TAG COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND RFID TAG COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - This disclosure discloses an RFID tag communication system comprising: a communication antenna that performs wireless communication using a plurality of communication formats with a plurality of types of RFID circuit elements, each of the RFID circuit elements having an IC circuit part configured to store information and a tag antenna configured to transmit and receive information, each type of the plurality of types of RFID circuit element having a different compatibility factor and lacking communication compatibility; a format switching portion that sequentially switches the plurality of communication formats in a switching order that corresponds to the frequency of use results of each of the plurality of communication formats used in the past; and an information acquisition portion that performs an acquisition process to acquire information by wireless communication from the RFID circuit elements using each of the communication formats that are sequentially switched by the format switching portion.07-07-2011
20110163851Method for Locating a Backscatter-Based Transponder - A method and apparatus for locating a transponder is provided. A carrier signal is transmitted by a base station and a transponder transmits a locating signal that is generated through phase modulation and backscattering of the carrier signal sent by the base station when the transponder is within a transmission range of the base station, whereby the transponder is located on the basis of the locating signal.07-07-2011
20110163850MEMS Sensor Enabled RFID System and Method for Operating the Same - An apparatus provides environmental monitoring of an item and includes an RFID tag, and a passive switch for sensing an environmental parameter to which the item is subjected, and coupled to the RFID tag so that a measurement of the sensed environmental parameter can be stored, the RFID tag for providing remote readout of the sensed environmental parameter. A method provides environmental monitoring of an item and includes the steps of sensing an environmental parameter to which the item is subjected with activation of a passive switch, storing a measurement of the sensed environmental parameter upon the event of activation of the passive switch, and providing remote readout of the measurement of the sensed environmental parameter with an RFID tag.07-07-2011
20110163849SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STIRRING ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND INTERROGATING STATIONARY RFID TAGS - RFID tags are used for many purpose including tracking RFID interrogators are used to retrieve information from tags. In many applications, RFID interrogators and RFID tags remain stationary during interrogation. Regions of low energy due to interference from either additional antenna or reflections from RFID tags and objects can impede or prohibit the reading of RFID tags residing in such regions. Stirring of the generated electromagnetic field is a method of moving around the regions of low energy, where tags can not be read, during the interrogation process. Mechanical stirring is accomplished by introducing a conductor into the electromagnetic field and moving it about in the field. Solid state stirring is accomplished by introducing a variable conductor into the field and varying the conductivity of the variable conductor. Mathematical stirring is accomplished by use of a plurality of antenna and controlling the phase difference between the antenna in a configuration known as phased antenna arrays.07-07-2011
20100283584Systems, Methods, and Devices for Commissioning Wireless Sensors. - In one embodiment the present invention comprises a bar code scanner and an encoder for commissioning RFID transponders and includes a housing encasing a motor assembly, an RFID interrogator, a wireless communication means for transferring instructions and data from and to a remote host, on-board memory, a processor, and an antenna with corresponding mechanism to encode and verify a programmable RFID transponder. The present invention further includes novel methods for commissioning RFID transponders.11-11-2010
20100283583Radiation image capturing method, radiation image capturing system and radiation information system for carrying out radiation image capturing method - A radiation image capturing method, a radiation image capturing system, and a radiation information system are provided. In the present invention, a console checks a cassette ID (specified cassette ID) sent from an RIS server as the cassette ID of a radiation detecting cassette that is planned to be used to capture a radiation image, and a cassette ID (actual cassette ID) that is read by the console from a radiation detecting cassette which is placed in an operating room or an image capturing room and which is to be actually used to capture a radiation image, with each other. Based on the result of the cassette ID check, the console determines whether to permit a radiation image to be captured or not.11-11-2010
20110043337DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE PASSAGE OF OBJECTS, PERSONS OR ANIMALS WITH AN RFID TAG ACCORDING TO THEIR PASSING ORDER, AND APPLICATION IN LUGGAGE DETECTION - A device for the detection of the passage of objects, persons or animals bearing a so-called RFID tag, the device including at least one first movable support bearing an antenna electrically connected to a tag reader and at least one second movable support, each of the movable supports forming, when idle, a barrier with respect to the passage of the objects, persons or animals, and which, on contact with these latter, is movable to a retracted position, the second movable support being arranged upstream of the first movable support with respect to the direction of passage of the objects, persons or animals and being made of a material attenuating the passage of the electromagnetic waves in the direction opposite to that of the passage of the objects, persons or animals.02-24-2011
20110133898Dual Use RFID/EAS Device - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device has multiple modes of operation. One of the modes of operation is an electronic article surveillance (EAS) mode, which is used to allow use of the RFID device as an EAS device. Another mode of operation is an RFID mode, which allows normal function of the RFID device in RFID communications. The EAS mode has greater sensitivity than the RFID mode, requires less power than the RFID mode to operate the device, and requires less current and/or voltage for operation. The EAS mode may achieve these different characteristics by one or more of: switching off some digital blocks in the circuitry of the RFID device; reducing power storage required to respond to incoming signals; reducing the length of response to incoming signals; reducing modulation required for a response; changing chip input impedance; and having multiple chip ports with different impedances.06-09-2011
20110133893Recycle bag identification tag - A recycle identification (ID) tag and method for organizing and labeling a recycle ID tag connected by an attachment mechanism to an aperture in a flat body at a first end, and the attachment mechanism connected to a recycle bag at a second end. A first identifying inscription of an association to a specific user is provided on a space for inscribing an identification inscription on a first side of the ID tag. An image is provided on a second side of the ID tag. The first identifying inscription may be at least one of a chronological numbering or alphabetizing adapted to identify to the user of the quantity of recycle bags in, or missing from, her possession.06-09-2011
20110133897RFID Device Time Synchronization From A Public Source - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device includes an antenna linked to a receiving circuit, the antenna tuned to receive a radio frequency (RF) time-code signal from a public source, a controller circuit and an internal clock linked to the receiving circuit, a microcontroller linked to the receiving circuit, a memory linked to the microcontroller, and a battery linked to and powering the receiving circuit, controller circuit, internal clock, microcontroller and memory.06-09-2011
20110133896Methods For Coupling An RFID Chip To An Antenna - A method for mounting multiple small RFID chips onto larger antenna. The chips are mechanically aligned with an interdigitated gap at the feed point of the antenna by electrostatic or magnetic techniques. In an alternate embodiment RF field coupling between the chips and the antenna is employed.06-09-2011
20110133892IDENTIFICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS METHODS - The invention relates to improved methods and forms for automatically and non-unobtrusively to detect, without human interpretation, the identification of people(s), object(s), and other, with various methods utilized in connection to creating, storing, adding, connecting, modifying, sharing, inputting, recalling, authorizing, approving, tracking, generating, formatting, monitoring, accessing, locating, deleting, controlling, linking, collecting all types of data and information, and generating at least one type of identifiable communications information related to anyone or anything, and in and/or around any type of environment, such as an airport(s), airline(s), and/or other aviation location(s), theme park, amusement park, aquarium, cruise ships, tourist location, hospitals, buildings, government complex, malls, customs boards, sports events, parking, manufacturing, hotels, resorts, clubs, retail, elevators, utilities, museums, libraries, as well as other types of location(s), among other environments.06-09-2011
20100302005EMBEDDED RFID RECORDER IN SHORT-RANGE WIRELESS DEVICES - The invention relates to a portable communications device. The invention further relates to its use of and to a method of operating it. The object of the present invention is to facilitate adaptation of a communications device to its present environment, e.g. to facilitate spectrum sharing in short range communication devices. The problem is solved in that the portable communications device comprises a wireless communications interface for communicating with another device, a memory and an RFID-recorder for receiving an RFID-signal transmitted from an RFID-interrogator, wherein the device is adapted for storing individual received RFID-signals in the memory. An advantage of the invention is that it provides a relatively simple scheme for extracting information from a current environment of a portable communications device. The invention may e.g. be used for adapting listening devices, e.g. hearing instruments, headphones, or head sets to local, e.g. country specific, conditions or to operate in an efficient way under given interference conditions.12-02-2010
20110084808TRACKING SYSTEMS, METHODS OF LOCATING AND IDENTIFYING RFIDS, AND METHODS OF TRACKING ITEMS - Some embodiments include observable properties triggered upon interrogation of RFIDs. The RFIDs can be passive RFIDs, and the observable properties can be visible changes that require little power to generate, and little or no power to maintain. The visible information can include information about items tracked with the RFIDs, such as shipping information. Some embodiments include passive RFIDs utilizing a single antenna to power an integrated-circuit chip and a visual identifier. Some embodiments include methods of locating interrogated RFIDs. Some embodiments include methods of tracking items.04-14-2011
20110084805REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE FOR AIR CONDITIONER - The present invention is aimed at providing a remote control device for an air conditioner which makes it possible for a user to fully use added functions of the air conditioner without being unable to make a quick decision about or giving up added value functions, and to realize energy savings in the air conditioner without difficulty, by not adopting input with buttons, but by adopting inputs describing scenes in a daily life of the user by words. The remote control device for the air conditioner according to the present invention includes a chassis; an interface display unit, which is placed in a front surface of the chassis, and is formed by a full dot liquid crystal display; and a scene button, which is placed in a front surface of the chassis, to select and decide a scene selection that is displayed on the interface display unit.04-14-2011
20110090052WIRELESS DEVICES FOR PROCESS AUTOMATION AND VERIFICATION - The present invention provides one or more powered wireless transceivers and/or one or more passive wireless transceivers, a reader and interrogator with variable power, one or more antennas connected to a human or robotic hand and/or foot, a method for making same and the method of using these devices for process automation and verification involving one or more items in addition to locating, tracking and identifying these items in a supply chain. In one embodiment, a proximity sensing wireless system is provided which can be used to step the handler or operator through the step of a process and verify that each step in the process has been completed.04-21-2011
20090206994CARD HAVING RFID TAG - A card having radio frequency identification (RFID) tag receives a first electrical signal having a first message sent by a RFID reader and returns a second electrical signal having a second message to the RFID reader in response to the first electrical signal. The card having RFID tag includes a coil, a microprocessor chip, a switch, and a display. The microprocessor chip is disposed in the card and electrically connected to the coil. The switch is disposed between the coil and the microprocessor chip. The display is controlled by the microprocessor chip to display the first message or the second message. The switch is used to control whether to start the RFID tag or not, and then the display displays the transmitted or received message, so as to protect data from being stolen and efficiently control the transmitted and received messages.08-20-2009
20110133899Circuit Board with Radio Frequency Identification for Collecting Stage-by-Stage Manufacturing Metrics - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is coupled to a circuit board to track the specific operating and environmental conditions of each manufacturing stage as the circuit board passes through the manufacturing stages. An RFID reader and data collector are used at each stage to read the RFID tag and store its identifying information along with processing information, operating conditions, and results for each stage. This permits to quickly and accurately collect manufacturing information for each circuit board at various manufacturing stages as well as the operating conditions for each stage at a particular time. Such manufacturing metrics can then be retrieved on a stage-by-stage basis for a particular circuit board by an identifier printed on the circuit board.06-09-2011
20110163848TELEPHONE CONNECTION CONTROL METHOD AND TELEPHONE CONNECTION CONTROL SYSTEM - A telephone connection control method for performing connection control by using a telephone connection control server having a telephone connection control function having a software telephone exchange function, connecting to plural kinds of telephone networks and being capable of switching plural kinds of telephone communication lines, the method comprising steps of: assigning a user number to a telephone user using the telephone connection control server and handling the user number as a virtual telephone number; assigning a telephone terminal number different from a real telephone number to a telephone terminal connecting to the telephone connection control server; receiving from the telephone user the registration of a current position number associating the telephone terminal number of the telephone terminal that the user is going to use and a virtual telephone number corresponding to the user number and registering it with a database rewritably by the telephone connection control server; and, using, on the basis of the information registered with the database, the virtual telephone number to perform transmission and reception by a caller using the telephone connection control server and a recipient.07-07-2011
20100117797CLOSURE WITH PASSIVE ELECTRONIC SENSOR FOR TAMPER DETECTION AND RELATED METHOD - A closure includes a closing member for sealing an opening of a pressurized container. The closing member may include a passive electronic sensor coupled thereto that includes a status register that may be readable by, for example, a RFID reader. The status register is responsive to a pressure change in the pressurized container caused by an insertion of the closing member into the opening or an extraction of the closing member from the opening. The status value in the status register indicates whether the pressurized container has been tampered with. An identification register may include a pressurized container identification encrypted with the private key of the manufacturer, which can be decrypted for comparing to identification on the pressurized container to identify tampering.05-13-2010
20100117801WIRELESS TAG COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An antenna outputs query signals to a wireless tag, and receives response signals output from the wireless tag. An intensity detection circuit detects the signal intensity of the response signals. A control portion judges the type of toner housed in a cartridge, or whether the toner is a certified product or a non-certified product, from the detected signal intensity. Further, the control portion outputs to an output setting circuit an instruction signal to change the signal intensity of the query signals, such that normal wireless communication can be performed with the wireless tag.05-13-2010
20100117795INFORMATION TERMINAL - An information terminal wherein a simple operation can provide appropriate contents. An information terminal (05-13-2010
20120146770Arrow with Embedded Deployable RFID Tag and the Methods of Using and Tracking the Same - The present invention relates to an arrow with an embedded deployable RFID tag, and to the methods of using the same in order to improve tracking of an animal. In one embodiment, the tracking device has a body that attached intermediate the head and shaft of an arrow. The internal components can compress during impact with a target, allowing an embedded to become embedded within the target. The embedder can utilize an RFID or other electronically trackable device. A safety can further be provided to prevent the deployment of the embedder during target practice. A tracker can be used to track specific tags that are deployed, and in particular, tags that are lodged within an animal. In one additional embodiment, a signal is provided when the RFID tag is deployed.06-14-2012
20120146769INTEGRATED CIRCUITS WITH PERSISTENT DATA STORAGE - The circuitry introduced in this invention selectively slows down the functioning of an electronic circuit maintaining a particular state for a prolonged period of time. This circuitry is used not only to achieve the desired effect in maintaining security from electronic thieves trying to circumvent codes but also in other applications such as enabling a circuit to continue to function in the event of a brief loss of power. For example, in an RFID system, if a reader is frequency hopping, a tag loses power for as long as about 400 milliseconds when the reader changes to other frequencies. In a preferred embodiment, the disclosed circuitry is used in conjunction with a destruct sequence.06-14-2012
20110074553PRINTER ENCODER ADAPTED FOR POSITIONING ABOARD A MOBILE UNIT - A printer/encoder system is provided for mounting to a mobile unit, such as a forklift-type vehicle. The printer/encoder system is adapted for printing and encoding one or more media units that may be stored in a media supply assembly of the printer/encoder system. The printer/encoder system may be mounted to the mobile unit using a mobile unit mounting assembly having a shock resistance system for protecting at least portions of the printer/encoder system from mechanical shocks or vibrations that are commonly associated with mobile unit movement. The printer/encoder system may include an encoder assembly structured to encode a transponder, such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder, on a media unit. The printer/encoder system may include an encoder assembly having a modular design.03-31-2011
20110074554METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATING IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION - Disclose is a device method and system for information exchange. According to some embodiments of the present invention, there is provided a user device which includes a directional transmitter, a non-volatile memory adapted to store an identification string and control logic adapted to cause the directional transmitter to intermittently transmit the stored identification string.03-31-2011
20110080263READER WITH SWAPPABLE POWER/COMMUNICATION MODULE - A power/communication kit for use with a reader module where the code reader module includes a reader connector and a reader housing, the power/communication kit comprising a plurality of different power/communication modules wherein each module communicates via a different communication protocol and each includes a power source and a communication component suitable for communicating via an associated communication protocol, wherein, each of the modules is securable to the reader module in a similar fashion such that any one of the power/communication modules can be swapped for any other of the power/communication modules so that the reader can be used with different communication systems.04-07-2011
20110080265RFID TAG COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH RFID TAG - The disclosure discloses an RFID tag communication system comprises: at least one RFID tag provided with one or more reversible identifiers capable of reverse at response; and a plurality of apparatuses, said apparatus including: an antenna device; a storage device configured to store a setting element of each of said one or more reversible identifiers; a setting portion configured to set the reversible identifier on the basis of said setting element; a reading command transmission portion configured to transmit a reading command by means of using said reversible identifier; a notification signal generation portion configured to generate an identifier notification indicating the reversible identifier; a notification signal output portion configured to output said identifier notification to the other apparatuses; a notification signal input portion configured to input said identifier notification from the other apparatuses; and a setting element update portion configured to update said setting element.04-07-2011
20110080264Localizing Tagged Assets in a Configurable Monitoring Device System - In a tag communication system, a method includes determining range information representative of a distance between two tags, and estimating parameter information representative of backscatter signals of a marker tag and an asset tag. A tag is localized according to the range information and the parameter information to provide a localized tag. The range information is determined according to a beacon signal. The system includes a plurality of beacon signals and the method further includes determining the range information according to at least two of the beacon signals. A logical operation is performed on the range information of the two beacon signals. A further beacon signal has a plurality of signal ranges and the range information is determined according to the signal ranges. A logical operation is performed on the range information of the signal ranges.04-07-2011
20130009752SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE PRESENCE RECOGNITION OF A SECOND PORTABLE DATA CARRIER BY A FIRST PORTABLE DATA CARRIER - A system for recognizing the presence of a second portable data carrier by a first portable data carrier, wherein the data carriers have respectively a contactless interface with an antenna and an electronic circuit for storing and/or processing data. An RFID reading device supplies the data carriers with energy and for the respective communication of the data carriers with the reading device. In the first and the second data carrier there is respectively provided a further communication device, via which an additional, direct communication channel, independent of the field of the reading device, is made available between the first and the second data carrier, to thereby check the immediate presence of the second data carrier in the field of the reading device by the first data carrier.01-10-2013
20110260834Tracking the Usage of Wear Components by an Embedded RFID System - An imaging apparatus having RFID tags associated with wearable components of a system to track the usage and wear levels of the wearable components. The RFID tags can be antennas formed from conductive material impregnated in the wear components such that the RFID tags are worn with the wearing of the wear components. The RFID tags may also be RFID chip tags having memory for storing information, a portion of which is updated in real time. The presence or absence of the impregnated antenna RFID tags or the updated information stored in the chip tags may be used to track usage and wear level of the wear components.10-27-2011
20100214068Location Detection - Methods and systems for location detection are disclosed. One method includes a plurality of base stations of a location system obtaining information about at least one tag associated with the location system. One of the plurality of base stations is designated as a master base station for each tag. Each master base station electro-magnetically transmits beacons to each tag that the master base station has been designated as the master of. Each tag responds to the electro-magnetically transmitted beacons with an acoustic signal that identifies the tag. Multiple of the plurality of base stations, receive the acoustic signal of each tag. A location of each tag is estimated based on times of arrival of each acoustic signal of each tag at each of the multiple base stations, and based on location information of each of the multiple base stations.08-26-2010
20100214069METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STATE ENCODING - A system comprising at least one piece of equipment; a plurality of sensors adapted to measure one or more operating parameters of the equipment; and a signature generator adapted to encode a plurality of data streams from the sensors into an operating signature for the equipment.08-26-2010
20100214071RFID TAG COMMUNICATING APPARATUS AND RFID TAG COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An RFID tag communicating apparatus transmitting a transmission signal to a predetermined RFID tag and receiving a return signal returned from the RFID tag with a plurality of antennas to communicate information with the RFID tag, includes a received signal processing portion that separates return signals from a plurality of RFID tags included in received signals based on the received signals received with the plurality of the antennas correspondingly to a first communication in accordance with a predefined relationship; and an information communication control portion that performs a second communication continued from the first communication with at least one RFID tag of a plurality of the RFID tags corresponding to the return signals separated by the received signal processing portion.08-26-2010
20100214067APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOCATING RFID TAG - Provided are a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag and apparatus and method for locating a RFID tag without comparing arrival times of blink signals transmitted from the RFID tag in order to quickly trace a location of the RFID tag. The RFID tag includes a tag ID generator configured to generate a tag ID of the RFID tag, a blink generator configured to generate a plurality of sub-blink signals that form the blink signal, a sub-blink ID generator configured to generate sub-blink IDs for the generated sub-blink signals, a sub-blink ID inserter configured to insert the generated sub-blink IDs into the sub-blink signals, and a transmitter configured to transmit the blink signal having the tag ID and the sub-blink IDs.08-26-2010
20100214066Chip and Transmitter for Wireless Communication System - A chip for a wireless communication system includes a package, a die area formed inside the package for arranging an operating circuit, a pad formed in the die area for outputting a signal, a first pin formed on the package for outputting the signal, a first conductive wire electrically connected between the pad and the first pin, a second pin formed on the package, a capacitor electrically connected between the second pin and a ground end, and a second conductive wire electrically connected between the pad and the second pin.08-26-2010
20100079248Optical fiber connector assembly with wire-based RFID antenna - An optical fiber connector assembly (04-01-2010
20100066495Delayed offset multi-track OFC sensors and tags - Apparatus, systems, devices and methods for providing an orthogonal frequency coding technique for surface acoustic wave sensors incorporating the use of multiple parallel acoustic tracks to provide increased coding by phase shifting and delaying a code sequence. The surface acoustic wave sensor includes parallel tracks with multiple reflectors with differing delay offsets to form a complex code sequence. The reflectors may be uniform, but alternatively could include fingers withdrawn, have reflector position modulation, differing frequencies or be spatially weighted.03-18-2010
20100066499INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD - An information providing system includes a portable terminal, and a server that provides the portable terminal with information of an arrival time of the portable terminal at a destination. The portable terminal comprises an RFID tag to which identification information of the destination and identification information of a departure place are written; and a communication unit that transmits the destination identification information, the departure place identification information, and information of a departure time which is a current time to the server when triggered by the departure place identification information written in the RFID tag. The server comprises an arrival time deriving unit that derives the arrival time at the destination using the departure place identification information, the destination identification information, and the departure time information transmitted from the portable terminal; and a communication unit that transmits the information of the arrival time at the destination to the portable terminal.03-18-2010
20100060427BASE DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A base data management system is provided which can grasp specific data recorded in a plate-like or sheet-like object having high property values, such as a variety of cards, paper money, and securities, in real time, and can manage and track circulating paper money or the like. The base data management system 03-11-2010
20090295541DIRECTIONAL RFID READER - One embodiment is a hand held device, which comprises a body comprising a directional antenna and an integrated radio frequency identification (“RFID”) reader coupled to the directional antenna. Another embodiment provides a system and a method for identifying an animal, which comprises an RFID tag attached to the animal and a hand held device, wherein the hand held device comprises an RFID reader and a directional antenna coupled to the RFID reader.12-03-2009
20080218313RFID-BASED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVE-THROUGH ORDERING - A system and method to facilitate drive-through ordering in which two or more options are presented to a customer and an in-vehicle transponder includes an input device to receive customer selection of one of the two or more options. The user selection received via the input device is relayed to the vendor through RF communications between the transponder and a reader.09-11-2008
20080218312GAME ACCESS DEVICE WITH PRIVILEGES - Systems and methods for verifying the eligibility of players attempting to participate in gaming events are disclosed. Communication objects having RFID tags and closed electrical circuits are individually assigned to and worn by players within a gaming player verification system, which can be administered by a casino desk, hotel concierge, or other operating entity. These RFID tags are adapted to communicate with associated player tracking units attached to gaming machines and other devices via radio frequency waves, and each communication object is adapted to alter its communication pattern in response to any break of its closed electrical circuit. In some embodiments, a communications object may emit a signal that conveys a privilege of the player wearing the communications object. Such a privilege may include a privilege to bypass a line at a restaurant or to otherwise receive priority seating. Bracelets, wristwatches or collars can be used as communication objects, such that the removal of such an object from a player cannot be accomplished without breaking the closed electrical circuit contained therein, thereby disabling or de-authenticating the device. A computer server having a player verification program and database may also be used.09-11-2008
20080218314Radio Frequency Identification Device Systems - A passive transponder (09-11-2008
20100265041RFID TRANSPONDER - A radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder comprising: 10-21-2010
20100194541HERMETICALLY SEALED RFID MICROELECTRONIC CHIP CONNECTED TO A BIOCOMPATIBLE RFID ANTENNA - An implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a hermetically sealed biocompatible housing for an active implantable medical device (AIMD), an RFID microelectronics chip is disposed within the housing, and a biocompatible antenna extends from the RFID microelectronic chip and exteriorly of the housing. In a preferred form of the invention, the antenna is disposed within a header block of the AIMD, and the RFID chip is disposed within the AIMD housing.08-05-2010
20100194538DEVICE FOR READING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFYERS FOR VOLUMETRIC CONFINING OF THE DETECTION REGION - Device for reading radio frequency identifiers (RFID) ensuring volumetric confinement at UHF of the detection of RFID tags to a desired volume above a reading surface, which includes one or more metallic transmission lines (08-05-2010
20100194542RFID TAG WITH INTEGRATED DISABLING AND METHOD OF USE - Systems, tags and methods for disabling transponders used in electronic toll collection or other RFID systems, wherein the transponders include an antenna and RFID circuitry. The transponders can be selectively disabled by positioning (e.g., pivotably moving) a disabling member having a metallic portion to an operative position over the antenna of the RFID system, whereupon the metallic portion is coupled to the antenna in such a manner as to disable the RFID circuitry so long as the disabling member is at the operative position. The RFID circuitry is arranged to be automatically enabled upon removal of the disabling member from the operative position (e.g., pivoting the disabling member back to an inoperative position).08-05-2010
20100194537CONTACT FREE READING OF RESERVOIR IDENTIFICATION CODES - The present invention relates to a medicament reservoir adapted to contain a medicament, the reservoir further being adapted to be received by an associated medical delivery device. The reservoir according to the present invention comprises an identification code comprising a plurality of electrode arrays arranged on an exterior surface part of the reservoir. The code comprises a first, a second and a third array of discrete electrodes adapted to electrically couple to transmitter electrodes and receiver electrodes in the reader of the associated medical delivery device. One of the arrays may be provided to obtain a measure of angular alignment between identification code and reader of the medical delivery device.08-05-2010
20100194540Transport and Storage Unit Having an Identification Unit and a Reading Unit - A transportation and storage unit includes a transponder identification unit for distinguishing and identifying goods or other objects, a multiplicity of which may be disposed, transported and/or stored and/or handled on palettes or similar transport aids in so-called groups, bunches, units or bundles. A plurality of mutually-separated transponders are embedded in the transponder identification unit. The transponder identification unit surrounds the periphery of the transportation and storage unit. A reading unit for sensing a multiplicity of transportation and storage units is also provided.08-05-2010
20100194533Method and apparatus for encoding railroad ties and other railroad track components - There is provided an apparatus and method for storing and retrieving information concerning railroad ties or other railroad components. The apparatus preferably allows for information to be stored and retrieved. The stored information can be coded or non-coded. In one embodiment, a transponder is embedded in or attached to a railroad tie or other component that is capable of storing information concerning the component or tie and a reader, for retrieving the information, from the transponder, is provided. The transponder may utilize radio frequency identification (RF-ID) technology. The reader preferably generates and transmits radio frequency waves to the transponder, and the transponder broadcasts the information stored therein in response thereto. The reader may be carried by a rail car, a storage yard vehicle, can be manually transported, or other by other methods so that the reader moves within radio frequency (R.F.) activating range of the transponder in each component or tie. The transponder may be a read-only or a read-write transponder as well as have a variety of security functions to prevent access by unauthorized users and to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized changes in the stored data.08-05-2010
20100194535Automatic Means to Trigger RFID Transmitters - An RFID reader requires significant levels of power supply current, upwards or beyond 0.5 amps. Much of this power requirement is expended to activate the reader's radio frequency transmitter. For example, the reader's transmitter may constantly be active awaiting a RFID tag entering within its electromagnetic field. This is the usual operation for readers utilized in door entry security, inventory control, shipping and receiving management, and contactless point of sale. However, sometimes an adequate power source, such as AC mains, is not available to provide continuous transmitter operation and instead a battery is used to power the reader.08-05-2010
20110187508TAG FOR RFID, WIRELESS TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LARGE SCALE MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS USING THE SAME - The invention provides an RFID tag for storing large scale multimedia contents data readable only when it is authenticated, remote authentication for accessing the multimedia contents data stored in the RFID tag, and a wireless communication system and method for transmitting/receiving the multimedia contents on a radio frequency through the authentication. Specifically, the tag includes: a wireless communication unit transmitting/receiving the first and second request signals and the first and second data signals; a first memory device storing first data for the first data signal; a second memory device storing second data for the second data signal; a tag control unit which generates and transmits the first data signal based on the first data in response to the first request signal from the reader device, or generates and transmits the second data signal based on the second data in response to the second request signal from the reader device; and an authentication unit selectively prohibiting the tag control unit from accessing the second memory device depending on authentication information contained in the second request signal.08-04-2011
20110187507AUTOMATIC DATA COLLECTION DEVICE, METHOD AND ARTICLE - A radio frequency identification system comprises a radio-frequency identification substrate and an interrogator. In one embodiment, the radio-frequency identification substrate comprises a plurality of radio-frequency identification devices. In one embodiment, a controller on the substrate controls a first one of the plurality of radio-frequency identification devices based on a state of a second one of the plurality of radio-frequency identification devices. In one embodiment, an antenna system includes an S-shaped portion electrically coupled to an integrated circuit along a central portion of the S-shaped portion. Adjusting the parameters of the segments making up the S-shaped portion controls performance characteristics of a radio-frequency identification device.08-04-2011
20110187504Circularly polarized antennas for a wireless sensor system - A wireless sensor system for an aircraft including a central access point and a plurality of slave nodes arranged in a star network in which the central access point wirelessly exchanges data with the slave nodes in a bidirectional manner. At least one of the antenna at the central access point and the antenna of each of the slave nodes is circularly polarized.08-04-2011
20110148590Data Transmission Method and Apparatus in RFID and Remote Sensor Systems - A method and apparatus is provided for data transmission in RFID and remote sensor systems with at least one reader and a plurality of transponders or remote sensors being located in an electromagnetic field of the reader, in which a multipart return link header containing transmission parameters for the return link, such as timing or modulation references, is transmitted at the beginning of a return link transmission of useful data from a transponder or sensor to a reader. A relative time duration of individual subsymbols of the return link header is modified to select a data transfer mode from among a number of different data transfer modes. A combination of different return link transmission mechanisms is thereby possible, whereby these are mutually compatible and moreover are simple to realize in terms of circuitry and control engineering.06-23-2011
20110148588DEVICE FOR THE SECURE CONTACTLESS DATA EXCHANGE BETWEEN A READER AND A CARD - The invention relates to a contactless data exchange system provided with a transponder comprising: 06-23-2011
20110148589Real-Time Location System Using Tag Interrogator and Embedded or Fixed Tag Transmitters - A system tracks vehicles within a terminal and includes at least one tag interrogator mounted on a vehicle to be identified and tracked within the terminal. The tag interrogator is operative for emitting a signal containing data identifying the vehicle to which the tag interrogator is mounted. At least one tag transmitter is fixed at a known location within the terminal where vehicles are to be identified and receptive to a tag interrogator on the vehicle when the vehicle passes within proximity to the fixed tag transmitter for transmitting a wireless RF signal having data identifying the tag transmitter and identifying the tag interrogator as an identifier for the vehicle to which the tag interrogator is mounted. At least one access point is positioned at the terminal for receiving the RF signal from the tag transmitter for subsequent processing to verify vehicle identity at the known location.06-23-2011
20110148586HYGIENE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Hygiene monitoring systems and methods are described herein. In various embodiments, the systems and methods may be used to monitor cleaning events (e.g., hand washing events, equipment sanitation events, etc.).06-23-2011
20110148583Antenna Unit With Automatic Tuning - An antenna unit provided with an antenna which comprises at least one turn, wherein the antenna unit is further provided with an electronic circuit which is connected with the antenna, wherein the electronic circuit comprises connection contacts for connecting the antenna unit with a transmitting device, wherein the electronic circuit is arranged to draw energy from a transmission signal which is supplied to the connection contacts and, utilizing this energy, to tune the antenna unit such that this antenna unit has an impedance which has at least substantially no imaginary component in use of the transmission signal concerned.06-23-2011
20110148581System for asset tracking - An asset tracking system includes one or more RFID readers and one or more RFID tags cooperating with the readers, and at least one garment, wherein the readers each include an RF wideband transceiver and a linearly polarized antenna. Each reader polls periodically a corresponding one or more RFID tag to determine a distance of a particular tag from each reader. Each reader computes the tag's distance in real-time and updates a corresponding database in real-time for an on-demand reaction as determined by a processor in each reader. Each tag includes a wideband transceiver and an antenna array. The antenna array is implanted on each garment and ensures a spherical coverage around each tag. The antenna array includes two or more patch antenna distributed around each garment so as to provide full 360 degree and spherical coverage around each garment, and wherein each patch antenna is provided on a dielectric. Coverage is thereby provided by the patch antenna array and removes the need of having a single line of sight. Each tag may include an on-board processor adapted to adaptively switch between the antennas in the antenna array so as to select an appropriate antenna of the array for a signal from a corresponding reader.06-23-2011
