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Juniper Systems releases rugged tablet with Android OS ••• ThingMagic enhances Sargas RAIN RFID reader ••• Quest Solution Canada Inc. changes branding, name ••• CSL launches long-range UHF RFID handheld sled reader ••• FEIG RAIN readers now compatible with Portable Technology Solutions RFID software ••• Siemens firmware connects RFID to MindSphere cloud-based IoT operating system ••• Security Industry Association recognizes STid access-control mobile app.
ThingMagic Enhances Sargas RAIN RFID Reader
ThingMagic, a JADAK brand, has introduced enhancements for its ThingMagic Sargas 2-port ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader. The enhancements implement support for additional RFID protocols, the RAINstream application to simplify data integration, and features to ease the integration of the reader into existing systems.
In addition to the standard EPC Gen 2 ISO 18000-63: 2015 protocols, the Sargas RAIN readers now support the AEI ATA, IP-X and ISO 18000-6B protocols. The Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) and American Trucking Association (ATA) protocols are primarily used in railroad and trucking applications.
The reader now supports both on-board Real Time Clock (RTC) hardware and Network Time Protocol (NTP) server functionality. Operators can use the Thunderbolt NTP Time Server to provide accurate network time to a large number of Sargas readers. When the reader is disconnected from the network or power source, the RTC hardware retains time information for roughly 48 hours.
The keyboard wedge presents tag information from the reader as though it were entered from a keyboard or keypad. This capability enables developers to rapidly integrate RFID into existing designs and systems without the need to rewrite system code. Improvements to the Sargas reader's built-in Web user interface (UI) extend diagnostic features to simplify reader setup, demonstration and debugging, the company explains; other improvements include enhanced status reporting and configuration to support new features.
The link-link functionality enables network connection between a reader and a computer in the absence of network infrastructure. Developers can connect the Sargas reader to the network port on a laptop without a network switch. The new protocols are accessed via the license key system built into the Mercury application programming interface (API).
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