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Trimble announces Juno T41 rugged handheld computer with UHF RFID; STMicroelectronics unveils NFC development kit; Lab ID intros UHF RFID tags for tracking very small items; MAINtag launches FLYchip64 high-memory chip for aerospace; Indiana school district implements Ekahau RFID panic buttons; Radius Networks announces USB-powered Bluetooth beacon; Asset Vue, No Limits Software partner on RFID-enabled data center asset-management solution.
Indiana School District Implements Ekahau RFID Panic Buttons at Three Schools
Radius Networks Announces USB-powered Bluetooth BeaconRadius Networks, a provider of mobile proximity services, announced its RadBeacon USB, a beacon that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to transmit a unique ID number to notify cell phones and other mobile devices when they come within 100 feet. This micro-location proximity awareness can be leveraged to deliver a wide range of new innovative solutions, such as precision indoor navigation, automatic ticketing, guided museum tours and location-relevant offers and promotions, according to Radius Networks. The RadBeacon comes in form of a USB dongle that can be powered by any available USB power source. It is ideal for integrating with self-service kiosks, digital displays, point-of-sale terminals, fuel dispensers, vending machines and a host of other customer facing systems, according to Radius Networks. It comes with the iOS RadBeacon app , which can be used to configure the RadBeacon USB. The RadBeacon app gives users full configuration control of the RadBeacon USB's iBeacon advertisement data configuration, transmit power and advertising rate, making RadBeacon USB highly adjustable to suit a wide variety of deployment scenarios, according to the company. The iOS app is the first of several configuration tools and mechanisms that Radius Networks will be releasing shortly, says David Helms, VP of business development at Radius Networks. Other options will include a RadBeacon configuration utility for other platforms including (in order of planned release) the Android, Macintosh and Windows; direct access to the RadBeacon BLE configuration service for any BLE-capable client system through a published API; and a USB driver library for configuration through the USB serial interface of the device. Radius Networks also offers free "Locate for iBeacon" apps--one version for Android devices, the other for Apple iOS devices. The apps enable users to discover iBeacons around them, display the advertising information of those iBeacons and measure their proximity and distance to those iBeacons. The iOS version has an additional feature that enables users to transmit iBeacon advertisements, essentially turning an iPhone or iPad itself into an iBeacon.
Asset Vue, No Limits Software Partner on RFID-enabled Data Center Asset-Management SolutionAsset Vue, a provider of passive RFID-enabled asset management and data center management solutions, has announced it has forged a strategic partnership with No Limits Software, a provider of data center management solutions, to provide data center customers with IT asset audits that the two companies say are fast and easy to use. The solutions combine the Asset Vue Inventory with No Limits Software's RaMP data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution. Asset Vue Inventory is an RFID-enabled data center asset management (DCAM) solution that includes all the hardware and software required for an organization to monitor data center assets within its data center and throughout its facilities. It includes both fixed and handheld data capture that provide read ranges from inches to feet making it fast and accurate to locate data center assets. The company has such customers as media, entertainment and communications company Comcast Corp. (see Comcast Puts RFID in Data Centers to Track Assets). The Asset Vue Inventory solution lets Comcast to use ultrahigh-frequency EPC Gen 2 RFID tags and readers to conduct audits, manage location data regarding thousands of IT assets, and provide alerts to employees conducting inventories, thereby indicating when a server is not at its expected location. No Limits Software's RaMP is designed to help companies solve issues faced in data centers by provides much greater data accuracy, automatic discovery of detailed device configuration and real-time monitoring of both IT and facilities equipment. Its real-time monitoring capabilities monitor power from the utility all the way down to the IT device level (servers, blade servers, and virtual machines) as well cooling devices and environmental conditions and can receive SNMP traps from any device and automatically acknowledge cleared alarms.
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