20110148580RFID TRANSPONDER USING AMBIENT RADIATION - A tag operates in an environment where transmitted interrogators are not possible or desired. High-efficiency diode rectifiers and low-power oscillators are used in combination with an energy storage element and hysteretic switch. The combination of multi-diode rectifier, low power tunnel diode oscillator, energy storage element and hysteretic switch allow for nanowatt levels of received RF power to be stored to produce micro-watts of RF transmit power. The device trickle charges off of ambient RF radiation until enough energy is stored for transmission.06-23-2011
20100097190BATTERY MONITOR - A circuit tracks the total amount of time that a host device has spent in its high power “activated” state (an optionally idle and hibernate states) and thereby can estimate the total power consumed by the tag. A remote device can query the state of a counter storing a value representing this time to accurately determine how much of the energy has been consumed by the host device and how much time is left and/or how many more operations can be performed before the host device's battery is exhausted.04-22-2010
20100066496ACOUSTIC WAVE AND RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE AND METHOD - An identification method and identification device are presented employing radio frequency and acoustic wave communication modes. The identification method includes: receiving at an acoustic wave and radio frequency identification device an acoustic wave signal of a first frequency and a radio frequency signal of a second frequency, where the acoustic wave signal and the radio frequency signal are received from an acoustic wave and radio frequency identification reader, and the first frequency and the second frequency are different frequencies; and responding to the receiving by transmitting at least one of an acoustic wave identification (AWID) or a radio frequency identification (RFID) from the acoustic wave and radio frequency identification device.03-18-2010
20100026465RFID VEHICLE TAG WITH MANUALLY ADJUSTABLE DATA FIELDS - An RFID tag for use in a vehicle for use in an electronic toll collecting system. The tag is capable of transmitting data to a tag interrogator indicating the occupancy status of the vehicle. In an embodiment, the tag has a user input and a visual and audible tag status indicator. The user input is used to change the occupancy status of the tag, wherein the occupancy status is a portion of a message sent by radio frequency to the interrogator when the vehicle passes through a toll area.02-04-2010
20100026464METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TRANSPONDER - In a method of processing data, an RFID signal (02-04-2010
20100026463READING APPARATUS AND CALLING APPARATUS AND ID READING PROGRAM AND ID READING METHOD - The present invention is directed to locate easily an unread IC tag (a commodity attaching the IC tag), upon failing to read the IC tag. An invoice storing unit 02-04-2010
20100026461EXTENDED FUNCTIONALITY OF RFID DEVICES - It is described a RFID device (02-04-2010
20100026459RFID READING DEVICE AND METHOD IN AN RFID READING DEVICE - The invention relates to an RFID reading device and a method for it. The reading device comprises a transmitter part (02-04-2010
20100026458Expansion module for portable gaming devices and system for providing localized environmental interaction - There is provided a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) expansion module for portable gaming devices. The RFID expansion module comprises an interface connector that can receive power and exchange data with a portable gaming device, an RFID tag that can exchange data with and power its antenna using the portable gaming device, a storage device, and a program data containing software code enabling communication between the portable gaming device and the RFID tag, including the enabling and disabling of a power link to the RFID tag. There is also provided a system for providing localized environmental interaction using the RFID expansion module. The system comprises a plurality of RFID readers detecting RFID tags in defined localized environments, a portable device connected to the RFID expansion module, a control module for coordinating the overall system, an environmental module to trigger events, and a network for communication between system modules.02-04-2010
20100026456Identification of Surgical Instrument Attached to Surgical Robot - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is embedded on a surgical instrument and a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader is provided on a surgical robot to allow identification of the attached surgical instrument. The RFID tag includes an RFID circuit assembly, a first pot core half, and a first toroidal wire coil that fits within the first pot core half and is electrically coupled to the RFID circuit assembly to modulate received radio frequency (RF) energy. The RFID reader includes an RFID transceiver circuit, a second pot core half, and a second toroidal wire coil that fits within the second pot core half and is electrically coupled to the transceiver circuit to transmit RF energy and receive modulated RF energy from the first wire coil only when the first pot core half is substantially aligned with and proximate to the second pot core half.02-04-2010
20100026455Device and Method for Reducing Peak Current Demands In a Mobile Device - A device may include a battery; a first component drawing a first current from the battery, the first current being below a threshold; and a second component drawing a second current from the battery. The second component indicates the entering of a low current mode for a predetermined time. The first component is allowed to draw a third current above the threshold for the predetermined time.02-04-2010
20100026454Electronic near field communication enabled multifunctional device and method of its operation - A computer program stored in a memory unit of an electronic near field communication (NFC) module for near field communication devices in environments with different data formats according to different protocols is able to carry out a first initiation operation using a first data format according to a protocol of a first standard, a second initiation operation using a second data format according to a protocol of a second standard, a delay operation, and is able to repeat these operations in a repetitive process. Such devices can search their environment periodically for available RFID tags, RFID readers, NFC multifunctional devices, or the like. The delay can be fixed, variable in length, or both fixed and variable delays can be used. The invention enables for instance a mobile phone to act as an RFID reader of multiple tag formats, to emulate a tag, or to communicate with other NFC devices.02-04-2010
20100019886OILFIELD EQUIPMENT IDENTIFICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A system for identifying a piece of oilfield equipment having an exterior surface, the system having an identifier assembly that includes an RFID tag storing a unique identifier, an enclosure receiving and retaining the RFID tag, and a reader.01-28-2010
20100019885DETECTION OF THE PRESENCE OF A CONTACTLESS COMMUNICATION ELEMENT WITHIN THE RANGE OF A TERMINAL - A method of detection of the presence of a contactless communication element by a terminal emitting an electromagnetic field, in which an oscillating circuit of the terminal is excited at a frequency which is made variable between two values surrounding a nominal tuning frequency of the oscillating circuit; a signal representative of the load of the oscillating circuit being interpreted to detect that a reference voltage has not been exceeded, which indicates the presence of an element in the field. A presence-detection circuit and a corresponding terminal.01-28-2010
20100019883Methods of identifying RFID tag for preventing RFID tag collision, RFID reader and RFID tag using the same - A method of identifying a plurality of RFID tags in an RFID reader includes generating a Query command to transmit the Query command to an RFID tag in a ready state, receiving an error detection code from the RFID tag that received the Query command, generating an acknowledgement (ACK) command to transmit the acknowledgement (ACK) command to the RFID tag that transmitted the error detection code when the error detection code is received without a collision, and receiving tag information including a protocol control (PC) and an electronic product code (EPC) of the RFID tag that transmitted the error detection code. It is possible to improve tag identification speed using an error detection code, such as a cyclic redundancy check (CRC)-16 code, which has uniformly-random characteristics like random number with 16 bits (RN 01-28-2010
20100019884PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a portable electronic apparatus includes a housing having a first surface, an antenna provided in the housing, and a close proximity wireless transfer device provided in the housing and configured to execute, via the first surface, close proximity wireless transfer with an external device which is present within a predetermined wireless communication-capable distance from the antenna. The antenna is provided on an inner side in the first surface, with a space greater than the wireless communication-capable distance being provided from an outer peripheral edge of the first surface.01-28-2010
20100019881VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM AND TRANSPONDER THEREOF - A vehicle monitoring system which may easily identify information transmitted from each of detecting devices without registration of identification information of the detecting devices and a transponder thereof are provided. A display 01-28-2010
20090174528Apparatus for communicating with RFID tag using optical information - An apparatus for communicating with a RFID tag includes on an upper part of a housing with a display part provided, an antenna configured to perform radio communication with a RFID circuit element provided at an article to be detected; and a barcode sensor configured to optically get tag grasping information from a barcode provided with the tag grasping information for grasping the RFID circuit element to be communicated with the antenna.07-09-2009
20110050396PLANOGRAM COMPLIANCE USING AUTOMATED ITEM-TRACKING - A planogram specifying items of a item type associated with a first location may be determined, and item read events for the items of the item type may be received from a first receiver associated with the first location and from a second receiver associated with a second location. A first counting of the item read events associated with the first receiver may be determined, and a second counting of the item read events associated with the second receiver may be determined. A clustering algorithm may be applied to the first counting and the second counting to determine a first cluster corresponding to a first subset of the items and a second cluster corresponding to a second subset of the items. Then, for each cluster, it may be determined whether the item read events contained therein indicate a presence of the corresponding subset of the items at the second location and in non-compliance with the planogram.03-03-2011
20100123553RFID TAG ANTENNA WITH CAPACITIVELY OR INDUCTIVELY COUPLED TUNING COMPONENT - This disclosure describes RFID tags designed to provide improved impedance matching capabilities. An RFID tag may include a radiating component and a tuning component located on different layers of the RFID tag. The radiating component and tuning component are located proximate to one another to provide a proximate coupling (e.g., an inductive and/or capacitive coupling). In one embodiment, at least a portion of the radiating component of a first layer overlaps at least a portion of the tuning component of a second layer, resulting in a proximate coupling. The tuning component may be used for tuning the antenna, e.g., matching an impedance of the radiating element and an IC chip electrically connected to the tuning component. Because the radiating element does not have to be designed to match impedances, the radiating element may be designed to provide better gain, polarization purity, larger radar cross section or other antenna parameters.05-20-2010
20100085156APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING PATCH CORDS IN HIGH DENSITY CONNECTOR PORT CONFIGURATIONS - An RFID tag includes an accelerometer that is configured to determine an orientation of the RFID tag and to generate an orientation signal associated with the RFID tag orientation when the RFID tag is energized. The accelerometer may be a single axis accelerometer that is configured to determine the orientation of the RFID tag relative to earth. A patch cord for a communications patching system includes a cable and a connector secured to an end of the cable. An RFID tag is secured to the connector and includes an identifier stored therewithin. The RFID tag emits the identifier when energized by via an RFID transceiver. In addition, the REID tag includes an accelerometer that is configured to determine an orientation of the RFID tag and to generate an orientation signal associated with the RFID tag orientation when the RFID tag is energized.04-08-2010
20100123550Coaxial Antenna Connection - A device comprises an RFID transceiver disposed on a first side of a printed circuit board; an antenna disposed on a second side of the printed circuit board; and a cable passing through the printed circuit board, a first end of the cable being connected to the RFID transceiver, a second end of the cable being connected to the antenna.05-20-2010
20080272889Nfc Communicators and Nfc Communications Enabled Devices - A NFC communicator or NFC communications enabled device (11-06-2008
20090079546DNA SAMPLE DATA IN A TRANSPONDER TRANSACTION - The present disclosure relates to the use of DNA sample data as part of a biometric security system in a transponder transaction. The biometric security system also includes a DNA sensor that detects biometric samples, and a device for verifying biometric samples. In one embodiment, the biometric security system includes a transponder configured with a DNA sensor. In another embodiment, the system includes a reader configured with a DNA sensor. In yet another embodiment, the present invention discloses methods for proffering and processing DNA samples and DNA sample data to facilitate authorization of transactions.03-26-2009
20120098642Luggage Tag With Bi-State Display - A batteryless luggage tag having UHF and RFID capabilities and a bi-state display. The luggage tag has a housing, a processor, a near-field antenna, a UHF antenna and a bi-state display. The processor and the bi-state display are powered by energy received through the near-field antenna.04-26-2012
20100214064TRANSIENT ROUTING SLIPS AND INTER-OFFICE ENVELOPES - An inter-office communication management system can include an inter-office communication item such as an inter-office mail envelope or routing slip. The inter-office communication item can be a transient document. An inter-office communication identifier placement module can affix an inter-office communication identifier to the first inter-office communication label. The inter-office communication label can be attached to the inter-office communication item. An inter-office communication tracking module can be used to track the inter-office communication item based on the inter-office communication identifier affixed to the inter-office communication label.08-26-2010
20110133891METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REAL TIME RFID LOCATING ONBOARD AN AIRCRAFT - An aircraft communications and item tracking system is described. The system includes an RFID reader and a communications device located at fixed locations within the aircraft, a plurality of passive RFID tags operable for association with items within the aircraft, and a distributed antenna system comprising a plurality of antenna units and a wireless distribution system. The wireless distribution system is communicatively coupled to an aircraft communications network. The antenna units are communicatively coupled to the wireless distribution system and disbursed about the aircraft such that the RFID tags within the aircraft may be activated by signals output by at least one of the antenna units. The RFID reader and communications device are communicatively coupled to the wireless distribution system. The distributed antenna system is operable for transmission and reception of signals associated with the RFID reader and RFID tags. The distributed antenna system is further operable for transmission and reception of signals associated with the communications device.06-09-2011
20120146768RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) INTEGRATED CIRCUIT (IC) AND MATCHING NETWORK/ANTENNA EMBEDDED IN SURFACE MOUNT DEVICES (SMD) - A matching network is integrated into a multilayer surface mount device containing an RFID integrated circuit to provide both an antenna and a matching network for the RFID integrated circuit in the ultra high frequency regime. The surface mount device may be mounted on a printed circuit board to provide RF and RFID functionality to the printed circuit board.06-14-2012
20100039227APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEMODULATING SUBCARRIER TAG SIGNAL IN RFID READER - An apparatus and a method for demodulating a subcarrier tag signal in a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader is provided. The apparatus for demodulating the subcarrier tag signal in the RFID reader may include: an edge signal generation unit receiving a subcarrier tag signal and generating an edge signal with respect to the tag signal; an edge information extraction unit extracting edge information from the generated edge signal; and a decoding unit decoding the tag signal using the extracted edge information.02-18-2010
20110148582RFID TRANSPONDER AND METHOD - An RFID transponder comprising an RFID module including an IC and a matching and coupling elements, and a plastic enclosure. An electromagnetic transmission line is coupled to the IC, said electromagnetic transmission line capable of making a galvanic, a capacitive or an inductive coupling between the IC and an external metal object so that said external metal object is able to function as an antenna of the RFID transponder.06-23-2011
20110148587METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING SERVER FOR RFID READER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING RFID READER - A method and apparatus for operating a server for an RFID reader by using both an SNMP command language and an RM/RP command language, and a method for operating an RFID reader are provided. The method for operating a server for an RFID reader includes: generating a mapping table including an object of an RFID reader, a management target, and an object identifier (OID) which are mapped to each other; checking and configuring the object of the RFID reader by using an simple network management protocol (SNMP) command language; and checking and configuring the object of the RFID reader by using a reader management/reader protocol (RM/RP) command language.06-23-2011
20110148585PASSIVE RFID SYSTEM AND METHOD - Disclosed are a passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system and method capable of recognizing a great deal of tags at a high speed. A reader of a passive RFID system, including: a processor dividing slots and subchannels to configure a round, recognizing subchannels that are not involved in a collision and interference by the slots, and changing the subchannels that are not involved in a collision and interference, into a sleep state; a transmission unit encoding a command generated through the processor, performing an amplitude jitter modulation on the encoded command, and transmitting the modulated command; and a reception unit acquiring and demodulating tag signals received through a plurality of subchannels by the slots, and providing the demodulated tag signals to the processor.06-23-2011
20110304435SECURE METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA - A method for transmitting data between a responder and an interrogator communicating in a secure mode includes the interrogator transmitting an interrogation signal comprising an authentication sequence to the responder which replies to the interrogator with a signal subjected to a time delay depending on said authentication sequence. A message for selection of the type of data to be transmitted is inserted into said interrogation signal, the responder decoding said selection message in order to transmit the selected data to the interrogator, said data being formatted in the form of standard identification codes so as to be masked.12-15-2011
20110304433TOWEL TRACKING SYSTEM - A system for dispensing, receiving, and tracking towels or other items includes a cabinet structure having first and second interior spaces. An access door provides access to the first interior space, and a return door permits items to be returned to the second interior space. An RFID system conducts read operations to determine how many items having RFID tags are disposed in the first and second interior spaces. The system determines what items have been removed from the first interior space, and associates removed items with specific users. The RFID system conducts read operations as items are returned to the second interior space and credits the user.12-15-2011
20120306624METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONFIRMING LOCATION OF PRODUCT WITHIN SHELF USING RFID - Present invention relates to method for confirming location of product using RFID. Method for confirming location of product on a shelf in a product location confirmation system including: a plurality of shelf areas; a location tag which is provided at each shelf and transmits an RFID signal; a reader which is provided at each shelf and reads the RFID signal; and a server for analyzing the information collected through the reader comprises the steps of: the reader confirming whether a location tag signal is received; the server determining the absence of the product on the corresponding shelf when the location tag signal is received; the reader confirming whether a product tag signal as the RFID signal transmitted from the product is received when the location tag signal is not received; and the server determining the presence of the product within the corresponding shelf when the product tag signal is received.12-06-2012
20120306623SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED MONITORING OF STUDENTS' WORK IN AN EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT - A system and method for the automated monitoring of an individual's work is provided that utilizes wireless tags affixed to projects and to the individuals that have access to the projects. The system and method can determine when a particular individual takes a particular project to work on based on the presence of the project and the individual within the sensing area. The presence of the individuals and projects within the sensing area is determined by detecting the presence of the wireless tags with a wireless sensor. The wireless tags are suitably implemented with RFID tags.12-06-2012
20120038462Selecting Metadata For Sensor Data Streams - According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for selecting metadata for sensor data streams may be provided. The method may include receiving a first sensor data stream associated with a user. The first data stream may be generated by one or more sensors co-located with the user. A plurality of tags that are each associated with one or more sensor value ranges may be accessed. A first tag may be selected from the plurality of tags according to a relationship between the first sensor data stream and the one or more sensor value ranges associated with the first tag. The method may further include facilitating reporting of the first tag.02-16-2012
20120306622Proximity session mobility - A system and method for seamless exchange and interaction of multimedia content between communication devices in a network are disclosed. The method can include the discovery and identification of devices within proximity of a sending device. The found devices can be authenticated through unique identifiers established during registration. Connection requirements can be determined based on the identifiers associated with the found devices and the sending device. In turn, the sender can establish a connection with the found devices using the connection requirements. The sending device can share or serve as a remote control to redirect and navigate the content, with a simple action or a gesture command, to the found device. The shared multimedia content, can either reside on the sender's mobile device or on a remote server within a connected network.12-06-2012
20110304437Antenna and Sensor System for Sharply Defined Active Sensing Zones - A sensor system having a sharply defined zone of active sensing comprising a compound antenna system comprising an antenna structure disposed in relation to a shield structure and spaced from the shield structure, the shield structure having an open aperture in front of the antenna structure in the direction of a lobe of sensitivity of the antenna structure. In various embodiments, the shield structure may be layered on the inside between the antenna and the shield structure with an RF absorbing material. The aperture may be formed in part by adjustable panels and the antenna spacing from the aperture may be adjustable by adjusting an antenna mounting position within the shield. The compound antenna system may be coupled to a receiver having a threshold response based on the compound antenna system response characteristic.12-15-2011
20110304438RFID-BASED PERSONNEL TRACKING - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for RFID-based personnel tracking. A method of tracking employees includes, in a first computer system, prompting a user for identification input, validating the identification input, receiving data from a first scan of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag upon initiation of a task, receiving data from a second scan of the RFID tag upon termination of the task, and uploading the identification input and the data of the first and second scans to a second computer system for storage and correlation.12-15-2011
20110304436COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - A communication device includes: a communication unit configured to perform proximity communication with a reader/writer; and a control unit configured to control writing of data as to nonvolatile memory in accordance with a command from the reader/writer; with the control unit writing data in a buffer unit that serves as a buffer to buffer data to be written, in accordance with a command from the reader/writer, writing the unit number of an object unit that is a unit to be written with data as the unit number of the buffer unit, and taking the object unit as a new buffer unit, thereby performing writing of data in the object unit; and with the control unit being activated by an RF signal being received from the reader/writer, and erasing all of the pages of the buffer unit during activation processing to be performed before receiving a command from the reader/writer.12-15-2011
20110304434MULTI-PROTOCOL ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM - A system and method for dynamically selecting a communication protocol in an electronic toll collection system. A first reader communicating under a primary communication protocol is connected to a roadway antenna. If a transponder of the primary protocol is detected within a predetermined duration, then the first reader maintains its access to the roadway antenna so that it may perform an electronic toll transaction with the detected transponder. If a transponder of the primary protocol is not detected within a predetermined duration, then the first reader will switch over access of the antenna to a second reader operating under a secondary protocol so that the second reader may perform an electronic toll transaction with a detected secondary protocol transponder.12-15-2011
20110304432DEVICES EMPLOYING MODULATOR SWITCHING AND METHODS THEREOF - In one embodiment, a RFID reader circuit includes a RF source input in a transmitting path, a RF modulator in parallel with a bypass, the RF modulator and the bypass being selectively coupled to the RF source input, at least one switch for selectively coupling an output of the RF modulator to the transmitting path, and a RF power amplifier in the transmitting path. In another embodiment, a RFID system includes a plurality of RFID tags, and a RFID reader, the RFID reader comprising a RFID reader circuit. The circuit includes a RF source input in a transmitting path, a RF modulator in parallel with a bypass, the RF modulator and the bypass being selectively coupled to the RF source input, at least one switch for selectively coupling an output of the RF modulator to the transmitting path, and a RF power amplifier in the transmitting path.12-15-2011
20110304431DEVICES EMPLOYING DELAY MATCHING TO MITIGATE LOCAL OSCILLATOR NOISE AND METHODS THEREOF - In one embodiment, a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader circuit includes a Radio Frequency (RF) source, a RF power amplifier coupled to an output of the RF source in a transmitting path, a first RF bandpass filter coupled between the output of the RF source and a mixer module, and a low noise amplifier in a receiving path being coupled to an input of a second RF bandpass filter. The mixer module receives a signal from the first RF bandpass filter and a signal from the second RF bandpass filter, the mixer module multiplies the signal from the first RF bandpass filter with the signal from the second RF bandpass filter to recover the backscatter sidebands in the signal from the second RF bandpass filter, and the first and second RF bandpass filters provide identical or nearly identical delay of signals. Other systems, methods and circuits are also described.12-15-2011
20090115579SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING RFID SIGNAL AND METHOD THEREOF - A signal processing apparatus for receiving RFID signal comprises a first low-pass filter, a first down-sampler, a first comparator and a first waveform converter. The first low-pass filter filters the RFID signal. The first down-sampler down-samples the filtered RFID signal. The first comparator generates a new signal for value determination according to the down-sampled RFID signal. The first waveform converter converts the waveform of the new signal for the following process.05-07-2009
20100302010TAG INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, TAG INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, TAG INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A tag information processing apparatus includes (i) a movement direction judging section (12-02-2010
20090243801Method and System for Utilizing an RFID Sensor Tag as RF Power Measurement Embedded in Antenna - Described are a method and a system for measuring radio frequency (“RF”) power utilizing a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) sensor tag embedded in an antenna. The method includes receiving at a communication device, a RF power level measurement from a sensor, adjusting an RF power level of the communication device based on the received power level measurement, wherein the sensor is external to the communication device. The system includes a sensor producing an RF power level measurement, and a communication device transmitting an RF signal and connected to the sensor, the communication device receiving the power level measurement from the sensor and adjusting a power level of the RF signal transmitted by the communication device based on the received RF power level measurement.10-01-2009
20080211632RFID EDGE SERVER HAVING A PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER API - An RFID edge server is adapted to receive RFID data from RFID readers. The RFID edge server can have a PLC API to allow the RFID edge server to control and receive data from devices.09-04-2008
20080272888METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RFID TAG READ VERIFICATION - A method for operating an RFID tag read verification system is described where the system includes at least one RFID reader and antenna assembly and a computing device. The method includes importing a control file, including data relating to a plurality of RFID tagged items that collectively form an RFID tagged environment, into the computing device, scanning the RFID tagged environment utilizing the one or more RFID reader and antenna assemblies, transferring scan data of the RFID tag environment from the one or more RFID reader and antenna assemblies to the computing device, and utilizing the computing device to compare the scan data to the control file to identify any anomalies within the RFID tagged environment.11-06-2008
20100013598Multi-Transceiver RFID Reader System with Centralized Control and Frequency Source - Embodiments of the present invention provide RFID systems having a centralized frequency source and controller. The centralized frequency source generates a reference signal, having a frequency below the RF band of interest, which is transmitted to a plurality of reader nodes. The centralized controller generates and transmits data to the plurality of reader nodes. At each reader node, the reference signal is converted to an RF carrier signal that is modulated and transmitted within corresponding read field of the reader node. This modulated RF carrier signal may interrogate and communicate with one or more RFID tags within this read field. The RF carrier signal may also be held constant to enable communication from RFID tags to the reader node, which is subsequently transmitted back to the centralized controller or processor.01-21-2010
20100194539POWER SOCKET FASCIA - A power socket fascia arranged to be fitted to a power socket box. The fascia comprises at least one power socket for receiving a plug of an electrical device and including coupling elements for electrically coupling said power socket to a power-line. The fascia includes at least one port for the transmission and/or reception of a signal, in which said at least one port is coupled to a processor electrically coupled to said power-line. The processor is arranged to transfer a signal between said at least one port and said power-line so that said signal can be transmitted to and/or received from said power-line.08-05-2010
20110068903MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL INCLUDING RFID READER AND TRANSCEPTION METHOD THEREOF - A mobile communication terminal including a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader includes a base band unit to control communications, a Radio Frequency (RF) unit to transceive a signal representing voice and data communications with an external mobile communication terminal, and an RFID unit to transceive an RFID signal with a RFID transponder in a high frequency band through the RF unit. An RFID RF block may share components with the RF unit including an antenna, an antenna switch module and a high output amplifier unit to reduce circuit area consumption. The RFID signal may be transceived over a UHF band to increase an operating range of the RFID.03-24-2011
20090261949Mobile communication terminal with IC tag reader - The object of the present invention is to provide with a mobile communication terminal with IC tag reader capable of having smaller scale less than that of the conventional apparatus for the multi built-in RFID tag and reading out data in conformity with at least two RFID protocols, ISO-15693 and IDO 14443, without switching operations. The terminal comprises: a memory 10-22-2009
20090051491RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - The invention is a radio-frequency identification system consisting of a reader and a tag. The reader comprises a transmit/receive resonant circuit comprising one or more coils, a means for repeatedly driving the transmit/receive resonant circuit with pulses of a periodic signal, a means for obtaining a tag response signal from the transmit/receive resonant circuit, a means for extracting tag information from the tag response signal obtained from the transmit/receive resonant circuit, a receive resonant circuit comprising one or more coils, a means for obtaining a tag response signal from the receive resonant circuit, and a means for extracting tag information from the tag response signal obtained from the receive resonant circuit. The tag comprises a plurality of resonant circuits, a means for recognizing he presence of an interrogating magnetic field, and a means for embedding information to be communicated to the interrogating reader in at least one coil current.02-26-2009
20100259362Rf cavity-based process fluid sensor - A remote system for sensing a process fluid parameter comprises a cavity, a tuner and a signal coupler. The cavity is configured to resonate at a central frequency that shifts in response to the process fluid parameter. The tuner is configured to tune the central frequency. The signal coupler is configured to receive a query signal, and to transmit an echo signal when the query signal matches the shifted central frequency.10-14-2010
20100117796DEVICE AND METHOD OF COUPLING A PROCESSOR TO AN RFID TAG - A device and method of coupling a processor to an RFID tag which creates new applications for the RFID tag. The device includes an RFID tag which includes a memory, an antenna coupled to the RFID tag, and a processor coupled to the RFID tag in parallel with the antenna.05-13-2010
20120038463SECURITY DOCUMENT WITH ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER POWER SOURCE AND NANO-OPTICAL DISPLAY - A security document is disclosed which includes an electrical circuit embedded in a document substrate, where the electrical circuit includes a power source with at least one electroactive polymer power generator, and an optical display including at least one electroluminescent display element and at least one nanohole array which forms a layer of the electroluminescent display element. Security features comprising nanohole arrays are also provided. A method of authenticating a security document is disclosed, including illuminating an encoded nanohole array in the security document with a focused light beam or laser light source emitting at least one defined wavelength of incident light, detecting a transmitted portion of the incident light transmitted through the nanohole array with an optoelectronic sensor, analyzing at least one wavelength of the transmitted portion of light to produce a detected signal, and comparing the detected signal with an authentication signal to authenticate the security document.02-16-2012
20120038461Sensing Radio Frequency Identification Device with Reactive Strap Attachment - A sensing radio frequency identification device with a strap that is reactively attached to an antenna by a sensing material is provided. In one embodiment, the RFID device includes an antenna, an interposer (or strap), an integrated circuit coupled to the interposer, and a sensing material disposed between the interposer and the antenna. As the relative permittivity of the sensing material changes in response to its exposure to an environmental condition, the reactive coupling between the interposer and the antenna likewise changes thereby causing changes in one or more parameters of communication such as frequency. The sensing material 02-16-2012
20110050398TRANSPONDER HOLDER FOR CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF A TRANSPONDER - Exemplary embodiments are directed to a transponder holder for controlling the readability of a transponder by an interrogator. Embodiments of the transponder holder can be removable mounted to a support structure, such as a windshield of a motor vehicle. The transponder can be supported by a plate of the transponder holder, which can be moved to position the transponder in a readable position and an unreadable position to allow a user to select whether the transponder is readable by an interrogator.03-03-2011
20110050397SYSTEM FOR GENERATING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT STATISTICS FROM ASSET TRACKING DATA - Techniques for monitoring and tracking assets and providing notifications to users are disclosed. In one aspect, enterprise data describing a plurality of items, each item being shipped in one of a plurality of assets, is received. Tag data for a tag associated with each asset is received while the asset is in transit, the tag data including a current location of the respective asset. Supply chain management statistics are generated from enterprise data and the tag data.03-03-2011
20090033465WIRELESS SYSTEMS HAVING MULTIPLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND EMPLOYING SIMPLIFIED FABRICATION AND MATCHING, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A means and method to connect multiple IC chips to a single apparatus where the IC chips may function as a passive system or network in space. The collection of antennae and coupled near field devices form a pool of energy in which multiple devices may be introduced so as to provide a pool of energy and/or to function as a network or networks of devices including IC chips.02-05-2009
20100097188Radio Frequency Identification System and Method - An identification system and method is disclosed to identify an identity and a position of a radio frequency (RF) device. The RF device generates a response signal when receiving an RF signal. The identification system includes a plurality of antenna units, a switching unit, an RF module and a microcontroller. Each antenna unit has a corresponding identifying area. The switching unit is coupled to the antenna units. The microcontroller controls the switching unit to select at least one antenna unit for transmitting the RF signal generated by the RF module, and determines whether the RF device positions in the corresponding identifying area of the select antenna unit according to whether the selected antenna unit receives the response signal. The microcontroller also identifies the identity of the RF device when the select antenna unit receives the response signal.04-22-2010
20100097184METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR READING SHORT DISTANCE EMISSION RFID TAGS TO LOCATE ITEMS IN A CONTAINER - The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for reading short distance emission RFID tags to locate items in a container. A method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: initiating a reading sequence of a plurality of first RFID tags, wherein each first RFID tag is associated with a respective item located in the container, and wherein each first RFID tag emits an identification (ID); capturing the ID emitted by each first RFID tag using a plurality of second RFID tags located in a vicinity of the first RFID tag; interrogating the plurality of second RFID tags to obtain the captured IDs; and determining a physical location of an item in the container based on the captured IDs.04-22-2010
20100097187RFID TAGS - We describe RFID tags that incorporate a nonlinear resonator that self-adapts to the driving frequency of a reader. More particularly we describe an RF tag for sending data to a tag reader by modulating energy drawn from an RF field of said tag reader, the tag comprising: an antenna; a resonant circuit coupled to said antenna to resonate at a frequency of said RF field; a local power store to store power extracted from said RF field; a modulation system to modulate one or both of the resonance amplitude and a relative phase of a signal in said resonant circuit with respect to said RF field; and a feedback circuit coupled to said resonant circuit and to said local power store to control one or both of said resonance amplitude and said relative phase to control transients in said resonance amplitude caused by said modulation.04-22-2010
20100097185RFID TAG POSITIONAL ADDRESSING - The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for radio frequency identification (RFID) tag positional addressing. A method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: activating a plurality of first RFID tags, wherein each first RFID tag emits an identification (ID) and a position; capturing the IDs and positions emitted by the first RFID tags using a plurality of second RFID tags, wherein each second RFID tag captures the IDs and positions emitted by the first RFID tags located in a vicinity of the second RFID tag, and wherein each second RFID tag determines its physical location based on the captured IDs and positions; and sending a read command including a position of a targeted one of the second RFID tags that is to be read, wherein only the targeted second RFID tag located at the position in the read command responds to the read command.04-22-2010
20100097183System and Method for Coupling a Component to a Vehicle - An alignment system for coupling a component to a vehicle includes at least one sensor target coupled to the component, and a controller assembly configured to transmit a signal towards the sensor target and receive a reflected signal from the sensor target, wherein the controller assembly is configured to output an orientation dataset for the component relative to the vehicle using the reflected signal. The system also includes a processing device communicatively coupled to the controller assembly, wherein the processing device is programmed to translate the orientation dataset and cause a set of component positioning signals based on the orientation dataset to be displayed at a user interface.04-22-2010
20100097182Signal Power Mapping For Detection Of Buried Objects And Other Changes To The RF Environment - In one embodiment, an RF disturbance detection system is provided that includes: an RF interrogator configured to transmit an RF interrogation signal; and a plurality of RF transceiver modules configured to respond to the RF interrogation signal by transmitting unique RF response signals, wherein the RF interrogator is further configured to periodically interrogate the RF transceiver modules to detect the power of the corresponding response signals so as to detect any changes in the response signal powers over time.04-22-2010
