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Can RFID Tags Be Linked to an iPhone App?

Posted By RFID Journal, 08.13.2014

Or is this not possible?

—Name withheld


Currently, there is no passive Near Field Communication (NFC) reader—or any other type of RFID reader, for that matter—built into an Apple iPhone (see Apple Eschews NFC). But there are a number of companies, such as U Grok It, that offer readers that can be connected to an iPhone, enabling them to read passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags. The tag-read event can then be linked to an iPhone app.

Tertium Technology's BlueBerry iS HF and BlueBerry UHF, as well as CAEN RFID's R1170I – qIDmini and other models, can interrogate tags and transmit the collected data to an iPhone via a Bluetooth connection.

I would encourage you to write to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, and tell him he should add RFID to the iPhone.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


Ryan Haugarth 2014-10-14 09:09:45 PM
If you control the physical zone where the interaction will take place, between smartphone & RFID tag, you could deploy a converzone beacon ( www.converzone.com ) that will communicate passively with your app & make it "RFID aware". This is a lightweight solution on the mobile device side, important if you are developing a consumer app. If you are looking to build an app for more robust business use cases, then go with the hardware mobile attachments recommended above. Ryan, Founder @ ConverZone

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