Omni-ID and William Frick & Company/TROI claimed the second and third spots in the company's new evaluation of worldwide passive UHF (ISO 18000-6C/Gen 2) specialty tag vendors.
"ABI Research points to tag quality assurance and high performance such as exceptional tag read ranges, read accuracy rates, and optimizing the communication between tags and readers in challenging or harsh environments as key competitive differentiators for Confidex. The company also boasts significant customization, research and development, and manufacturing capabilities for passive UHF specialty tags,” said RFID practice director Michael Liard. “These strengths along with a broad product portfolio and experienced, well-respected management and engineering teams helped Confidex secure the top ranking.”
The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors' positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of “innovation” and “implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.
For this particular matrix, under "innovation," ABI Research examined the vendors' specialty tag product offering mix, the feature sets (RF and physical specifications) of their products, the scope of materials/surfaces addressed, the innovation and strength of engineering of their tag designs, their customization capabilities, and their new application enablement.
Under "implementation," ABI Research scrutinized the following criteria: the vendors' manufacturing capabilities and strategy, their overall market position, leadership, strength, and experience, their installed base, customers, and volume, and the breadth of verticals and applications targeted/served. Also evaluated were their relative strength within the verticals and applications they targeted or served, their partner strategies and approaches, the scope of their distribution channels, and their sales strategies and approaches.