20110316673RFID TAG AND METHOD RECEIVING RFID TAG SIGNAL - Provided are a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag with a signal reception method. The RFID tag includes a demodulator that receives a read signal containing read data. The demodulator includes; a voltage generating circuit that provides a first voltage signal and a second voltage signal derived from the received read signal, an inverter that provides a data pulse signal indicative of the read data by inverting the second voltage signal using an inverting voltage defined in relation to the first voltage signal, and a buffer that recovers the read data by buffering the data pulse signal.12-29-2011
20090058600DETERMINING COMPATIBILITY OF COMPONENTS FOR ASSEMBLING APPROVED PERSONAL PROTECTION CONFIGURATIONS - This disclosure relates generally to methods and systems for determining whether at least a first component and a second component of a personal protection (PP) configuration are compatible so as to be assembled into an approved PP configuration, responsive to being compared against at least one predetermined criterion. Included is a smart tag for each of the first and second components. The first and second smart tags include respective first and second data. A data acquiring system is provided for acquiring the first and second data and a data processing system processes the acquired first and second data for determining if the first and second components are compatible to be assembled as an approved PP configuration.03-05-2009
20090195361Array Antenna System and Algorithm Applicable to RFID Readers - Embodiments of the invention pertain to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) method and system using an antenna array, an array controller, and control algorithms. Embodiments of the invention can induce strong radio-frequency (RF) excitation, for a given level of radiated RF power, at any point within an arbitrary inhomogeneous medium. For RFID applications, one typical inhomogeneous medium is an ensemble of cases on a pallet. Another typical medium is a warehouse environment having stored goods together with shelving and other material present. An embodiment of the invention is applicable to the process of reading battery-less, or “passive” RFID tags, which rely on incident RF electromagnetic fields established by RFID readers to power the electronic circuitry within the tags.08-06-2009
20100045439Method for optimization in RFID location recognition system using blueprint - A method for optimization in an RFID location recognition system is developed to use in a blueprint in which an optimum location for installing an RFID reader is determined for using a blueprint so as to improve location recognition. The method includes the steps of inputting a blueprint and dividing a location recognition unit space from the blueprint; establishing a building interior space analysis model and an interior radio propagation space analysis model and deriving a building spatial significance and a radio propagation spatial significance; analyzing correlation between a building space and a radio propagation space and deriving a correlation coefficient; and defining an objective function for determining a location of a RFID reader based on the building spatial significance, the radio propagation spatial significance, and the correlation coefficient between the building space and the radio propagation space and performing optimization.02-25-2010
20120044056ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATING METHOD USING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is an electronic shelf label system. The electronic shelf label system includes a wired/wireless converter wirelessly transmitting product information according to request of a server, at least one rail installed on a product display stand and including a plurality of electrical wirings, at least one first electronic tag installed in the rail and performing wireless communication with the wired/wireless converter, and a plurality of second electronic tags each installed in the rail and performing wired communication with the first electronic tag through the electronic wirings. The electronic shelf label system uses the hybrid communication in which wire and wireless are mixed, thereby making it possible to provide the smooth communication environment by removing a shadow area of communication while dispersing communication traffic.02-23-2012
20120044055METHOD FOR A SECURE NON-VOLATILE LOGGING IN AN ACTIVE RFID TAG OF A PROCESS IN A TAGGED ARTICLE - Prior to logging of a process flags for locking at all addresses of a logging area of a tag are set to state 1 by means of an interrogator. A high limit (h) and a low limit (l) of an interval (l-h) of such values (v) of a physical parameter are determined, which are proper for preserving usability of a tagged article. Said values (v) acquired with a sensor and acquisition times related thereto are converted into less numerous data characterizing the process by observing said limits (h, l). Said data characterizing the process are logged in said logging area. Said process log cannot be modified in any way at a later stage. The invention also provides for an efficient observation of longer period of the process in the tagged article in order to inspect the usability thereof.02-23-2012
20120044054SELF-CONTAINED RFID-ENABLED DRAWER MODULE - A self-contained RFID-enabling drawer module includes a probe antenna to introduce a robust EM field into a container within a Faraday cage to activate RFID tags within the container, regardless of the container's resonant frequency. A receiving antenna and reader read the data of the activated RFID tags, and a processor and communications module transmit the RFID tag data to a remote processor. The RFID-enabling module is self-contained in that it needs only power and a data connection with which to operate. Where an Ethernet is used, power is obtained by PoE. The RFID-enabling module may be used to retrofit existing medication drawers of a medication cabinet or may be used during the construction of a new cabinet. The RFID-enabling system includes auto tuning of the antenna to dynamically compensate for loading changes on the EM field. Assembly and testing costs are reduced and serviceability of the system is increased.02-23-2012
20120044053APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING RECEPTION SENSITIVITY OF RFID READER - An apparatus and method for improving reception sensitivity of a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader are disclosed. The apparatus includes a branch unit to separate an input signal into a first signal and a second signal; a first processing unit to convert a phase of the first signal; a second processing unit to extract a leakage signal from the second signal; and a control unit to output a tag response signal from the input signal using the converted first signal and the extracted leakage signal.02-23-2012
20090128290INDIVIDUALLY UNIQUE HYBRID PRINTED ANTENNAE FOR CHIPLESS RFID APPLICATIONS - A method of printing chipless RFID tags with unique features, includes printing a RFID antenna pattern precursor using a first printing process, wherein the RFID antenna pattern precursor includes a plurality of disconnected wire segments; and printing a conductive ink using a second print process to interconnect at least two of the plurality of disconnected wire segments, to produce a final RFID antenna with a unique antenna geometry.05-21-2009
20120062368Hospital Identification Bracelet - A hospital identification bracelet includes a flexible strip (03-15-2012
20080303633HIGH GAIN RFID TAG ANTENNAS - A non-pervasive modification to radio frequency identification (RFID) tag antennas is provided that can double the tag's reading range distance. Parasitic elements, such as a reflector and one or more directors, are added at appropriate separations to form a Yagi antenna. As a result, the antenna's gain is increased and consequently so is the RFID tag's reading range. The tag antenna's gain can be achieved without directly connecting to or modifying the existing RFID tag. However, since directionality is increased, multiple RFID tags can be attached to an object so that the tagged object can be read from multiple directions.12-11-2008
20110156872SMART RFID READER/ROUTER - A smart RFID reader/router is disclosed for connecting RFID readers to a data network. The smart RFID reader/router includes a plurality of connection ports for RFID readers, a plurality of data network ports for connection to a data network, and an internal processor for providing middleware and routing processing functionality. The smart RFID reader/router is particularly useful for moving RFID processing power to the edge of the network.06-30-2011
20120176226RF and/or RF Identification Tag/Device Having an Integrated Interposer, and Methods for Making and Using the Same - A MOS RF surveillance and/or identification tag, and methods for its manufacture and use. The tag includes an interposer, an antenna/inductor, and integrated circuitry on the interposer. The integrated circuitry has a lowest layer in physical contact with the interposer. The method of manufacture includes forming a lowest layer of integrated circuitry on an interposer, forming successive layers of the integrated circuitry on the lowest layer of integrated circuitry, and attaching an electrically conductive functional layer to the interposer. Alternatively, an electrically conductive structure may be formed from a functional layer attached to the interposer. The method of use includes causing/inducing a current in the present tag sufficient for it to generate, reflect or modulate a detectable electromagnetic signal, detecting the signal, and optionally, processing information conveyed by the detectable electromagnetic signal.07-12-2012
20120001734LED BASED IDENTIFICATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - In one aspect, identification and communication systems are described herein. In some embodiments, an identification and communication system comprises one or more query units and one or more response units, wherein at least one query unit comprises a query beam source comprising a light emitting diode (LED) operable to emit a query beam. In some embodiments, the query beam is substantially collimated. In some embodiments, an identification and communication system comprises one or more query units and one or more response units, wherein at least one query unit comprises a first query beam source operable to emit a first component beam and a second query beam source operable to emit a second component beam. In some embodiments, the first query beam source comprises an LED and the second query beam source comprises a laser. In some embodiments, the first component beam and the second component beam are substantially concentric.01-05-2012
20120001732VARIABLE RATE PREAMBLE DETECTION USING RATIOMETRIC METHODS - A method for detecting a pattern in a signal according to one embodiment includes determining a time between symbol transitions in a signal derived from a radio frequency signal; determining ratios of relational times between consecutive symbol transitions; and comparing a sequence of the ratios to a target pattern for determining whether the sequence corresponds to the target pattern. Such methodology may also be implemented as a system using logic for performing the various operations. Additional systems and methods are also presented.01-05-2012
20120001731SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING RFID DEVICES ON SINGLE-USE CONNECTORS - This invention provides a system for operating RFID tags on a single-use connector. The system includes: a first single-use connector configured to receive a first RFID tag and a second single-use connector configured to receive a second RFID tag. The invention also includes a reader placed close to the first RFID tag and the second RFID tag. The reader is configured to: determine if the first RFID tag and the second RFID tag are gamma sterilized; determine if the first RFID tag and the second RFID tag were previously used; determine if the first RFID tag and the second RFID tag are authentic; and determine if the first RFID tag matches with the second RFID tag.01-05-2012
20120001730METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INTEGRATED INTERROGATION OF RFID SENSORS - An integrated interrogator for a RFID sensor is provided. The integrated interrogator comprises a digital reader in communication with the RFID sensor, an impedance reader in communication with the RFID sensor, and one or more controllers that coordinate actions of the digital reader and the impedance reader.01-05-2012
20120001733INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a retrieval unit for obtaining an activator for preparing activation of a communication function of the information processing apparatus and a driver for activating the communication function of the information processing apparatus, an execution unit for executing the activator and the driver obtained by the retrieval unit, a storage unit for causing the execution unit to execute the activator and obtaining an activation key representing the communication function allowed to be activated in the information processing apparatus, and an activation unit for causing the execution unit to execute the driver and activating the communication function, allowed to be activated in the information processing apparatus, indicated by the activation key.01-05-2012
20090051495SYSTEM AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR AUTOMATIC RFID ATTENTUATION AND RECOVERY - The invention provides a system and program product for attenuating a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader. In one embodiment, the system includes optimizing a coverage area of an RFID reader.02-26-2009
20110095869METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REAL TIME LOCATION TRACKING USING RFID - Proposed are a method and apparatus for real-time location tracking using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), the apparatus including: a first reception information receiver to receive first reception information of a tag signal from a plurality of RFID readers that receives the tag signal from an RFID tag; a reader group generator to select, from the plurality of RFID readers, at least three RFID readers based on the first reception information and generate an RFID reader group including the selected at least three RFID readers; and a location calculator to calculate a location of the RFID tag based on first reception information that is received from the at least three RFID readers included in the RFID reader group.04-28-2011
20110095868RFID Protection System, Device, Combination, and Related Methods - Embodiments of systems, combinations, devices and methods of enhanced Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) protection are provided. An embodiment of a combination of a separate RFID device and a separate RFID blocking device each adapted to be positioned separately into a container includes a separate RFID device adapted to be positioned in the container a separate RFID blocking device adapted to be positioned adjacent the separate RFID device and in the container so that when an unauthorized RFID interrogation device attempts to read the separate RFID device from within the container the separate RFID blocking device positioned adjacent the separate RFID device blocks the attempted read and so that when an authorized user desires to use the separate RFID device for an authorized read the authorized user selectively removes either the separate RFID device or the separate RFID blocking device and presents the separate RFID device for the authorized read.04-28-2011
20110095867REMOTE MONITORING AND CONTROL OF LED BASED STREET LIGHTS - The present invention is directed to a method for remotely collecting metering information via a light emitting diode (LED) based street light. In one embodiment, the method includes collecting information from a utility meter coupled to a home, establishing a two-way communication path via a communication module to a central office, wherein the communication module is coupled to the LED based street light and sending the information from the utility meter to the central office via the two-way communication path.04-28-2011
20110095866LOCATOR INVENTORY SYSTEM - A transmission sequence is broadcast from a locator to a group of transponder devices. Each transponder identified with the group is arranged to receive and capture at least a portion of the transmission, correlate the captured information with an internally stored reference sequence for the identified group, and identify a correlation when the captured information correlates with the internally stored reference sequence. Each transponder that finds a correlation is arranged to broadcast a transmission reply sequence at a precisely determined time interval so that the transponders in a group transmit at different times. A series of locators receive the transmission reply sequence(s), each at a precisely logged time of arrival, and the locators forward the received results to a central processing unit for time synchronization, location tracking, and inventory logging.04-28-2011
20110095865Underwater RFID Arrangement for Optimizing Underwater Operations - A method and system to optimize underwater operations utilizing a radio frequency identification (RFID) arrangement. The RFID arrangement includes a plurality of RFID tags positioned on an underwater surface, with each of the plurality of tags coded with unique information related to each tag's location on the underwater surface. The RFID system also includes an RFID reader/interrogator attached to an underwater explorer. When the underwater explorer is within a reading range of a tag, the reader/interrogator reads the unique tag information. The tag information is used to optimize underwater operations performed by the explorer, which may be a diver or a water vessel.04-28-2011
20110095864Laboratory Device, Laboratory Rack Assembly and Method for Coupling an RFID Chip - The invention relates to devices and methods for the identification of test tubes in a test tube rack using RFID technology.04-28-2011
20120007715MULTI-MODE RFID TAG ARCHITECTURE - A multi-mode RFID tag includes a power generating and signal detection module, a baseband processing module, a transmit section, a configurable coupling circuit, and an antenna section. In near field mode, the configurable coupling circuit is operable to couple the transmit section to a coil or inductor in the configurable coupling circuit to transmit an outbound transmit signal using electromagnetic or inductive coupling to an RFID reader. In far field mode, the configurable coupling circuit is operable to couple the transmit section to the antenna section, and the multi-mode RFID tag then utilizes a back-scattering RF technology to transmit the outbound transmit signal to RFID readers.01-12-2012
20120007714SEWER PIPE REPAIR LINER WITH RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TRANSPONDER AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A repair liner for repairing a lateral/main pipe junction and method of using the same to identify a lateral sewer pipe are disclosed. The repair liner includes a radio-frequency identification transponder capable of transmitting an identification signal that is unique to the repair liner. The method comprises the steps of: Providing a repair liner for repairing a lateral/main pipe junction, the repair liner including a radio-frequency identification transponder capable of transmitting a identification signal that is unique to the repair liner; bonding the repair liner to one or both of lateral and main sewer pipes at a lateral/main pipe junction, whereby the radio-frequency identification transponder is positioned proximate the lateral/main pipe junction; providing a mobile device for moving in the main sewer pipe, the mobile device including a radio-frequency identification reader capable of detecting the identification signal transmitted by the radio-frequency identification transponder when the mobile device is positioned proximate the radio-frequency identification transponder; and moving the mobile device in the main sewer pipe so that the mobile device is positioned proximate the radio-frequency identification transponder so as to detect the identification signal transmitted by the RFID transponder.01-12-2012
20080297316Method and Rfid Reader for Communication Via Radio Channel - A method of communication between an RFID reader (12-04-2008
20120206237On-premises restaurant communication system and method - An on-premises restaurant communication system for communicating a particular customer's table number to a food server at a central service station. Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID) tags are mounted on the underside of the restaurant's tables. The customer is provided with a pager having a pager ID associated with the customer's food order. The pager is modified to include an RFID reader and an RF transmitter. When the customer places the pager on a selected table, the RFID reader reads an RFID number from the table's RFID tag. The RF transmitter transmits the pager ID and RFID number to the central station, which uses this information to associate the food order with the table number. The table number is provided to the food server for delivery of the food order to the proper table.08-16-2012
20080231420DATA READER AND POSITIONING SYSTEM - A data reader can read data regardless of the position of a radio IC tag. The data reader reads data at a separate position from a radio IC tag provided with a storage unit storing data and a communicating antenna for transmitting the data stored in the storage unit, and includes a reader/writer for generating a modulated signal by modulating a carrier wave and a plurality of antenna units for transmitting radio waves for a read for communicating data with a storage medium by radiating the modulated signal into the air. The reader/writer includes a phase adjustment circuit for changing the phase of a carrier wave.09-25-2008
20100194534RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM PROVIDED FOR ACCESS CONTROL - An interrogator (Interrog) is additionally provided with a logic circuit (ActCommProt-ImplLCI) for implementing an active communication protocol and with a receiving second antenna (AI08-05-2010
20120013444Item Tracking System and Arrangement - An item tracking system including at least one signal emitting element directly or indirectly attached to a portion of at least one item, wherein at least a portion of the at least one signal emitting element extends from the at least one item. The system further includes a container, including: (i) a support surface configured to at least partially support the at least one item and having at least one opening extending therethrough, which is configured to at least partially receive at least a portion of the signal emitting element therethrough; and (ii) at least one signal receiving member configured for communication with the portion of the at least one signal emitting member extending through the at least one opening. An item tracking container and method of tracking are also disclosed.01-19-2012
20120013446COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A communication system includes: an interrogator transmitting an interrogation signal while switching a carrier-wave frequency and receiving a response signal; and a plurality of responders each having a unique resonant frequency and returning the response signal in response to the interrogation signal with the own resonant frequency.01-19-2012
20120013445IC TAG CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS - A data processing unit (01-19-2012
20120056723METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BAGGAGE CLAIM AT THE AIRPORT - The present invention provides a method and system for baggage claim at the airport. The method includes when an RFID claim tag taken along by a passenger gets close to an RFID reader, the RFID reader reading the RFID claim tag and obtaining baggage claim information; searching corresponding baggage identification information according to the baggage claim information; searching corresponding baggage according to the baggage identification information; and conveying the baggage to a designated place according to the baggage claim information. The present invention enables the passenger to claim his baggage conveniently and quickly.03-08-2012
20120056722RFID READER WITH CAMERA, VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO CAPTURE DEVICE - A media capture device coupled to an RFID reader and/or antenna. A system in one embodiment includes a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader; an antenna coupled to the RFID reader; and a media capture device coupled to at least one of the reader and the antenna. A method in another embodiment includes capturing media using a media capture device coupled to at least one of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader and an antenna coupled to the RFID reader upon occurrence of a trigger event.03-08-2012
20120056721MOVABLE GOLF RANGE TARGET WITH RFID BALL IDENTIFIER - A movable golf range target system is described. The movable golf range target system includes an issuing area RFID reader and a movable target. The issuing area RFID reader reads a plurality of RFID golf balls associated with a player account, each RFID golf ball has a unique identification and the issuing area RFID reader is communicatively coupled to an issuing area network communications module. The movable target includes a first enclosed boundary capture component that receives an RFID golf ball in a first capture area, a first target RFID reader associated with the first capture area, a second enclosed boundary component that encompasses the first enclosed boundary component funnel, the second enclosed boundary capture area receives an RFID golf ball in a second capture area, a second target RFID reader is associated with the second capture area and a GPS receiver coupled to the movable target.03-08-2012
20120056720Pluggable small form-factor UHF RFID reader - A Pluggable small form-factor UHF Radio Frequency ID reader having in an enclosure: a host CPU; volatile memory; non-volatile memory; power inputs; digital circuitry comprising the CPU and supporting components; analog circuitry comprising power and Radio Frequency components; one or more antennas; networking components; user interface components; debug and test components; WiFi subsystem; Radio Frequency ID subsystem; wherein said enclosure comprises thermal dissipation capacity, radio frequency transparency with WiFi and Radio Frequency ID antennas, provides protection from physical and radiofrequency forces, is mountable to an AC outlet and can also be mounted flush to a solid wall or surface or at an angle to a solid wall or surface, connectable to PoE or DC inputs, having a capacity to convert AC/DC current; Radio Frequency ID setting configurable, employs intelligent filtering and smoothing algorithms and transmits only relevant summarized information back over a network, and permits firmware management and real-time monitoring.03-08-2012
20120056719UHF RFID wristband with a long read range - A radio frequency identification wristband for attaching to a patient that has a band, a wristband housing attached to or integral with said band, one or more radio frequency identification tag(s) or tag inlay(s), an insulator material, wherein said wristband housing is adhered to said radio frequency identification tag or tag inlay, said radio frequency identification tag or tag inlay is adhered to an isolator material, and wherein said insulator material is nearest to the skin of the patient and insulates the radio frequency identification tag or tag inlay from the patient's skin.03-08-2012
20120056718TRANSPONDER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A TRANSPONDER - An RFID transponder having an adjustable response field strength including a determination circuit formed to determine a quantity which is derivable from a field strength of an electromagnetic field prevailing at the location of the RFID transponder, a comparator formed to compare the determined quantity derived from the field strength with a threshold value, wherein the threshold value is based on the adjustable response field strength, which is higher than the minimum field strength required for the operation of the RFID transponder, and a deactivator formed to deactivate a functionality of the RFID transponder if the derived quantity falls below the threshold value.03-08-2012
20090174527SURFACE MOUNT CAPACITOR USED AS A SUBSTRATE FLIP-CHIP CARRIER IN A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - In a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder comprising an integrated circuit, an antenna coil, and at least one surface mount capacitor, a configuration is disclosed in which the surface mount capacitor is used as the integrated circuit carrier. The integrated circuit comprises a bumped die flip-chip, and the surface mount capacitor substrate has electrically conductive contacts and connections for electrically joining the antenna coil, capacitor, and integrated circuit. Transponders in accordance with embodiments of the invention do not include an intermediate substrate carrier onto which the capacitor and integrated circuit are mounted and interconnected, and to which the antenna coil is subsequently attached.07-09-2009
20120154119INTERACTIVE PERSONAL PROPERTY LOCATION SYSTEM - A redundant system of interactive alert devices designed to be attached to a cell phone, a wallet and a set of keys. Any one of these devices can initiate a signal to enable the other two to activate a visual, vibratory and or audible signal so they can be located. The cell phone case incorporates a secondary DC power source that must be manually manipulated when the cell phone is uncoupled from the case to be utilized, thereby allowing the user an extended period to make an emergency call in the event the phone is dead.06-21-2012
20110063084READER CONTROL SYSTEM - An RFID reader control system and method is provided. A protocol for controlling an RFID reader and an RFID reader control unit of a mobile phone is defined. Messages, information, commands, responses, and notification are constructed and transmitted between the RFID reader and the RFID reader control unit.03-17-2011
20110063083RF TAG READER AND WRITER - The present invention relates to an RF tag reader and writer including: an antenna device which has a first radiation element and a second radiation element which is larger than the first radiation element, causes the first radiation element to radiate radio waves with an intensity distribution capable of communicating only with RF tags located in a region in the vicinity of the first radiation element, and causes the second radiation element to radiate radio waves with an intensity distribution capable of communicating with RF tags located in a range broader than that of the first radiation element; and an antenna switching control unit configured to select either the first or second radiation element to radiate radio waves and switching therebetween based on a user's operation.03-17-2011
20110063082WIRELESS TAG READER AND WIRELESS TAG READING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a wireless tag reader includes a receiver, a memory, a reader, and a transmitter. The receiver configured to receive an instruction from a host. The memory configured to store a dummy identifier, when the receiver received a set instruction for setting the dummy identifier from the host. The reader configured to read information stored in a wireless tag, when the receiver received a read instruction from the host. The transmitter configured to add the dummy identifier to the information, and to transmit the information, to which the dummy identifier is added, to the host.03-17-2011
20110063081ANTENNA DEVICE FOR RF TAG COMMUNICATION AND RF TAG READER AND WRITER - There is provided an antenna device for RF tag communication including: a plate-shaped radiation element; and an antenna case body which contains the radiation element and has an indicating unit at a position corresponding to a region in which the field intensity of the electric field generated at the radiation element is the highest.03-17-2011
20110063078COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, OPERATION CONFIRMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND OPERATION CONFIRMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - The invention provides a technique that makes it possible to surely detect an abnormality in normal operation of an antenna of a communication system for wireless communication with an RF tag attached to a management target article. The antenna is provided with an operation confirmation RF tag with which the antenna can always establish wireless communications when normally transmitting to the attached RF tag. The communication system transmits, from the antenna, radio waves for wireless communication with the RF tag attached to the management target article, and thus can determine an abnormality of the antenna on the basis of the presence or absence of a response from the operation confirmation RF tag.03-17-2011
20120112884APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING COLLISION OF RFID TAGS - The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for detecting the collision of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tags. In the apparatus and method for detecting the collision of RFID tags, when a subcarrier signal from which a carrier signal has been removed by a reader ASK analog demodulation device is inputted to a baseband receiver, a peak signal for the received tag signal is generated, and useful information about the generated peak signal within a symbol section is extracted. In the case where a collision is generated because two or more tags send signals to an RFID reader at the same time when the RFID reader communicates with the tags, the RFID reader can effectively detect the collision between the tags.05-10-2012
20120112887RFID Protection Device, and Related Methods - Devices and methods of preventing data transfer between an RFID reader and an RFID device to be protected, are provided. An example of an embodiment of an RFID signal capture device includes a container, a signal capture circuit configured to substantially disrupt the signal provided by the RFID reader when the RFID signal capture device is positioned to protect the RFID device, and an interrogation indicator configured to indicate to a user of the RFID device that an unauthorized RFID reader is attempting to interrogate the RFID device when the RFID signal capture device is positioned in close proximity to the RFID device to provide protection thereto and when the RFID reader is producing the interrogation signal.05-10-2012
20120206239RFID SYSTEM - An RFID system includes an antenna of a reader/writer and an antenna of an RFID tag. Transmission and reception of a high-frequency signal of a UHF band is performed between the antenna of the reader/writer and the antenna of the RFID tag that are arranged so as to be adjacent to each other. A loop antenna including a loop conductor is used as the antenna of the reader/writer, and coil antennas including a plurality of laminated coil conductors are used as the antenna of an RFID tag. In addition, the conductor width of the loop conductor in the loop antenna is greater than the conductor widths of the coil conductors in the coil antennas.08-16-2012
20090009296Rf Switched Rfid Multiplexer - A radiofrequency identification (RFID) multiplexer, which may be in a network, interprets an RF signal from an RFED reader as RFE) tag interrogation data. A single cable directs an RF signal from the RFID reader and RF control signals and/or RF power through the multiplexer. An RF sampler may be coupled to the cable; and an RF detector detects the RF signal from the cable via the RF sampler. A data decoder decodes and interprets the RF signal as the RFID tag interrogation data and forwards the RFID tag interrogation data to a control logic circuit as a MUX channel-change command. The logic circuit and decoder may be combined in a microcontroller, and an RF backscatter modulator coupled to the cable enables reverse communication with the RFID reader to determine whether another RFID multiplexer is coupled to the RFID multiplexer.01-08-2009
20090134974APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING RADIO FREQUENCY INDENTIFICATION READER - An apparatus for managing a plurality of RFID readers includes a service policy managing unit that defines demands in the form of service policies to be understood by the plurality of RFID readers, a data processing rule managing unit that generates a data processing rule on the basis of the service policies, a collected data processing unit that receives a plurality of RFID tag data from the plurality of RFID readers, and generates integrated RFID events by applying the data processing rule to the plurality of RFID tag data, and a service report processing unit that provides results corresponding to the integrated RFID events.05-28-2009
20090134973Plug & Play and Security Via RFID For Handheld Devices - A system comprises an accessory and a mobile device. The accessory comprises an RFID tag including accessory information. The mobile device comprises an RFID reader reading the RFID tag. The mobile device is configured to operate with the accessory based on the accessory information. A method comprises receiving, by an RFID reader of a mobile device, an RFID signal from an RFID tag associated with an accessory of the mobile device; determining accessory information from the RFID signal; and configuring the mobile device to operate with the accessory based on the accessory information.05-28-2009
20120025953MULTI-SOCKET SERVER MANAGEMENT WITH RFID - Using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in processors within a computing system to assist in system initialization processing. The RFID tags provide a separate communication path to other components of the computing system during initialization processing, apart from the system interconnect. When the computing system is powered up, each processor in the system may cause its RFID tag to broadcast data regarding the processor's interconnect location and initialization status. The RFID tags may be sensed by a RFID receiver in the Platform Control Hub (PCH) of the computing system, and each processor's interconnect location and initialization status data may be stored in selected registers within the PCH. When the BIOS executes during system initialization processing, the BIOS may access these PCH registers to obtain the processor's data. The interconnect location and initialization status data may be used by the BIOS to select the optimal routing table and to configure the virtual network within the computing system based at least in part on the optimal routing table and the RFID tag data and without the need for interrogating each processor individually over the system interconnect.02-02-2012
20120025954System and method for data management in automated biological instruments - To simplify the process of preparing tissue specimens on slides, an advanced automated slide processing device is disclosed. The automated slide processing device comprises a robotic arm that both senses input and delivers output. The input sensing includes sensing radio frequency identifier tags (RFIDs) and the output includes writing to RFID tags. This allows the automated slide processing device to read RFID tags on chemical reagent containers, specimen slides, and slide processing modules. The information on the RFID tags can be used to program the automated slide processing device for a slide processing run, add new slide processing protocols, and determine what chemical reagents are available and where each chemical reagent containers is located.02-02-2012
20120025952IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE USING RADIO FREQUENCY AND IDENTIFICATION METHOD FOR THE SAME - An identification method for a human-machine interface using radio frequency and an identification system using the method is disclosed. First, a computer senses a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and compiles a password table according to tag number of the RFID tag. The computer downloads the password table to a human-machine interface (HMI) as the compilation completed. When the human-machine interface executes identification process, the HMI senses the RFID tag via a radio frequency card reader and looks up in the downloaded password table if any tag number matches with the sensed RFID tag is recorded. If yes, HMI uses the identification password corresponding to the tad number in the password table for executing identification process.02-02-2012
20120105207CONTROL DEVICE FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF A SYSTEM - A control device for remote control of a system provides a containing structure shaped for being moved by a user, an activating arrangement arranged in the containing structure for enabling the control device when it contacts a resting surface on which the containing structure is moved, a position sensor arrangement arranged in the containing structure for detecting movements of the containing structure, and a processing unit, arranged in the containing structure, connected to the activating arrangement and to the position sensor arrangement to generate control signals to send to the system to manage the system and remote control it.05-03-2012
20120105209COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND PORTABLE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL USING THE SAME - When commonly using a receiving antenna and a transmitting antenna having mutually opposing characteristics, the present invention makes it possible to commonly use the antennas without deteriorating the characteristics of both antennas. In a communication apparatus including both of an RF-ID function circuit to perform contactless communication with an external reader/writer device and a reader/writer function circuit to perform contactless communication with an external RF-ID, there is disposed a common antenna shared therebetween. And, a transmitting and receiving resonance frequency switching circuit is connected in parallel to the common antenna; when selecting each function, a resonance frequency is automatically changed by the transmitting and receiving resonance frequency switching circuit.05-03-2012
20120062367NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION ENABLED PERMANENT RFID LUGGAGE TAG - An integral, one-piece, resiliently flexible, planar, reusable, programmable radio frequency identification (RFID) luggage tag has a planar flexible sheet core of microporous polymer material permanently and completely surrounding a first RFID transponder assembly. The first transponder assembly includes a programmable memory portion with space to store information externally programmed into the portion. The tag further includes a programmable bistable visual display and at least a first instruction set in non-volatile memory for loading into programmable memory, near field communication radio data transmitted to the tag.03-15-2012
20120062366RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TILES - The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for a modular, configurable radio frequency identification (RFID) system receiving RFID communications and packaged in a casing for incorporation into a host object. The RFID system may interact with other systems based on the received RFID communications, and may include an antenna. An RFID receiver may receive RFID communications from an RFID tag via the antenna. A memory element may store a configuration for the system, which may be specific to a context of the host object and specify interactions with a second system in response to the received RFID communications. A processor may retrieve from the memory element the configuration responsive to receiving the RFID communications. A transmitter may transmit, via a second communications protocol, a request to the second system based on the interactions specified by the retrieved configuration.03-15-2012
20120062365EXTENDED RANGE RFID TAG ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF OPERATION - Radio frequency identification (RFID) tag assemblies and methods having an RFID semiconductor chip, a conductor and an antenna, the RFID semiconductor chip has an antenna interface mounted on a mounting surface of a mounting substrate and a predetermined operating frequency, the conductor is electrically coupled to the antenna interface of the RFID semiconductor chip, and the antenna is electrically coupled to the conductor and includes a first radiating element lying in a first plane and a second radiating element lying in a second plane that is at an angle relative to the first plane.03-15-2012
20110090056WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM COMPRISING RECEIVER AND IMAGE TRANSMITTER AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD THEREOF - Communication-identifier-assigned image data is transmitted via a set channel using the same as a communication identifier set for each image transmitter and a channel set in transmission. Then, a receiver which has received a plurality of image data items stores the received image data items, communication identifiers, and channels in such a manner that the received image data items are related to the communication identifiers and channels. Thumbnailed images in each image data item are displayed on one screen. When an image is selected from the thumbnailed images, an image transmitter that has transmitted the image is determined on the basis of the communication identifier and channel related to the selected image and is connected exclusively to the receiver. Images acquired from this time on are enlarged and displayed chronologically on a display section. The image transmitter and receiver constitute a wireless communication system.04-21-2011
