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By Beth Bacheldor

Transcends Releases New Version of Open-Source RFID Middleware

Transcends has announced the release of a new version of its open-source RFID middleware for developing and deploying radio frequency identification business solutions. According to Transcends, the new version—known as RIFIDI 3.2—is designed to help facilitate the connection between the Internet of Things (IoT) and individuals. The release was made possible through client implementations, the RIFIDI open-source community feedback, surveys, forums and Transcend's global engineering team, the company explains.

The key features of the new release are performance improvements with the REST application programming interface (API), extended RIFIDI API commands via REST for sensor and application management, platform upgrade and additions for developers and architects (Restlet 2.3.1 - Restful services); updates regarding the ability to encode a tag's user memory, Electronic Product Code (EPC) and passwords; Low-Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) updates; RESTful performance enhancements; an optimized RIFIDI RSSI service in the software developer's kit (SDK); backward-compatibility with RIFIDI 1.3 and 2.x , 3.x applications and solutions; and a few bug fixes.

According to Transcends, candidate features for the next release of the open-source middleware (based on clients, community, projects, forums, collaboration and partnerships) include such things as a floor plan/Google Map sensor-management dashboard; integration with visualizations, dashboards or analytic tools; a RIFIDI application designer interface; and a RIFIDI apps marketplace.

Transcend's RIFIDI product line includes the RIFIDI Edge Server software; the RIFIDI Box Appliance, which comes with hardware and an embedded version of the RIFIDI software, and is designed for a wide variety of enterprise applications; and the RIFIDI PI Appliance, which includes a credit-card-sized Linux single-board computer known as Raspberry Pi, as well as an embedded version of the RIFIDI software, and is designed for kiosks, smart shelves and point-of-sale end caps. In addition, the lineup includes the Smart Sensor UHF Gen 2 RFID reader module, which supports the EPC Gen 2 specification.

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