A Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID tag) is an electronic tag that exchanges data with a RFID reader through radio waves. Most RFID tags are made up of at least two main parts. The first is an an antenna, which receives radio frequency (RF) waves. The second is an integrated circuit (IC), which is used for processing and storing data, as well as modulating and demodulating the radio waves received/sent by the antenna.

Although RFID tags have similar applications to barcodes, they are far more advanced. For instance, reading information from a RFID tag does not require line-of-sight and can be performed over a distance of a few meters. This also means that a single tag can serve multiple readers at a time, compared to only one for a bar code tag.

In the context of RFID technology, the term “tag” also includes labels and cards. The kind of tag depends on the body or object to which the tag is attached. RFID systems can operate in either Ultra High Frequency (UHF), High Frequency (HF) or Low Frequency (LF). Thus, tags also can vary in terms of the frequencies on which they operate.

These tags can be attached to almost any object. Although the usual target objects are apparel, baggage, containers, construction materials, laundry and bottles, they also may be attached to animals, humans and vehicles. Some RFID tags are designed for rugged, outdoor-based applications.

These are built to endure natural and incandescent light, vibration, shock, rain, dust, oil and other harsh conditions. They are normally passive in that to function, they do not require batteries and can operate 24/7 without risk of power loss. Such heavy-duty tags are usually attached to trucks, cargo containers and light rail cars for cargo tracking, fleet management, vehicle tracking, vehicle identification and supply container tracking, among others


Alien provides a range of circular polarized antenna designed to meet the most challenging applications. While Alien readers are designed to work with any antenna with a suitable gain, the antenna here have been specifically designed to be paired efficiently with our readers. These antenna also work with any RFID reader. The ALR-8698 is an example of an antenna that has a narrow beam and high gain that is more unusual in the industry and can offer low power readers greater performance.

Product Matrix:

ALR-A1001 ALR-A0501 ALR-8697 ALR-8698 ALR-8696
Frequency 865-867MHz, 902-928MHz 865-868MHz, 902-928MHz 865 – 928MHz 866 – 928MHz 865 - 960MHz
Gain 8.5dBic 6dBic 8.5dBic 11 dBic (FCC) 10dBic (ETSI) 8.5dBic
Size 9.84” x 9.84” x 0.55” 5.04” x 5.04” x 0.79” 10.16” x 10.16” x 1.42” 10.2” x 10.2” x 1.32”
Cable/Connector Inset SMA male connector No cable / inset RTNC (i.e. any cable) 20ft (6m) w/RTNC
IP Rating IP67 IP54


Designed for world class industry leading performance, Alien Technology® offers a range of UHF GS1 Class 1 Gen 2 inlays for today’s high performance applications.

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The industry’s most trusted passive UHF EPCglobal™ Class 1 Gen 2 RFID IC’s

  • Meets EPC Global Gen2 (V1.2.0) and ISO/IEC 18000-6C:2004/Amd 1:2006 (type C)
  • Proven, real world performance
  • Large memory or mass-market optimized variants

Product Matrix:

Higgs®-3 Higgs®-4 Higgs®-EC
Type Large Memory Mass-market Optimized Adds Reach, Reliability & Robustness
Total Memory 800 bits 512 bits 512 bits
Max EPC Bits 96-480 bits 128 bits 128 bits
Unique TID (unalterable serial number) 64 bits 80 bits
Serialization Yes (chip and non-chip based supported)
Read/Write Sensitivity Very Good Excellent Best-in-class
Read Distance 10m (30ft) 11m (33ft) 13m (42ft)
source: Alien RFID ( alientechnology.com)