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March 21, 2012 - ASTM WK27546, Test Method for Acquisition Distance of Low Frequency RFID Transponders, is designed to measure distance at which low frequency RFID transceiver successfully interrogates low frequency RFID transponder. Proposed standard will allow end users to test set of tags to determine overall performance prior to placing LF RFID tag in an animal. Initial test will generate bench mark that the LF RFID technology end-user can expect in real-world applications.

Proposed New ASTM Standard Covers Use of Low Frequency RFID Transponders in Livestock Industry

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Press release date: March 20, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -Low frequency radio frequency identification transponders have become a common means of acquiring data at livestock collection points, such as markets, feed yards and packing plants. However, there are currently multiple LF RFID technologies that exist in the marketplace, the LF RFID Half Duplex and LF RFID Full Duplex technologies. In response, ASTM International Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat and Poultry Evaluation Systems is currently developing a proposed new standard, ASTM WK27546, Test Method for Acquisition Distance of Low Frequency RFID Transponders. The proposed standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F10.20 on Device Performance Criteria.

"The practical application of ASTM WK27546 is fairly straightforward," says Bryan Rickard, Non-Hormone-Treated Cattle Program and administrator, Micro Beef Technologies Ltd., and an F10 member. "The proposed standard is designed to measure the distance at which a low frequency RFID transceiver (reader/antenna) successfully interrogates a low frequency RFID transponder (tag)."

According to Rickard, the proposed standard will allow end users to test a set of tags to determine the overall performance prior to placing the LF RFID tag in an animal. This initial test will generate a bench mark that the LF RFID technology end-user can expect in real-world applications.

"We believe that minimum acceptable transponder acquisition distance will improve product consistency, promote better communication between buyers and sellers, and will improve the overall knowledge, satisfaction and acceptance of low frequency RFID technology by users," says Rickard.

Participation in the development of ASTM WK27546 from all interested parties, particularly from RFID technology manufacturers, is welcome.

ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

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ASTM Committee F10 Next Meeting: April 18-19, 2012, April Committee Week, Phoenix, Ariz.
Technical Contact: Bryan Rickard, Micro Beef Technologies Ltd., Amarillo, Texas, Phone: 806-372-2369;
ASTM Staff Contact: Kelly Paul, Phone: 610-832-9745;
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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