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By Beth Bacheldor

Smart Technology Group's Master 01 RFID Reader Gets 'Smart Mode'

Swiss and Polish technology startup Smart Technology Group has announced an upgrade to its flagship product, the Master 01 RFID reader. The new version includes smart mode, a functionality that enables the reader to recognize tags independently of their Electronic Product Code (EPC) or tag ID (TID) numbers. Until now, RFID reader Master 01 could only work in three modes: polling, automatic and autonomous.

According to Karolina Kozlowska, Smart Technology Group's CEO, smart mode is designed to provide more accurate, precise tag reading and also protect against fake or compromised tags. "It is commonly known that there are several factors seriously impeding TID number identification," she explains. "They are generally difficult or even impossible to eliminate: The greater distance or the greater speed at which a reader or tag is moving—e.g., during stock-taking or product tracking—the more difficult it is to read the TID number. It will not come as a surprise that in such cases, TID may be not read at all. The second crucial concern comes with safety. It is possible to rewrite or fake or imitate both the TID number and EPC number."

The Master 01 reader
Smart mode is designed help authenticate tags. If, for example, someone tries to purposely change any item's EPC number, smart mode can inform the cashier that a tag that has just been scanned does not belong to tags created for that particular store. Another smart-mode advantage is its scalability, since the number of identified tags (10, 100 or one million) does not impact the new feature's functionality.

Smart mode allows for additional identification, which is not determined by the EPC or TID number. "To summarize, smart mode may read everything: EPC number, TID number, user memory data," Kozlowska says. Smart Technology Group has devised technology that uses another type of identifier or ID number that tells the reader that it is an authorized tag, she explains, declining to provide more detail about the company's patented solution. The technology works with all of the various RFID tags the company offers that feature chips from NXP Semiconductors, Impinj and others.

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