20120206238ANTENNA FOR PROTECTING RADIO FREQUENCY COMMUNICATIONS - An antenna for protecting radio frequency communications includes a masking portion to broadcast a masking signal including a first loop and a second loop connected to the first loop, wherein a current supplied to the masking portion flows in opposite polarity in each of the first and second loops. The antenna includes a reader loop to receive a response signal from a responder and decoupled from the masking signal, wherein the masking signal masks the response signal about the responder.08-16-2012
20110001610MINIATURE HERMETICALLY SEALED RFID MICROELECTRONIC CHIP CONNECTED TO A BIOCOMPATIBLE RFID ANTENNA FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN AIMD - An implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a hermetically sealed biocompatible container, an RFID microelectronics chip is disposed within the container, and a biocompatible antenna extends from the RFID microelectronic chip and exteriorly of the container. In an exemplary embodiment the container comprises a housing for an active implantable medical device (AIMD). In another exemplary embodiment the RFID tag is associated with an AIMD. The AIMD may comprise a lead system. The RFID tag may be disposed within a non-hermetically sealed portion of the AIMD, such a header block, and may include information pertaining to the AIMD. Another exemplary embodiment may include a sensor conductively coupled to the RFID microelectronics chip. The sensor may be disposed exterior of or within the container. The sensor measures properties and activities of the human body and the RFID tag is capable of transmitting said measured properties in real time.01-06-2011
20120154120MEDICATION DISPENSER - Disclosed is a medication dispensing system comprising a container including at least two compartments each compartment including a cavity configured to contain at least one first medication, a covering over the cavity configured to break under pressure, and an elongate conductive element on at least a portion of the covering and configured sever upon breaking the covering. The medication dispensing system further includes one interrogator-readable RFID circuit operatively associated with the container and connected to the elongate conductive element of each of the at least two compartments, and one RFID circuit interrogator configured to interrogate the one RFID circuit and determine whether the elongate conductive element is severed on either on at least one of the at least two compartments.06-21-2012
20110074549TESTING APPARATUS FOR EMBEDDED RFID TAGS - A testing apparatus includes an elongate carrier strip encapsulating an electronic device such as an RFID tag therein. The apparatus includes multiple rollers positioned in sequence and defining a serpentine path for receiving and supporting a carrier strip mid-portion. A drive mechanism engages the end portions of the strip and reciprocally moves the strip mid-portion in a forward direction and a reverse direction against curved surfaces of the rollers. A reader is further provided and positioned to detect the presence or absence of transmission error by the electronic device as the strip mid-portion reciprocally moves in the forward and reverse directions over the apparatus support surface during a testing sequence.03-31-2011
20100117803RFID INTERROGATOR DEVICE - An RFID interrogator device has a transmission section for transmitting a command to an RFID tag and a reception section for receiving an RF signal from the RFID tag and is configured to perform backscatter radio communication with the RFID tag. The RFID interrogator device comprises a time window setting section configured to set a time window at timing of receiving preamble data added to a head of response data transmitted from the RFID tag in response to the command, and an identifying data storage section storing preamble identifying data. The RFID interrogator device compares the data received within the time window, with preamble identifying data stored in the identifying data storage section, thereby determining whether the data received is identical to the preamble data transmitted from the RFID tag.05-13-2010
20090160619INDUCTIVELY COUPLED MODULE AND ITEM WITH INDUCTIVELY COUPLED MODULE - An inductively coupled module includes a wireless IC chip and a feeder circuit substrate which is connected to the wireless IC chip and which includes a feeder circuit including an inductance element and a capacitance element. The feeder circuit substrate is made of a biodegradable plastic so as to prevent a negative impact of the module on the environment and the human body. The inductively coupled module is adhered on a radiation plate and is used as a wireless IC device of an RFID system.06-25-2009
20080309463Collaborating Rfid Devices - Cooperative RFID devices are provided that are aware of other RFID devices in their near vicinity (field range), and their operational pattern depends on presence of these other devices. If a cooperative RFID device is alone in the RF field of a reader terminal, it will allow operation of a first type (e.g. not allowing complex communication, but only allowing responses to requests for non-sensitive data or completely concealing its presence by not allowing any transmission at all) and when another defined and known RFID device is detected in the same RF field, operation of a second type is allowed (e.g. allowing any data transfer, responding to requests for any data, including sensitive data, etc.).12-18-2008
20090108996RFID ANTENNA SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention provides an RFID device having a substrate body, and an IC component and antenna disposed thereon. The RFID device may further include one or more spacing elements, wherein at least a portion of the substrate body is adapted to be disposed around at least a portion the spacing element, thus reducing the overall size of the substrate body with proper impedance matching. The RFID device may further include an EAS element coupled to the substrate body and/or the spacing element in order to create a combination RFID/EAS device with the ability to reduce its overall footprint without sacrificing the ability to provide both identification and article surveillance functions.04-30-2009
20110090059RFID BEAM FORMING SYSTEM - A multi-protocol, multi-band array antenna system may be used in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system reader and sensory networks. The antenna array may include array elements with an integrated low noise amplifier. The system may employ digital beam forming techniques for transmission and steering of a beam to a specific sensor tag or group of tags in a cell. The receive beam forming network is optimized for detecting signals from each sensor tag. Narrow and wideband interferences may be excised by an interference nulling algorithm. Space division multiplexing may be used by the antenna system to enhance system processing capacity.04-21-2011
20110090058RADIO IC DEVICE - A radio IC device that can be used in a plurality of frequency bands for RFID tags and that is compact and has superior radiation characteristics is provided. A spiral line electrode portion and a first side electrode, extending from an inner end thereof, of a capacitor electrode portion are provided on a top surface of a sheet-shaped substrate, and a second side electrode arranged to face the first side electrode and a crossing line electrode are provided on a bottom surface of the substrate. A first radio IC chip is arranged at a location in the line electrode portion, and a second RFID tag radio IC is arranged so as to be connected to a front-to-back connection portion and an end of an electric-field radiation electrode portion. The radio IC chip rectifies an RF signal in a first frequency band and outputs and supplies power to the second RFID tag radio IC.04-21-2011
20110090057DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM HAVING EIR TERMINAL INTERFACE NODE - A network accessible node that facilitates management of a fleet of portable communication devices (EIR terminal), including portable data terminals and/or barcode readers, by directing performance of software upgrade and/or configuration update actions by one or more members of the fleet of EIR terminals.04-21-2011
20110090055PROGRAMMING OF REMOTE CONTROL OPERATIONAL MODES - A remote control and method of programming a remote control for controlling components in an entertainment system are disclosed. The remote control may operate in multiple modes including a limited mode that prevents the remote control from sending predetermined commands to one or more components, even when instructed to do so by the user. In addition, the remote control may issue one or more commands to each component in response to a single user input.04-21-2011
20110090054MAGNETIC RFID COUPLER WITH BALANCED SIGNAL CONFIGURATION - A magnetic coupler arrangement that includes two quarter wave length strip patches, an input signal source, a signal splitter that splits an input signal from the input signal source into two signals and phase-shifts one of the two signals, wherein the phase-shifted signal and the non-phase-shifted signal are fed into the patches of the coupler to achieve a balanced signal configuration.04-21-2011
20110090053OMNIDIRECTIONAL PSEUDO-ANTENNA FOR INTERROGATOR OR SYSTEM ALLOWING THE INTERROGATION RESPONSE AND/OR PASSIVE LISTENING FUNCTIONS - System and method making it possible to operate in an interrogator mode and/or in a passive listening mode wherein it comprises in combination at least the following elements: 04-21-2011
20120313757Interrogator and Interrogation System Employing the Same - An interrogator, methods of discerning the presence of an object, and interrogation systems employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogation systems include multiple interrogators that communicate with a base command unit to track a location of an object. In another embodiment wherein the object is an RFID object (e.g., an object with an RFID tag), the interrogators employ signal processing techniques such as precharging the RFID object, and correlating a reference code with a reply code from the RIFD object using selected techniques to increase a sensitivity of the interrogator, especially for adverse environments. In other embodiments, the interrogation systems include variations of metal instruments and sponges employed therewith. In yet another embodiment, the interrogation system includes metal interrogators capable of discerning the presence of a metal object, especially in a presence of another metal object.12-13-2012
20120161937RFID TAGGING DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging device and method, using which a RFID tag which is designed to attach an object is first linking the object information of an object and an RFID tag with programmed memory data or UID (unique identification) code, being scanned and detected in view of optimizing the RFID tag's signal strength and its effective read rate as well so as to determine a position for the RFID tag to attach thereat while allowing the detection to the RFID tag to be prevented from being adversely affected by metals or magnetic materials, and promising to achieve the optimization of the RFID system applications.06-28-2012
20100289622CONDUCTIVE SILICONE WRISTBAND FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS - A flexible wristband includes conductive silicone rubber loops and an insulating rubber portion. The conductive silicone rubber loops are formed parallel to one another, and substantially define a circumference of the wristband. The conductive silicone loops are connected through a radio frequency identification (RFID) integrated circuit package to form a loop antenna. The insulating silicone rubber portion is formed parallel to the conductive silicone rubber loops, separating the conductive silicone rubber loops and providing an insulating break in the conductive loops. The RFID integrated circuit package includes multiple terminals respectively connected to the conductive silicone rubber loops to create a loop antenna, enabling the RFID integrated circuit package to transmit data through the loop antenna.11-18-2010
20100289621METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING RFID DEPLOYMENT AND RFID DEPLOYMENT OPTIMIZER OF USE THEREOF - A method for optimizing the deployment of RFID apparatus, and a RFID deployment optimizer of use thereof are provided. The method includes the steps: A. analyzing the interrogation zone where the RFID apparatus are deployed, B. identifying the readability o RFID tag associated with different sets of placement on a target object inside the interrogation zone, and C. selecting the best deployment alternative based on the analysis result of the interrogation zone attained in the step A and all the readabilities of RFID tag associated with different sets of placement identified in the step B.11-18-2010
20100289620CONNECTIONLESS LOCATION IDENTIFICATION WITHIN A SERVER SYSTEM - A method, system, and computer program product for determining connectionless location identification information of devices within a server system. A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Controller within the server system transmits a location request to a RFID Sensor. The RFID Sensor identifies devices in the server system and returns signal strength and location information of the devices to the Embedded Controller. The Embedded Controller calculates its own current location. Signal strength information is interpreted by the Embedded Controller to calculate location information. After calculating its own current location, the Embedded Controller locally stores the current location. The location information is subsequently transmitted to a Support element. The Support Element calculates a fix IP address for the Embedded Controller based on the location information, and assigns the IP address to the Embedded Controller. The location information is used for later communication with that Embedded Controller.11-18-2010
20100245046Cart-Based Visibility System - A cart has at least three wheels. It has one or more loop antennas, and a radio transceiver connected with the antennas. The antennas and transceiver operate at a frequency lower than 1 megahertz. The loop antennas are each at least 0.2 square meters in area. The cart is moved to an area such as a room, and the transceiver communicates with various RF tags in the room. Because of the antenna configuration, the portion of spectrum employed, and the power levels used, the cart is able to communicate with most if not all of the RF tags in the room. The cart can then be moved to another area such as another room, and the process repeated. In this way an inventory of tags can be made without expensive permanently installed infrastructure. The system is robust against interferers such as large metal objects and intervening objects.09-30-2010
20100245047NON-CONTACT IC MEDIUM COMMUNICATION DEVICE - The present invention provides a non-contact IC medium communication device (09-30-2010
20100245048INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CARD SYSTEM AND A DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD THEREOF - An integrated circuit card system that includes a radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit configured to wirelessly communicate with an integrated circuit card reader; and an integrated circuit card, which is connected to the RF integrated circuit by a single wire, the integrated circuit card configured to change an amount of current of a data signal output from the integrated circuit card according to a transmission speed of a data signal input to the integrated circuit card from the RF integrated circuit.09-30-2010
20100245049WIRELESS COMMUNICATION IMPROVING SHEET, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION IC TAG, INFORMATION TRANSMITTING MEDIUM AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A wireless communication improving sheet capable of improving a possible communication distance of an IC tag for wireless communication, a wireless communication IC tag, and a wireless communication system are provided. A first spacer has an arrangement surface for arranging a wireless IC tag. An auxiliary antenna, which resonates with respect to an electromagnetic wave used for wireless communication, is provided on a surface opposite to the arrangement surface of the first spacer. A second spacer is provided on an opposite side to the first spacer with the auxiliary antenna interposed therebetween. The first spacer and the auxiliary antenna is formed with a groove (a hole) having the second spacer as the bottom.09-30-2010
20120126949Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Connected Tag Communications Protocol And Related Systems And Methods - Protocols, systems, and methods are disclosed for two or more RFID tags to communicate with each other using direct connections, wherein the two or more RFID tags are configured to mate and directly exchange identification information. A disclosed method includes detecting that a first RFID tag is connected to a second RFID tag. A first message comprising a first tag identification is sent directly from the first RFID tag to the second RFID tag, and the first RFID tag receives a first acknowledgement from the second RFID tag if the first tag identification was correctly received. A second message comprising a second tag identification may be sent directly from the second RFID tag to the first RFID tag and a second acknowledgement may be received from the first RFID tag if the second tag identification was correctly received.05-24-2012
20120313760WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A wireless communication system may include a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly receive vital data from a sensing terminal, a storage unit configured to store comparison vital data, a comparison unit configured to compare the wirelessly received vital data with the comparison vital data, and a control unit configured to control the wireless communication unit to transmit an instruction for stopping wireless transmission of the vital data to the sensing terminal that has wirelessly transmitted the vital data based on a comparison result of the comparison unit.12-13-2012
20120126946CIRCUIT FOR TRANSMITTING A RFID SIGNAL - A circuit for transmitting a RFID signal while conserving the battery power for a circuit in continuous operation is disclosed herein. The circuit includes a RFID component, a microprocessor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a battery. The battery preferably has no more than 225 milliamp hours of power. The accelerometer is preferably a multiple axis accelerometer. The circuit is preferably utilized with a device for shot tracking.05-24-2012
20120161932METHOD FOR OPERATING ESL SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a method for operating an ESL system including a server and en electronic tag in which a time which elapses from the time when a power supply of the electronic tag is turned on is appropriated, execution reservation condition information is included in a signal transmitted from the server to the electronic tag, and the electronic tag operates in accordance with an execution reservation condition included in the signal received from the server.06-28-2012
20120126945STRONG PASSIVE AD-HOC RADO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - Embodiments of the present invention provide a strong passive ad-hoc radio-frequency identification (RFID) network (the “network). The network typically includes an RFID receiver and N quantity of RFID tags coupled to one another. For example, a network under the present invention can include an RFID reader; a first RFID tag in communication with the RFID reader; and a second RFID tag in communication with the first RFID tag. The first RFID tag and the second RFID tag will have passive capacitance to allow them to store energy and data. In this example, the first RFID tag can be enabled to behave as an RFID reader. Moreover, the first RFID tag is positioned within a first field generated by the RFID reader, while the second RFID tag being in a second field generated by the first RFID tag, the second field generated using the energy stored in the first RFID tag. This type of tag to tag coupling/communication arrangement can continue for a number of tags. Not only does this allow for communication around physical obstacles, but it allows any RFID tag to be configured to perform a synchronized reader operation with the RFID reader.05-24-2012
20120126950Protocol For Communications Between A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tag And A Connected Device, And Related Systems And Methods - Protocols, systems, and methods are disclosed for at least one RFID tag and a device, to communicate with each other using direct connections, wherein the at least one RFID tag and the device are configured to mate and directly exchange identification information. A message comprising a tag identification may be sent directly from the RFID tag to the device, and the RFID tag may receive a first acknowledgement from the device if the first tag identification was correctly received. A connection may be detected between the RFID tag and the device prior to directly exchanging information. The exchange of information may include sending data from the device to the RFID tag.05-24-2012
20120126948IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An identification system and method by which an electronic identification transponder is attached to a dental structure within the oral cavity of a human to provide a unique personalized identification system for rapid, secure access to clinically-relevant individual-authorized emergency medical and health information records from a secure database. The transponder is adapted to be interrogated by, to be written to, and to communicate with a reader unit, and the transponder and the reader unit are adapted to communicate over a distance limited to less than ten centimeters.05-24-2012
20120126951HIGH RELIABILITY PEST DETECTION - A pest detection device includes a housing with a sensor and one or more bait members. The sensor includes one or more of a chisel-shaped electrically conductive trace carried on a substrate, a low resistance electrically conductive ink defining an electrical pathway on a substrate with a pointed profile, and/or a substrate including a directional grain structure oriented in a predefined manner relative to an electrically conductive pathway.05-24-2012
20120161933RFID SECURITY READER - In a radio frequency identification (RFID) security reader, by integrating an encryption module that encrypts transmission data and a decryption module that decrypts reception data from an RFID security tag to restore the reception data to original data to a modem, an input/output time period of a processor module that processes a communication protocol in an RFID security system is minimized.06-28-2012
20120161939Temporary Non-Responsive State for RFID Tags - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag may have a non-responsive mode, triggered by a command from an RFID reader, that temporarily prevents the RFID tag from responding to a query from any RFID reader for a period of time. In some embodiments this non-responsive mode may automatically end after a certain period of time without further action by the RFID reader. In other embodiments this non-responsive mode may end when directed to by another command addressed specifically to the RFID tag.06-28-2012
20120161938RECEIVING DEVICE WITH RFID DETECTION OF BUILT-IN COMPONENTS HELD THEREIN, AND RFID DETECTION METHOD - The invention relates to a receiving device, in particular a cabinet or rack, having a receiving space (06-28-2012
20120161936RFID TAG DEVICE AND METHOD OF RECOGNIZING THE SAME - Provided is a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag device. The RFID tag device includes memory which stores ID information and a second count value, and a certification unit which performs a certification process according to a keyed hash value received from the outside and a result of a comparison between first and second count values received from the outside, and adjusts the second count value.06-28-2012
20120161935Passive Transponder with a Charging Circuit - In one embodiment, a passive transponder comprising a first circuit comprising a first attenuator, the first circuit configured to receive a first signal from at least one base station and coupled to a first node, a first rectifier coupled to the first node, the first rectifier configured in a forward direction to charge a first capacitor, and the first capacitor coupled to the first rectifier, the first capacitor configured to receive a charge from the attenuator sufficient for powering the passive transponder.06-28-2012
20120161934RFID Reporting Personal Health Card And Related Systems - A personal health card that includes a smartcard with an RFID device that automatically reports certain RFID response information when illuminated by an interrogation signal from an RFID reader, such as an authorized first responder interrogation device issued to police, fire, lifeguard, or EMT personnel. A characteristic of the response from a selected card may change in response to the strength of the signal received from the card to help the operator locate and recover a desired card. For example, the volume of an audible “ping” at the interrogator may become louder or more frequent as the interrogation response from the card becomes stronger to provide a “homing device” for physically locating a particular card. This feature is very helpful when emergency responses are attempting to locate personal health cards at the scene of an accident or other incident.06-28-2012
20120161930CROSS-READ RESOLUTION METHOD FOR USE IN A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A radio frequency identification system comprises a tag, a back-end system, and a plurality of readers, each reader having at least one antenna coupled thereto. In a cross-read resolution method performed by a first reader, the first reader receives a first tag read of the tag having a tag identifier. The first reader determines a first metric for the first tag read, and transmits the first metric and the tag identifier to a second reader. The first reader receives a second metric and the tag identifier from the second reader, wherein the second metric is determined by the second reader based on a second tag read of the tag by the second reader. The first reader executes an algorithm, based at least in part, on the first metric and the second metric, to determine whether the first reader will report the tag identifier to the back-end system.06-28-2012
20120161931RADIO FREQUENCY TRANSPONDER SYSTEM - A radio frequency transponder is disclosed. In one embodiment, the transponder includes: a substrate and at least one planar antenna on the substrate, the antenna having a shape determining a corresponding resonant frequency of the antenna, wherein the antenna is configured to cause a phase difference between backscattered signals generated in response to excitation of the antenna by orthogonally polarized interrogation signals at the resonant frequency, and the phase difference represents a code of the antenna.06-28-2012
20120161929Systems and Methods for Wireless Transmission of Data Using a Hall Effect Sensor - Embodiments of the present invention enable wireless transmission of data using a Hall Effect sensor. In an embodiment, data is wirelessly transmitted to a receiver by altering the direction of a magnetic field in a manner representative of the data. A Hall Effect sensor at the receiver receives and decodes the data by detecting the alterations in the magnetic field. In an embodiment, the Hall Effect sensor generates a bit stream representative of the direction of the magnetic field.06-28-2012
20100060425Battery Assisted RFID Command Set and Interference Control - Specialized battery assisted command set design methods are disclosed that provide for interference rejection using highly sensitive but relatively broadband RFID tags. The command set design also supports RFID system RF power control for further interference control. The command set design also allows for convenient expansion to active transmitters and receivers in tags operating within the same system. Embodiments of the present invention provide RFID systems having battery-assisted, Semi-Passive RFID tags that operate with sensitive transistor based square law tag receivers utilizing a plurality of tag receiver dynamic range states. Additional enhancement attained via power leveling methods that optimize the amount of transmitted power and interference from a reader in relation to the sensitivity of the RFID tags, their ranges from the reader, and the unique physics of the backscatter RFID radio link.03-11-2010
20100207733METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING A TRANSPONDER AND/OR SIGNALS FROM A TRANSPONDER AND READER - The invention discloses a method for classifying a transponder (08-19-2010
20100207729METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TESTING RFID TAGS - The present invention provides a method and a system for testing RFID tags, which utilizes a way of adjusting the distance between the RFID tags and interrogator or adjusting the power of the interrogator accompanied with a shielding procedure for testing and classifying the RFID tags. By means of the method and the system of the present invention, it is capable of judging the efficacy and good and bad of the RFID tags, while the interrogatable distance of the RFID tags is capable of being tested effectively.08-19-2010
20100207732Robust Location Distinction Using Temporal Link Signatures - The ability of a receiver to determine when a transmitter has changed location is important for energy conservation in wireless sensor networks, for physical security of radio tagged objects, and for wireless network security in detection of replication attacks. In embodiments of the present invention, a measured temporal link signature is determined to uniquely identify the link between a transmitter and a receiver. The temporal link signature is an impulse response of a transmitted signal from the transmitter over a channel between the transmitter and a receiver over a channel. When the transmitter changes location, or if an attacker at a different location assumes the identity of the transmitter, the proposed link distinction methodology reliably detects the change in the physical channel. This detection can be performed at a single receiver or collaboratively by multiple receivers.08-19-2010
20100207731Method and Reader to Conduct a Label Query in a Radio Frequency Identification System - A method for conducting a passive label query in a radio frequency identification system, wherein a query process conducted by a reader for a group of passive labels comprises a first query and a subsequent query. The link frequency used by a reverse link from the passive label to the reader in the subsequent query is smaller than that the link frequency used by the reverse link in the first query. The method improves the reverse link performance of a passive label radio frequency identification system, and increased the reading success rate of the passive label. A reader is also provided to implement the method.08-19-2010
20100207735RFID COMMUNICATION DEVICE - An RFID device, and more particularly to a RFID device which can be used in both a tag mode and a reader mode. There is provided an RF antenna transmitting and receiving wireless signals; a tuning circuit as a frequency filtering circuit connected to the RF antenna; a memory storing data; and a wireless communication card including antenna connection terminals connected to the RF antenna.08-19-2010
20100207728ENERGY MANAGEMENT - An energy management system includes a module for an energy consuming device. The module has a module main controller including a computer processor in communication with a module computer readable storage medium containing computer executable code. When the computer executable code is executed by the computer processor, it performs a method including determining whether a demand state is a peak demand state, employing a reduced operational mode of the energy consuming device during a peak demand state, and employing a normal operational mode of the energy consuming device during a demand state other than a peak demand state. In an embodiment, the system also includes a system main controller in communication with the module.08-19-2010
20100079251FRAME PROCESSING CIRCUIT - A frame processing circuit performs frame processing that is creation processing of creating an RFID data frame from a payload or analysis processing of analyzing an RFID data frame and obtaining a payload. The frame processing includes m (1≦m≦n) number of processing steps according to a type of data frame among n (n is an integer of 2 or above) number of processing steps. The frame processing circuit includes n-number of processing blocks that respectively execute the n-number of processing steps. The n-number of processing blocks include a bypassable block where setting of whether to bypass processing can be made according to a type of data frame, that performs processing of a relevant step on received data and outputs processed data if no bypassing is set, and outputs received data without performing any processing if bypassing is set.04-01-2010
20110181396RFID INFORMATION DATA ON EXTERNAL MEMORY - A computer operating system runs a computer. The computer operating system executes a computerized method including sending an RF signal to an external memory device, eliciting and receiving an input from the external memory device that identifies the external device and a set of files stored on the external memory device, and displaying the set of files on a display device of a computer. The external memory device can be any device with a memory, such as a thumb drive, camera, or the like.07-28-2011
20110181395Audio Broadcasting Device and Portable Device Using the Same - An audio broadcasting device with a radio frequency identification function is disclosed. The audio broadcasting device includes a loudspeaker comprising a metal coil for generating sounds, an audio processing circuit for outputting an audio signal to the loudspeaker to drive the loudspeaker to generate the sounds, and an electronic tag module comprising a capacitor coupled to the metal coil in parallel, and a storage unit coupled to the capacitor in parallel for storing identification information, wherein the metal coil and the capacitor are utilized for generating an induced voltage potential according to a query signal broadcasted by a wireless radio frequency identification reader, to drive the storage unit to feed the identification information back to the wireless radio frequency identification reader.07-28-2011
20110181394METHOD AND APPARATUS TO ACCOUNT FOR TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS USED DURING MEDICAL PROCEDURES - Medical procedure related objects (e.g., instruments, supplies) tagged with transponders may be accounted for in a medical procedure environment via a medical object accounting system using a number of antennas, and optional readers. A first set of antennas may be configured to interrogate sterile fields and/or non-sterile fields which do not encompass a body of a patient to account for the objects proximate a start and an end of a medical procedure. Sterile fields may encompass working surfaces of tables and stands, typically used by nurses. Readers (e.g., symbol, RFID) may be employed. A database may be maintained with information including a current status of each instrument or supply, for instance as checked in or checked out. On notification of a discrepancy, a handheld antenna and/or second set of antennas may interrogate a volume encompassing a body of a patient for retained instruments or supplies. The system may be automatically configured (e.g., loading appropriate software) on communicative coupling of a device (e.g., antenna, reader, peripheral device).07-28-2011
20100066502Method for Incorporating an Anti-Counterfeiting Device into a Multi-Walled Container and the Multi-Walled Container Containing Such Device - A method of incorporating an anti-counterfeiting device into a multi-walled container is provided. The multi-walled container includes an inner wall having an outer surface, an outer wall adjacent to the inner wall, and an anti-counterfeiting device sandwiched between the inner and outer walls. The method includes forming the inner wall from a polymeric composition, adhering the anti-counterfeiting device to the outer surface of the inner wall either during, or after formation of the inner wall, and then over molding the outer wall about the inner wall to form the multi-walled container. Suitable anti-counterfeiting devices for incorporation into the multi-walled container include RFID, printed or foil antennae, conductive inks, metal spheres, and x-ray readable foils.03-18-2010
20120212330ANTENNA, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING MULTIPLE ITEMS - A flat identification antenna for receiving signals from multiple tag-carrying items placed on the antenna and a system for identifying and tracking multiple tag-carrying items including the same. The antenna comprises a first planar array of partially overlapping first planar loops, a second planar array of partially overlapping second planar loops and an insulating board positioned between the first and second arrays. The loops in the first array are arranged to partially overlap each other in one direction and the loops in the second array are arranged to partially overlap each other in another direction.08-23-2012
20120212328METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS, FOR EXAMPLE DURING MEDICAL PROCEDURES - The presence or absence of objects (e.g., medical implements, medical supplies) tagged with transponders may be determined in an environment in which medical procedures (e.g., surgery) are performed via an interrogation and detection system which includes a controller and a plurality of antennas positioned along a patient support structure. The antennas may, for example, be positioned along an operating table, bed, a mattress or pad or a sheet and may be radiolucent. Respective antennas may successively be activated to transmit interrogation signals. Multiple antennas may be monitored for responses from transponders to the interrogation signals. For example, all antennas other than the antenna that transmitted the most recent interrogation signal may be monitored.08-23-2012
20120212327RFID READING TUNNEL AND METHOD FOR READING RFID TRANSPONDERS - RFID reading tunnel (08-23-2012
20120212326SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING PIPE ACTIVITY ON A RIG - A system for tracking pipe activity on a rig includes a plurality of pipes, each pipe having an asset ID tag containing a code unique to the pipe. A pipe handling space for assembling and disassembling the pipes contains at least one pipe handling apparatus. A first scanning zone located at a first position in the pipe handling space contains a first reader antenna. A second scanning zone located at a second position in the pipe handling space contains a second reader antenna. At least one reader is provided for scanning the asset ID tags in the pipe handling space through at least one of the first reader antenna and the second reader antenna.08-23-2012
20120212325COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - A communication apparatus includes: a data generating unit that generates write data to be sent to any other communication apparatus at an arbitrary timing; a communication unit that repeatedly sends a read request to the other communication apparatus until the write data is generated and, at the same time, repeatedly receives a read response sent from the other communication apparatus in response to the read request; and a data acquisition unit that acquires read data, which is sent along with the read response by the other communication apparatus, when the read data is generated at an arbitrary timing by the other communication apparatus.08-23-2012
20120313759Tracking system for persons and/or objects - An RFID-based tracking system that tracks persons and/or objects of interest without the need for triangulation techniques is disclosed. The system tracks persons and/or objects of interest by utilizing RFID antennas having a relatively small field of view and positioned relative to functional areas of a facility and/or within passageways between functional areas of the facility. The persons and/or objects of interest to be tracked are provided with an RFID tag. The present invention provides the system user with the ability to determine whether the persons and/or objects of interest are present within a particular functional area of the facility regardless of whether the presence of the person and/or object of interest is continuously detected by the system.12-13-2012
20120133489Wireless Tracking System And Method For Backhaul Of Information - The present invention provides a solution to backhauling health information. The present invention utilizes a mesh network to backhaul the health information. The system includes a plurality of first tags, a mesh network, and an information engine. Each of the tags represents a first object. The mesh network preferably includes a plurality of plug-in sensors located within the facility. At least one node in the mesh network operates as healthcare device. The information engine is in communication with the mesh network and determines a position location of the healthcare device and an operation of the healthcare device.05-31-2012
20120133488RFID ELECTRONIC SHELF APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETECTING POISITONS OF TAGS USING THE SAME - A Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) electronic shelf apparatus according to the present invention includes electronic shelf units stacked and each configured to have a plurality of reader antennas, a reader configured to recognize the electronic shelf units individually or in a group in order to recognize a tag included in the electronic shelf unit, and a position detection processing unit configured to group the plurality of reader antennas, included in the electronic shelf unit, and to obtain position information about the electronic shelf unit on which the tag is stacked based on tagging information provided by the reader. Accordingly, there are advantages of stability and accuracy in the transmission of information, reduced configuration costs, and efficient store management by solving the shadow region of an electric wave due to the stacking of items within an electronic shelf and the close arrangement of the items.05-31-2012
20120212329METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS, FOR EXAMPLE DURING MEDICAL PROCEDURES - The presence or absence of objects (e.g., medical implements, medical supplies) tagged with transponders may be determined in an environment in which medical procedures (e.g., surgery) are performed via an interrogation and detection system which includes a controller and a plurality of antennas positioned along a patient support structure. The antennas may, for example, be positioned along an operating table, bed, a mattress or pad or a sheet and may be radiolucent. Respective antennas may successively be activated to transmit interrogation signals. Multiple antennas may be monitored for responses from transponders to the interrogation signals. For example, all antennas other than the antenna that transmitted the most recent interrogation signal may be monitored.08-23-2012
20120249304Document with Inductive Charging and Data Storage and Transmission - Illustrated is a system and method to inductively receive electrical power. Additionally, the system and method includes a non-volatile memory that includes data relating to the system and method, the non-volatile memory supplied with the electrical power. Further, the system and method includes a document into which the coil and the non-volatile memory are embedded.10-04-2012
20090058599Customizable Mechanically Programmable RFID Tags - A system and method to track a status an item, or steps in a process, via one or more mechanical modifications to an RFID tag. In one embodiment, a plurality of tearable strips are attached to the tag, each strip having an electrical conductor. Each tearable strip may receive a visual or tactile indicia, such as text, a color code, a graphic symbol, or a tactile indicator (such as Braille) to assign a meaning to the strip, where the meaning is associated with the status or condition of the item, or the stage, step, or status or the process. By tearing some strips or all strips, a desired bit pattern may be programmed into a register of the RFID tag. The bit pattern may reflect the status or condition of the item, or the stage, step, or status of a process.03-05-2009
20090058609COUPON PROVIDED WITH RFID TAG AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A coupon commercially associated with a product comprises a base sheet and an RFID tag secured to the base sheet The RFID tag stores coupon data including data identifying the product commercially associated with the coupon and a monetary amount of discount on the product. A method of purchasing the product comprises the steps of providing a customer with the coupon commercially associated with the product and a retail store including an RFID reader at a cashier station. The coupon comprises an RFID tag storing coupon data including data identifying the product commercially associated with the coupon and a monetary amount of discount on the product. The method further includes the steps of reading a product data and the coupon data at the cashier station, and reducing the retail price of the product when the coupon data matches the product data.03-05-2009
20090058608METHOD FOR CONNECTING WIRELESS ELECTRIC ACTUATING DEVICES TO A MEDICAL APPLIANCE - Method for connecting wireless electric actuating devices (03-05-2009
