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By Rich Handley

CAEN RFID Releases Bluetooth UHF RFID Key Fob Reader

Italian company CAEN RFID has announced its latest RFID reader for hazardous areas and harsh industrial environments. The device is streamlined and lightweight, the company reports, with a long battery life.

The qIDmini (model R1170I) is a RAIN RFID handheld reader in the company's easy2read product family, and is compliant with the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 standards. It has an integrated antenna suited for short- to medium-range applications. A Bluetooth communication interface makes it a suitable UHF RFID add-on for a Bluetooth-enabled host, the company reports, such as a PC, a smartphone, a PDA or a tablet.

The reader is compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP/7 and Windows CE/Mobile, Android, and Apple iPhone and iPad operating systems. An HID version supports native keyboard emulation, allowing it to interact directly with legacy applications, office automation software or other generic solutions requiring manual input.

The qIDminiNF version is specifically designed to optimize reading performance, with near-field miniaturized tags like Murata's Magicstrap and Hitachi's USPT. The near-field antenna of the qIDminiNF reader enables users to interrogate such small tags, even when they are embedded in small parts, such as watches, jewels or mechanic parts. The reader can operate in batch mode, allowing it to store Electronic Product Codes (EPCs) into its internal memory when the communication links (USB or Bluetooth) are unavailable.

When paired to a smartphone or a tablet, the qIDmini provides a cost-effective alternative to more expensive handheld devices, according to the company. Designed for mobile operators in indoor or outdoor areas, the qIDmini is suitable for in-store inventory-management, field sales mobility, service and maintenance applications.

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