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Farsens unveils battery-free RFID voltage-level monitoring tag ••• WiSpry incorporates MEMS-tuned RFID antenna technology in SkyeTek readers ••• ZeitControl intros industrial RFID reader for controlling machinery ••• CipherLab launches longer-range UHF RFID handheld reader ••• Defense Dept. seeks info regarding use of RFID to track soldiers' remains ••• Endeavour announces Bluetooth-enabled beacon-management platform.
By Beth Bacheldor

ZeitControl Intros Industrial RFID Reader for Controlling Machinery

German company ZeitControl Cardsystems' contactless and RFID transponder group has introduced a new RFID reader, known as the TagTracer Industrial MiFare. The device is designed to work as a functional component for control units in machinery and plant engineering applications.

The TagTracer Industrial Mifare reader
Designed to be integrated into industrial machinery, the new reader features a compact, low-depth construction, so it can be mounted into low operating terminals and enable contactless data recording. It is specially designed to allow personnel with RFID badges or tags to log onto machines, the company reports. The reader captures a tag's ID number and automatically transfers that information to a computer. The TagTracer Industrial is supported by Microsoft's Windows HID-Interface (Human Interface Device) on Windows 2000 and higher operating systems.

Neither a device driver nor administrator rights are required for installation, and by using the reader's free, downloadable software, an operator can modify the readout mode to suit that user's specified system. The serial number can optionally be converted from decimal into hexadecimal, and the control character can be altered (CRLF or CR, for instance, or no control character at all). The user can select which RFID chips, based on the ISO/IEC 14443 Type A 13.56 MHz contactless smart-card standard, should be used with the TagTracer Industrial.

CipherLab Launches Longer-Range UHF RFID Handheld Reader

CipherLab has announced its new 1862 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID handheld reader for EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C tags. The reader is part of the company's 1860 series of RFID products for asset management and item-level tagging.

The 1862's maximum read range, 16.5 feet, is longer than that of the previous model in the 1850 series, according to CipherLab, making data collection easier from the ground. Companies can use the device to collect data from hard-to-reach locations, the firm reports, and the reader is designed to interrogate multiple and various UHF RFID tags simultaneously.

Like the other readers in the 1860 series, the 1862 features Bluetooth technology so that it can communicate with CipherLab's own 8400 or 9600 series of mobile computers, as well as many other Bluetooth-enabled mobile computers. The 1862, however, includes a Bluetooth V4.0 dual mode, which is backward-compatible with current and future smart devices. The new reader follows the company's introduction of the CipherLab 1861 in September 2012 (see CipherLab Announces Availability of UHF Handheld Bluetooth RFID Reader), which enabled users to read tags from a distance of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet), and to write to tags from up to 0.5 meter (1.6 feet) away.

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