20090058607RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - This invention discloses a RFID positioning apparatus and a method for identifying and positioning at least one RFID tag. The apparatus comprises a transmission module for transmitting a frequency, a capacitor, sensing modules, an identification module and circuit modules. A first switching unit of the sensing module performs a connection operation according to the frequency to form a magnetic flux of a induction coil and the capacitor, such that the first induction coil senses an identification signal of a RFID tag. The identification module receives the identification signal for identifying and positioning the RFID tag. Each circuit module is connected to the transmission module, sensing module, capacitor and identification module, and transmits the identification signal. The circuit modules have substantially equal length to achieve a matched status of all induction coils.03-05-2009
20090058606TRACKING SYSTEM USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY - A tracking system determines the orientation of an object. A transceiver transmits a signal and detects responses from multiple transponders. A processing unit determines an orientation parameter of the object by comparing the responses from the multiple transponders.03-05-2009
20090058605WIRELESS RECEPTION DEVICE, WIRELESS SENDING DEVICE, AND WIRELESS TRANSMISSION DEVICE - A wireless reception device, a wireless sending device, and a wireless transmitting device are provided, wherein occurrences of distortion and an error in the radio signal that is being transmitted can be prevented even if compensation for circuit characteristics is performed.03-05-2009
20090058603Rfid Reading Apparatus and Method - This publication discloses an RFDD reading apparatus (03-05-2009
20090058602Vehicle identification - Device for vehicle identification, comprising a license plate for a vehicle, wherein the license plate is made of electrically conductive material and provided with a transponder, particularly an RFID chip, wherein the transponder with both connections is electrically coupled to the material of the license plate and wherein the license plate is provided with a slot-shaped recess, wherein both connections at opposite sides of the slot-shaped recess are coupled to the license plate.03-05-2009
20090058610Valve unit with electronic means of valve detection - Valve unit with a plurality of valves linked together for switching a pressurized air flow, where electronic means of valve detection consisting of individual valve-side transponders and a reading device are provided, where the reading device consists of individual RFID read heads, each allocated to a transponder, as well as an RFID reading unit common to all RFID read heads, and where the RFID read heads are connected with the RFID reading unit via a multiplexer unit.03-05-2009
20120169470RFID SYSTEM FOR CHECKING MEDICAL ITEMS - A RFID system for checking medical items includes a processing unit; two RFID readers connected with the processing unit; at least an antenna connected to each of the RFID readers; and a plurality of RFID tags being respectively attached to a plurality of medical items. The RFID tags are configured to store identification codes that respectively and uniquely correspond to the medical items that the RFID tags are attached to. The RFID readers are configured to respectively read the identification codes of the medical items from the RFID tags through the antennas before and after a surgical operation and send the identification codes to the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to receive the identification codes and determine the completeness of the medical items based on the received identification codes. A method for checking medical items with the RFID system is also provided.07-05-2012
20120256730Interrogator and System Employing the Same - An interrogator and system employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogator includes a receiver configured to receive a return signal from a tag and a sensing module configured to provide a time associated with the return signal. The interrogator also includes a processor configured to employ synthetic aperture radar processing on the return signal in accordance with the time to locate a position of the tag.10-11-2012
20120169473TERMINAL, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INTERACTING WITH A SIGNALING TAG - A terminal for interacting with a signaling tag includes a controller capable of selecting a signaling tag and thereafter receiving a tag type from the signaling tag at least partially over an air interface. The controller is also capable of determining if the terminal is actively operating an application. In this regard, the controller is capable of performing a predefined action based upon the tag type, such as based upon a tag type of “Read Only,” “Read/Write” or “Transceiver in Show Mode.” And when the controller is actively operating an application, the controller is capable of performing the predefined action further based upon the application and a state of the application.07-05-2012
20120169472COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - An information processing system includes a reader/writer, a communication terminal, and a wireless IC tag. The communication terminal includes an electric field antenna including a coupling portion that defines a magnetic field antenna, and the antenna portion is housed in a pen-shaped casing. The antenna portion is coupled to an electric field antenna of the reader/writer through an electric field, and the coupling portion is coupled to the wireless IC tag through a magnetic field. The reader/writer communicates with the wireless IC tag as a result of the coupling portion being brought close to the wireless IC tag.07-05-2012
20120169471SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED MONITORING OF STUDENTS' WORK IN AN EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT - A system and method for the automated monitoring of an individual's work is provided that utilizes wireless tags affixed to projects and to the individuals that have access to the projects. The system and method can determine when a particular individual takes a particular project to work on based on the presence of the project and the individual within the sensing area. The presence of the individuals and projects within the sensing area is determined by detecting the presence of the wireless tags with a wireless sensor. The wireless tags are suitably implemented with RFID tags.07-05-2012
20120169469MULTIPLE RADIO FREQUENCY NETWORK NODE RFID TAG - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag that contains multiple Radio Frequency (RF) network nodes that provide enhanced memory capabilities, redundant functionality, and multiple frequency capabilities to the RFID tag using an inter-RF network node communication connection. The inter-RF network node communication may allow the coordination of RFID tag memory and functionality.07-05-2012
20120169468MULTIPLE RADIO FREQUENCY NETWORK NODE RFID TAG - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag that contains multiple Radio Frequency (RF) network nodes that provide enhanced memory capabilities, redundant functionality, and multiple frequency capabilities to the RFID tag using an inter-RF network node communication connection. The inter-RF network node communication may allow the coordination of RFID tag memory and functionality.07-05-2012
20120313758METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR ACTIVATING AND POWERING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS AND LABELS - Methods and apparatuses for activating and powering RFID labels and tags are described herein. A label is activated from an “off” mode in response to receiving an activating signal. The label may include an integrated circuit and one or more powering devices coupled to the IC. The one or more powering devices may include a rechargeable battery, a solar power device, a non-rechargeable battery, or any combination thereof In one embodiment, a power from at least one of the one or more powering devices is provided to the integrated circuit in response to receiving of the activating signal.12-13-2012
20120249306RF-ID TAG AND RF-ID COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An RF-ID tag has an IC, a loop antenna to which the IC is connected, and a linear booster antenna, and the booster antenna has, as one end portion in a longitudinal direction of the linear booster antenna, a fold-back portion which is wound; and a portion, having a length that measures 73% or more of a one-turn overall length of a loop of the loop antenna, of the loop antenna extends along a portion, including the fold-back portion, of the booster antenna.10-04-2012
20120249303SUBSET SELECTION OF RFID TAGS USING LIGHT - Methods and apparatuses for selecting a subset of RFID tags are provided in some embodiments. These methods and apparatuses utilize the susceptibility to light by persistent nodes found in passive tags. Light can be used to intentionally reduce persistence times in a particular subset tags or even an individual tag. Then, persistent nodes can be used as a selection criterion to distinguish previously illuminated tags from non-illuminated tags. In other embodiments, a power circuit receives a RF input source and generates a direct current (DC) output voltage. The circuit includes a bias circuit to supply a gate to source bias, which is independent of the DC output voltage. The circuit further includes a voltage multiplier circuit that is coupled to the bias circuit. The voltage multiplier circuit has MOS transistors with one transistor to receive the gate to source bias.10-04-2012
20120249302Smart Hybrid Card System Providing Authenticity, Privacy, and Security (APS) - An RFID system includes a number of RFID tags and an RFID reader. Each RFID tag includes a respective portion of a target data object. The RFID reader is adapted to read each portion of the target data object from the respective RFID tags. A method of providing an identification function includes using an RFID reader to read one portion of a target data object stored on an RFID tag, from among a number of portions of the target data object stored on a respective number of RFID tags.10-04-2012
20120249307Method and System of Tracking Hotel Linen Products - A tracking system for tracking hotel linen includes a tracking control, a plurality of check points setting at different key locations in a hotel respectively to communicatively link with the tracking control, and a plurality of identification tags arranged for permanently affixing at a plurality of hotel linen products respectively. Each of the identification tags contains a unique code preset by the tracking control to wirelessly communicate with each of the check points. Therefore, when each of the hotel linen products is moved to one of the check points, the corresponding identification tag is registered thereat. A tracking record is generated in the tracking control for the hotel linen products in responsive to each of the check points to monitor and manage the hotel linen products so as to greatly improve linen utilization in the hotel.10-04-2012
20100052858Method and system for performing affinity transactions - There is provided a physical token for use in a defined venue with a server having communication with the physical token. The physical token may comprise an identification data and a transmitter configured to transmit the identification data. The physical token is configured to transmit the identification data to the server to cause the server to initiate a sensory interaction with a user possessing the physical token. The sensory interaction may comprise a character in the defined venue interacting with the user possessing the physical token. The sensory interaction may also comprise a display screen in the defined venue displaying information to the user possessing the physical token. The sensory interaction may further comprise an audio speaker in the defined venue announcing information to the user possessing the physical token. The physical token may represent an affinity comprising an experience, entitlement, or characteristic of the user possessing the physical token.03-04-2010
20100052855Method and Apparatus for Cross-Media Use of RFID Readers and RFID Tags - The invention includes a method and apparatus for facilitating cross-media use of object codes and object code readers, such as RFID tags and readers, barcode codes and readers, and the like. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an object code read request from a user device where the object code read request indicates that an object has been read using an object code reader, determining at least one of a provider of the object code read using the object code reader and a provider of the object code reader used to read the object code, and performing at least one operation in response to the object code read response. The at least one operation performed in response to the object code read response may include one or more of determining an object code read response and determining revenue sharing. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving and storing registration information adapted for use in responding to object code read requests.03-04-2010
20120299706MULTI-ANTENNA SIGNALING SCHEME FOR LOW-POWERED OR PASSIVE RADIO COMMUNICATIONS - A multi-antenna signaling scheme, system and method for passive or low-powered RF devices, such as a radio frequency identification tag, are herein described. In one embodiment, the presently disclosed subject matter discloses a Retrodirective Array Phase Modulator which is configured to allow RFID tags to return higher-powered signals with higher data rates back to an RFID interrogator or reader unit. In some configurations, pattern strobing is used which is an array-based transmission technique for stepping or sweeping an RF waveform through space so that passive radio devices may more efficiently harvest energy without increasing transmit power. In some configurations, the presently disclosed subject matter may also use a Staggered Pattern Charge Collector to boost the collection of microwave power.11-29-2012
20120299705PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - One feature of the present invention is a product management system that includes a package body for packing a product attached with an ID tag, and a reader/writer. The ID tag includes a thin film integrated circuit portion and an antenna, the package body includes a resonance circuit portion having an antenna coil and a capacitor, and the resonance circuit portion can communicate with the reader/writer and the ID tag. Accordingly, the stability of communication between an ID tag attached to a product and an R/W can be secured, and management of products can be conducted simply and efficiently, even if a product is packed by a package body.11-29-2012
20120299704METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS MANAGEMENT OF ARTICLES - The present invention is directed to method and apparatus for wireless management of articles. The method is implemented by a master RFID tag. The method includes transmitting at least one first RFID read signal to a plurality of RFID tags local to the master RFID tag and receiving a first RFID response signal from each of the plurality of RFID tags in response to the at least one first RFID read signal. Each of the first RFID response signals comprises an identifier associated with an article. The method further includes maintaining an article record indicating at least one expected article that is to be managed by the master RFID tag and comparing each of the identifiers with the article record in an attempt to compile contextual information associated with the article record. The method further includes transmitting a master signal comprising the contextual information associated with the article record.11-29-2012
20100277282RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes an RFID block; a battery; and a control unit configured to control to supply an internal power for use in the RFID block by using a radio frequency (RF) signal or by using a battery voltage, which is a voltage of the battery.11-04-2010
20120299703RFID-BASED BOOK TAGGING DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a radio frequency identification (RFID) device and method for book tagging, using which a RFID tag which is designed to attach to a book is first being scanned and detected in view of optimizing the RFID tag's signal strength and its effective reading rate as well so as to determine a position on the book for the RFID tag to attach thereat while allowing the detection to the RFID tag to be prevented from being adversely affected by metals or magnetic materials that are situated ambient to the book.11-29-2012
20120176225VARIABLE FREQUENCY TAG - An antenna assembly is operative for receiving interrogating radiation at a variable frequency tag and generating a corresponding received signal, and for receiving a signature signal and radiating corresponding response radiation. A logic unit is operative for receiving the received signal and outputting the signature signal in response, the signature signal including a signature code for use in identifying the tag. A voltage controlled oscillator is operative for controlling a rate at which the signature code is output; and a power supply is operative for providing an electrical potential difference for energizing the tag. The voltage controlled oscillator is operable to output the signature code at a rate which is governed by the magnitude of the received signal.07-12-2012
20120176224SPATIALLY SELECTIVE UHF NEAR FIELD MICROSTRIP COUPLER DEVICE AND RFID SYSTEMS USING DEVICE - A system having a UHF RFID transceiver is adapted to communicate exclusively with a single electro-magnetically coupled transponder located in a predetermined confined transponder operating region. The system includes a near field coupling device comprising a plurality of lines connected in parallel with an unmatched load. The near field coupling device may be formed, for example on a printed circuit board with a plurality of electrically interconnected traces and a ground plane. The system establishes, at predetermined transceiver power levels, a mutual electro-magnetic coupling which is selective exclusively for a single transponder located in a defined transponder operating region. Also included are methods for selective communication with the transponder in an apparatus such as a printer-encoder.07-12-2012
20120176223WIRELESS IC DEVICE AND METHOD OF DETECTING ENVIRONMENTAL STATE USING THE DEVICE - In a wireless IC device, an insulating material, which has an electrical characteristic that is varied with a change in an environmental state, is provided between a feed circuit board and an antenna to detect the environmental state from a state of a communication characteristic between the wireless IC device and an external reader apparatus.07-12-2012
20120176222APPARATUS FOR MANAGING THE OPERATION OF A SHIP BLOCK - Provided is an apparatus for managing the operation of a ship block, including a ship block size and location measuring system, a transporter monitoring system, a block transportation monitoring system and a transportation lot number management system. The ship block size and location measuring system includes a direction angle sensor, a range finder, a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader and a control system, and the control system includes a block size and location measuring server, a vector calculating module, a coordinate calculating module, a size and location extracting module, and a memory module.07-12-2012
20120075074SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR READING ONE OR MORE RFID TAGS IN A METAL CASSETTE WITH AN ANTICOLLISION PROTOCOL - Reading apparatus for objects each bearing at least one RFID tag, said objects being placed in a cassette that can also be furnished with an RFID tag, said system comprising at least one element in the form of a tunnel in which said cassette can be placed, said element comprising at least one antenna and one RFID reader, said antenna comprising at least two coils composed of several turns, said coils being distributed along and around said tunnel.03-29-2012
20120075073RFID READER DEVICE - An RFID reader device (03-29-2012
20120075072CO-LOCATED RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION FIELDS - The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for co-locating an Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) signal field with a representation perceptible by one or more human senses. A user interface may accessing a representation of a signal field stored in a memory element. The representation may include a plurality of data points each recording a value of a characteristic of the signal field at a respective physical position. Based on the accessed data points, the user interface may provide a human-perceptible representation of the signal field to a user. The human-perceptible representation may facilitate user interactions with the signal field using a RFID device. An interactivity engine may detect an interaction between the RFID device and the signal field. In some embodiments, the interactivity engine may generate an action based on the detected interaction.03-29-2012
20120075071UNIVERSAL AND REUSABLE RFID SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT - An universal and reusable RFID system comprises an universal and reusable RFID reader, an universal and reusable RFID data carrier, a universal and reusable RFID neutral tag, a RFID neutral tag equipped collapsible and reusable pallet and a RFID neutral tag equipped collapsible and reusable box. In various embodiments, the universal and reusable RFID system is used for data collection, data comparison, data confirmation and data combination under all conditions in the supply chain and logistics management. A “bank-like” system is further used for all components of the universal and reusable RFID system to be efficiently supplied for use and collected for further application.03-29-2012
20120075070REAL TIME MEASUREMENT OF ROTOR SURFACE - Real time measurement of a rotor surface is disclosed. In one aspect, at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) tag with an integrated sensor is placed on the rotor to measure operational data therefrom. An RFID reader reads the operational data measured from the rotor by the at least one RFID tag with the integrated sensor in real time.03-29-2012
20120075069REVERSIBLY DEFORMABLE AND MECHANICALLY TUNABLE FLUIDIC ANTENNAS - A method of manufacturing a fluidic structure is disclosed. A cavity that defines a shape of an element of the fluidic structure within a material is formed. The cavity is filled with liquid metal. The cavity is sealed. The fluidic structure behaves as an antenna. A fluidic antenna includes a material that defines a shape of the fluidic antenna by a cavity filled with liquid metal formed within the material, where the material further defines at least one mechanical property of the fluidic antenna.03-29-2012
20120075068RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) SYSTEM PROVIDING MEETING ROOM RESERVATION AND SCHEDULING FEATURES AND RELATED METHODS - A meeting room reservation system may include at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) sensor to be positioned adjacent a meeting room, and a plurality of mobile wireless communications devices, each configured for RFID communication with the at least one RFID sensor. The system may further include a reservation server configured to schedule reserved starting and ending times for the meeting room, track checked-in mobile wireless communications devices based upon RFID communication with the at least one RFID sensor, and send at least one reservation expiration notification based upon a reserved ending time and a subsequent check-in of another mobile wireless communications device.03-29-2012
20120075067SENSOR BASED TRUTH MAINTENANCE METHOD AND SYSTEM - A truth maintenance method and system. The method includes receiving by a computer processor from RFID tags embedded in sensors, event data associated with events detected by said sensors. The computer processor associates portions of the event data with associated RFID tags and derives assumption data associated with each portion of the portions. The computer processor retrieves previous assumption data derived from and associated with previous portions of previous event data retrieved from the RFID tags and executes non monotonic logic with respect to the assumption data and the previous assumption data. In response, the computer processor generates and stores updated assumption data associated with the assumption data and the previous assumption data.03-29-2012
20100271181APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DETECTING DIRECTION OF NONCONTACT IC MEDIUM AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING THE PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON - A noncontact IC medium direction detecting apparatus (10-28-2010
20100066498AUTOMATED SERVICE AND SUPPORT NOTICES USING ELECTRONIC SHOPPING LISTS - A method and system of updating an electronic shopping list (ESL) indicating items that may be purchased in response to detecting, by a wireless device having access to the ESL, a service request event corresponding to an asset. Upon detection of the service request event, a service request item may be inserted into the ESL. The asset may be queried from time to time to verify operation of the asset. The items listed in the ESL may be ordered according to a date the service request event was detected.03-18-2010
20100026460APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMIT LEAKAGE SIGNAL SUPPRESSION IN RFID READER - A method and apparatus for suppressing a transmit leakage signal of a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader is provided. The apparatus includes: a first power distributor distributing a transmission signal to output a first transmission signal and a second transmission signal; a second power distributor distributing the second transmission signal to output a third transmission signal and a fourth transmission signal; a first amplitude/phase converter converting an amplitude and a phase of the first transmission signal to generate a first converted signal; a second amplitude/phase converter converting an amplitude and a phase of the third transmission signal to generate a second converted signal; a first power combiner combining the first converted signal with a first leakage signal generated in association with the fourth transmission signal; and a second power combiner combining the second converted signal with a second leakage signal generated in association with the fourth transmission signal.02-04-2010
20100019882Radio Frequency Identification reader with illuminated field of view - A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader for, and method of, reading an RFID tag to obtain data, includes an RFID module supported by a housing and including an antenna for propagating an electromagnetic field over a field of view, as well as an illuminator supported by the housing for visibly illuminating the field of view to enable an operator to see the illuminated field of view and whether the RFID tag is within the illuminated field of view.01-28-2010
20100007470LPRF DEVICE WAKE UP USING WIRELESS TAG - A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver; and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.01-14-2010
20120182130MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE TORSION ALONG A CABLE PROVIDED WITH IDENTIFICATION TAGS - A method for monitoring the torsion of a cable includes the steps of: providing a cable having an outer surface and extending along a longitudinal direction, the cable being provided with at least one identification tag, preferably an RFID tag, arranged in a tag angular position in a cross-sectional plane taken transverse to the longitudinal direction, the at least one tag storing a tag identification code and being capable of transmitting a tag electromagnetic signal; interrogating the at least one identification tag to receive the tag electromagnetic signal, and detecting the tag electromagnetic signal, wherein the step of detecting the tag electromagnetic signal includes the step of reading the tag identification code and determining the tag angular position of the at least one identification tag. A torsion monitoring system of a cable includes at least one identification tag.07-19-2012
20120182129SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS - A method and system for estimating position of a moving RFID tag is provided. The method includes transmitting at least one interrogator signal; receiving, at an interrogator antenna, a reflected signal from the RFID tag; determining phase changes of the reflected signal with respect to the phase of the at least one interrogator signal; weighting the phase changes based on instant power corresponding to the phase changes; producing a phase trajectory for the reflected signal based on the weighted phase changes; and estimating position of the RFID tag relative to the interrogator antenna based on the peak of the phase trajectory for the reflected signal.07-19-2012
20120182128COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - An information processing system includes a reader/writer, a communication terminal, and a wireless IC tag. The communication terminal includes an electric field-type first antenna unit, a magnetic field-type second antenna unit, and a connection unit electrically connecting the first and second antenna units and to each other, and is housed within a pen housing. The first antenna unit is coupled to an antenna of the reader/writer through an electric field, and the second antenna unit is coupled to the wireless IC tag through a magnetic field. By causing the second antenna unit to be adjacent to the wireless IC tag, the reader/writer and the wireless IC tag communicate with each other.07-19-2012
20120182127Method and System for Identifying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tag Location Using a Switchable Coil - Aspects of a method and system for identifying a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag location using a switchable coil are presented. Aspects of the systems may include one or more processors that enable selection of an inductor coil from a plurality of inductor coils. The selection of the inductor coil may be based on a change in an electromagnetic field, with respect to an initial electromagnetic field, as detected by the selected inductor coil. The processors may enable transmission of a signal, having a transmitter frequency in the UHF frequency band, via the selected inductor coil.07-19-2012
20090303006SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS - A method of detecting position of a moving RFID tag relative to an antenna, includes continually receiving a signal from the RFID tag at the antenna. The phase of the received signal over a time period is detected and, based on a maximum detected phase, the position of the RFID tag relative to the antenna is detected.12-10-2009
20120256728HIERARCHICAL FAST COLLECTION PROCEDURE - A system for collecting information from one or more radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags is provided. The system includes one or more RFID tags and a first interrogator device. The first interrogator device may be configured to perform interrogator functions in a first wireless network and perform tag functions in a second wireless network. The interrogator functions include transmitting a wake-up signal and a collection request command to the one or more RFID tags, and the tag functions include responding to a wake-up signal and transmitting a collect response message in response to a received collection request command. The system also includes a second interrogator device configured to perform interrogator functions in the second wireless network that include creating the second wireless network, transmitting a wake-up signal and a collection request command to the first interrogator when the first interrogator is in the second wireless network.10-11-2012
20120256727SELECTIVELY ENABLED RFID TAG - A RFID tag including an outer casing, an antenna positioned in the outer casing, and a chip positioned in the outer casing. At least one of the chip or the antenna is manually movable into or out of electrical communication with the other one of the chip or antenna.10-11-2012
20120256729METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A SERVICE - A method and a system for providing a service are provided. In the method for providing the service, a user terminal receives customized information among individuals or group members. The method includes: obtaining tag information by reading a tag attached to an object, the tag information containing a tag code and service data; obtaining service access information from an Object Directory Service (ODS) server when the tag is tagged in a situation, the service access information corresponding to at least one of the obtained tag information and identification information; and receiving a customized information service corresponding to the user terminal by accessing a service providing server in accordance with the service access information.10-11-2012
20120256726METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SPECIAL DEDICATED INQUIRY AND INQUIRY RESPONSE PROCESS FOR DEDICATED DEVICE SEARCH - Method, apparatus, and computer program product example embodiments provide direction finding information exchange without establishment of a formal communication connection. In an example embodiment, a special value is reserved for an inquiry access code, to signify that an inquiring device that transmits the special code is a direction finding capable device that is capable of receiving and using information usable for estimating at least a relative direction, for direction estimation. In an example embodiment, an inquiry scanning device that recognizes the special code, is capable of generating and transmitting information usable for estimating at least a relative direction, for direction estimation.10-11-2012
20120188058SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR JOINT BEAMFORMING AND PREAMBLE DETECTION - Systems and methods for reading RFID tags using joint beamforming and preamble detection in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. One embodiment includes an antenna array comprising a plurality of antenna elements, a joint beamformer and preamble detector configured to receive inputs from each of the antenna elements, and a decoder configured to receive a resampled signal from the joint beamformer and preamble detector and to decode data using the resampled signal. In addition, the joint beamformer and preamble detector is configured to correlate the inputs from the antenna elements against a correlation sequence at a plurality of starting sample positions and predetermined rates, use the correlations to select a starting sample position and rate for decoding the received signal, use the correlations to determine beamforming coefficients for combining the inputs, and resample the combined inputs based upon the selected starting sample position and rate.07-26-2012
20090027166Radio Tag and System - Passive tags use two antennas with only limited mutual coupling one of which receives a power/clock field and the other of which receives a data signal. An area-reading antenna, or two or more antennas, are deployed to generate the power/clock field, from a base station. The base station, or active tags, or both, generate the data signals from time to time. This topology together with the use of low frequencies permits area reads, and permits small and economical passive tags, and further permits localization of a particular passive tag as being nearby to a particular active tag.01-29-2009
20090027162CONTROLLABLE RFID DEVICE, AND METHOD - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device has controllable features that allow for modification of its interaction with external devices, such as RFID readers. The RFID device may have multiple antennas, coupled to multiple contacts of a chip of the device. The chip may include a real or virtual switch for selectively coupling the chip to either of the antennas. The switch may be activated by an external signal sent to the RFID device. The RFID device also may be controlled by adjusting an adjustable modulator within the RFID device. The modulator may adjust outgoing signals from the RFID device to an appropriate level of signal strength, or to have other suitable characteristics. By control of the antenna couplings and/or the modulator settings of the RFID device, adjustments in performance of the RFID device may be made for suitable operation in a variety of situations and environments.01-29-2009
20090021350Portable electronic device, security system and method for determining allowable operating range of portable electronic device - There is provided a portable electronic device limiting an allowable operating range thereof for security reason and a security system using the portable electronic device. A security system 01-22-2009
20090021352RADIO FREQUENCY IC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A radio frequency IC device includes a radio frequency IC chip arranged to process a transmitted/received signal, a printed circuit board on which the radio frequency IC chip is mounted, an electrode arrange on the circuit board, and a loop electrode that is arranged on the circuit board so that the loop electrode is electrically connected to the radio frequency IC chip and is coupled to the electrode by electromagnetic coupling. The electrode is coupled to the radio frequency IC chip via the loop electrode so as to transmit or receive a high-frequency signal. A power supply circuit board including a resonance circuit and/or a matching circuit may be disposed between the radio frequency IC chip and the loop electrode.01-22-2009
20090021351Information Collection System and Information Collection Robot - An information collection system is provided, which can automatically calculate an operation or a travel path of a tag reader for collecting information of an RF tag. The information collection system of the present invention moves, in a movable area of a two-dimensional map, the tag reader along a surface of an object by referring to a three-dimensional map to emit radio waves while moving an information collection robot, records, upon reception of tag ID from the RF tag, a position of the information collection robot at the time as a data acquisition position, and calculates a path passing through data acquisition positions of all the recorded data as a moving sequence in a movable area of the information collection robot01-22-2009
20120229259STOCHASTIC COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAGS BASED ON COALITION FORMATION, SUCH AS FOR TAG-TO-TAG COMMUNICATION - Data carriers (such as RFID tags) are formed into clusters of data carriers. Each cluster has at least one bridge data carrier that can communicate with a bridge data carrier of another cluster, thereby allowing data carriers in each cluster to communicate directly or indirectly with each other using a stochastic communication protocol method. Direct tag-to-tag communication capability is provided between data carriers in each cluster and/or between clusters. The data carriers can backscatter and modulate a carrier wave from a source, thereby using the backscattered and modulated carrier wave to convey data to each other.09-13-2012
20090009292RFID INTERROGATOR - Embodiments of the invention relate to the field of RFID interrogators, particularly RFID interrogators that combine low loss with high rates of communication from the interrogator to a tag. We describe a transmitter comprising a resonant circuit and a driver coupled to drive said resonant circuit, wherein said resonant circuit includes a resonance regeneration system such that during amplitude modulation of a resonant signal in said resonant circuit when an amplitude of said resonant signal is reduced energy from said reduction is stored and when said amplitude is increased said stored energy is used to regenerate said resonance signal.01-08-2009
20110121946ANTENNA GASKET FOR PROCESS HOUSINGS - A method and apparatus for providing wireless communication and optionally power to the interior of a housing assembly is disclosed. In one embodiment, an antenna is molded within a gasket material, such as silicon, so as to be completely encapsulated. The gasket preferably includes at least one support arm, which holds the antenna toward the middle of the housing, so as to minimize interference from the metal housing. In further embodiments, an inductive coil is encapsulated in the gasket. An alternating current is passed through this coil to create a changing magnetic field, which can then be used to create electrical power in physically separate components, such as filtering elements. In certain embodiments, multiple loops are molded to correspond to multiple filtering elements within the housing.05-26-2011
20110121948Security Screening - An RF screening apparatus comprising a scanning chamber and an RF inspection device or reader, the chamber having chamber walls which are substantially reflective to radiation at a frequency of operation. The chamber walls or at least a portion of the chamber walls may be visually transparent. This enables visual inspection and identification of the occupant and RF interrogation to be performed, substantially simultaneously if desired. RF interrogation signals produced by the reader reflect off the chamber walls, approaching a target tag from an increased number of different angles, thus increasing the chance of a successful read.05-26-2011
20110121947RF TAG AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME - An RF tag which comprises a prepreg plate having a first dielectric layer (05-26-2011
20110121945ANTENNA DESIGN AND INTERROGATOR SYSTEM - Where a single cable conveys bidirectional RF signals and bidirectional data using a data carrying DC power signal where the RF signals and the bidirectional data carrying DC power signal are separated using frequency selective networks. Alternatively a single cable conveys bidirectional RF signals and bidirectional data using a modulated RF data signal where the RF signals and the bidirectional modulated RF data signal are separated using frequency selective networks. A array of switchable antennas where RF switching elements are integral to the antennas is connected to the single cable and is powered by and communicated with through the cable. The array of switchable antennas can be arranged to produce an interrogation field in any of one, two or three dimensions by the antennas being arranged to provide for a series of parallel spaced conductors through which currents are sequentially switched in order to produce both tangential and normal magnetic field components. The spatial relationship of the sequentially switched currents is chosen to ensure that at different times a tangential and a normal magnetic field are produced at the same location. The conductors are preferably arranged in a planar fashion and the tangential and normal magnetic fields are produced above the planar surface. A single layer of parallel spaced conductors provides for one or two dimensional operations. Adding a second parallel layer of orthogonally oriented parallel spaced conductors provides three dimensional operations where currents are sequentially switched in both layers.05-26-2011
20100328042RADIO-TAG READING APPARATUS AND RADIO TAG - The radio-tag data containing the merchandise management data about an item of merchandise from the radio tag attached to the item of merchandise. It is determined whether a prescribed one of the bytes constituting the radio-tag data is identification data that specifies the merchandise management data. If the prescribed byte is determined to be identification data, a prescribed number of bytes following the prescribed byte are extracted from the radio-tag data. The bytes thus extracted are output as merchandise management data.12-30-2010
20100328041AM (AMPLITUDE MODULATION) DEMODULATION SYSTEM FOR RFID READER DEVICE - An RFID reader device (12-30-2010
20100328040ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT WITH CAPACITOR - An electronic circuit comprising a circuit module, a capacitor connected to the circuit module and a shutdown line providing a shutdown signal to the circuit module for suspending the circuit module. The electronic circuit further comprises a switching module for switching the capacitor such as to reduce discharging of the capacitor, depending on the shutdown signal. Particularly, the switching module disconnects the capacitor from ground. Disconnection takes effect when the circuit module is suspended or in power down mode because of the shutdown signal being provided.12-30-2010
20100328039POSITION DETECTING SYSTEM AND CABLE UNIT - A position detecting system according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a moving machine capable of moving along a predetermined path, plural storage media configured to store position information and arranged in parallel along the path, and a reading unit provided on the moving machine side and configured to read the position information of the storage media arranged in a reading range corresponding to the reading unit.12-30-2010
20080297314Inventory Management System - In the inventory management system managing the inventory status of a commodity displayed in a showcase by using a computer, the showcase is provided with an antenna for communicating with an RFID tag attached to a commodity on a commodity shelf, detecting means for detecting a unique number of the RFID tag by communicating with the RFID tag through the antenna, and transmitting means for transmitting the detected unique number of the RFID tag to the computer through a network. The computer manages the commodity inventory based on the unique number of the RFID tag, the unique number being received from the showcase.12-04-2008
