Smaller is Better, yet Just as Powerful

The production of small transponders for the animal ID segment requires great accuracy and precision throughout the manufacturing process. SMARTRAC has risen to this challenge to satisfy market demand for smaller, high-performance tags. Check out the new possibilities.


As the pet ID market migrates toward the use of Ø1.4mm transponders for tagging animals, SMARTRAC’s Business Line Animal ID has extended its transponder portfolio with a new Ø1.41 x 8mm high-performance SMART GLASS TAG in order to meet the growing demand for smaller form factors.


The diameter of these 1.4mm glass tags is reduced by almost 30% compared to usual Ø2 x 12mm transponders. With such small tags, thinner needles can be used for implanting the transponder under the skin, reducing puncture site and stress for the animal.

This also means that tags can now be implanted in younger animals, and the addition of a new Ø1.41 x 8mm transponder alongside its current Ø1.41 x 10mm glass tag opens up new possibilities for identifying small animals such as birds, fish, or reptiles.

The Flexible Solution

Customers expect these small transponders to deliver the same performance (read distance) as the larger Ø2 x 12mm tags. This is technically challenging, and requires not only the best raw materials and a design that utilizes all the available space inside the tag, but also extreme precision and accuracy at every stage of the manufacturing process.


The SMART GLASS TAG is manufactured to the very strong quality and production standards in Germany, and fully automated machines ensure the highest possible quality consistently, at a competitive price. All glass tags undergo a 100% test of their optical, mechanical and electrical parameters prior to delivery, thus guaranteeing the highest quality standards.


The new tag is a reliable solution for pet, livestock and fish identification, including the tagging of racing pigeons and laboratory animals. It is also a flexible solution for secure animal identification that withstands most chemicals and harsh environmental circumstances (Immersion IP68). The transponders are available in several sizes and frequencies and with a variety of chips.


Most of SMARTRAC’s glass tags are equipped with an OTP microchip. This means that several data protocols can be programmed, and read and write access to the EEPROM can also be protected with a 32-bit password. The glass transponders are suitable for applications where data will only be read from the transponder (Read Only), as well as for applications where data will be both written to and read from the chip (Read/Write mode).


Leading-Edge Technologies


The OTP chip used in the new glass tag is the EM4305, which supports the most common FDX-B protocol, as well as PSK. It runs at a frequency of 134.2 kHz (for FDX-B).

In addition to the use of superior components such as biocompatible glass, a Parylene coating is optionally available for the tags. Parylene is a special coating that can prevent transponder migration after implantation.

Initial customer feedback confirms the superior performance (read distance) of the new Ø1.41 x 8mm transponder compared to competing products. Like SMARTRAC’s Ø2 x 12mm and Ø1.41 x 10mm transponders, the new Ø1.41 x 8mm SMART GLASS TAG is available either blank, programmed or in complete syringe packages.


SMARTRAC’s own ICAR Manufacturer Code Saves Customers Money


Most countries in the world have adopted the ISO standards for animal identification.

Companies selling animal ID transponders to end users in these countries are required to obtain approval from ICAR (the International Committee for Animal Recording), confirming the tags’ ISO compliance. During this approval process, the compliance of transponders with ISO standards 11784 and 11785 is checked. Following a successful approval process, the applicant receives a certificate, a manufacturer code and a range of ID numbers for the tested product.

Typically, SMARTRAC’s customers have the necessary ICAR certificates. However, in order to support new and small customers who are wary of the effort involved in gaining ICAR approval, SMARTRAC decided to obtain advance ICAR approval for two types of glass transponder: Ø1.41 x 8mm and Ø2 x 12mm.

On June 30, 2015, ICAR confirmed that SMARTRAC’s transponders passed all tests successfully.