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RFID News Roundup

Invengo establishes 'Kangxi' RFID reader family ••• Nedap intros !D Hand 2 mobile RFID reader for retailers ••• TexTrace unveils new woven RFID brand label with Impinj Monza R6-P ••• Fujitsu ships new UHF RFID tags for flat linens, fashion apparel, accessories ••• Harting intros UHF RFID reader for railway, other industrial applications ••• SML Group launches new, smaller RFID inlays with latest NXP ICs ••• Identiv intros new UHF tags, HF library labels ••• Dolphin RFID unveils new UHF RFID-enabled locks, RFID reader.
By Beth Bacheldor
May 05, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Invengo; Nedap; TexTrace; Fujitsu Frontech North America; Harting; SML Group; Identiv; and Dolphin RFID.

Invengo Establishes 'Kangxi' RFID Reader Family

Invengo Technology announced a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader at this week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, held in Orlando, Fla. The XC-RF868, the first member of Invengo's Kangxi product line (named after one of the great emperors of Chinese history), is an RFID-enabled computing device designed for enterprise-level applications in the retail, manufacturing and health-care industries. According to Invengo, the Kangxi Emperor's reign brought about long-term stability and wealth—something the company hopes to achieve with this family of readers, albeit on a more modest scale.

The reader employs the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT operating system, a quad-core processor and HDMI video, Invengo reports, coupled with fast read speeds and optional plug-and-play expansion capabilities. The XC-RF868 features six Quick Connect FAKRA antenna ports, a high-performance multi-core processor, 10/100 Mbit Ethernet with IEEE 802.3at/af PoE, plug-and-play USB ports, SIMM and SD card slots, smart antenna capability with Power-over-Coax, and an HDMI port.

"The release of the XC-RF868 is a giant step forward for the RFID market," said Scott Medford, Invengo's CSO, in a prepared statement. "One of the major inhibitors to growth has been a basic issue—how do we integrate RFID into the enterprise? We took a long look at this and we took Einstein's advice to heart. Instead of doing the same thing over and over again with no change in results; we decided to change the way we connect, both at the interface and physical levels. First, we transformed the entire concept away from 'another reader' to a PC-class computer which just happened to have RFID capability on board. Using quad core processors and Win10 OS opens up a category of development and ease of support concept to the broader industry. We flipped the equation so that customers don't have to learn our complex reader protocol—we implemented theirs! And while we were at it, we created a world-class RFID computing device that exceeds the performance of any other product in the market with added connectivity and scalability features. Speaking of connectivity, we even changed the connectors themselves, moving to an adjacent industry standard with small, flexible cable and click-on connectors, making it easier to install in those hard to reach places and eliminating a common failure point at the connector point itself."

Invengo is demonstrated the new reader, as well as many of its other products, at the LIVE! conference.

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