20080297320Semiconductor device and IC label, IC tag, and IC card provided with the semiconductor device - A charge accumulation circuit having a structure in which a capacitor is divided into a plurality of pieces and the divided capacitors are connected in parallel through switches is provided. The charge accumulation circuit controls the switch provided between the capacitors and thus can dynamically vary electrostatic capacitance of the charge accumulation circuit which applies a voltage to a constant voltage circuit.12-04-2008
20080297312Systems and methods for providing quality of service to RFID - Embodiments of the present invention include systems and methods for providing Quality of service to RFID. In one embodiment the present invention includes a method of providing quality of service in an RFID network comprising storing RFID priority information corresponding to the RFID network, wherein the RFID network comprises one or more tags and one or more readers mapping the RFID priority information into priority information corresponding to a second network.12-04-2008
20080297319Article management system - An article management system which can efficiently search for the whereabouts of an article. The article management system for managing the whereabouts of an article existing in any of a plurality of sections includes radio communication devices provided in the respective sections, and an RFID tag and a portable device that are communicable with the radio communication device by radio. The RFID tag is attached to the article. The article is detected through communication between the RFID tag and one of the radio communication devices provided in the respective sections. Further, in which of the plurality of sections the article exists is specified through communication between the portable device and the radio communication devices provided in the respective sections.12-04-2008
20080297318APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A RFID TAG AND CARTRIDGE FOR INCLUDING AT LEAST A RFID TAG - An apparatus for communicating with a RFID tag comprises: a container holder configured to detachably attach a container for including at least a RFID tag which contains a tag medium on which a RFID circuit element is arranged; and an apparatus magnetic-path forming portion configured to form a magnetic path for a communication magnetic flux in a feeding path of said tag medium in said container for including at least a RFID tag when said container for including at least a RFID tag is attached to said container holder.12-04-2008
20080297315Inductive Coupling Exchange in a Portable Intelligent Object With Central and Peripheral Circuits - A portable intelligent object has first and second communication interfaces with a station. The first communication interface can send and/or receive data by means of inductive coupling with the station. The object also has an integrated peripheral circuit. All of the data exchanged between the peripheral circuit and the central circuit passes through the station.12-04-2008
20080297313System Provided With Several Electronic Devices and a Security Module - The invention relates to a system with a first electronic device (12-04-2008
20080297311NON-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEMS - A service providing system comprising a server device, a terminal device, and a service providing device in combination with an optical wireless tag device to achieve transmitting of ID, password, or other service information stored in the service providing device in a non-contact and non-broadcasting manner, thus enabling highly secured and reliable services.12-04-2008
20080297310Handling System for Exception RFID Labels - A device for nullifying an exception RFID tag associated with a product or package includes a label with a replacement RFID tag configured thereon. The label is configured for placement on a package or product adjacent to the exception RFID tag. An electromagnetic shield is configured on the label and has a size and configuration so as to extend over the exception RFID tag when the label is placed adjacent thereto so as to disable subsequent reading of the exception RFID tag.12-04-2008
20080297309WAVEFORM SYNTHESIS IN RFID INTERROGATORS - Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a waveform for a radio-frequency identification interrogator is capable of being synthesized with hardware by combining waveform samples stored in a waveform lookup table. A microcode table comprises microcode instructions relating to how to assemble the waveform samples into a waveform. A media access controller may interpret one or more commands to synthesize a waveform by accessing the microcode instructions stored in the microcode table.12-04-2008
20120262278INVENTORY DEVICES AND METHODS - In one implementation, a method includes determining first component data by a first aggregation device at a first time, the first aggregation device being associated with a first one of a plurality of device components of a device, the first component data comprising identification data regarding at least a second one of the plurality of device components of the device. The first component data may be stored. A component request may be received 10-18-2012
20120319821Method and Apparatus for Discrimination of RFID Tags - In one or more embodiments described herein, there is provided an apparatus that is configured to determine respective signal strengths of radio frequency identification signalling received from multiple sources by a directional antenna. The apparatus is also configured to discriminate the radio frequency identification signalling from a particular source based on the particular signal strength of the radio frequency identification signalling received from that source.12-20-2012
20120319823COORDINATED STORAGE SYSTEM IN A MULTIPLE RADIO FREQUENCY NETWORK NODE RFID TAG - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag that contains multiple Radio Frequency (RF) network nodes that provide enhanced memory capabilities, redundant functionality, and multiple frequency capabilities to the RFID tag using an inter-RF network node communication connection. The inter-RF network node communication may allow the coordination of RFID tag memory and functionality.12-20-2012
20120319822VARIABLY SPACED MULTI-POINT RFID TAG READER SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for determining a time of a passing at a reference line of an RFID tag traveling along a route and a time of lapsing of the tracked RFID tag on the route, the system have a plurality of spaced apart tag reader systems for wirelessly obtaining tag reads, wherein at least one of the tag reader systems is space apart from the reference line. The timing system receives a plurality of tag reads and determines the time of passing of the RFID at the reference ID line responsive to the plurality of received tag read messages received from the plurality of tag reader systems.12-20-2012
20120319820APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING BEHAVIOR PATTERN - A method for generating a behavior pattern based on information from radio frequency identification tags is disclosed. The method includes identifying a plurality of radio frequency identification tags, generating a radio frequency identification group that corresponds to the plurality of radio frequency identification tags, receiving behavior information that corresponds to the radio frequency identification group from a user device, matching the radio frequency identification group with the behavior information, generating a behavior pattern corresponding to the matched radio frequency identification group and the behavior information, and storing the behavior pattern in a database.12-20-2012
20120319819Background Object Sensor - An RFD reader includes a transceiver configured to receive a first radio frequency signal reflected off at least one surface to provide baseline signal information and a second radio frequency signal reflected off the at least one surface and an object to provide further signal information. A comparator is configured to compare the baseline signal information and the further signal information to provide a signal comparison. A processor is configured to detect the presence of the object in accordance with the signal comparison. A determination is made whether the object is in motion in accordance with the signal comparison. The determination whether the object is in motion is made in accordance with a continuous fluctuation of the second radio frequency signal. A determination whether the object is no longer in motion is made in accordance with an ending of the continuous fluctuation of the second radio frequency signal.12-20-2012
20110006882LPRF DEVICE WAKE UP USING WIRELESS TAG - A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver, and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.01-13-2011
20110037569COVERING AND/OR SEALING FOIL FOR A PACK AND METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE OPEN STATE OF A PACK - The invention relates to a covering and/or sealing foil for a pack, in particular blister pack, configured to seal at least one filling compartment and to enable access to the filling compartment by separation and/or tearing, wherein the film, in particular in the region of the filling compartment, has a predetermined electroconductive property, which can be contacted for electronic evaluation and, as a reaction to the separation or tearing, undergoes a change that can be evaluated, wherein the electroconductive property influences the oscillation frequency of an electrical frequency generator unit which is formed on the foil and the frequency generator unit is configured to cooperate with an antenna which is formed on the foil by means of an antenna strip conductor in such a way that the antenna and/or an associated electrical capacitance causes electrical energy to be supplied to the frequency generator unit and the frequency generator unit modulates an antenna signal of the antenna by means of the oscillation frequency.02-17-2011
20110037568RFID READER, RFID TAG, AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are an RFID reader, an RFID tag, and a controlling method thereof. The RFID tag may include a state information generator to generate state information of the RFID tag, a receiver to receive an activation command including reference state information of the RFID tag, and a controller to activate the RFID tag based on the state information and the reference state information. The RFID tag may be selectively activated according to an inner state of the RFID tag.02-17-2011
20110037567FREQUENCY SELECTIVE SURFACE AIDS TO THE OPERATION OF RFID PRODUCTS - The present invention is directed to systems that use frequency selective surfaces (FSS) to aid in the operation of radio frequency identification (RFID) devices and products. In one embodiment, a system for interrogating radio frequency identification (RFID) tags includes a conveyor belt and an RFID reader. The conveyor belt has a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is configured to receive an item to which an RFID tag is affixed and the second surface is configured to slide on a metal slide plate. The RFID reader is configured to transmit instructions embodied in a radio frequency (RF) signal to the RFID tag, wherein the metal slide plate is positioned between the RFID reader and the RFID tag and comprises a frequency selective surface that is substantially transparent to the RF signal.02-17-2011
20120268250RFID DEVICE WITH WIDE AREA CONNECTIVITY - Methods and apparatus relating to a radio frequency identification device (RFID) with wide-area connectivity are provided. In an example, a real-time location (RTL) monitoring device is provided. The RTL monitoring device includes a first radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag and an RFID interrogator configured to interrogate the first RFID tag and a second RFID tag. A long-range wireless transceiver is coupled to the RFID interrogator, and configured to communicate RFID data. The first RFID tag, the RFID interrogator, and the long-range wireless transceiver can be collocated in an enclosure separate from the second RFID tag. The RTL monitoring device is configured to aggregate a plurality of responses from the first and second RFID tags, and to communicate the aggregated RFID data with a second device, such as a satellite, a base station, and/or an eNodeB device.10-25-2012
20120268253Systems and Methods to Determine Motion Parameters Using RFID Tags - Systems and methods to determine motion parameters of physical objects using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags attached to the objects. In one embodiment, a method implemented in a radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes determining a motion parameter of the RFID tag based on detecting a Doppler frequency shift in a radio frequency signal received from the RFID tag.10-25-2012
20090195358RFID System With A Mobile RFID Reader - An RFID system includes a pair of guide tracks located on opposite boundaries of at least one zone. A channel is movably attached to the guide tracks and is configured to move along the guide tracks through the at least one zone. A mobile RFID reader is movably attached to the channel and the mobile RFID reader is paused at a plurality of read points to scan for RFID tags located. The read points are determined by an arrangement of a plurality of hexagonal areas which are grouped together to create a combined area, where the combined area is aligned with the predefined area to define locations of the plurality of hexagonal areas, and where substantially central locations of each hexagonal area represent the plurality of read points.08-06-2009
20090284350DETECTION TARGET IDENTIFYING/POSITION ESTIMATING SYSTEM, ITS METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Information from one or more transmitters installed in a detection object area is received. The reception feature value of when a detection object is present in a predetermined position of the detection object area is measured. A reception pattern of when the detection object is present in the predetermined position is formed. The reception pattern is compared with reference reception patterns, and the presence position corresponding to the reference reception pattern most approximate to the reception pattern is acquired from a reference reception pattern database where the presence positions of the detection object and the reference reception patterns of when the detection object is present in the presence positions are associated with one another. The presence position of the detection object is estimated according to the acquired presence position. The estimated presence position of the detection object is associated with received detection object identification information.11-19-2009
20110215909STRUCTURE INCLUDING AT LEAST TWO INTEGRATED MICROCIRCUIT DEVICES WITH CONTACTLESS COMMUNICATION - A structure including at least two separate integrated microcircuit devices with contactless communication, each including at least one chip and at least one antenna, said at least two integrated microcircuit devices being placed in or on the structure such that any simultaneous reading of more than one of the integrated microcircuit devices by an external reader is impossible in at least one position of the structure relative to the external reader.09-08-2011
20120326842System and Method for Extending Range of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Signal Communications - Systems and methods for extending the range of radio frequency identification (RFID) signal communications, including related sensing systems, are disclosed. In one embodiment, the system facilitates wireless communications between a RFID reader device and RFID transponder device and includes an extender circuit. The extender circuit includes a first tank circuit including a first inductor connected in parallel with a first capacitor between first and second nodes, and a second tank circuit including a second inductor connected in parallel with a second capacitor between third and fourth nodes. The extender circuit includes a first connection including a resistor, the first connection linking the first and third nodes, and a second connection between the second and fourth nodes, where the second and fourth nodes are at or substantially at a common voltage. In at least some additional systems, the extender circuit is implemented in combination with an RFID reader or transponder device.12-27-2012
20120326843DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS AND DEVICE CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a device control apparatus includes an acquisition module and a display controller. The acquisition module is configured to obtain information about an external input terminal of a device connected to a network from the device. The display controller is configured to display the information obtained by the acquisition module in such a manner that the information corresponds to the external input terminal.12-27-2012
20120326844RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG EVENT OCCURRENCE DETECTION, REPORTING, AND MONITORING, AND RELATED RFID READERS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - Disclosed herein are radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag event occurrence detection, generation, and monitoring. Related components, RFID readers, systems, and methods are also disclosed. The RFID tags are configured to sense an event(s) that occurred in the RFID tag or in proximity thereto. In response, the RFID tags are configured to set an event occurrence indicator(s) in a memory of the RFID tag indicating the occurrence of the sensed event(s). A RFID reader is configured to perform a query of a population of RFID tags in communication range to detect which RFID tags have a set event occurrence indicator(s), so a RFID reader can then specifically communiate with RFID tags that experienced an event(s) to request and service the event(s) type without having to perform those same operations for the entire RFID tag population. The RFID reader can be configured to take desired actions based on detection of events.12-27-2012
20120126947INTERACTIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECORDING AND PLAYING DATA - An interactive method for recording and playing data is implemented using an interactive system including a recording and playing unit, a processing unit, an RFID reader, and a memory. The method includes: a) configuring the processing unit to receive a record/stop request signal; b) configuring the processing unit to determine whether to activate the RFID reader; c) configuring the processing unit to activate the RFID reader for RFID tag reading when the processing unit determines to activate the RFID reader in step b); d) configuring the RFID reader to read a first RFID tag and to send a first identification code to the processing unit; e) configuring the processing unit to control the recording and playing unit to record data so as to generate recorded data; and f) configuring the processing unit to store the recorded data in the memory using the first identification code as an index.05-24-2012
20090160610PSEUDORANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR - One embodiment of the invention includes a pseudorandom number generator (PRNG) for generating pseudorandom numbers for a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The PRNG includes an analog portion configured to generate a pseudorandom number seed having a value that varies based on sampling a received RF signal. A digital portion is configured to generate a pseudorandom number based on the pseudorandom number seed generated by the analog portion.06-25-2009
20120081211Apparatus and Method for Supporting and Shielding a Wireless Device - A receptacle for supporting a transponder on a support structure includes a housing having a first housing portion securable to the transponder and a second housing portion securable to the support structure. The first housing portion is pivotally secured to the second housing portion. The first housing portion and second housing portion include a shield for attenuating the transmission of electromagnetic signals. The first housing portion has a first position wherein the first housing portion and second housing portion form a chamber for enclosing the transponder and restricting the transmission of electromagnetic signals from the chamber. The first housing portion has a second position wherein the first housing portion and the transponder are displaced from the second housing portion thereby opening the chamber and exposing the transponder to permit the transmission of electromagnetic signals to and from the transponder.04-05-2012
20120081210PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A portable electronic device having a power supply unit and an IC chip that conducts wireless communication with a reader/writer and operates when power is supplied from the power supply unit includes a first determining unit that determines whether or not the portable electronic device, in a state in which the IC chip is operating moved, according to a result of detection by a sensor to detect movement, a second determining unit that determines whether or not a signal from an opposing device equipped with the reader/writer was received, and a power control unit that conducts control to allow a state in which power is supplied to the IC chip from the power supply unit when the first determining unit determines that the portable electronic device did not move and the second determining unit determines that the signal was received.04-05-2012
20120081209SYSTEM FOR SELECTING RESOURCES ACCESSIBLE TO A MOBILE DEVICE SERVER - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium operating in a mobile device server having computer instructions to execute a web server application at the mobile device server. The web server application can be operable to cause the mobile device server to detect a media resource center, to transmit a pairing key to the media resource center, and to receive authorization from the media resource center to pair with one or more resources selected by the media resource center according to the pairing key. The web server application can be further operable to identify a location of the one or more resources, to select a software application according the location of at least one of the resources, and to execute the software application in the portable communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.04-05-2012
20100231358AFFIXED AND AFFIXABLE PRODUCT INFORMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A product information system and method are provided. A container or label, for example, can include an information system that includes stored product information, a speaker, and an activation mechanism that makes audible the product information. The foregoing can be provided for medication and medical device packaging, as well with other types of packaging, devices, and products.09-16-2010
20100231359System and Method for Information Service Using Network - Disclosed is an information providing system using a network. The information providing system comprises a tag for transmitting a tag identification code, a mobile communication terminal for receiving the tag identification code through a first network, generating map request data and transmitting the map request data together with the tag identification code, a first computer for transmitting the tag identification code and the map request data, which are received from the mobile communication terminal through a third network, through a second network, a third computer for providing map data through the second network, and a second computer for receiving the tag identification code and the map request data through the second network, receiving the map data from the third computer, and transmitting the map data to the first computer. The first computer transmits the map data to the mobile communication terminal through the third network.09-16-2010
20100231357RFID ANTENNA SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - The present disclosure relates to an RFID (Radio frequency identification) antenna system and control method of the same, wherein the system includes a first antenna group including a plurality of first antennas, a second antenna group including a plurality of second antennas, a reader transmitting a transmission-only command to the first antenna group so that the first antenna group functions as a transmission-only antenna transmitting information request data to an RFID tag, and receiving object data included in the tag transmitted in opposition to the information request data through the second antenna group, and a data processing server receiving a plurality of object data transmitted to the reader via the plurality of second antenna for use in data processing.09-16-2010
20110260835METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF TAGGING OBJECTS AND READING TAGS COUPLED TO OBJECTS - Methods and systems of tagging objects and reading tags coupled to objects. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising a reading antenna, a tag reader coupled to the reading antenna, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag comprising a tag antenna electromagnetically coupled to the reading antenna. The RFID tag couples to an object such as the body of a living organism or a metallic article. Moreover, the tag antenna has a far-field radiation pattern in a direction away from the object that is substantially unaffected by proximity of the RFID tag to the object, and substantially unaffected by which surface of the RFID tag faces the object.10-27-2011
20110273272System And Method To Determine Sterilization Of A Device - A system and method for verifying the occurrence of an environmental condition is disclosed. Rather than store information concerning the occurrence and/or success of the sterilization process, the present invention modifies the wireless transmission characteristics of the device. In some embodiments, the bandwidth of the wireless transceiver is altered as a result of undergoing sterilization. In other embodiments, the resonance frequency of the circuit is affected. In other embodiments, one or more of these parameters are affected based on other environmental conditions, such as shock or vibration.11-10-2011
20120326845VEHICLE ACTIVITY MODULE - Systems and methods are disclosed for maintaining security and data gathering for a number of vehicles. The systems include a vehicle activity module for each of the vehicles. The vehicle activity module has a wireless transmitter, a storage device, at least one sensor for receiving event information from identification devices, such as RFID cards, keypads, magnetic ID cards, and the like, a releasable key container, and a processor for accessing and analyzing information. The VAMs are wirelessly connected to a computer system. The VAMs control access to the keys, monitor information relating to access, and to store and transmit information relating to sales events, non-sales events, and intrusion events. The VAMs are capable of autonomous operation, without the need to access the computer system to verify event information. The VAMs further include signal attenuating mechanisms to facilitate use of “smart keys.”12-27-2012
20110279235RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG AND INTERROGATOR FOR SUPPORTING NORMAL MODE AND SECURE MODE, AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag and an interrogator that support a normal mode and a secure mode, and operating methods thereof are provided. The RFID tag may notify the interrogator of whether a current operating mode of the RFID tag is the normal mode or the secure mode, may perform different inventory processes based on the current operating mode, and may perform an authentication of the interrogator. Here, the RFID tag and the interrogator may also perform a mutual authentication.11-17-2011
20110285507Tamper Detection RFID Tape - A wrapping material includes a sheet of non-rigid material; a first substantially planar RFID that is attached to the sheet of non-rigid material, the first RFID having a main body and a closed-loop conductor extending from the main body of the first RFID; and a second substantially planar RFID is attached to the sheet, the second RFID having a main body and a closed-loop conductor extending from the main body of the second RFID; and wherein the closed-loop conductor of the first RFID is arranged relative to the closed-loop conductor of the second RFID such that all straight lines that lie between the first RFID and the second RFID and that do not intersect the main body of the first RFID or the second RFID intersect the closed-loop conductor of the first RFID and/or the second RFID.11-24-2011
20120092135WIRELESS BED LOCATING SYSTEM - A system includes a unit having associated therewith first identification (ID) data. The unit is mountable to a room wall and has a first transmitter that transmits the first ID data wirelessly. The system also includes a hospital bed having associated therewith second ID data. The hospital bed is spaced from the unit and has a wireless receiver that receives the first ID data transmitted by the unit. The hospital bed has a second transmitter that transmits the first ID data and the second ID data wirelessly.04-19-2012
20120092134DETERMINING ITEM LOCATION WITHIN A SPACE BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) READERS AND TAGS - The present disclosure describes a system, methods and apparatus for determining location of an item within a space. Each particular item is associated with a particular Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) item tag that uniquely identifies the particular item. A plurality of fixed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers are provided in the space, and each of the fixed RFID readers is fixed at a particular known location within the space. Each of the fixed RFID readers can transmit an interrogation signal. Upon receiving a first interrogation signal from one of the fixed RFID readers, a first RFID item tag transmits a response signal. The first fixed RFID reader receives the response signal transmitted by the first RFID item tag, and can therefore determine that the first RFID item tag is located within a read range of the first fixed RFID reader.04-19-2012
20120092133PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a portable electronic apparatus which generates random number and makes response at timing associated with the generated random number, including, a reception unit which receives initial response request from external device, recognition unit which recognizes total time frame number set in external device based on initial response request received by reception unit, random number generation unit which generates random number, communication detection unit which detects communication performed in another portable electronic apparatus, determination unit which monitors one time frame by using communication detection unit based on total time frame number recognized by recognition unit and random number generated by random number generation unit, and determines whether response to initial response request is to be transmitted to external device based on detection result obtained by communication detecting unit, and transmission unit which transmits response to external device based on determination result obtained by determination unit.04-19-2012
20120092132TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tracking apparatus (04-19-2012
20090058611WEARABLE DEVICE - A wearable device is worn by a person participating in an event in which a plurality of other people are participating and wearing other wearable devices. The wearable device includes a request unit for transmitting a request signal to other wearable devices that are in a predetermined range, and receiving a response to the request signal from each of the other wearable devices, and a communication unit for determining, with use of the received responses, one or more of the other wearable devices to be a communication partner, and performing data communication with the determined one or more other wearable devices. The data received in the communication is data collected by the one or more other wearable devices determined to be communication partners, and the data is used as a profile component when creating a profile of the event.03-05-2009
20120286935UNPOWERED WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Devices, methods, and systems for wireless transmission of data from unpowered sensor nodes are presented. An unpowered sensor node includes a sensor, a first antenna for receiving an interrogation signal from a remote source, an up-converting frequency mixer, and a second antenna for transmitting a modulated output signal. A remote sensor interrogation unit generates and transmits the interrogation signal; then receives and demodulates the modulated output signal from the sensor nodes. Any type of sensor that generates an oscillatory signal can operate without a local power source. For a sensor that generates a non-oscillatory signal, the sensor node includes a low-power signal conditioning unit to convert the signal to an oscillatory signal. The sensor node may include an energy harvester such as a photocell to power the signal conditioning unit. A low-cost network of unpowered sensor nodes may be interrogated by a single interrogation unit using a multiplexing scheme.11-15-2012
20120133490Communications Between Multiple Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Connected Tags And One Or More Devices, And Related Systems And Methods - Protocols, systems, and methods are disclosed for two or more RFID tags to communicate with each other and a device using direct connections. A disclosed system includes a first RFID tag, a second RFID tag, and a device. The first and second RFID tags are configured to mate to each other and directly exchange information. The second RFID tag is further configured to directly exchange information with the device such that information received directly at the second RFID tag from the first RFID tag may then be directly exchanged with the device. The first RFID tag may send a first tag identification directly from the first RFID tag to the second RFID tag. The second RFID tag may then send a first acknowledgement to the first RFID tag if the first tag identification was correctly received by the second RFID tag.05-31-2012
20100033308ARRANGEMENT FOR DOCUMENTING THE STATUS OF REMOVABLE PARTS ON BOARD AN AIRCRAFT - A system for documenting the status of removable parts on board an aircraft, in which at least some of the removable parts are provided with a passive storage to which and from which data can be read in a contactless manner, includes at least one reading device for contactlessly reading data from the passive storage means is provided on board the aircraft, at least one central memory on board the aircraft for storing or archiving the data which have been read from the passive storage by the at least one reading device which is connected to means for acquiring operating or flight data of the aircraft and a transmitting device on board the aircraft for transmitting the data from the central memory to a memory located outside the aircraft.02-11-2010
20120139709RFID NETWORK CONTROL AND REDUNDANCY - In accordance with embodiments of the invention, RFID network control devices (RNCDs) are provided wherein RFID traffic signals from any one of multiple RFID readers may be routed to any of the RFID antennas coupled to the RNCD. Each reader coupled directly or indirectly to the RNCD, either through its own action or the action of the external host controller managing the reader, may issue commands to the RNCD, over the same cable used to carry RFID traffic signals, and cause the RNCD to set its internal switch configuration such that a channel is established for RFID traffic signals between that reader and a particular RFID antenna coupled to the RNCD. This may include commands from the reader or external host controller which place other intervening RNCD units in a bypass state so as to establish the required communications channel with a minimum of signal strength loss.06-07-2012
20120139708Wireless Hand Gesture Capture - In exemplary implementations of this invention, finger and hand gestures are tracked using passive RFID tags. The RFID tags include sensors, and/or can accommodate sensor signals from adjacent sensors. An RFID reader is worn by the user. The tags may be housed in rings worn on a user's fingers, or may be located in other locations on a user's body or clothing. The RFID system may transmit in the UHF range. The sensors may include inertial sensors and proximity sensors. For example, the proximity sensors may be magnetic sensors, capacitive sensors, sensors that detect electrical contact, sensors that detect signal strength, sensors that detect detuning of resonant tags, and other sensors that measure distance or contact between two objects.06-07-2012
20120139707SUPPORTED RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG - A supported RFID tag that positions the antenna of the RFID tag away from an object identified by the tag. In one form, the support includes a flat, relatively rigid sheet and a bumper. The antenna of the RFID tag is supported by one end of the flat sheet and a hole is located in the other end. When tightly attached to an object via the hole, the bumper causes the antenna portion to be positioned away from the object. In another form, a semi-rigid support is rotated into a cylinder or truncated cone. The antenna portion of the RFID tag is positioned such that when the support sheet is attached to an object, at least the antenna portion is positioned away from the object. In another form, the inner surfaces of the opposed ends of the semi-rigid support sheet create a loop.06-07-2012
20120139706Systems and Methods for Providing Modulation of Switchmode RF Power Amplifiers - Systems and methods are provided for generating an amplitude modulation signal to a switchmode power amplifier. A DC to DC switch is configured to receive a DC input voltage and to provide a DC output voltage. A low dropout regulator is configured to provide the amplitude modulation signal according to a modulation control signal received by the low dropout regulator. A control circuit is configured to establish a nominal operating power level for the power amplifier via the amplitude modulation signal and to maintain a minimum voltage difference between the DC output voltage and the low dropout regulator output. A modulator control circuit is configured to provide the modulation control signal to the low dropout regulator. The modulator control circuit provides the transition from a high amplitude to a low amplitude and a transition from the low amplitude to the high amplitude at configurable first and second slopes, respectively.06-07-2012
20130009749METHOD OF NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IMPLEMENTED IN-PART WITH ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A regional surveillance system includes a plurality of local geo-tagged surveillance systems each of which is associated with a predetermined virtual neighborhood. The surveillance systems wirelessly communicate alarm or incident indicating messages, along with neighborhood defining indicia to a common control unit. The common control unit evaluates the incoming messages, and responsive to predetermined criteria, determines which members of a plurality of subscribers should be notified by an alarm or incident indicating message. Once the appropriate subscribers receive the message(s) then a determination can be made as to which, if any, non-subscribers should be notified.01-10-2013
20130009753Radio tag sensor system and method for calibrating same - A radio tag sensor system includes a plurality of radio tag sensor chips, which incorporate respective sensors, store unique identification numbers, a plurality of micro base stations, and a central processing unit which perform communications with the micro base stations via a connection network. Each of the micro base stations performs wireless communications with and wirelessly supplies electric power to only those of the radio tag sensor chips which are disposed in an assigned region thereof. Each of the assigned regions includes at least one radio tag sensor chip which is not included in the other assigned regions. The central processing unit controls the communications via the connection network. The central processing unit collects the sensed values from sensors of the radio tag sensor chips through the micro base stations, generates a spatial distribution map of the sensed values, and updates the spatial distribution map with time.01-10-2013
20130009751METHOD FOR UPDATING FIRMWARE AND COMMUNICATION UNIT - A judgment apparatus includes a storage configured to store first reference data representing data that a detector should output in a first area when a detection target passed the first area, and second reference data representing data that the detector should output in the first area when the detection target passed a second area being different from the first area; and a processor to perform processes of: obtaining data from the detector outputting, in a time-series manner, data according to a detection condition of the detection target passing the first area or the second area; judging a degree of similarity between data obtained by the obtaining and the first and second reference data stored in the storage; and judging whether or not the detection target passed the first area, based on the judgment result by the judging the degree of similarity.01-10-2013
20130009750TAG HAVING A SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP AND METHOD OF ATTACHMENT TO ARTICLE - An application specific integrated circuit chip includes capacitors and antennas. The antennas receive energy from an outside source, and charge capacitors on the chip in order to provide power to the chip itself. The chip in turn communicates by antenna to outside receivers for the purposes of identification of the chip and hence a bag or article to which it is attached. The chip is attached to its article by means of glue which is in turn applied by an applicator which shoots the chip and the glue against the article.01-10-2013
20130015956DISPENSER USE MONITOR - A dispenser use monitor provides a housing configured to be removably attached to a portable dispenser, such as a soap dispenser. The housing includes a controller that stores one or more reference ID codes that match the tag ID codes associated with each of one or more data tags. The data tags are used to identify predetermined areas in which the portable dispenser is to be used. Thus, as the use monitor is brought into proximity with each data tag, indicating that the portable dispenser has been used in the associated area, the use monitor validates the reference ID codes if it matches the tag ID code of the particular data tag. In addition, an indicator displays the remaining number of reference ID codes that have not been validated, thereby providing a reminder to the user of the portable dispenser of the progress of their job completion.01-17-2013
20130015955METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SECURE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGAANM Luong; FrancisAACI HerndonAAST VAAACO USAAGP Luong; Francis Herndon VA US - An approach is provided for securing information stored on a radio frequency identification tag. An apparatus includes a radio frequency identification tag having a first state in which a carrier signal from a reader does not activate the radio frequency identification tag and a second state in which the carrier signal from a reader does activate the radio frequency identification tag to allow retrieval of information stored on the radio frequency identification tag by the reader.01-17-2013
20110140857Techniques for Performing Actions Based Upon Physical Locations of Paper Documents - According to one set of embodiments, techniques are provided for performing actions based upon physical locations of one or more paper documents. According to another set of embodiments, techniques are provided for tracking the physical locations of paper documents. According to another set of embodiments, techniques are provided for determining electronic document information for paper documents. According to another set of embodiments, techniques are provided for determining and tracking the contents of a container. According to another set of embodiments, a document security system is provided. According to another set of embodiments, techniques are provided for tracking documents in a workflow.06-16-2011
20110133900Radio-Based Activation and Deactivation of a Zero-Energy Standby Mode of Automation Systems - A method for radio-based activation and deactivation of a zero-energy standby mode of automation components, wherein a passive unit of the automation component receives a radio signal, energy transmitted with the radio signal is converted into energy for actuating an electronic switch, and the energy supplied to a functional unit of the automation component is interrupted or restored by the actuation of the electronic switch such that the functional unit of the automation component is activated or deactivated.06-09-2011
20110133894PASSIVE TRANSPONDER FOR AN RFID SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF TRANSMITTING DATA FROM/TO A DATA SOURCE OF SUCH A PASSIVE TRANSPONDER - A passive transponder includes an antenna, an antenna oscillator circuit and a data source. The antenna oscillator circuit is configured to operate at a first resonant frequency or at a second resonant frequency, depending on reception of energy at the transponder or on a data transmission from/to the data source.06-09-2011
20110133890METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING THE SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (SNR) OF A BACKSCATTER SIGNAL RECEIVED FROM A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG - A method and device enables improving a signal to noise ratio (SNR) of a backscatter signal received from a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The method includes generating a continuous wave (CW) carrier signal at the reader device (step 06-09-2011
