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RFID News Roundup

Feig Electronics announces RAIN reader compatibility with Portable Technology Solutions software, offers new antenna multiplexer ••• Convergence Systems Ltd. launches UHF RFID handheld sled with long read range ••• DSS Plastics Group to exhibit secure plastic cards ••• Genetec announces distribution partnership with reader manufacturer STid ••• Faxitron intros RFID system from Health Beacons Inc., FDA-cleared for use in breast lesion localization ••• Balluff unveils tool-identification system ••• Lord Carter Innovation Award runners-up include two users of Harland Simon RFID system ••• Nedap Retail introduces RFID antenna for surveillance, item tracking.
By Rich Handley
May 03, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Feig Electronics, Portable Technology Solutions; Convergence Systems Ltd.; DSS Plastics Group; Genetec, STid; Faxitron, Health Beacons Inc.; Balluff; Harland Simon; and Nedap Retail.

Feig Electronics Announces RAIN Reader Compatibility With Portable Technology Solutions Software, Offers New Antenna Multiplexer

Feig Electronics has announced native support from Portable Technology Solutions (PTS)'s ClearStream RFID software, a user-configurable fixed RFID software suite that tracks assets and inventory. Feig's readers now work out of the box with ClearStream's updated version 4.1 software, the company reports, allowing the immediate use of its fixed readers, from simple operations to flexible coverage.

"PTS is expanding the portfolio of readers supported by ClearStream RFID, and this recognizes Feig's growing use as a leading reader supplier," said Brad Horn, PTS's CEO and co-founder, in a prepared statement. "This is significant for us as it signals the growing use and the expanded HF and UHF Feig reader portfolio available to the market."

Since every Feig product utilizes a common application programming interface, the company adds, ClearStream is compatible with all Feig RFID readers. ClearStream's RFID software supports Feig's UHF RFID reader portfolio, consisting of the LRU1002, LRU3000, LRU3500, MRU102 and MU02 models.

In addition, Feig has introduced its 4-Channel Multiplexer ID CPR.MUX.M4, which supports industrial machines, and also secures contactless payments and ticketing for vending and municipal fare collection. "Our customers in the payment industry want the flexibility to utilize multiple NFC antennas to one reader, thereby reducing hardware costs and complexity in vending machines and kiosks," said Klaus Schoeke, Feig's VP of technical sales and support, in a separate prepared statement. "Feig designed the 4-Channel Multiplexer ID CPR.MUX.M4 as the best way to add up to four NFC antennas without adding additional NFC readers for maximum cost-efficiency."

The multiplexer is a small, four-channel antenna device designed to connect multiple antennas to the company's HF Reader Module ID CPR74 NFC device. Matching hole patterns permits the modules to stack compactly above or below one another.

The ID CPR74 reader comes with an internal antenna and an onboard multiplexer that allows two reading points by using an additional external antenna. It is intended to reduce cost and complexity when compared to individual reader-encoders, the company reports, by amortizing hardware functions across multiple use points. Antennas are connected to the multiplexer's 50-ohm-compatible outputs, using thin, coaxial cables up to 2 meters in length. The selection of the multiplexer output is controlled through the digital outputs of the HF Reader Module ID CPR74. Feig offers two standard size antennas: 40 millimeters by 30 millimeters and 100 millimeters by 100 millimeters.

The 4-Channel Multiplexer is currently available for purchase and will be on display in booth #412G at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017, being held next week in Phoenix, Ariz.

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