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Tagstand to Distribute TapTrack Bluetooth NFC Readers
NFC solutions specialist TapTrack has announced a partnership to distribute RFID readers and Near Field Communication (NFC) event solutions through Tagstand.com, a provider of NFC products and custom tags. Known as the TappyBLE, the reader communicates with an iPad or Android tablet via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. Suitable for cashless payments, gaming, medical devices, access control, and social-media activation, the TappyBLE is the first of a series of readers being developed at TapTrack, with Wi-Fi and GSM models on the way.
According to TapTrack, the TappyBLE contains all of the NFC middleware required to easily add NFC tag reading and writing functionality to non-NFC devices. This includes automatic NDEF reading, parsing, and writing (the TappyBLE automatically converts any data to the NDEF format). Full encryption (3DES and AES), DESFire support, and smartcard authentication are also supported by the reader's firmware. The NFC middleware can reduce development time by months, and can be powered independently of the tablet, thereby freeing up the USB port for continuous charging, the company explains. The TappyBLE supports ISO 14443A, 14443B, 18092, and ECMA 340 peer-to-peer standards. It is available now, priced at $225.
"By providing a simple interface for everything from simple tag detection to NFC passport decoding, the TapTrack readers are ideal tools for those customers that don't want to develop a lot of NFC middleware from scratch," said Tim Wang, Tagstand's CEO, in a prepared statement.
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