Trace Tech Partners with Blue Spark

November 6, 2013

The technology collaboration will develop battery-assisted, passive RFID-enabled time-temperature monitoring smart labels, allowing real-time status monitoring and communication with a host system through existing RFID infrastructure.

BARCELONA, Spain & CLEVELAND /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Trace-tech ID Solutions announces it has partnered with Blue Spark Technologies Inc., a leading supplier of thin, flexible, eco-friendly printed batteries, to develop new battery-assisted passive (BAP) RFID temperature sensor solutions for use in a host of industries and applications. Trace Tech will combine Blue Spark's printed batteries with its automated smart label production capabilities to produce disposable RF-enabled time-temperature monitoring smart labels.

The BAP RFID temperature sensing tags can be used on cases, pallets, containers, and even individual packages of perishable foods, such as meat, fish, frozen, and dairy products. They can also be used with temperature-sensitive chemicals, as well as pharmaceuticals, such as vaccines and biologicals. Because the embedded tags are EPC Gen2–compliant, the RFID-enabled smart labels can allow real-time status monitoring and communication with the host system through the existing RFID infrastructure.

"The availability of single use RF enabled temperature monitors, represents a paradigm shift in cool and cold supply chain applications," commented Trace Tech ID's General Manager, Carlos Llorca, "Blue Spark's printed batteries provide the quality, reliability, and flexibility needed for robust smart label technology."

John Gannon, Blue Spark President and CEO, notes: "The combination of Trace Tech's RFID-enabled smart label technology with a sensor and a printed battery can offer food, pharmaceutical, and chemical processors and their logistics providers a revolutionary breakthrough in cold chain monitoring. We are pleased to be partnering with Trace Tech to further develop these solutions."

Features and Availability
Trace Tech's BAP RFID temperature monitor, "DBT Cold Chain," features immediate temperature monitoring, as well as the ability to monitor temperature over time using its internal real-time clock. Using the monitoring function, the label can continuously monitor temperatures through the entire supply chain logistics cycle. With this feature, users have the ability to set alarms based on high and low temperature excursions for user defined periods of time. Trace Tech will debut its sensor tags at the EuroID 2013 show in Frankfurt, Germany, November 5–7. Samples are available now, with commercial deliveries in January 2014.

About Trace Tech ID Solutions
Trace-tech ID Solutions is a leading provider of RFID technology and solutions, headquartered in Spain, with worldwide operations. Established in 2007, Trace-tech develops and manufactures high-quality RFID transponders. Organizations use Trace Tech RFID products and services to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and security of their supply chains, logistics, and asset tracking operations. Our products include RFID tags, RFID readers, and related training and professional services. For more information, call +34 935 451 176.

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About Blue Spark Technologies
Blue Spark Technologies Inc. is a leader in developing flexible, printed, "green," proprietary power source solutions for battery-powered printed electronic systems. The company was founded as Thin Battery Technologies in 2002, with patented technology and technical leadership from Energizer (Eveready Battery Co.). Blue Spark customers include manufacturers, product designers, and integrators across multiple industries, including interactive packaging, RFID, pharmaceutical, powered smart cards, and novelty items. Users of products powered by Blue Spark batteries enjoy increased efficiency, greater convenience and portability, improved safety, lower manufacturing and assembly costs, higher profit margins, and greater environmental responsibility. For more information, call 440-249-5400.

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