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Nordic Reader Series Promises Intelligence in Handheld and Fixed Devices
The EXA brings mobility in a smaller form factor, while the Sampo and AR readers feature fixed reads for gates, as well as for point-of-sale, area and shelf tag reads—in some cases, at twice the speed of previous models.
Oct 17, 2017—
Radio frequency identification technology company Nordic ID has released a new series of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) fixed and mobile readers intended to make RFID deployments faster, easier and more effective for retailers, logistics companies and manufacturers. The readers include fixed devices that can interrogate up to 1,000 tags per second, and two small handheld devices that can be tethered to smartphones. The new reader series, says Juha Reima, Nordic ID's CEO, provides users with technology that is faster to install due to the readers' built-in intelligence, and offers greater flexibility in form factors, as well as faster reads.
"We have seen a trend where users need increasing intelligence on their devices," Reima says. Rather than forwarding the large volume of read data to a server, he explains—which can prove time-consuming during read events, as well as make for a more complex installation—the management of read data locally on the reader makes a system more efficient and secure.
The EXA series, the company reports, brings portability to RFID reading in the form of devices that are smaller than traditional handheld readers. The EXA31, which is approximately the size of a matchbox, is built to be compact and lightweight. It can read tags at a distance of about 7 feet (2.1 meters), then forward that data to an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The smartphone or tablet can use Nordic ID's app or another app designed for the purpose of managing the collected read data. It also includes LED, vibration and buzzer indicators, enabling users to understand each time a tag is being read. The battery can be recharged with a USB connection.
The EXA51e is a larger version of the EXA31, with a longer read range, greater sensitivity and a faster reading speed. It, too, connects to a smartphone via a BLE connection, can capture UHF RFID tags at a distance of up to 33 feet (10 meters) and can be dialed down to a half-inch. The 51e offers additional read speed, enabling the reading of 1,000 tag IDs per second. It can be attached to a sled for reading purposes and has up to 14 hours of life with intensive usage.
The 51e version of the EXA reader is designed for the receiving of mass inventory, as well as the locating of items in a crowded RFID environment. For logistics and manufacturing, the EXA51e can be used to manage picking operations or heavy-duty data collection in warehouses.
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