Press release from: 29 October 2018

Smartrac Launches ‘Wings’ – The New RAIN RFID Inlay for Luggage Tagging and Supply Chain Applications – IATA Compliant and Auburn University Approved

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), October 29, 2018 – Smartrac Technology Group has announced its innovative and high-performance Wings tag. Characterized by a long-read distance of up to 18 meters and compact footprint, and equipped with NXP’s UCODE® 8 IC, the new RAIN RFID tag is specifically designed and developed for luggage tagging and well suited to a wide range of apparel and supply-chain management applications.

The IATA (International Air Transport Association) Board of Governors, at the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting in June 2018, mandated IATA to address passenger expectations for real time tracking of baggage. The first step is to develop a global development plan that will see IATA-standard RFID inlays in all baggage tags issued after 1 January 2020.


In direct response, Smartrac is now introducing a product that is tailored to airline baggage tracking requirements. Wings is one of the world’s smallest UHF tags for baggage tagging in the market and approved under Auburn University RFID Lab’s category U. This category relates to luggage tagging in aviation: Auburn University measures the tag performance on materials like cardboard, plastic or rubber and, as of now, lists only four inlays from three manufacturers as approved.


Smartrac’s Wings inlay is equipped with NXP’s UCODE 8 IC that comes with 128-bit EPC memory and features a unique 96-bit tag identifier (TID), a pre-serialized EPC and an auto-adjust function for automated tag performance optimization. With its leading-edge RF performance for any given form factor, UCODE 8 enables long read distance and fast inventory of dense RFID tag populations. Wings has an aluminum antenna measuring 30 x 72 mm / 1.18 x 2.84 inches and operates in the UHF band (860 – 960 MHz). Perfectly tuned to one another, IC and antenna jointly enable a very high read sensitivity in two directions. In their entirety, the product features provide first-rate solutions not only for baggage tracking but also for a wide range of apparel and supply-chain management applications.


Full traceability and quality assurance
Like all applicable transponders manufactured by Smartrac, Wings also benefits from the capabilities of Smart Cosmos®, Smartrac’s Internet of Things platform, which records and manages a complete set of unique transponder data (e.g. UID no., order no., batch no. or yield) at production level in a controlled and secure way. As the backbone of Smartrac’s product digitization solutions, Smart Cosmos enables full traceability of delivered RFID products and provides fully reliable quality assurance.


“With our new Wings tag we are demonstrating our continued ability to respond to arising market opportunities in a very timely manner – and with a more convincing product than others. We expect Wings inlays to be well accepted by our system integrator partners and end customers, and to play a major role in the upcoming roll-out of RFID-based baggage tracking systems”, says Matti Tavilampi, Global Product Management Director at Smartrac.


Wings product samples are available in dry format as of now. Discover this new product as well as many other “RFID innovations for a limitless Internet of Things”, live at RFID Wireless & IoT tomorrow, booth# 50, October 30-31, 2018, Darmstadtium Convention Center, Darmstadt, Germany.


Smartrac speeches:

  • Thorsten Braas, Sales Director EMEA / Industry Region DACH, Smartrac, explaining
    “Innovative RFID Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry”
    (Forum 5 Healthcare, Palladium Room, October 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am).


  • Stephen Howells, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Smartrac, presenting
    “Digital Consumer Experience in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Ball” 
    (Forum 4 Retail & Logistics, Dynamic Room, October 30 @ 16:00 pm - 16:30 pm).


Smartrac’s Wings inlay
Smartrac’s Wings inlay


Smartrac is a global market leader in RFID products and IoT solutions, providing both ready-made and customized offerings. We make products smart, and enable businesses to digitize, identify, authenticate, track and complement products and solutions. Our portfolio is used in a wide array of applications such as animal identification, automation, automotive, brand experience, industry, library and media management, laundry, logistics, retail, supply chain management and many more. Leveraging our global Research & Development Centers, production and sales network, and IoT-enablement platform Smart Cosmos®, we embed intelligence into physical products, empowering the ecosystem of connected things. Smartrac has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.smartrac-group.comfollow Smartrac on Twitter, or sign up for a quarterly newsletter


Media contact:
Smartrac Technology Group 
Karin Fabri 
Head of Corporate Marketing & Communications 
Phone: +31 203 050 150 


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