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Alien Technology intros self-adapting enterprise-class reader, two new antennas ••• DELO, Mühlbauer advance partnership with new foil cartridge for RFID adhesives ••• Checkpoint Systems' unveils new RFID labels for health, beauty, cosmetics ••• Juniper Systems showcases rugged notebook with built-in Bluetooth RFID reader ••• IDTronic presents new RFID handheld computer with Android, new readers and modules ••• HID Global intros RFID tag for tracking linens and garments, new Microsoft authentication solution.
By Beth Bacheldor
Apr 16, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Alien Technology; DELO Industrial Adhesives, Mühlbauer; Checkpoint Systems; Juniper Systems, IDBlue; IDTronic; and HID Global.

Alien Technology Intros Self-Adapting Enterprise-Class Reader, Two New Antennas

Alien Technology has launched the Alien ALR-F800 enterprise-class ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader and two new reader antennas that feature a new architecture designed to intelligently adapt and configure based on its environment. According to Alien, the architecture enables the ALR-F800 to dynamically provide optimal Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) transmit power and performance as environmental qualities fluctuate or deteriorate, making it suitable for enterprise reader environments.

Improvements in the ALR-F800 reader's discrete architecture include industry standard MicroSD and USB slots for adding memory and additional capabilities, such as cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. These improvements enable new levels of flexibility for system enhancements and future proofing, the company reports. The reader incorporates advanced receiver sensitivity, along with intelligent real-time phase cancellation. It also supports Alien Technology's Alien Reader Protocol, as well as Ruby, .Net, and other advanced scripting and programming tools. The new reader is also firmware-compatible with Alien's ALR-9900+ reader, and is expected to support the Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) in the near future.

Housed in a unique, cast aluminum chassis, the reader measures approximately 7 inches by 7.5 inches by 1.1 inches and includes four 100 millimeter-spaced PIMS for screws for standard flat display (VESA) mounting. Additionally, Alien's two new IP67-rated antennas can be used with a variety of Alien and non-Alien readers. Both antennas are high-performance, worldwide, circular-polarized models. The ALR-8697 is a circular 8.5dBic antenna particularly targeted for use with the ALR-F800, while the ALR-8698 is a 10.5 dBic antenna that, despite its high gain, maintains the identical form factor of 10 inches by 10 inches by 1.4 inches with its lower power variant.

The ALR-F800 and the new antenna will be available for volume ordering in June. All three products are being exhibited in booth 212 at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, being held this week in San Diego, Calif.

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