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Ubisense releases new version of AngleID reader ••• Grand Rapids uses Brady labeling solution for smart trash carts ••• BLE, UWB technologies could displace RTLS, says ABI report ••• Kontakt.io adds location-tracking products to its Bluetooth beacon portfolio ••• World Wide Technology, Awarepoint partner to deliver location as a service ••• TagMaster acquires French RFID company Balogh.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 01, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Ubisense; Brady Corp.; ABI Research; Kontakt.io; World Wide Technology, Awarepoint; TagMaster, and Balogh.

Ubisense Releases New Version of AngleID Reader

Ubisense has released an updated version of its zone-tracking product, AngleID, with new features, including the ability to network multiple readers. With AngleID v1.1, the company reports, a Ubisense customer can cover an entire building and create more sophisticated zones.

First launched in May 2016, AngleID is a product that sits between passive RFID proximity tracking and real-time location system (RTLS) exact location tracking, and is designed to offer real-time precision zone tracking (see Ubisense Introduces AngleID to Provide Low-Cost, Real-Time Zone Location). The AngleID works with Ubisense's Dimension4 active ultra-wideband (UWB) RFID tags, which operate in the 6 to 8 GHz frequency band can be read from as far away as 150 feet.

AngleID v1.1
The reader is easy to configure, according to Ubisense, with installation taking less than 10 minutes to complete. It can detect tagged assets or individuals in up to eight simple-to-define location zones, the company says, even in highly metallic industrial environments. The device is built to solve many problems that a proximity tracking product cannot help with, but without the high infrastructure requirements of an RTLS solution. For example, Ubisense indicates, AngleID can be used to identify when certain assets or individuals are present in a work zone, in order to ensure that safety-critical processes occur only when appropriate equipment and personnel are in the correct place.

Multiple AngleID v1.1 readers can be networked together, and any three can work together to define a zone, thereby enabling a more flexible definition of target zones, according to Ubisense. AngleID v1.1 also offers a more robust operation in environments in which obstructions might prevent consistent object detection by a single reader, the company notes.

Unisense offers three different models of the AngleID v1.1 reader, with different IP ratings and sizes. An IP30-rated version measures 21.5 centimeters by 15 centimeters by 5 centimeters (8.5 inches by 5.9 inches by 2.0 inches) and weighs 720 grams (25.4 ounces). An IP54-rated version measures 21.5 centimeters by 15 centimeters by 9 centimeters (8.5 inches by 5.9 inches by 3.5 inches) and weighs 864 grams (30.5 ounces), while an IP69-rated version measures 21.5 centimeters by 15 centimeters by 8.5 centimeters (8.5 inches by 5.9 inches by 3.3 inches) and weighs 1014 grams (35.8 ounces).

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