Confidex is Awarded OCS Certification for 6C RFID Windshield Label
Compliance opens up electronic toll collection applications for Confidex in North America and beyond
February 5, 2013 - Tampere, Finland
Confidex, the leading supplier of specialty RFID tags, today announced that its 6C RFID Windshield Label has been certified by OmniAir Certification Services, Inc. (OCS), the test-affiliate of OmniAir Consortium, a technology-focused member association created to enable the deployment of interoperable advanced transportation technologies and applications. OCS certification positions Confidex as a certified, high-quality, high-volume RFID tag provider for the North American electronic toll collection market.
The Confidex Windshield Label™ is specially designed for fast and reliable Automatic Vehicle Identification applications such as electronic toll collection. The label is based on passive UHF RFID 6C technology (in full: ISO/IEC 18000-6C RFID protocol), which is the leading candidate for providing interoperability (IOP) across North America for toll collection applications. The Confidex Windshield Label is attached inside the vehicle windscreen and can be read automatically from several meters away, even at high speeds. It is easily and extensively customized with surface printing, security markings or special programming. The product has received the electronic toll collection compliance certification from OmniAir Certification Services.
“I am delighted that the Confidex 6C RFID Windshield Label has achieved the stringent OCS certification. This is a major milestone in our continuing drive to support the North American electronic toll collection market,” says Alexander Dannias, General Manager of Confidex Americas. “OCS certification demonstrates that our Windshield Label meets the demanding requirements of the OmniAir Consortium for safe and secure operation in a variety of Automatic Vehicle Identification applications, such as toll collection, with the highest interoperability. This certification can also be used in other countries as a standard reference for the minimum quality and functionality requirements needed for this product.”
Confidex partnered with RFID IC and reader provider Impinj and incorporated the Impinj Monza® 4E chip into the Windshield Label. “Confidex was one of the very first RFID tag suppliers to take advantage of the high performance of Monza chips to cover all approved UHF global frequency ranges for their hard tags,” says Nikhil Deulkar, Senior Product Line Manager at Impinj. “The 6C RFID Windshield Label is another milestone in our long history of technological and business collaboration.”
The OCS certification program ensures tolling tag and reader interoperability across equipment vendors and toll facilities. The test program includes testing for baseline and applied interoperability. “The Board of OmniAir Certification Services put in a great amount of time and effort working with the user community – the 6C Toll Operators Committee – to develop the 6C-for- Tolling Certification Program. To see it put into action, where we have Confidex as another officially certified 6C supplier offering products for real-world toll deployments, is an exciting testament to the hard work of the OCS, Confidex, and the commitment of toll operators to procure certified products. Together, this advances the mission of OmniAir – interoperability through certification,” comments Timothy McGuckin, Executive Director at OmniAir Consortium.
Confidex has considerable experience in supplying its RFID tags and contactless ticket products for the demanding requirements of mass transit operators and state authorities worldwide. In Maharashtra, India, customized Confidex 6C RFID Windshield Labels provide automatic identification of heavy goods vehicles and instant access to vehicle data at state border crossings. In total, Confidex has supplied 350 million contactless tickets to more than 30 countries worldwide.
Confidex is the world’s leading supplier of high-performing contactless ticketing and RFID tag solutions and services to make supply chains, transactions and authentication of goods and people more efficient and secure. Today, we are innovating and exploring with our customers how our solutions can help people and companies address their problems and challenges by fusing a strong combination of RFID tag design competence, RF engineering and customization to manufacturing experience. www.confidex.com.
Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.
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