AIM unveils new RFID mark standard

The AIM RFID Mark provides a standard way to clearly show the presence of an RFID transponder, its frequency and data structure. It is a distinctive pattern that contains a unique two-character code. The first character indicates the frequency and coding authority, the second character indicates the data content and/or structure. A provision is also made to identify compatible RFID readers/encoders.

Examples of the AIM RFID Mark

Mark for readers/encoders

Mark for RFID-enabled labels and tags

Both light-on-dark and dark-on-light versions of the AIM RFID Mark are provided in order to address the needs of label producers.

The AIM RFID Mark standard was developed by the AIM North America Standards Action Group (NASAG) under the umbrella of the AIM Global Standards Action Group (GlobalSAG) and the AIM Global RFID Action Group (AG).

According to AIM NASAG Committee Chair, Dick Sorenson, director of product management for LXE, "The AIM RFID Mark will allow workers to identify which labels contain an RFID transponder, whether it's one they need to read, and whether their reader is compatible with it. An AIM RFID Mark on the reader itself will provide a visual cue to which type of labels to read."

AIM, a trade association for the automatic identification and data collection industry, encourages all equipment manufacturers and label producers (those actually printing the label) to use the AIM RFID Mark. Organizations setting standards and labeling guidelines are encouraged to include the use of the AIM RFID Mark in their documents.

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