Motorola prints smart label ID onto flexible material

Motorola prints smart label ID onto flexible material
Tom Foremski Motorola has developed a wireless smart label technology that can be printed on flexible materials included paper. The BixStatix smart labels have been developed by Motorola’s worldwide smartcard solutions division and are being tested in a pilot programme by the US postal service. Motorola says that it is able to use a combination of special ink and silicon to print BixStatix labels on paper and other materials. The printing process prints radio frequency identification (RFID) antennas, allowing the information in the labels to be picked up by wireless readers. The readers can also change the information in the labels. The company says that BixStatix is an important step forward since it does not require embedding a metal coil and resonant capacitor into the label. “We expect Motorola’s BixStatix technology to become an essential element of how companies… track items within their supply chains,” said Francois Dutray, v-p and general manager of Motorola’s worldwide smartcard solutions division. A key feature of the labels is that they can be crumpled and torn yet still remain effective. One key application for Motorola is airline luggage tracking. Some 60 million pieces of luggage go missing every year, mainly because the bar code-based tags become damaged and unreadable.


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