New ETSI Standard Approved for Use of RFID in UHF Frequencies

Use of RFID tags in the European Supply Chain takes a step forward with approval of a new standard


ETSI - the European Telecommunications Standards Institute - is officially responsible for standardization in telecommunications, broadcasting and certain aspects of information technology within Europe. It produces a wide range of standards and other technical documentation as Europe's contribution to world-wide standardization. A non-profit making organization based in Sophia Antipolis, France, ETSI unites nearly 700 members from more than 50 countries inside and outside Europe, and brings together manufacturers, network operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and users - in fact, all the key players in the ICT arena.

The new standard EN 302 208 (parts 1 and 2) applies to RFID interrogators, with either integral or external antennas, used in conjunction with their RFID transponders (tags). The interrogators operate within 200 kHz sub-bands using a modulated carrier. The tags respond with a modulated signal.

Radio frequency identification products covered within the standard are considered by definition short-range devices. Power limits up to a maximum e.r.p. of 2 W are specified for this equipment in the UHF range (865 MHz to 868 MHz).