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By Rich Handley

AsReader Device Turns Smartphones Into RFID Reader-Writers

AsReader has introduced a device designed to let users utilize their Apple iPhone or iPod touch to read and write to ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags. The company's ASX-301R is a case-type RFID reader-writer for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE and iPod touch 5 and 6 gen. The device operates in the 920 MHz UHF band and features FCC certification.

The ASX-301R complies with the ISO 18000-6 Type C and EPC Class 1 Gen 2 standards, and operates at 917.10 to 926.90 MHz. It offers a read distance of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet).

The ASX-301R
The device contains a circularly polarized antenna and can read, write to, lock or kill tags. It comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can run for seven hours or more.

Additional features include a built-in anti-collision algorithm that allows users to read multiple tags within a given read range at once, as well as an adjustable power rating for more precise reading and writing. It offers high-speed reading of UHF RFID tags, 27,000 reads on a single iPod or iPhone battery charge, 50,000 reads on the AsReader battery (seven or more hours of continuous operation) and fast charging using a Magconn Technology magnetic connector charging station.

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