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Are There Any Commercial Smartphone Reader Interfaces?

Posted By RFID Journal, 12.15.2015

And where can I find them, assuming they exist?



Dear Mondher,

Many smartphones now come with a Near Field Communication (NFC) reader built into them. NFC is a form of passive high-frequency (HF) RFID technology. If you are looking for a device that can be used with your smartphone to read passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags based on the ISO 18000-6C standard, there are several available. U Grok It makes a handy little sled that your iPhone or Android phone can snap into, and it has apps that can be downloaded for free.

Microelectronics Technology Inc., a Taiwanese electronics firm, makes the Mini Me, which plugs directly into a micro-USB port. Touch Technologies, meanwhile, makes a case for the iPhone that supports passive UHF RFID readers; AsReader offers a similar device.

I have been sent links to various other snap-on UHF readers for smartphones, but I cannot vouch for their quality and thus won't list them here.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


Chuck Williams 2015-12-18 07:17:41 AM
My device of choice for smartphones is the TSL UHF 1128 which you can now get from Impinj in the US. It has developer kits for Windows, Android and iOS devices. The kit has sample programs that should be easy enough to understand. If you are interested in having a smartphone RFID application built for you, please contact me directly. Chuck Williams

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