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Family Open-Sources Entrepreneur's RFID Solutions
TigeRFID is a GitHub-based open-source platform utilizing the technology development of ActiveWave, a Florida company owned by Touraj Ghaffari.
To utilize the free platform, users can access the Bill of Material (BOM) files to determine which parts will be required in a particular system. They can then conduct programming with either C++ or C# and design the necessary PCBs. For hardware, users could design an antenna and develop the PCB schematics for the readers, programmers and tags, which could then be taken to a local manufacturer. The only expense, according to Ghaffari-Tabrizi, would be the cost of building the hardware.
"A large portion of his customers were monitoring vehicles," Ghaffari-Tabrizi says, but the tags were also used to manage the movement and status of metal boxes containing high-value documents or cash. MiniTags were also used in hospital wristbands to manage patients, and as a miniature tag with a sensor. "Every single product is on the [GitHub] repository," he says.
"The biggest thing ActiveWave had over other companies was the flexibility of customizing a solution," Ghaffari-Tabrizi says. His father worked with each customer to develop a custom solution for his or her particular use case. Ghaffari-Tabrizi says he hopes that open-sourcing the system will enable other users of RFID technology to customize their own solutions as well.
The brothers hope to attract partners who could manage the repository and go through additional files they are making available. They released the solution this month during the first anniversary of their father's death, and say Ghaffari believed in sharing knowledge and would have wanted his work to continue to be available to others. "I think he would be pleased," Ghaffari-Tabrizi states. "It is very much in the ethos of the way he raised us."
Since the platform's release this month, Ghaffari-Tabrizi says he has been contacted by multiple companies. In addition, an individual representing an unnamed company is interested in the technology who offers theme-park-based solutions to personalize the attendee experience.
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