20110156880SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A COMPUTER SYSTEM - A system and method for customizing a computer system is disclosed herein. The computer system includes a controller and a storage device connected thereto. A software package having a plurality of modules is installed on the storage device. A reader is installed in the computer system. An identifier is placed on the computer system at least in dose proximity to the reader such that it is readable by the reader. The identifier corresponds to at least one of the plurality of modules such that, when the identifier is read by the reader at an initial boot up of the computer system, one or more modules automatically activates on the computer system and the computer system displays customized images.06-30-2011
20110156879COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Setting and operation of a TV, a mobile terminal, and the like are extremely complex to an ordinary user. Even when part of the setting and operation is automatically done, still a change needs to be performed so as to meet the needs of the user according to a use status. In view of this, a RFID tag (06-30-2011
20110156878SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TIMING SERVICES AND DME AIDED MULTILATERATION FOR GROUND SURVEILLANCE - The present invention utilizes the existing DME transponder system infrastructure to augment existing ground surveillance multilateration (MLAT) capabilities by providing additional measurements for determining the position of an aircraft equipped with a DME transponder. DME listeners receive DME interrogation signals and DME reply signals, determine TDOA between the DME transponder and each DME listener, and transmit data to a central computer that clusters TDOAs between the DME transponder and the DME listeners and computes the aircraft position using the clustered TDOAs. The DME-aided MLAT can be used as a backup surveillance system when GNSS-based systems are unavailable. The DME-aided MLAT can be integrated with SSR receive units (RUs) performing multilateration (MLAT) calculations.06-30-2011
20110156877APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING REFRIGERATED CONTAINERS - An apparatus (06-30-2011
20110156876Method and Device for Recognizing Functional States in RFID or Remote Sensor Systems - A method for recognizing time-variable functional states, e.g., in the course of a programming process, in RFID systems is disclosed, which includes at least one transponder or remote sensor and at least one base station, which transmits data and/or power to the transponder or sensor by a carrier signal. According to the invention, after a specified process state is attained at least one confirmation symbol is transmitted by the transponder or sensor to the base station. As a result, no unfavorable “worst case” scenario has to be provided for chronologically controlling time-variable processes because the base station is able to clearly recognize the beginning and end of the process, as well as the state thereof. RFID systems or remote sensor systems can thus be controlled more quickly and more reliably, resulting especially in reduced costs.06-30-2011
20110156875Apparatus for and Method of Processing Data - An apparatus for processing data includes a plurality of signal processing units, each signal processing unit including a register that stores identification (ID) information to store a parameter, the signal processing units operative to sequentially perform an operation of storing the parameter or an operation of processing a signal in response to a mode control signal; a storage unit; a data reading unit that selectively reads parameter information or processing data from the storage unit; a data writing unit that selectively writes data corresponding to a data signal output by each of the signal processing units in the storage unit; and a control unit that outputs the mode control signal to each of the signal processing units. During the operation of storing the parameter, when the data signal corresponds to the ID information, each of the signal processing units writes a parameter included in the data signal in the register.06-30-2011
20110156874RFID Tags, RFIG Transmission Methods And RFID Devices - A radio frequency identification tag for multi-path transmission is provided, including: a plurality of antennas, receiving a wireless signal transmitted by a reader and generating an antenna signal, respectively, and backscattering an encoded and modulated backscatter signal to the reader, in which the polarizations of the plurality of antennas are different; a demodulator, demodulating the antenna signal, to generate a plurality of demodulated signals corresponding to the antenna signal; a signal processor, selecting one of the plurality of demodulated signals or combining the plurality of demodulated signals for processing according to characteristics of the plurality of the demodulated signals to read data and generating a backscatter signal; and a space-time code encode and modulator, encoding and modulating the backscatter signal according to a space-time code to generate the encoded and modulated backscatter signal.06-30-2011
20110156873RFID SYSTEM HAVING MULTI-SUBSCRIPTION FUNCTION AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - An RFID system having a multi-subscription function, an RFID tag and an operation method thereof are provided. The RFID tag includes an RFID tag antenna, a tag storage unit, a sensor and a tag controller. The RFID tag antenna communicates with the RFID reader or the user terminal. The tag storage unit stores receives and stores user information transmitted from users. The sensor collects information on an object or environment to which the RFID tag is attached under the control of the tag controller. The tag controller classifies and arranges sensor information collected by the sensor for the user information of each user to generate tag information and transmits the generated tag information to the user terminal corresponding to the user information06-30-2011
20110156871FREQUENCY CALIBRATING - Disclosed are a device and a method for calibrating a frequency of a transponder applicable to an RFID system. The device may comprises: a pulse generating unit configured to generate a sequence of pulses based on a PIE symbol sequence from an interrogator of the RFID system; a counting unit configured to count clock cycles of a clock signal based on the generated pulses, wherein the transponder operates based on the clock signal; and a calibrating unit configured to calibrate a frequency of the clock signal towards a target frequency based on a comparison of the counted number of clock cycles with a reference number associated with the target frequency.06-30-2011
20110156870METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOCATING A HAND-HELD TERMINAL - Disclosed herein is a system for and method of determining the location of an RFID reader, the system comprising: a plurality of transmitters having a known reference point. Each transmitter includes a circuit for transmitting a sequence of unique RFID pseudo tag signals. Each unique RFID pseudo signal in the sequence has a unique range of transmission. Each unique RFID pseudo tag in the sequence has a tag identification indicating the range of transmission of the pseudo tag signal and a transmitter identification value indicating the transmitter from which the pseudo tag signal was transmitted. An RFID reader receives the unique RFID pseudo tag signals and distinguishes between each received unique RFID pseudo tag signal. A location calculator calculates the location of the RFID reader based on the range of transmission indicated in the tag identification and the location obtainable from the transmitter identification value of the unique RFID pseudo tags received by the RFID reader.06-30-2011
20110156869ADAPTIVE MULTI-SENSOR HANDHELD COMPUTING DEVICE - A handheld computing system for adaptive multi-sensor, a manipulator grip and its method is provided. A system includes: sensor systems for sensing characteristics of a physical object, the characteristics including at least one identifier; and a distance analyzer for dynamically determining the activation of at least one of the sensor systems based on a distance to the object and pre-determined criteria. A system includes: capturing systems for capturing characteristics of a physical object, the characteristics including an identifier and one or more attributes for contributing to identification of the object; a display for displaying the object's image, having an analysis field; and a zoom for placing a specific captured characteristic of the object in the analysis field. A method of capturing and identifying a physical object includes: capturing characteristics of the object via an optical path, a radio frequency path or a combination thereof, the characteristics including an identifier and one or more attributes for contributing to identification of the object; evaluating one or more available captured characteristics; and validating the identifier based on the evaluation. A handheld ergonomic data input device for operating a handheld computing device having a sensor, includes: an enclosure having a grip surface contoured to fit the palm of a user's hand and a support surface for mounting the device; a detection mechanism for detecting the movement of the fingers, including: a rocking switch having at least two states and operated by the first and second fingers; a single state switch operated by a third finger; and a squeeze switch operated by squeezing the grip with the hand. A handheld computing unit includes: a handheld computing device including: capturing systems for capturing characteristics including an identifier and one or more attributes for contributing to identification of the object; a processor for adaptively selecting the capturing system and validating the identifier with one or more available captured characteristics, a manipulator grip shaped for fitting the palm of a user's hand, for operating the handheld computing device with the hand, the manipulator grip including: a mounting surface for mounting the device; an entry mechanism operated by the hand; and an interface for transferring a signal associated with the operation of the entry mechanism to operate the device.06-30-2011
20130021140Apparatus, System and Method for Extending the Field Area of a Device Equipped with a High-Frequency Reader - A structure for extending the field area of a device equipped with an RF tag reader. The structure can include at least one reader coupling area for inductively coupling with an RF tag reader, and at least one tag coupling area for inductively coupling with an RF tag, wherein the tag coupling area is disposed outside the field area of the RF tag reader, and the reader coupling area is conductively coupled to the tag coupling area such that a signal induced in the reader coupling area by the RF reader creates a signal in the tag coupling area, thereby inducing a signal in the tag, and allowing the RF reader to communicate with the tag.01-24-2013
20130021141METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING ITEMS - A convenient handheld locator is provided for locating an item in an urban environment in which the locator is programmed to search for and locate specific items, with the detected item being displayed on the locator as to its identity or name, also displaying where the item is relative to the locator, as to position and range.01-24-2013
20130021139OPERATION METHOD FOR MOBILE INFORMATION TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS - An operation method for a mobile information transmission system allows an information provider in a selected area to provide a first data to a user. The system includes a first RFID device and a first networking device controlled by the information provider, a second RFID device and a second networking device carried by the user, and a server linking to the first networking device and second networking device respectively. The user reads a first identification code of the first RFID device via the second RFID device, then uploads to the server via the web; next, the server transmits the first data provided by the information provider in a first web space to a second web space of the user for information exchange. Thus information broadcasting scale of the RFID can be expanded to improve information exchange between people.01-24-2013
20130021138METHOD OF EVALUATING STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF A VEHICLE COMPONENT WITH RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS AND SYSTEM FOR SAME - A method of evaluating the structural integrity of a component such as a vehicle component includes receiving signals from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in the component. The signals received are then compared to stored data indicative of sets of signals and that is correlated with different physical conditions of the component. A level of structural integrity of the component is then determined based on the comparison. The RFID tags may be wirelessly activated by an RFID reader to generate the signals. The comparison and determination may be carried out by a processor of an RFID reader. A system for evaluating the structural integrity of a component is also provided.01-24-2013
20120242453ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN RFID SYSTEMS WITH LONG TERM ACTIVE SENSING - The inventive RFID Environmental Monitoring System (RFID_EMS) includes an RFID-based Environmental Monitor and Energy Management Logic for reducing energy consumption in active RFID tags used for long-term active sensing of storage and transit conditions of shipping containers. The RFID-based Environmental Monitor consists of an active RFID tag containing an RF transponder, microcontroller, sensors and associated interface circuitry. The Energy Management Logic provides hardware and software which work together, and consists of executable software or microcontroller logic that monitors and regulates energy use by an RFID tag and associated sensors, and may control the state of specialized peripheral circuits on the tag. By reading the RFID_EMS tag, the invention enables the determination of the condition of precision equipment prior to use, including equipment that requires high readiness after long periods of transit and/or storage.09-27-2012
20080252423Antenna Design and Interrogator System - A series of parallel spaced conductors through which currents are sequentially switched. A spatial relationship of the sequentially switched currents is chosen such that, at different times, tangential and normal magnetic fields are produced at the same location. The conductors are preferably arranged in a planar fashion and the tangential and normal magnetic fields are produced above the planar surface. A single layer of parallel spaced conductors provides substantially two dimensional operations. Adding a second parallel layer of orthogonally oriented parallel spaced conductors provides substantially three dimensional operations where currents are sequentially switched in both layers.10-16-2008
20080252422Method of remote powering and detecting multiple UWB passive tags in an RFID system - A new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), tracking, powering apparatus/system and method using coded Ultra-wideband (UWB) signaling is introduced. The proposed hardware and techniques disclosed herein utilize a plurality of passive UWB transponders in a field of an RFID-radar system. The radar system itself enables multiple passive tags to be remotely powered (activated) at about the same time frame via predetermined frequency UWB pulsed formats. Once such tags are in an activated state, an UWB radar transmits specific “interrogating codes” to put predetermined tags in an awakened status. Such predetermined tags can then communicate by a unique “response code” so as to be detected by an UWB system using radar methods.10-16-2008
20080252421Architecture For Rfid Tag Reader/Writer - An RFID transceiver (10-16-2008
20080252420Rfid System, Gate Arrangement with Rfid System and Method of Detecting Transponders - With an RFID system for communicating between reading units (R10-16-2008
20080252418TRANSPONDER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SUPPLY VOLTAGE - Transponder circuit arrangement having antenna connections for application of a voltage signal, a load-reduction modulation device, which is coupled to the antenna connections and is designed to modulate the applied, unmodulated voltage signal, which is at a first level, and a voltage conversion device, which is coupled to the load-reduction modulation device and is designed to provide a supply voltage, the magnitude of whose level is greater than the first level.10-16-2008
20080238622RFID READER WITH RECEIVER CLOCK DERIVED FROM TRANSMITTER OUTPUT - An RFID reader is operable to receive an inbound RF signal during transmission of an outbound RF signal. The inbound RF signal may be a modulated, backscattered signal from a tag that has substantially the same frequency as the outbound RF signal or at a different frequency from the outbound RF signal. The receiver section of the RFID reader is operable to down convert the inbound RF signal by using a transmitter signal generated by the transmitter section to generate at least one local oscillation signal. The receiver section then processes and digitizes the down converted inbound RF signal to produce an encoded inbound signal.10-02-2008
20080238621MULTI-MODE RFID READER ARCHITECTURE - A multi-mode RFID reader operates in both far field mode and near field mode. The multi-mode RFID reader includes a transmitter section, a receiver section, a transmit multiplexer and a receive multiplexer. Both the transmit multiplexer and the receive multiplexer are configurably coupled to a far field antenna structure and a near field coil structure. For far field operation, the transmit multiplexer provides an up-converted outbound signal to a far field antenna structure and the receive multiplexer provides an inbound signal to a receiver section. For near field operation, the transmit multiplexer provides an up-converted outbound signal to the near field coil structure and the receive multiplexer provides an inbound signal to the receiver section.10-02-2008
20080238619ACTIVE/PASSIVE RFID TAG - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes an antenna section, a power recovery circuit, a signal detection circuit, a processing module, a transmitter section, and a battery. The power recovery circuit generates a power supply voltage from an inbound RFID signal and the signal detection circuit recovers an inbound signal from the inbound RFID signal. The processing module interprets the inbound signal, processes the inbound signal in a first manner when the inbound signal is of a first type, generates a battery enable signal when the inbound signal is of a second type, and processes the inbound signal in a second manner when the inbound signal is of the second type. The battery is coupled to provide a battery voltage to power at least a portion of the RFID tag when the battery enable signal is active.10-02-2008
20080231423Cartridge For Including At Least A RFID Tag And Apparatus For Producing RFID Labels - The apparatus for producing RFID labels comprises a second roll configured by winding a base tape having a plurality of RFID circuit elements arranged with a predetermined arrangement regularity and a plurality of identification marks arranged with a fixed pitch in a tape longitudinal direction; a cartridge holder including a portion to be detected for recording correlation information indicating which of a plurality of predetermined correlations is a relation of the arrangement regularity to the fixed pitch; a feeding roller drive shaft for feeding the base tape supplied from a cartridge attached to the cartridge holder; a loop antenna for transmitting and receiving information by radio communication with the RFID circuit element; and a mark sensor detecting the identification mark of the base tape, and a control circuit acquires the correlation information from the portion to be detected of the cartridge.09-25-2008
20080231421METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF TAGGING OBJECTS AND READING TAGS COUPLED TO OBJECTS - Methods and systems of tagging objects and reading tags coupled to objects. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising a reading antenna, a tag reader coupled to the reading antenna, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag comprising a tag antenna electromagnetically coupled to the reading antenna. The RFID tag couples to an object such as the body of a living organism or a metallic article. Moreover, the tag antenna has a far-field radiation pattern in a direction away from the object that is substantially unaffected by proximity of the RFID tag to the object, and substantially unaffected by which surface of the RFID tag faces the object.09-25-2008
20080231419Non-Contact Id Tag Writing Apparatus - A non-contact ID tag writing apparatus capable of applying high-speed writing to a non-contact ID tag is realized. With a plurality of antennas (09-25-2008
20130169417RFID TAG READER, RFID TAG READING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR PERFORMING RFID TAG READING PROCESS AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An RFID tag reader is disclosed that includes a signal intensity obtaining part configured to obtain signal intensities of a first RFID tag and a second RFID tag that are read at plural read processes, a read-number obtaining part configured to obtain a number of RFID tags, among the first and the second RFID tags, that are read at the same read process, a processing part configured to weight the signal intensity of the first RFID tag obtained by the signal intensity obtaining part based on the number obtained at the corresponding read process, and a selecting part configured to select a read result of the first RFID tag based on the signal intensity of the first RFID tag weighted by the processing part.07-04-2013
20130169413METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AN ITEM BEING REMOVED FROM AN ESTABLISHMENT WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - An electronic article surveillance (EAS) exit portal interrogates a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag affixed to an item that is being removed from the establishment, and attempts to interrogate an EAS pass having an outbound list that stores a set of item identifiers, wherein each item identifier on the outbound list is derived from a RFID tag that is affixed to an item that is authorized for removal. The EAS exit portal detects an unauthorized removal of the item by determining that an item identifier derived from the RFID tag affixed to the item being removed from the establishment is not found on the outbound list of the EAS pass.07-04-2013
20130169414METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) DATA TRANSMISSION - A method and apparatus for obtaining data of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag in a virtual read zone of a non-RFID enabled device. The method comprises determining a location of the non-RFID enabled device, determining a virtual read zone of the non-RFID enabled device using at least the location of the non-RFID enabled device, identifying at least one fixed reader device having an RFID read zone that at least partially includes the virtual read zone, reading data of the RFID tag using the at least one fixed reader device, and transmitting the data of the RFID tag from the at least one fixed reader device to the non-RFID enabled device.07-04-2013
20130141219SYSTEMS AND/OR METHODS OF DATA ACQUISITION FROM A TRANSCEIVER - Systems and/or Methods are disclosed for acquiring data from a transceiver responsive to one or more signals that are received at the transceiver from one or more devices. In one embodiment, a transceiver is configured to transmit a signal responsive to having received a first signal from a first device, wherein the signal that is transmitted by the transceiver is configured to trigger a second device to transmit a second signal. The transceiver is further configured to transmit data responsive to having received the second signal that is transmitted by the second device. In other embodiments, a transceiver is configured to receive a signal from a first device over frequencies of a predetermined frequency band that the first device is authorized to use, to receive a signal from a second device over frequencies of the predetermined frequency band and to transmit data responsive to having received both the signal from the first device and the signal from the second device. The transceiver is further configured to require that both the signal from the first device and the signal from the second device be received at the transceiver before the data is transmitted. Analogous methods are also disclosed.06-06-2013
20080224826RFID Tag Reader and Method for Calibrating RFID Tag Reader - An RFID tag reader having an antenna for communication with an RFID tag, a high frequency circuit for processing a communication signal with the RFID tag, a signal line for connecting the antenna with the high frequency circuit, and an impedance matching circuit for impedance matching between the antenna and the signal line includes: a detection unit for detecting a calibration RFID tag provided in a predetermined reading range; and a calibration unit for calibrating the high frequency circuit or matching circuit so that the calibration RFID tag can be detected by the detection unit.09-18-2008
20080224825Method and Device For Operating a Multifunctional Near-Field Communication Device Supporting Several Data Formats - The present invention relates in the field of power saving battery-operated radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication (NFC) devices and provides a method to operate a multifunctional NFC/RFID device that supports two or more data formats according to respective protocols of respective standards. The method of the invention comprises obtaining context information about the context of said multifunctional near-field communication device, and selecting an operation mode for the multifunctional near-field communication device for communicating with external devices on the basis of said obtained context information. In the method said selected operation mode defines proportionality values for communicating according to said two or more supported data formats according to respective protocols of respective standards. Said operation mode is used to for switching operation of said multifunctional near-field communication device between said two or more supported data formats according to respective protocols of respective standards based on the proportionality values.09-18-2008
20110260836Device and Method for Radio Programming Wireless Terminal Devices - A method and device for radio programming wireless terminal devices, which have a unique radio identification and an optical or acoustic signal device, with a transceiver for radio communication with the terminal devices and a control device connected to the transceiver. The control device is configured for radio programming the terminal devices with a predetermined radio identification via the radio transceiver. The control device is connected with at least one optical or acoustic signal detector and is configured for transmitting a request for emission of an optical or acoustic signal to a terminal device with a predetermined radio identification via the transceiver. The terminal device is radio programmed, only when the signal detector detects an optical or acoustic signal.10-27-2011
20110273276COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD - According to one embodiment, a communication device including: a CPU; a wireless communication module; a radio signal detection module; a power supply circuit. The wireless communication module includes; a receiving module configured to receive a radio signal containing identification information from another device; a storage module configured to pre-store at least one of the identification information; a verification module configured to verify the identification information of the received radio signal against the identification information stored in the storage module; and a notification module configured to notify the CPU when the identification information of the received radio signal corresponds with the identification information stored in the storage module. The radio signal detection module makes a notification to the power supply circuit if the radio signal detection module detects the radio signal. The power supply circuit supplies the operating power to the wireless communication module if the power supply circuit receives the notification.11-10-2011
20110273275LOCATION INFORMATION BASED UPON ELECTRONIC TAGS - A method of producing location information relating to articles (e.g. 11-10-2011
20110273274TRANSCEIVER WHICH REMOVES PHASE NOISE - A transceiver is provided. The transceiver includes a transmission portion which generates a transmission signal; an antenna which transmits the transmission signal and receives a reception signal; a signal division element which receives the transmission signal from the transmission portion and inputs the received transmission signal to the antenna for transmission, and receives the reception signal received by the antenna; an extraction signal adjusting portion which extracts the transmission signal from the signal division element, and adjusts a phase of the extracted signal to generate an output signal; and a receiving portion which receives the reception signal from the signal division element, and applies the output signal from the extraction signal adjusting portion to the reception signal.11-10-2011
20110273273Methods and Apparatus of a Multi-Frequency RFID System - Methods and apparatus of a RFID system in which multiple frequency bands are utilized are described herein. In one aspect, a dual frequency RFID system consists of dual frequency RFID tags which operate at the first frequency band and the second frequency band, RFID readers which operate at the first frequency band at the first environment, RFID readers which operate at the second frequency band at the second environment; wherein the first environment is supply chain and the second environment is hospital.11-10-2011
20110273271METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENFICATION TAG USING REDUCED SET COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL - A method and tag for decoding a signal received from a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) reader. A signal is received from the RFID reader in which the signal has a series of pulses. A time frame between receipt of two consecutive pulses is measured to determine whether the pulses represent zero bits or one bits. A total pulse duration is calculated in which the total pulse duration represents a sum of the measured time frames for the signal. A command is decoded. The decoding is based on the total duration of the two pulses.11-10-2011
20110273277Electronic Device Capable of Identifying External Antennas and Related External Antenna Module - An external antenna module includes a signal terminal for connecting to an electronic device; an antenna, electrically connected to the signal terminal, for transmitting and receiving corresponding radio signals; and an identification tag unit, coupled to the signal terminal, for generating a specific identification signal.11-10-2011
20110273270PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC AUTHENTICATION AND VALIDATION BY MEANS OF A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION PROTOCOL WITH AN INTEGRATED RFID INTERROGATOR SYSTEM - This invention relates to a physiological sensor which acquires pre-programmed data from an electrode or an electrode array using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The source of the sensor may be authenticated by means of a wireless interface between an RFID transponder affixed to the electrode array, and an RFID interrogator embedded in the patient interface cable. The criteria for use are then verified to ensure that they are met by the electrode array before beginning signal acquisition. If the criteria are not met, a message is provided to the user via the monitor.11-10-2011
20130169416STREAMLINED APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RFID COMMUNICATION - Methods and devices for receiving a data signal transmitted via load modulation, by detecting current supplied in an amplifier feeding the antenna of the device which transmits the carrier signal.07-04-2013
20130176111RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to an RFID system in which an RFID tag has an adjustable detection range. An RFID system according to an embodiment of the present invention includes an RFID reader receiving a signal, reading the signal, and transmitting a command signal; and an RFID tag having unique information, sensing the magnitude of the command signal received from the RFID reader, generating a voltage according to the magnitude, adjusting a tag detection range according to the generated voltage, and transmitting a response signal corresponding to the command signal to the RFID reader.07-11-2013
20130176112SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING SPORT ACTIVITIES - An approach is provided for a system for managing sport activities, which comprises at least one identifier, multiple transceivers and a server. The identifier is configured for inspecting each player in a sport activity, and has a serial number. The transceivers are located in specific spots of the sport activity, and each transceiver comprises a short-range radio signal receiver being configure for reading the serial number of the identifier, and a long-range radio signal transmitter the serial number of identifier and a timestamp when the serial number is obtained. The server is located distant from the sport activity, receives the timestamp and serial number from the transceiver, and uploads the timestamps with the corresponded player.07-11-2013
20130176113WIRELESS BIDIRECTIONAL INFORMATION INTERCHANGE SYSTEM - An RFID enabled information delivery system utilizes readable RFID tags which are attached to particular buildings, utilities, services, products, equipment and/or appliances. A user scans the RFID tag with a handheld device to obtain data unique to that item. That data is wirelessly transmitted from the handheld device to an information clearinghouse server. The information clearinghouse also receives detailed information from the product manufacturers' or service providers' information management system. The information clearinghouse server compares and matches the RFID data to the detailed information and wirelessly transmits the matched item-specific information back to the user's handheld device, thus immediately supplying the user with extensive information relating to the exact building, utility, service, product, equipment and/or appliance. The handheld device is equipped with a software application that graphically and textually displays the expansive and detailed data on a display screen.07-11-2013
20130169415PORTABLE DATA TAG READER DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A LOCATION OF A DATA TAG - A portable data tag method, device and system for identifying a location of a data tag. The method comprises reading the data tag by a portable data tag reader device; determining, by a processor in operative communication with the reader device, a location of the portable data tag reader device; determining, by the processor, a read zone of the portable data tag reader device, relative to the location of the portable data tag reader device; and determining, by the processor, the location of the data tag using the location of the portable data tag reader device and the read zone of the portable data tag reader device.07-04-2013
20130169418ELECTRONIC DEVICE, USER INPUT APPARATUS CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device executing an application through communication with a user input apparatus, the electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes: a communication unit that is configured to communicate with the user input apparatus; an information generation unit that generates information about an exclusive controller that controls the application and is executed in the user input apparatus; and a controller that controls the information generation unit to generate the information about the exclusive controller when the electronic device is paired with the user input apparatus, and controls the communication unit to transmit the generated information about the exclusive controller to the user input apparatus.07-04-2013
20130169419REMOTE CONTROL, REMOTE CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY DEVICE - The remote control device includes a signal transmitting-receiving unit which transmits a request signal requesting information for controlling an electronic device to the electronic device or a relay device which relays the information, and receives information from the electronic device or the relay device; and a control unit which stops operating a signal receiving unit of the signal transmitting-receiving unit during transmission of the request signal, and resumes operating the signal receiving unit again when the transmission of the request signal is completed.07-04-2013
20090261950ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR - A battery powered remote control unit or other ancillary device (10-22-2009
20120249305WIRELESS TAG PROCESSOR - A wireless tag processor includes a radio wave transmitting unit that has plural rows of transmitting part groups each having plural transmitting parts that transmit radio waves, the transmitting parts being aligned along a first direction, and the groups being provided in a second direction crossing the first direction, and that transmits radio waves to a wireless tag provided on a medium, and a control section that makes radio waves be transmitted from plural transmitting parts that is arranged staggered, among two rows of the transmitting parts included in the transmitting part groups that are adjacent to each other in the second direction crossing the first direction, and then, makes radio waves be transmitted from other transmitting parts included in the two rows of transmitting parts.10-04-2012
20120249301VOLTAGE TUNED VARIABLE JAMMER TOLERANCE - Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a mixer circuit at a receiver of an RFID interrogator may operate at a power supply voltage selected based at least in part on a power level of the self-jammer signal. The mixer circuit may operate at a higher power supply voltage if the expected power level of the self-jammer signal is higher, and may operate at a lower power supply voltage if the expected power level of the self-jammer signal is lower.10-04-2012
20130135083ARTICLE-TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING RFID TAGS - A control unit for tracking articles is positioned approximate to a package and communicates with a reader. The control unit includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, a switch, a clock; and a microcontroller. The switch outputs a first control signal to the microcontroller when the package is opened. The microcontroller reads a real-time clock (RTC) signal from the clock according to the first control signal, and transmits an open status signal and the corresponding RTC signal to the RFID tag. The RFID tag feeds back the open status signal and the corresponding RTC signal to an RFID reader.05-30-2013
20130135085TRANSPONDER UNIT, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTACTLESS DATA TRANSMISSION - In various embodiments, a transponder unit for the contactless transmission of modulated data to a reader is provided. The transponder unit may include: a clock generator configured to generate a clock signal and to synchronize the clock signal in a synchronization mode, on the basis of a signal received from the reader; and a modulator configured to take the clock signal from the clock generator as a basis for modulating data; wherein the modulator is configured to send a signal for starting the synchronization mode to the clock generator.05-30-2013
20130113607RFID OBJECT LOCATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A RFID object location system for tracking relative object location for performing analysis and evaluation of game plays. The system includes a ball object containing an embedded RFID tag, one or more readers for tracking and monitoring the location of the ball object during a game play, a client device for collecting relative location data of the ball object, wherein said client device is configured to provide the collected location data to a data center unit, and a data center unit configured to perform analysis and evaluation of games plays based on the relative object location, system determined game play calls and officiated game play calls.05-09-2013
20130113606Passive Wireless Article with Passcode Touch Sensor Array - Mechanisms are provided, in a portable wireless device, for enabling transmission of stored data from the portable wireless device. The portable wireless device receives an interrogation signal requesting that the portable wireless device transmit stored data. The portable wireless device detects, in response to receiving the interrogation signal, a pattern of activated touch sensors on the portable wireless device activated at approximately a same time. The portable wireless device compares the detected pattern of activated touch sensors to a required pattern of activated touch sensors. The portable wireless device transmits the stored data in response to the detected pattern of activated touch sensors matching the required pattern of activated touch sensors.05-09-2013
20130113605Securing Radio-Frequency Identification Systems - In one embodiment, a method includes, by a base station, communicating a challenge to a transponder through a first communication link; and establishing a second communication link with the transponder. The second communication link is a capacitive link. The method also includes receiving a first response to the challenge through the first communication link with the transponder; sampling the second communication link to detect a signal corresponding to a second response to the challenge from the transponder; receiving the second response through the second communication link; and authorizing the transponder based on the first and second responses.05-09-2013
20130093570UTILIZING AN RFID TAG IN MANUFACTURING - Data associated with supply chain events for a manufactured assembly is automatically stored. In preferred embodiments the supply chain events for the manufactured assembly are stored on an RFID tag attached to the assembly as it travels through the supply chain to insure the data concerning the assembly is readily available and not separated from the assembly. In other embodiments, the supply chain events or characteristic data is stored on the RFID tag in a hierarchical structure beginning with the original state of the assembly and with additional entries for each step in the assembly process. In other embodiments, as the product undergoes rework, conversion to a different assembly, or personalizations, the new state of the assembly is stored in the RFID tag. In other preferred embodiments, other information is also stored on the RFID tag such as country of origin, failure data, cycle times and a quality status indicator.04-18-2013
20130093569WIRELESS TAG COMMUNICATION DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - According to one embodiment, a wireless tag communication device detects a communication state between an antenna and a specific wireless tag to be searched, stores a transmission power value obtained if the communication state is better than a predetermined value, reduces transmission power to the wireless tag and, if the communication state is worse than the predetermined value, increases, on the basis of the stored transmission power value, the transmission power to be higher than the transmission power value and performs communication with the wireless tag, and performs resetting on the basis of the stored transmission power value if the communication state further worsens.04-18-2013
20130093568ANTENNA INTERFACE FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION CIRCUIT - Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with radio frequency identification (RFID) circuits are described. According to one embodiment, a radio frequency identification circuit includes an antenna network, including an antenna and an antenna interface coupled to the antenna, wherein the antenna interface includes first and second capacitors, which are coupled in series with the antenna. An integrated circuit includes a first pin and a second pin coupled respectively to a first node and a second node of the second capacitor and configured to operate as a reader and a tag in combination with the antenna network, and an amplifier embedded in the integrated circuit and configured to provide an output admittance determined by a ratio of current and voltage negative feedback signals such that a frequency response of the combined integrated circuit and antenna network is adjustable without increasing power consumption of the RFID when operating as a reader.04-18-2013
20130113610MULTISTATIC ANTENNA CONFIGURATION FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) SYSTEMS - Methods and apparatuses for configuring antennae of radio frequency identification reader systems. In one aspect of an embodiment, a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader system, includes: a receiver; a radio frequency (RF) source for signal transmission; and a switch matrix coupled with the receiver and the radio frequency sources to selectively couple the receiver and the radio frequency source to a plurality of non-collocated antennae. When in a first mode, the switch matrix connects the radio frequency source to a first one of the antennae for signal transmission and the receiver to a second one of the antennae for signal reception; and when in a second mode, the switch matrix connects the first one of the antennae for signal reception and, in one example, the second one or another one of the antennae to the RF source for signal transmission.05-09-2013
