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By Rich Handley

Elatec Proximity Reader Combines RFID, NFC and Bluetooth Functionalities

Elatec's TWN4 MultiTech 2 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) RFID reader supports nearly all current ISO and other RFID technologies in use worldwide for 125 kHz, 134.2 kHz and 13.56 MHz. Supported technology families include MIFARE, HID, LEGIC, NFC Forum, HITAG and EM4xxx, as well as exotic tags such as Calypso and Felica.

The reader can be deployed in applications allowing or requiring identification with mobile phones. Its ability to communicate via Near Field Communication (NFC), as well as via BLE, makes it compatible with most popular smartphone systems, the company reports, including Android, IOS and Microsoft Windows Mobile.

Elatec's TWN4 MultiTech 2 BLE RFID reader
The TWN4 MultiTech 2 BLE is a flexibly configurable device. Its settings can be altered depending on the specific requirements of a given project or application. For example, it could be set up to read only the third sector of a MIFARE Classic card, or to decode the printed number from an HID Prox card. This type of configuration can be saved to a TWN4 Configuration Card, which can later be used to apply the same configuration on another Elatec RFID reader.

Because TWN4 Configuration Cards are contactless, the firm explains, there is no need to unmount the reader from the machine in which it is integrated, nor to deal with its software or hardware, thus saving time—especially with regard to large projects. In order to guarantee the application's security, a command preventing further wireless modification of the reader's setup can be submitted as well.

The TWN4 MultiTech 2 BLE is designed as a plug-and-play all-in-one proximity reader, and is available as a PCB or with housing. It can be integrated in various industrial and office applications without any extra steps, thanks to its wide technological support and worldwide technical approvals. Application areas for this reader include time attendance, managed print services, access control, single sign-on, industrial computers and fitness equipment.

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