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Motorola Solutions Adds RFID-Enabled Knobs to Radios

The volume knob, which can be retrofitted into the company's Mototrbo two-way radios, enables users to conduct inventory counts of 50 radios in six seconds, instead of four minutes.
By Claire Swedberg

Motorola's reseller and solution partners can provide software that supports the use of RFID knobs to manage the radios. Conversely, Mototrbo users can employ their own existing software for managing radios.

The new knob is expected to be made commercially available at the end of this month, Angelico says, and is currently being piloted by businesses and agencies that adopt the RFID knobs to identify the locations of their radios during inventory checks. To date, these companies have reported that while it previously took four minutes to identify 50 radios being returned from workers, that same process can now be completed for the same number of radios in only six seconds.

Once the RFID-tagged knobs are installed, a Motorola DS9808-R or other RFID reader can be used to quickly take inventory of Mototrbo radios packed in boxes.
Four companies that will be selling the solution with their own software are among those that have beta-tested the knobs, Motorola reports: CDO Technologies, RFTrail, Radiant RFID and PiiComm Mobility Solutions. Each firm has developed Mototrbo tracking solutions that employ Motorola RFID readers.

Angelico says there are hundreds of thousands of Motorola radios currently in use that could be retrofitted with this solution.

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