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Siemens Introduces Handheld 13.56 MHz RFID Reader ••• Voyantic Launches All-In-One NFC and UHF RFID Test Device ••• Time Domain’s PulsON 330 RTLS Module Uses DecaWave’s DW1000 UWB chip ••• RFID Market in China to Reach $2.8 billion in 2020, IDTechEx Research Says ••• Hacking Competition Aims to Spur Development of RFID, Bluetooth and NFC Apps ••• PCTEL Tests Airport Networks for Compatibility With RFID-based Luggage Tracking Systems
By Beth Bacheldor
Aug 20, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Siemens ; Voyantic; Time Domain, DecaWave; IDTechEx Research; AccelerateNFC, Flomio; and PCTEL.

Siemens Introduces Handheld 13.56 MHz RFID Reader

The Simatic RF201M
Siemens has announced the Simatic RF201M, a handheld write-read device within the Simatic RF200 high-frequency (HF) suite. The new device is designed to be used in manual and reworking stations for order picking and track-and-trace tasks, as well as tool identification. The reader also can be connected to an RFID communication module using a standard M12 connector for integration into an automation system, the company says.

The Simatic RF201M can easily be integrated into a workstation setup and features a retaining bracket for a simple hanging fixture and a cable length of up to 3.5 meters, according to Siemens. It measures 195 millimeters by 26 millimeters by 140 millimeters and weighs 460 grams, which allows for fatigue-free use over long periods, the company says. Simatic RF210M works with 13.56 MHz RFID transponders compliant with the ISO 15693 standard, and has an IP 54 protection rating so it is dust- and water-resistant, and has a maximum read-write distance of 20 millimeters. It can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 to +50 degrees Celsius, has a three-color LED and an RS422 interface.

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