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By Rich Handley

Elatec Unveils TWN4 MultiTech Reader

Elatec USA, a subsidiary of Elatec GmbH that designs and manufactures configurable RFID technology, has announced its TWN4 MultiTech reader.

The TWN4 card reader can reduce inventory requirements by more than 50 percent, the company reports. The device simultaneously reads more than 50 RFID technologies from both the low-frequency (LF) and high-frequency (HF) bands, including Near Field Communication (NFC). This allows a user the option of selecting as many of the technologies as required, instead of being forced to choose only one or two.

Elatec's TWN4 MultiTech reader
"A unique aspect of TWN4 is that it can be programmed in the field by presenting a contactless card," said John Tepley, Elatec USA's president, in a prepared statement. "The ease of programming with a contactless card eliminates the need to disassemble a product just to reprogram the card reader."

The TWN4 MultiTech reader can also be used as a diagnostic tool, once a user has installed a card-analyzer application known as TechTracer. This makes the device capable of identifying a card's type, data length and unique identification number, thereby eliminating the need to physically send cards offsite for identification purposes, and potentially saving weeks otherwise spent waiting for a diagnosis. Analyzing the card in front of an end customer demonstrates that the card can be read, the company explains, which is normally a requirement of a proof-of-concept demonstration.

With country certifications in most large and middle markets, the TWN4 MultiTech reader is available with custom programming and private labeling.

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