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New Feig Long-Range Reader Features Enable Low-Cost UHF Vehicle Tracking

The latest version of the company's LRU1002 reader enables users to interface RFID directly with an existing access-control system without requiring an external power supply, and to clone reader configurations using a USB stick.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 10, 2017

With a growing number of gated communities, warehouses and commercial parking areas tracking vehicles via UHF RFID technology, Feig Electronics has released a new version of the lowest-cost iteration of its Long Range Readers designed to be more functional than its predecessor. The updated LRU1002 Long Range Reader is built to accommodate simpler installations, the company reports, by adding cloning capabilities between readers and including a Wiegand interface and switch to allow use with an existing electronic access-control panel.

The updated LRU1002 reader is aimed at a growing market in access control in which UHF RFID technology is being used to manage the gates at residential communities and commercial parking lots.

Feig's LRU1002 reader
As passive UHF RFID readers are extending their range, and as tag costs are dropping, companies and communities are increasingly installing the technology to enable access control for authorized vehicles. The newest version of Feig's UHF Long Range Reader is a response to the growing need of these customers for a UHF RFID access-control system that is easy to install and operate, says Michael Hrabina, Feig Electronics' executive VP.

Access-control systems with HID access cards, or manned staff, can be slower and more cumbersome to operate than UHF RFID, while active RFID systems, such as the ones used for highway tolling systems, tend to be too expensive to install in most gated areas.

The latest version of the LRU1002 is aimed at allowing companies to launch RFID where it hasn't been convenient in the past. It has a range of up to 40 feet (12 meters) and is designed for parking areas, warehouses (to manage forklifts or other logistics traffic), laundry services and waste management.

The system requires only a passive UHF RFID label affixed to a vehicle's windshield or hung from a rear-view mirror, and the reader and antenna installed at entrances and exits to identify an individual entering or leaving a gated area. This provides them with the capacity to simply slow down and drive through an automated gate, while the software collects data about the vehicles' movements.

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