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RFID News Roundup

IDTronic intros new industrial UHF readers with integrated antennas ••• Netherlands' Groninger Museum launches beacon-enabled app ••• Tadbik shoe tags kept time at the Nike Women's 5K in Istanbul ••• GuardRFID adds temperature measurement, other features to TotGuard solution ••• Palex unveils redesigned smart cabinet for hospital supplies ••• Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas adopts ASSA Abloy RFID wristbands, locks.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 18, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: IDTronic; Estimote, Tapme Media; Tadbik Advanced Technologies, RFID Race Timing Systems, RaceTec, Smartrac; Guard RFID Solutions; Palex Medical; and ASSA Abloy.

IDTronic Intros New Industrial UHF Readers With Integrated Antennas

IDTronic has announced a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) reader with an integrated auto-tuning antenna that is suitable for industrial and outdoor environments. The new Bluebox CX-AVI and CX-AVI LR readers are equipped with Ethernet and RS232/RS485 interfaces for a flexible and low-cost installation, according to iDTronic, and works well for parking, waste-management, forklift and logistics applications.

iDTronic's CX-AVI LR reader
The devices support the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 standards, are made of die-cast aluminum and plastic, and feature an IP 65 rating, meaning they are dust-tight and protected from splashed water. They deliver up to 27dBm in power output, which can be regulated through software commands. The CX-AVI measures 190 millimeters by 190 millimeters by 80 millimeters (7.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 3.1 inches) and supports a reading distance of up to 8 meters (26 feet), while the CX-AVI LR measures 308 millimeters by 308 millimeters by 85 millimeters (12 inches by 12 inches by 3 inches) and supports a reading distance of up to 10 meters (33 feet). Both versions are available for the ETSI or FCC frequency band and support iDTronic's Bluebox software developer's kit (SDK), which includes a demo tool for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8. There is also programming information for C# and C++, as well as a serial command protocol.

Netherlands' Groninger Museum Launches Beacon-enabled App

Groninger Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum in the Netherlands, has launched a new, beacon-enabled mobile app in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibition, "Song Dong, Life is Art, Art is Life." The museum app is the first implementation of a new platform called Tapart, developed by Tapme Media, also in the Netherlands.

The mobile app presents information about artwork and sections of the museum as visitors walk around the Groningen facility and "tap" their smart devices to beacons that employ Bluetooth Smart technology. The Bluetooth beacons, supplied by Estimote, direct the mobile app to access and display specific Web content to visitors. The signal can be detected by a compatible smart device (iOS 7 and higher or Android 4.3 and higher).

The museum app is available for download at Google Play and iTunes.

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