Metalcraft Delivering Upgraded RFID Windshield Tag with KSW Microtec Inlays

Durable construction coupled with Impinj Monza® 4 tag chip for improved vehicle ID, access control

Dresden, Germany & Mason City, Iowa - KSW Microtec AG, one of the world's leading suppliers of RFID components and inlays for secure cards and eDocuments, and Metalcraft today announced availability of Metalcraft's RFID Windshield Tag delivering extended read range, memory and privacy for vehicle applications. The upgraded performance comes from a new KSW Microtec WindSpeed® RFID inlay featuring the Impinj Monza® 4 RFID tag chip family.

Metalcraft's RFID Windshield Tag is engineered to deliver long read range at lower cost for customers automating vehicle tracking and access control.

The standard RFID Windshield Tag is a 4-inch by 1-inch label that can be placed on the interior of automobile windshield and is printed on both sides - one side with variable copy like a bar code and the other with consistent content like a logo or disclaimer. The passive RFID label provides a read range over 30 feet and supports 496 bits of EPC memory and 512 bits of user memory.

"The new WindSpeed® inlays are engineered to offer the best, consistent read range on glass used for vehicles," said KSW Microtec CEO Thomas Hitzer. "KSW's WindSpeed® products, coupled with Metalcraft's durable construction, deliver excellent performance in a small label that can withstand the harsh environment of windshield applications."

Metalcraft's construction encapsulates the inlay between thin layers of polyester adding a bar code and human readable information to one side and a windshield-compatible adhesive to the other. This encapsulation process protects the inlay and reduces the effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) while the windshield-compatible adhesive protects against the harmful UV rays. It does not require a foam standoff like other windshield tag designs.

"KSW's inlays have been at the core of Metalcraft's RFID Windshield Tag from the beginning of product development," said Metalcraft president Steve Doerfler. "Metalcraft is committed to making the most durable, high-value RFID products for access control and asset tracking."

Orders are shipped within 15 days of proof approval. Prices vary by quantity; contact a Metalcraft RFID Specialist at 800-437-5283 for more information.

About KSW

KSW Microtec AG founded in 1994, with its headquarters in Germany, is one of the world's leading suppliers of contactless components for applications such as Access Control and eGovernment, ePayment, eTicketing and Asset Management. KSW combines successfully high-end wafer processing, extremely efficient assembly and lamination technology and far-reaching expertise in design. KSW has earned itself a leading position on the market as innovator and one of the most efficient, and simultaneously most flexible, producers of RFID components. KSW is an 100% investment holding of the listed venture capital company Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG headquartered in Jena.

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About Metalcraft

Metalcraft has provided property identification solutions since 1950. From a headquarters in Mason City, Iowa, Metalcraft has provided thousands of businesses throughout North America and around the world with a wide range of choices in durable nameplates and labels to meet the needs of the ever-evolving industry of tracking and controlling. These customized products may include consecutive numbers using barcode and/or RFID technologies. Metalcraft nameplates and labels are made from the toughest materials - polyester, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, polycarbonate, ceramic and more - to withstand environments ranging from mild to extreme, resisting abrasion, caustics/acids, solvents, salt air, high temperatures, and UV rays. Visit for more information.

For further information, please contact:

Maria Lenz

KSW Microtec AG

Manfred-von-Ardenne-Ring 12

01099 Dresden - Germany

Tel: +49 351 889 60 28

Fax: +49 351 889 60 11

Media contact for KSW Microtec:

Tim Cockerell

Wise Media S.p.A.

Via Lepetit 4

20124 Milano - Italy

Tel: +39 02 8903 4126

Fax: +39 02 67388322

Media contacts for Metalcraft:

Julia Deets


+ 1 641-423-9460

Ryan Hanser

Hanser and Associates

+ 1 800.340.6434

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