RFID in Europe Magazine Febuary 2016
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European RFID survey
RFID in Europe AISBL is a not-for-profit organization established in 2012. RFID in Europe's principle goal is to promote the adoption of Radio Frequency Identification and related technology solutions enabling small and medium sized organizations throughout Europe to gain competitive advantage through their best use. RFID in Europe connects with European end-users, operators, solution providers, universities, research establishments, non-government and government organizations and all other European stakeholders through own initiatives and promotion of national projects via our international network. RFID in Europe is an extension of a European Commission FP7 Thematic Network called RACE networkRFID initiated in 2009.
Integrated Re-writeable Media
Just as the integration of RFID device with label structures has yielded a distinctive category of RFID technology known as smart labels, the integration of RFID with a new medium of re-writable paper heralds a new category of smart re-writable paper.
The Ricoh Company of Japan have developed two types of thermal re-writable (TR) visualisation media (RECO-viewTM media), one based upon fundamental dye-technology and known as chemical rewritable (CR) media and one based upon physical changes in
transparency and known as physical rewritable (PR) media. Each comprises a number of layers generally including an active rewritable layer sandwiched between a surface protection layer and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate and backing layers. Layer variants exist to satisfy different media requirements such as sheets and both thick and thin cards. An integrated version of the sheet-based media incorporates RFID tag technology and is known as RECO-viewTM IC tag series media. A range of commercially available products have also been developed, including both contact and non-contact erasure and printing devices.