RFID Animal Tag
Before you start tagging animals, livestock and other living creatures such as birds, rabbits, turtles, shell fish, iguanas, monkeys and zebras, you should understand the basics of the ISO RFID standards and how it may or may not affect what you can or can't do legally.
Current ISO RFID standards for animal tracking are ISO 11784 and ISO 11785. The air interface standard ISO 14223-1 is an extension of the two standards and is supposed to be implemented in the reader for full ISO RFID compliance.
ISO 11784 describes the structure and data content. If for animal use the content includes the tag manufacturers code, country code, and unique identificaton number. The country code is based on another ISO standard and the manufacturers number is assigned by ICAR (International Committe of Animal Recording).
ISO 11785 describes the technical aspects of the communication method between the tag and the reader. The standard can be Half Duplex (HDXS), one way communication or Full Duplex (FDX-A, FDX-B) two way communication.
- FDX-A is a 10 character alpha-numeric 125 kHz.Animal tag
- FDX-B is a 15 character alpha-numeric 134.2 kHz. Animal tag.
Currently the FDX-B standard is patented and in order to use a 134.2 kHz. FDX-B animal tag in North America or any other country that has a patent relationship with United States you must pay royalties as part of the cost. This also applies to 125 kHz. and 134.2 kHZ. animal glass tags.
While the FDX-B standard has been adopted by United States and several other countries for Livestock (RFID Cattle)- most countries have not fully adopted the standard and in fact the 125 kHz FDX-A standard is in use in many countries with excellent results and no royalty payments. This difference in standards has resulted in many readers being compiant to 11784/85 FDX-B, 134.2 kHz only and other readers being FDX-A and 125 kHz. There are very few (expensive) readers available that use both 125 kHz. and 134.2 kHz frequencies and HDX, plus FDX-A and FDX-B in accordance to the full ISO standards.
Nowhere in the ISO standards for Animal Tracking are the actual tag requirements. Therefore there can and will be duplications of the identification number and counterfeiting can occur using a WMRM (Write Many Read Many) tag. For more information via a white paper from SkyRFID fill in the form below and request the Animal Tracking White Paper.
SkyRFID offers 125 kHz. RFID Animal Tags and 134.2 kHz.Animal Tags but is not able to sell the 134.2 kHz. glass tags where patent issues may exist.
Our 125 kHz. RFID Animal tags are available at a far more reasonable price than the 134.2 kHz tags. And if you need to tag aardvarks, birds, snails, turtles, zebras and other such creatures we have excellent 125 Khz. Animal Tag solutions that work very well. A few of our animal tags are shown below.
Mouse over the Cockatoo to see his tag!
For more information on these tags or on the ISO standards fill in the form below or call +1 647-476-3265 EST Canada