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By Beth Bacheldor

Nordic ID Releases New Fixed UHF RFID Reader, Antennas

Nordic ID has released its AR52 area reader and three different reader antennas. The new reader is an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID interrogator suitable for a variety of applications, and the new antenna products are all part of Nordic ID's Antenna product family. In addition, the company has announced that its NUR application programming interface (API) supports new events functionalities, including location and direction of movement detection, that can be used in its AR55 readers. Nordic ID uses its NUR reader module to make many of its readers.

The AR52 fixed reader is equipped with 16 external antenna ports and has a typical reading speed of 200 tags per second in DRM mode. It supports the EPC Gen2v2 and ISO 18000-63 standards and is 210 millimeters (8.3 inches) in length, 121 millimeters (4.8 inches) in width and 31 millimeters (1.2 inches) in height. The device is designed to be a central point for connecting the antennas, which can be individually controlled and adjusted. The AR52 reader is designed for use cases in which multiple antennas are required, such as locations with metal racks, shelves and intelligent cabinet solutions, the company reports. The intelligent cabinet solutions can be built around the AR52 and external antennas. In the manufacturing sector, for example, an intelligent cabinet solution that enables online reading can improve the quality of monitoring and save time and costs, the firm adds.

Nordic ID's AR52 reader
"Intelligent shelves and cabinets are an essential part of today's RFID technology," said Atte Kaskihalme, Nordic ID's business area director for logistics and manufacturing, in a prepared statement. "RFID is not just about fixed or handheld readers—customers have needs for different RFID solutions which work more as an entirety than as individual readers. The 16 external antenna ports in one reader make all this a reality, and that's why we developed Nordic ID AR52."

Nordic ID's new antenna products include the FA3030, the GA2525 and the GA1010. The FAA3030 is a flat, thin and form-fitting antenna designed for use in smart shelves, smart cabinets, commissioning and point-of-sale (POS) applications. It is usable on all surfaces, including metal, according to the company. The GA2525 is a general-purpose antenna with standard VESA mounting that can be used, for example, in gate solutions, and it can endure rough outdoor conditions. The GA1010 is a general-purpose, thin-design antenna that blends in well in different environments. According to the company, it provides consistently good reading performance, even when the tags are placed directly on the surface.

The new NUR API-based events functionality, which includes location and direction of movement detection, is designed for use with Nordic ID AR55 readers. The NUR API interface now allows the software application to be informed when a tag has changed its status of visibility, antenna, RSSI, INOUT, position or one of nine sectors. Visibility, antenna, INOUT and RSSI events can be utilized with all Nordic ID NUR-based devices.

According to Kaskihalme, the new features improve the monitoring of item-level location and direction of movement. "This is an important factor in automated inventory and track-and-trace applications. With Nordic ID AR55, we already know where the items are. Now our customers are able to collect behavior data for business applications and build IoT solutions," he added in the statement.

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