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Freaquent froschelectronics unveils HF reader complying with ISO 18000-3 Mode 3 and EPC HF RFID standards ••• HID Global intros rugged ultra-thin epoxy UHF RFID tag ••• TSL Mobile RFID readers validated for Xterprise's Clarity Inventory software ••• Nordic Semiconductor provides Bluetooth beacon chips to Kontakt.io, Estimote ••• Apple puts restrictions on NFC in iPhone 6, Watch ••• D.C.'s Metro Transit plans NFC-enabled payment pilot with help from Accenture.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 18, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: freaquent froschelectronics; HID Global; TSL, Xterprise; Nordic Semiconductor, Kontakt.io, Estimote; Apple; and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Freaquent Unveils HF Reader Complying With ISO 18000-3 Mode 3 and EPC HF RFID Standards

Freaquent froschelectronics GmbH, an Austrian original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and system provider in the field of radio frequency identification, has introduced a new multi-output high-frequency (HF) reader, the HF RFID Long-Range Interrogator (SLRM 1000), that complies with the ISO 18000-3 Mode 3 and EPC HF RFID standards. According to the company, the new reader system was designed to fully utilize the advantages of the ISO 18000-3 mode 3 standard, as well as support the ISO 15693 standard, making it suitable for document tracking, jewelry tracking and other multi-tag applications. The reader is capable of working with 424 kHz downlink data rates, which the company says makes it "the first HF RFID-system which shows the impressive speed known from UHF systems."

The SLRM1000 reader
The SLRM 1000, which operates 16 individual antennas, is capable of identifying 450 tags per second. It can read at least 100 stacked or overlapping transponders, supports multi-axis antennas and enables instant movement detection. The device supports variable connectivity via Ethernet, USB or RS232, and has an eight-port decoupled digital input-output (IO) interface. The reader comes with an integrated command library and a software developer's kit (SDK). The demonstration software (GUI) is designed for convenient and fast integration of the reader system into RFID applications, according to freaquent, as well as for minimizing time to market.

At present, the SLRM 1000 is already being used by several customers, including Gaming Partners International (GPI) at the gaming company's Las Vegas headquarters, according to Helmut Köberl, freaquent's CTO and managing director. GP has purchased the exclusive rights to use this reader for casino gaming applications. NXP Semiconductors, which manufacturers ISO 18000-3M3 transponder chips, is utilizing the reader as well, he says, for demonstration purposes.

The SLRM 1000 is no more expensive than multi-output HF readers available for older technologies, Köberl reports. Pricing ranges from $1,300 to $1,700, he says, depending on the quantity ordered.

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