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By Rich Handley

RFiD Discovery, Nordic ID Offer New Handheld Reader for Health Care

RFiD Discovery has partnered with Nordic ID to add a new handheld RFID reader to its portfolio of RFID tracking solutions for the health-care industry. The Nordic ID Medea UHF RFID Adaptive Cross Dipole offers a read range of up to 8 meters for passive UHF RFID tags and is capable of detecting active tags and reading bar codes. With a battery capacity of 7000 mAh, it provides up to 16 hours of use, the company reports.

Users can select from different read modes. The proximity mode enables users to locate a specific tag to within 1 centimeter, by displaying on screen whether the reader is getting closer or further away from the target. The cross-dipole mode provides a long read range, while the circular mode allows for fast inventory counts.

A 4.3-inch touchscreen and pistol grip with trigger button provide ergonomics and quick operation, the company reports, while its dust- and splash-proof design prevents damage to the reader and improves longevity. Users can detect active tags via a Bluetooth connection to a mobile active reader, and the device can also read bar codes, making it suitable for asset-management applications.

By tracking devices such as infusion pumps, syringe drivers, feeding devices, scanners, monitors, mattresses and beds, the system helps hospitals cut capital expenditures by improving utilization levels and reducing the need to purchase additional equipment. The device is also designed to reduce the amount of time workers spend looking for misplaced equipment.

"Feedback from our existing healthcare users highlighted the need for a powerful device with high read range and performance together with the ability to detect passive as well as active RFID tags," said Rob Tear, RFiD Discovery's business unit director for healthcare, in a prepared statement. "The launch of this reader forms part of our continued commitment to provide market leading systems, which fulfil customer requirements."

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