20130099896Sensor Location and Tagging System - Methods and systems for determining a location of a device and tagging signals from the device with the location involve receiving, by a plurality of positioning devices, a signal sent by the device; determining, by each of the plurality of positioning devices, respective location information based on the signal; determining, based on the respective location information of each of the plurality of positioning devices, the location of the device; and forming, from the signal, a second signal annotated with the location of the device.04-25-2013
20130099895SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FRIEND IDENTIFICATION - A friend identification that may include: a first array of antennas, wherein main antenna lobes of different antennas of the first array partially overlap to define a first array lobe; wherein a beamwidth of the first array lobe is smaller than a beamwidth of each main antenna lobe of the different antennas of the first array; a transmission circuit arranged to provide to the first array of antennas a radio frequency (RF) interrogation signal; a reception circuit arranged to receive an RF response signal from an entity to be classified as a friend and to provide an electrical representation of the RF response signal; and a processor, arranged to process the electrical representation of the response signal and to determine, based on the electrical representation of the RF response signal, whether the entity is a friend.04-25-2013
20130113609SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSMITTING DATA USING NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATIONS - A data transmission system comprising a data bridge, a reader device, and a network access system. The data bridge comprises an RFID system, a network system, a memory module, and a processor operatively connected between the RFID system and the network system. The data bridge system operates in a first mode using the RFID system and a second mode using the network system. The reader device communicates with the memory module using the RFID system. The network access system communicates with the memory module using the network system.05-09-2013
20130113608METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING MANAGEMENT AND CONFIGURATION OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READERS - A host server may optimize configurations of a set of readers under its control. The server assigns a multicast address to each reader in the set. Once connected, the server sends a multicast message to each reader assigned to the multicast address or to each reader within a given address range. Information in the multicast message is used for configuring or managing polling operations of each reader assigned to the multicast address or each reader within the given address range.05-09-2013
20130127597WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF COMMUNICATION WITHIN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to wireless communication systems, interrogators and methods of communicating within a wireless communication system. One aspect of the present invention provides a wireless communication system including at least one remote communication device configured to communicate a return link wireless signal; an interrogator including: a communication station configured to receive the return link wireless signal and to generate a return link communication signal corresponding to the return link wireless signal; communication circuitry coupled with the communication station and configured to communicate the return link communication signal; and a housing remotely located with respect to the communication station and including circuitry configured to receive the return link communication signal from the communication circuitry and to process the return link communication signal.05-23-2013
20130127596METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A LOCATION OF AN ITEM ATTACHED TO A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - A server in communications with two or more Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers receives information obtained by the two or more RFID readers within a coverage area. The received information is associated with the at least one item tag. The server assigns a predefined number of votes for the at least one item tag to fixed objects on which items attached to item tags are located. The predefined number of votes assigned to each fixed object is based in part on the received information. The server also calculates votes assigned to the fixed objects and determines the location of the at least one item tag to be a fixed object whose votes meet a predefined criterion.05-23-2013
20130141218READER DEVICE FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TRANSPONDER WITH TRANSPONDER FUNCTIONALITY - A reader device for radio frequency identification transponders, which implements enhanced radio frequency identification transponder functionality. The reader device is capable of serving as a radio frequency identification transponder. Such a reader device includes a reader logic unit, a radio/high frequency (RF/HF) interface and an antenna, and is adapted to communicate at least with radio frequency identification transponders in a reader operation mode. The reader device also includes a transponder logic unit that is connected to the reader device and in particular to the radio/high frequency (RF/HF) interface such that the reader device acts as a radio frequency identification transponder in a transponder operation mode. In particular, the transponder logic unit is adapted to communicate with other reader devices for radio frequency identification transponders. The reader device for radio frequency identification transponders can be attached, connected, implemented and/or embedded in electronic device and particularly portable electronic devices, respectively.06-06-2013
20130141216HANDHELD DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for controlling electronic devices using a handheld device, one or more electronic devices are searched in a current location. The method obtains configuration documents of different locations from a storage device of the handheld device, determines a configuration document which has the most quantity or ratio of the searched electronic devices, and obtains an indicating direction of the handheld device. The method further compares the indicating direction of the handheld device with a display direction of each of electronic devices recorded in the determined configuration document, determines a matched electronic device corresponding to the indicating direction of the handheld device, and controls the matched electronic device to perform corresponding functions according to movement data or touch operations of the handheld device.06-06-2013
20130141217BATTERY OPERATED DEVICE AND TAG FOR A BATTERY OPERATED TOOL - A device tag including a housing that includes a first connector structure constructed and arranged to engage with a battery operated device and a second connector structure constructed and arranged to slidingly engage with a battery such that the device tag is provided between the battery operated device and the battery. The device tag also includes an electrical connector carried by the housing and constructed and arranged to provide an electrical connection between the battery operated device and the battery. The device tag further includes an electronic device carried by the housing and constructed and arranged to transmit electrical signals.06-06-2013
20100277281RFID TAG AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME - A RFID tag includes a voltage multiplication unit configured to generate an internal voltage in response to a RF signal inputted through an antenna, a power level detection unit configured to detect a voltage level of the internal voltage to generate a power level detection signal, a memory block, and a memory auxiliary circuit configured to control the memory block in response to the power level detection signal.11-04-2010
20080211631Wireless tag position estimation device, wireless tag communication device, wireless tag position estimation system, wireless tag position estimation method, and wireless tag position estimation program - There is provided a wireless tag position estimation system which includes a wireless tag communication device and a wireless tag position estimation device and estimates a position of an article on which a wireless tag is fitted regardless of an arrangement, an appearance, and a package of the article. The wireless tag communication device includes a unit which irradiates a radiowave from a predetermined position and direction to the wireless tag, and a unit which receives a response signal from the wireless tag with respect to radiowave irradiation. The wireless tag position estimation device includes a unit which estimates information about a specific position and direction which irradiates a radiowave when a response from the wireless tag can be received on the basis of the information received by the wireless tag communication device, and a unit which estimates the position of the wireless tag on the basis of estimated information.09-04-2008
20130187762RFID PROTOCOLS WITH NON-INTERACTING VARIANTS - In an RFID system having at least one tag and at least one reader, a tag and a reader can, in one embodiment, use a pair of keys, known to both the tag and the reader, to restrict the interaction of the tag and the reader so that tags having the pair of keys interact only with readers that use the pair of keys.07-25-2013
20080204194Rfid Transponder - An integrated circuit (08-28-2008
20080204193Method and apparatus for active RFID network - A method and an apparatus for evaluating an expression embedded inside a communication packet received from an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) interrogator device are described. The evaluation result may determine a selection with another RFID interrogator device. An RFID data packet may be sent to an RFID interrogator device based on a selection to be associated with the RFID interrogator. A task may be performed based on the evaluation as instructed by a remote RFID interrogator through a command included in the wireless communication packet.08-28-2008
20110215907RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFCATION (RFID) TAG AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING NETWORK ACCESS BASED ON MOBILE RFID - Disclosed are a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag capable of supplying an Internet service quickly and conveniently, an operation method thereof, and a system and method for controlling network access based on a mobile RFID. Network access data is generated by communication between an RFID terminal and an RFID tag. The mobile RFID terminal connects with a network gateway by reading the network access data, thereby supplying the Internet service quickly and conveniently.09-08-2011
20110210824SIGNAL CANCELLING TRANSMIT/RECEIVE MULTI-LOOP ANTENNA FOR A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER - In an inductively coupled radio frequency identification (RFID) system deployed in animal and livestock applications, reading system efficacy can be compromised by animal movement on, around, or near metal structures prone to producing sonic frequencies. Such is the case, for example, when a walk-by antenna is mounted at the entry door of a livestock transport trader, and animals transit on a metallic ramp and metallic trader floor. Associated with the observable acoustic noise are subtle disturbances in the magnetic field surrounding the antenna due to vibrating metal altering the reluctance of the antenna's magnetic field. This acoustic noise manifests itself as an electrical noise phenomenon that interferes with the signals of certain types of identification tags which rely on amplitude modulation. The detrimental effects of acoustic noise from metal structures can be mitigated by using a multi-loop antenna that limits the spatial distribution of the transmitted magnetic field and cancels close by magnetic field disturbances.09-01-2011
20080197979CAUSING RFID TAGS TO REPLY USING CHANGED REPLY TIMING - RFID reader systems, readers, components, software and methods cause RFID tags to reply using changed reply timing. In a number of embodiments, this timing change is achieved by causing a custom timing command to be transmitted to a tag. In some embodiments, the changed reply timing affects an amount of delay before a tag backscatters a reply.08-21-2008
20080197978RFID TAGS REPLYING USING CHANGED REPLY TIMING - RFID tags and chips for RFID tags are capable of replying using changed reply timing. In a number of embodiments, this timing change is achieved when a tag receives a custom timing command from an RFID reader. In some embodiments, the changed reply timing affects an amount of delay before a tag backscatters a reply.08-21-2008
20080197977STATIONARY INDUCTION APPARATUS AND MONITORING DEVICE THEREOF - A stationary induction apparatus has: a winding to which AC current is supplied; an electrostatic shield which includes an electrostatic shield member having a hollow and an electrically conductive film wound around the electrostatic shield member, and which is configured to suppress the electric field of the winding; a housing which contains the winding, the electrostatic shield and the insulating fluid; an IC tag which has a sensor arranged in the hollow of the electrostatic shield member and configured to detect position of the electrostatic shield member, and a transmitter unit configured to transmit, by radio, information acquired by the sensor as a high-frequency signal having a frequency much higher than the frequency of the AC current; and a receiver unit which is arranged in the housing, receives the high-frequency signal transmitted by radio from the IC tag and transmits, by wire, the signal outside the housing.08-21-2008
20080197976RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TRANSPONDER - A radio frequency identification transponder includes a power supply and a dynamic memory array that stores data. When power from the power supply ceases, the data in the dynamic memory array is validly maintained for a predetermined period of time. The dynamic memory array is responsive to an interrogating signal for selectively updating the data. A radio frequency identification transponder includes a signal processor that extracts an identifier from the interrogation signal and is responsive to the identifier and the stored data to determine whether some or all of the identifier is stored in the dynamic memory array.08-21-2008
20080197975Radio Frequency Identification Data Processing System - Provided is a system for processing an RFID tag data. Also, provided are an application layer framework of a mobile terminal to which an RFID technology is applied, and a system for processing an RFID data based on the application layer framework. The system processes RFID data such that a mobile terminal reads and processes various kinds of RFID tags when various kinds of RFID tags are received.08-21-2008
20080197974Radio Frequency Identification Data Processing System - An RFID tag data processing system is provided. In the RFID tag data processing system, RFID tag data are used to obtain an address value of a content server from a connection data server. The address obtained from the connection data server is used to access the corresponding content server, thereby enabling a user to access necessary contents.08-21-2008
20080197973Load Modulation in an Electromagnetic Transponder - The invention relates to a method for modulating data (D) to be transmitted by an electromagnetic transponder (08-21-2008
20110221573REAL TIME MONITORING OF SHIP CARGO - Remote monitoring and control of the interior environment of a refrigerated shipping container is described. A communications and monitoring device is coupled to a data communications port of a controller of a shipping container. The device is able to receive an operational parameter directly from the controller, without having to install additional instrumentation within the interior of the refrigerated shipping container, and send the operational parameter to a remote station. The device is also able to receive data to control the operation of the refrigerated shipping container from a remote station and send this control data to the controller of the refrigerated shipping container through the data communications port.09-15-2011
20110221572RFID CONVERTER MODULE - A tag communication method includes providing a tag reader operating at a first frequency and having transmit and receive antenna ports, providing a frequency converter module having transmit and receive plugs adapted to directly mate with the transmit and receive ports, and directly mating the transmit plug with the transmit port and the receive plug with the receive port. A transmit signal at the first frequency is received from the reader by the converter module by way of the directly mated transmit plug and converted to a second frequency differing from the first frequency to provide a converted transmit signal which is transmitted to the tag. A receive signal is received from the tag at the second frequency and converted to the first frequency to provide a converted receive signal which is applied by the conversion module to the reader by way of the directly mated receive plug.09-15-2011
20110221571TAG COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, TAG COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND TAG COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL PROGRAM - A tag communication apparatus conducts wireless communication with an RFID tag through a radio wave. The tag communication apparatus includes a data receiver that receives transmit data to be transmitted to the RFID tag, a data compressor that compresses at least a part of the transmit data obtained by the data receiver, and outputs the compressed data, and a transmitter that transmits the compressed data, which is compressed and output by the data compressor, to the RFID tag.09-15-2011
20110221570POSITION TRANSMITTER SYSTEM - A measurement system for finding the position of a primary part of a linear motor with respect to a secondary part includes an absolute value measurement system for recording a first reference position of the primary part with respect to the secondary part, and an incremental measurement system for recording a fine position of the secondary part relative to the first reference position recorded by the absolute measurement system. The absolute value measurement system includes at least one RFID reader and at least one first RFID tag which is identifiable by the RFID reader, with the first RFID tag intended to identify the first reference position.09-15-2011
20110248831DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTENT SEARCHING BETWEEN PEER DEVICES - A portable communication device is equipped to search for content stored on a target electronic device. The portable communication device transfers user-defined content search query to an electronic device via a near-field communications (NFC) module. The portable communication device receives search results from the electronic device via the NFC module and indicates to the user that search results have been received from the electronic device. The portable communication device facilitates content searching and data transfer between two devices.10-13-2011
20110248830RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - A radio frequency identification RFID device (10-13-2011
20110248829METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IDENTIFICATION OF ARTICLES - The directions of at least two fibers arranged at a tag are detected to identify the tag and an item intended to be attached thereto. The fibers have an impedance for high frequency electromagnetic waves, which impedance is dependent on a magnetic field at said fiber. Electromagnets generate a modulation magnetic field having an amplitude modulated magnetic component with a first frequency; and a bias magnetic field for counterbalancing any constant magnetic fields parallel to the direction of the fiber. A microwave transmitter directs a frequency modulated microwave signal towards the fiber via a transmitting antenna. The microwave reflected by the microfibers is received by a receiving antenna coaxial with the transmitting antenna and is used to identify tag by determining the orientation of the fibers.10-13-2011
20110248827System and Method for Radio-Frequency Fingerprinting as a Security Layer in RFID Devices - A system and method for authenticating a radio-frequency identification tags based on the features of the modulation features of the RFID signal. Dynamic wavelet fingerprint features are extracted from the signal by applying a wavelet transform to the signal to determine wavelet coefficients at a plurality of times and frequency scale values, creating a binary image from the wavelet coefficients, and measuring image features of at least one fingerprint object in the binary image. The measured features of the binary image fingerprint objects are compared to a database of features for the signal's EPC to authenticate the RFID tag.10-13-2011
20130147605LOW POWER WIRELESS SENSING SYSTEM - A low power wireless sensing system includes: a sensing device senses a peripheral environment to generate sensing data; a transmission device, coupled to the sensing device, is connected to an external network through a communication protocol to establish a wireless sensing network; a storage device stores the sensing data or first firmware; and a microprocessing device generates a control signal to control operations of the sensing device, transmission device and storage device according to the sensing data or a RF signal of the external network. The microprocessing device determines to read the first firmware according to the RF signal, so that second firmware built in the microprocessing device is updated and the control signal is adjusted correspondingly. The microprocessing device makes the transmission device enter a sleep state or perform reconnecting according to the RF signal.06-13-2013
20130147608RFID RECEIVER - RFID data signals from RFID tags may be recovered by determining the probabilities of transitions between data states between a series of a pairs of signal samples using a set of predetermined probabilities related to data, timing, baud rate and/or phase variables affecting the received signal and processing those determined probabilities to determine the sequence of such transitions that has the highest probability of occurrence. A second set of predetermined probabilities related to transitions in the opposite direction may be used to sequence in a reverse direction. The determination of the sequence representing the RFID tag data may be iterated in both directions until further iterations do not change the determined probabilities.06-13-2013
20130147606RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER AND SYSTEM - A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader includes a main body, a first connecting portion, and a second connecting portion. The first connecting portion and the second connecting portion are positioned at two sides of the main body. The first connecting portion is configured to connect to the second connecting portion of another RFID reader and interconnecting the RFID reader to another RFID reader in series.06-13-2013
20130147607EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The invention is a system and method of managing equipment. The system incorporates a tagging device to attach identification tags to each piece of equipment. A scanning device is used to read the identification tags and relay this information to an equipment server. An input device is used to input information to the equipment server. The equipment server runs the equipment management program. The system flags a potential asset assigned to an asset creating individual. Equipment is designated an asset after use in an asset creating event.06-13-2013
20120256731GOLF BALL WITH RFID INLAY IN A MOLDED IMPRESSION - A compressible core with an RFID tag is described. The compressible core includes an RFID integrated circuit, a carrier material, a molded compressible core, and a fill material. The RFID integrated circuit includes a memory that stores at least one unique identifier. The carrier material includes an RFID antenna electrically coupled to the RFID integrated circuit. The molded compressible core has a center and a spherical surface. Additionally, the molded compressible core includes a molded impression that receives the carrier material with the antenna and RFID integrated circuit. The fill material fills the molded impression occupied by the inlay.10-11-2012
20130141220RFID Systems Using Distributed Exciter Network - RFID systems are disclosed that include at least one RFID receiver system and a distributed exciter architecture. Exciters can be connected via wired and/or wireless connections to the RFID receiver system, which can control activation of the exciters to detect the presence of RFID tags within interrogation spaces defined by the exciter topology. One embodiment includes an RFID receiver system configured to detect information from RFID tags within a receive coverage area, and a plurality of exciters defining a plurality of interrogation spaces within the receive coverage area of the receiver system. The receiver system is configured to transmit a control signal that identifies one of the exciters and includes information indicative of an RFID tag interrogation signal, the exciters are configured to receive the control signal, and the exciter identified in the control signal is configured to illuminate an interrogation space with the RFID tag interrogation signal.06-06-2013
20100295660METHOD FOR TRACKING CYCLICAL PROCEDURES PERFORMED ON PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT - A method for tracking procedures performed on an article of PPE includes the steps of providing an article of PPE configured with a first smart tag to a first individual prior to performance of a first task; processing the article of PPE in a first cycle after the first individual performs the first task; and retrieving first information from the first smart tag during at least one of: before, during and after processing the article of PPE in the first cycle. The method further includes the steps of providing the article of PPE configured with a second smart tag to a second individual prior to performance of a second task; processing the article of PPE in a second cycle after the second individual performs the second task; and retrieving second information from the second smart tag during at least one of: before, during and after processing the article of PPE in the second cycle.11-25-2010
20100295659IDENTIFYING RFID CATEGORIES - The set T of all categories in a population of RFID tags is estimated within a specified error bound. For each of one or more frames, a reader broadcasts a probability p, a multiplicity d, a frame size M, and a seed value R to the present tags. A deterministic algorithm on each tag, and known to the reader, calculates (i) whether the tag will transmit in this frame, and, if so, (ii) in which slots the tag will transmit a single “1.” When the tags have responded, the reader calculates set T by initially assuming that all possible categories are in set T and then eliminating those categories that would have transmitted in those slots in which no tag transmitted. Alternatively, the reader initially assumes that set T is empty, and adds those categories that would have transmitted in those slots in which one or more tags did transmit.11-25-2010
20090251286OBJECT TRACKING DEVICES AND METHODS - This document discusses, among other things, devices and methods for tracking objects using RFID and line-of-sight techniques. In one example, an object identifier includes a tag holder. A radio frequency identification tag is on the tag holder. A reflector is on the tag holder.10-08-2009
20100308972COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - Provided is a communication method for radio frequency identification (RFID). In order to transmit a command message with respect to an RFID tag, an RFID reader generates a command message comprising a command code indicating a type of command to be delivered to the RFID tag, a response format having one or more bits for indicating a type of additional data to be added to a response message to be received from the RFID tag, and an identifier identifying the RFID tag; and transmits the command message to the RFID tag, thereby allowing the RFID tag to immediately transmit the additional data via the response message in response to the command message.12-09-2010
20100308971RFID TAG DISABLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE - Systems and methods for disabling transponders used in electronic toll collection or other RFID systems, wherein the transponders include an antenna and RFID circuitry. The transponders can be selectively disabled by releasably securing a disabling device having a metallic portion at an operative position over the antenna of the RFID system, whereupon the metallic portion is coupled to the antenna in such a manner as to disable the RFID circuitry so long as the disabling device is at the operative position. The RFID circuitry is arranged to be automatically enabled upon removal of the disabling device from the operative position.12-09-2010
20100308970METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A RFID TRANSPONDER WITH CONFIGURABLE FEED POINT FOR RFID COMMUNICATIONS - A Method and system for a RFID transponder with configurable feed point for RFID communications is provided. In this regard, an RFID transponder may receive RF signals via a leaky wave antenna and modulate an amplitude of a backscattered signal associated with the received RF signals by switching between a plurality of feed points of the leaky wave antenna to vary an input impedance of said RFID transponder. Each of the plurality of feed points may be located in a different position in the resonant cavity of the leaky wave antenna. The input impedance may be controlled by switching a load in and out of a receive path of the RFID transponder. The leaky wave antenna may be integrated within and/or on an integrated circuit, an integrated circuit package, or a combination thereof.12-09-2010
20100308969Displacement Detector, Displacement Detection Apparatus, Displacement Detection System, Loosening Detector, Loosening Detection Apparatus, and Loosening Detection System - The present invention provides a displacement detector for a relative displacement of a fixed member and a movable member, which includes a first member and a second member. The first member is secured to the fixed member and composed of an insulator. The second member moves relative to the fixed member, integrally with the movable member. The second member is disposed opposite to the first member. The second member is composed of an insulator. Either of the first member and the second member includes an IC tag for detection performing non-contact communication, and the other includes a blocking member composed of a conductor blocking the communication performed by the IC tag. When the second member moves a predetermined amount relative to the first member, starting from an initial state, the IC tag for detection moves from inside to outside a region of the blocking member or vice versa.12-09-2010
20100308968MINIATURE RFID TAG - A technique for making an RFID tag that includes creating recesses or trenches in an insulated substrate. Conductive traces are created in the trenches so as to create an inductor coil for the RFID tag.12-09-2010
20100308967METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICES FOR DATA ACQUISITION - The present invention relates generally to acquisition of data from RFID devices (12-09-2010
20100308966INFORMATION PROVIDING SERVICE SYSTEM FOR RAILROAD USERS - To provide an information providing service system for railroad users, which enables provision of appropriate information according to a running status or the like of a train used by railroad users to improve convenience when the railroad users acquire information. A passenger who is holding an IC ticket with a wireless communication function and is on a car can acquire car information held by a train-information management device or information held by a ground system based on the car information held by the train-information management device via wireless communication of the IC ticket, and the passenger can confirm the acquired information on a display screen of the IC ticket.12-09-2010
20100308965RFID TAG ESPECIALLY FOR USE NEAR CONDUCTIVE OBJECTS - An RFID tag comprising an antenna assembly, including a shielding layer comprising an electromagnetic shielding material, a radio frequency loop antenna, and a spacer comprising a spacer material having a permittivity less than about 2 interposed between the antenna and the shielding layer is disclosed. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing such an RFID tag. Also disclosed is the use of such an RFID tag for use in identifying a vehicle, for example in the context of fuel-purchase authorization.12-09-2010
20100308964RFID-BASED COMMUNICATION DEVICES AND METHODS FOR LOCATION-BASED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS - An interactive entertainment system using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to allow participants to communicate user input to the system. The system includes an interactive station including an RFID reader and wireless communication devices that each has a user input portion operable by a user. Each communication device includes an RFID assembly that operates to broadcast to the RFID reader tag data, which is selectable by a user by operating the user input portion. The RFID assembly may use passive RFID tags that are activated or operable in response to user input such as pressing a button associated with an RFID tags, which causes the RFID tag to be read by the RFID reader to obtain a button ID. The RFID assembly may include an active RFID tag and a computing device that selectively modifies tag memory based on user input to communicate user messages to the RFID reader.12-09-2010
20120274451MULTI-MODE RFID TAG ARCHITECTURE - A multi-mode RFID tag includes a power generating and signal detection module, a baseband processing module, a transmit section, a configurable coupling circuit, and an antenna section. In near field mode, the configurable coupling circuit is operable to couple the transmit section to a coil or inductor in the configurable coupling circuit to transmit an outbound transmit signal using electromagnetic or inductive coupling to an RFID reader. In far field mode, the configurable coupling circuit is operable to couple the transmit section to the antenna section, and the multi-mode RFID tag then utilizes a back-scattering RF technology to transmit the outbound transmit signal to RFID readers.11-01-2012
20120274450OBJECT TRACKING RFID SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method of verifying whether an object to be transported has reached its intended destination. In one aspect, an interrogator transceiver at a first destination interrogates an RFID tag transceiver on the object, and in response the tag transmits its intended destination. The interrogator verifies that the RFID tag transceiver and the object are being routed to the intended destination. Devices and systems associated with the above-referenced methods are also disclosed.11-01-2012
20120274449Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Radio-Frequency Identification Tags - A presently-powered RFID tag can itself determine its own relative movement with respect to a reader. This RFID tag can responsively alter its read state to thereby permit the RFID tag to respond to a subsequent read inquiry. By one approach the RFID tag assesses its own movement by monitoring the strength of its received power. By another approach, the RFID tag has a power source that becomes electrically charged via radio-frequency energy received by the tag antenna and that power source is configured to become operably discharged at a point in time that corresponds to a typical null-sensing duration of time for a given application setting for that RFID tag.11-01-2012
20120274448System and Method for Automated RFID Quality Control - A system and method is described for an automated RFID quality control process. The method may include configuring an RFID manufacturing press with quality control specifications, manufacturing a batch of RFID inlays, executing a performance test on each RFID inlay, comparing the results of the performance test to the quality control specifications, and determining a pass or fail status for the batch of RFID inlays based on the results of the performance test. The system may include an RFID manufacturing press having at least one lane, at least one interrogator antenna, and programmable control logic for the RFID manufacturing press, wherein the programmable control logic is adapted to execute a performance test on each RFID relay of a batch of RFID relays output by the manufacturing press, compare the results of the performance test to user-configurable quality control specifications, and determine whether the batch of RFID relays meets the specifications.11-01-2012
20110234379AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC-TRANSMITTING SIGNAL BETWEEN EFID TAG AND MOBILE TERMINAL IN THE SAME - An automatic transmission apparatus includes an RFID tag including a one-shot call command data signal, a one-shot SMS command data signal and/or a one-shot Internet access command data signal, and a mobile terminal that includes an RF antenna, a base band chip, and an NFC controller that performs NFC with the RFID tag, and transmits the command data signal received from the RFID tag to the base band chip. Once a mobile terminal is tagged on the RFID tag, the mobile terminal performs call connection by automatically linking to a telephone number stored in the RFID tag, automatically links an SMS stored in the RFID tag on the screen of the mobile terminal so that the SMS may be activated, and/or automatically links to a particular address by using the web browser of the mobile terminal according to an Internet address stored in the RFID tag.09-29-2011
20110234378Tracking Device, System and Method - A tracking device for tracking with a radioactive material, a container including such a device, and a tracking method are described. The device has a radiation detector associatable with a radioactive material adapted to be placed in use within a container defining a radiation-shielded enclosure for containing a radioactive material, to detect radiation activity from the material. A RF identification module associatable with the container includes a data register to store a unique product identification code, a processor with a data transfer link to the radiation detector and data register to receive and process a live data stream of activity data from the detector and associate this with the unique product identification code in a processed data packet, and an antenna to enable transmission of a data item comprising both the unique product identification code and processed activity data to a remote data capture means.09-29-2011
20110234377Method and apparatus for identifying an RFID type - An apparatus is disclosed for use in interrogating a RF signal. The apparatus includes a reader module that determines the transmitted RFID information associated with the RF signal based on tag type parameters associated with a first RFID tag type. The apparatus further includes a validation module that compares at least a portion of the transmitted RFID information with an expected characteristics associated with the RFID tag type to determine if the RF signal was transmitted by a RFID tag associated with the RFID tag type. The apparatus may also include a tag type selector module that determines the tag type parameters used by the reader module.09-29-2011
20110234376DEVICE FOR SCANNING THE DIVISION MARK OF A MECHANICAL ROLLER-TYPE COUNTER, FOR ANY TYPE OF COUNTER - The invention relates to a device for scanning the division mark of a mechanical roller-type counter (09-29-2011
20110234375ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD, ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL, AND PROGRAM - To suppress power consumption when product information is not received from a server apparatus. A transmission section (09-29-2011
20110234374DETERMINING CONDITIONS OF PERSONAL PROTECTION ARTICLES AGAINST AT LEAST ONE CRITERION - The present disclosure is particularly adapted for determining whether the condition of personal protection equipment PPE articles satisfies at least one criterion. A method and system provide at least one predetermined criterion that governs use of the PPE article in a working environment; a PPE article is configured with a smart tag, and a sensing device is provided that is configured to sense data in a working environment related to the predetermined criterion. Acquired data from the sensing device and the smart tag are processed in a data processing system to determine whether the condition of the PPE article satisfies the at least one predetermined criterion.09-29-2011
20100315203ASSET TAG POWER OPTIMIZATION - A technique for saving power in a tag that is operationally connected to an asset involves using telemetry data to enter an appropriate power state. An asset tracking system according to the technique can make use of context to better track assets to which power-saving tags are operationally connected. Secure tag configuration techniques and asset-agnostic tags are described. Location-agnostic tags are also described.12-16-2010
20130154805PREMISES MONITORING SYSTEM - This invention relates generally to computer systems, and more specifically, to a premise monitoring system. In one embodiment, the invention includes operations of receiving one or more signals containing a device identifier and a device condition from one or more remote alarm monitoring systems; retrieving enhanced information based on the device identifier and/or the device condition; determining one or more communication methods and/or communication destinations based on the device identifier and/or the device condition; and dispatching the enhanced information to the one or more communication destinations using the one or more communication methods.06-20-2013
20130154806Accurate Persistent Nodes - A calibrated gate biasing circuit according to one embodiment includes a switched capacitor precision resistor; and a voltage reference. An electronic circuit for initiating a change in state of a host device, according to another embodiment, includes a counter coupled to a host device, the counter counting at a fixed interval, wherein the counter is reset to zero upon receiving a command from a remote device, wherein the count is compared to a reference value, wherein the host device changes states if the count matches the reference value, wherein operation of the counter continues in spite of an interruption in power supply from a power source. Asymmetrical differential amplifiers are also disclosed, according to various embodiments06-20-2013
20130154800Developing and Executing Workflow Processes Associated with Data-Encoded Tags - Methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, are described for developing workflow processes associated with data-encoded tags. A server receives tag data associated with each of a plurality of data-encoded tags from one or more mobile devices capable of reading data-encoded tags. The server generates a collection of tags to include each of the plurality of data-encoded tags. The server develops a workflow process associated with the collection of tags using the received tag data, and stores the workflow process in a data storage module.06-20-2013
20130154801METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR READING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS WITH LOWEST POWER CONSUMPTION - A method and apparatus for selectively reading radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags by an RFID reader includes the RFID reader transmitting an interrogation signal at each of a plurality of power levels beginning with a lowest power level and sequentially increasing power of the transmitted interrogation signal to a highest power level. The RFID reader receives, in response to transmitting the interrogation for at least one of the power levels, at least one data signal from each RFID tag within a read zone of the RFID reader, wherein each of the data signals contains stored data corresponding to the RFID tag responding to the transmission of the interrogation signal. The RFID reader selectively reads the stored data contained in the data signals received from the responding RFID tags.06-20-2013
20130154802METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UPDATING A CENTRAL PLAN FOR AN AREA BASED ON A LOCATION OF A PLURALITY OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READERS - A method and apparatus updates a central plan for an area based on the location of a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) readers by identifying the location of each of the RFID readers using an associated location mechanism. A read zone coverage area for each of the RFID readers is identified. The central plan is updated with the position and the read zone coverage area relative to the position for each of the RFID readers. A status of read zone coverage is determined for the area based on the read zone coverage areas on the central plan for all of the RFID readers in the plurality of RFID readers, wherein a report is provided based on the status of read zone coverage for the area.06-20-2013