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By Beth Bacheldor

CAEN RFID Unveils qIDminiT Reader for Hazardous, Harsh Environments

CAEN RFID, a global provider of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID products, has announced the release of the qIDminiT, a new UHF RFID handheld reader that is part of its easy2read family, codeveloped by Extronics, a global designer and manufacturer of intrinsically safe and explosion-proof equipment. The qIDminiT is an intrinsically safe device, designed for use in hazardous areas and harsh environments, such as offshore, marine, chemical and industrial, the company reports, and is suitable for supporting operations such as inventory management, tracking and tracing, maintenance planning and regulatory compliance.

CAEN RFID's qIDminiT reader
Compliant with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, the qIDminiT is an evolution of CAEN RFID's qIDmini Key Fob UHF reader, introduced approximately a year ago (see RFID News Roundup: CAEN RFID Unveils qIDmini Key Fob UHF Reader). It is certified for use in ATEX and IECEx Zones 1, 2, 21 and 22, and has an integrated antenna suited for short- to medium-range applications. The device also features a Bluetooth communication interface, so it can be used as a UHF RFID add-on for any Bluetooth-enabled host, such as a PC, smartphone, PDA or tablet. The reader is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP/7 and Windows CE/Mobile, as well as Android operating systems.

The qIDminiT is lightweight and ergonomic, CAEN RFID reports, so it is easy to use with one hand. It comes with a stylus for use with its LCD touchscreen, the company adds, in order to simplify the process of adding more information and keeping detailed records. The device user interfaces include a buzzer, as well as a vibrator for signaling in noisy environments in which the buzzer cannot be heard. It has a battery life of 12 hours that can accommodate thousands of tag reads. The qIDminiT supports a dual-mode operation, so it can be used in conjunction with a smartphone or tablet, or as a standalone device.

CAEN RFID will exhibit in booth 447 at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, taking place in San Diego, Calif.

USER COMMENTS

Suren Reddi 2015-04-10 03:26:26 AM
In emergency evacuation, people walks out of the gate in groups. In this case how does NFC helps to read people tags in bulk. Reading individual NFC ID cards by guard is a time consuming process.

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