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New Feig Long-Range Reader Features Enable Low-Cost UHF Vehicle Tracking

The latest version of the company's LRU1002 reader enables users to interface RFID directly with an existing access-control system without requiring an external power supply, and to clone reader configurations using a USB stick.
By Claire Swedberg

Feig has three long-range RFID readers. The LRU1002, Hrabina says, is the basic entry-level device. "From the features side," he explains, "the LRU1002 is bringing higher-end features to an entry-level device."

The Easy Configuration Cloning function allows users to configure one reader, then store those configurations on a USB stick, and take it to each additional reader to configure them the same way. That function makes it easy to set up a facility with multiple entrances and exits or zones in which they must monitor traffic. The reader has four antenna ports and supports an external UHF multiplexer. The new reader provides DC power and sends channel-select and transponder commands to an eight-channel UHF multiplexer via a single cable, so that no external power supply or cabling is needed.

With the Wiegand interface, the reader can be plugged directly into an existing access-control system, using a single interface, so that the entire existing system toned not be replaced to accommodate UHF technology. "So if you have a system that's been in use [such as a card swipe system], you now can simply add RFID to that existing access-control system," Hrabina says. The new reader's optional Wiegand switch also enables companies to set up an entrance and exit gate operated by a single reader.

The long-range reader uses NXP Semiconductors' Ucode DNA chip to bring security options to access control as well. Users input an Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit key in the reader that matches the key programmed in each tag. Only transponders with a matching key can activate the gate. That key could be stored in the reader itself or in the hosting access-control panel. In that way, users can ensure no unauthorized person uses a cloned tag to access a secure area. In addition, a new LED light provides visual diagnostics to indicate a read has been accomplished.

"I think the biggest thing is that it's bringing security to UHF," Hrabina says, via the AES encryption key feature, which was also available in the previous versions of the LRU1002. "For military applications, this is going to be significant," he states. However, the earliest adopters of the LRU1002 are commercial companies, such as office buildings with secure parking areas, and communities that control the flow of vehicles.

The new version of the LRU1002 is priced the same as its predecessor. Feig has scheduled a webinar on Apr. 27 to provide more information about the LRU1002, and to share the results of a UHF long-range reader comparison. Klaus Schoeke, Feig's technical sales and support VP, will present the findings between the LRU1002 Long Range UHF Reader and other readers.

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