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Kathrein RFID announces beam-switching UHF reader antenna, handheld UHF reader; AutoCrib unveils RFID portal for smaller environments; Bnai Zion Medical Center expands LogiTag RFID solution for automatically tracking, reordering stock; Delta Microelectronics intros evaluation kit for NFC data-logging chip with temperature sensor; SimplyRFID launches site featuring UHF RFID surveillance solution; Aurnhammer organizes BeaconCrawl event with Manhattan bars.
May 01, 2014—
Kathrein RFID Announces Beam-Switching UHF Reader Antenna, Handheld UHF ReaderKathrein RFID has announced new antennas for its family of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C family of antennas and readers that support the Kathrein RFID Antenna Interface (KRAI). KRAI is designed to improve read rates while reducing hardware costs, particularly within dense transponder populations or in highly reflective environments (see RFID News Roundup: Kathrein RFID Unveils UHF Reader System With Dynamically Adjustable Antenna Polarization). Leveraging specialized antenna-integrated phase shifters that allow static or dynamic adjustment of the circular polarization, KRAI consists of a digital control bus that enables connection between an RFID reader and antennas, in order to allow control and regulation tasks within remote antennas. KRAI commands are transmitted over a standard antenna cable, so no additional lead or connection is required to control the new antenna types. The latest antenna model, the WIRA-30-CSB-KRAI ETSI, is a wide-range antenna with switchable reading zones. The integrated phased array antenna is available for three different reading zones, which are shifted 35 degrees from each other. By recording the moving-behavior of the relevant transponder through the different reading zones, the system can detect their direction. It has an IP 65 rating (meaning that testing has confirmed it to be dustproof and waterproof), and measures 555 millimeters by 262 millimeters by 59 millimeters (22 inches by 10.3 inches by 2.3 inches). The antenna is well suited as an identification system for logistics and electronic article surveillance (EAS) applications, according to Kathrein RFID. The company has also announced a partnership with ACD Group regarding a handheld EPC Gen 2 UHF reader for multiple application scenarios. The M260 transmits and receives with a power of 500mW, Kathrein RFID reports, and is equipped with a patented X-Pol antenna design that provides a reading range of up to 7 meters (23 feet). According to the company, an integrated transponder search function lets users easily search stock and conduct inventories. The mobile unit leverages Microsoft's Windows Embedded CE 6.0 operating system, has a long battery life and features an integrated acceleration sensor so it can react to any situation by, for example, quickly saving data prior to an impact, or automatically switching off the display to save valuable energy. At close range, the M260 communicates via a wireless local area network (WLAN), at far range via UMTS or GPRS. All standard data-matrix and bar codes are read at close and far ranges, as are passive EPC Gen 2 RFID transponders, according to Kathrein RFID. The unit is housed in gray impact-resistant ABS plastic, and the quick-entry keyboard can also be operated while wearing work gloves (additional functional keys on the keyboard can be configured as desired). The M260 measures 224 millimeters by 85 millimeters and 47 millimeters (8.9 inches by 3.3 inches by 1.9 inches) and weighs 500 grams (17.6 ounces), with a 7.4-volt rechargeable lithium ion battery.
AutoCrib Unveils New RFID Portal for Smaller Environments
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