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By Beth Bacheldor

Denso Intros New Handheld Wireless UHF RFID Reader

Denso ADC, the Americas sales arm of Denso Wave Inc., has announced a new handheld wireless ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader that can be used to scan multiple RFID-tagged goods from a distance of 16 feet or more.

Denso's BHT-1281 handheld reader
The BHT-1281 RFID terminal complies with the ISO 18000-63 Type C and EPC Gen 2 RFID standards and can perform 360-degree scans for reading tags facing in different directions, the company reports, adding that when compared with scanning bar codes, using the BHT-1281 RFID reduces working time by up to 90 percent or more. Because its one-watt antenna allows the device to read standard UHF RFID tags at a distance of 16 feet or more, Denso ADC adds, the BHT-1281 can improve worker efficiency when tagged products are on high shelves.

The handheld features a comfortable pistol-grip handle and weighs about 570 grams (20.1 ounces), including the stylus and power pack, which contains dual extended-range lithium-ion batteries, enabling continuous scanning for eight hours or more. Communications capabilities include wireless local-area network (LAN) and Bluetooth. An optional device cradle enables a wired connection to a PC via Ethernet, USB or RS-232C. The handheld has an IP54 protection rating and is resistant to drops; the device is tested for drops from a height of 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) above a concrete floor, on all six faces, five times each.

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