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By Rich Handley

In addition, the Swiftsure Group and SDG Systems announced the release of the Swift-ID SID400 and IOT180, designed to help solution providers create intelligent RFID edge solutions. The combined solution is suitable for inventory management, access control, kiosk solutions, asset tracking and industrial automation.

The Swift-ID SID400 is a USB-connected EPC UHF Gen 2 RFID reader-writer powered by a RAIN-compliant Impinj Indy RS2000 module, and accommodates four antennas. In addition to RFID functionality, the SID400 provides a 16-pin terminal block with four GPIO ports, as well as 5V and 12V outputs with magnetic lock support.

The Swift-ID IOT180 is an embedded Android computer. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of Flash Storage, providing sufficient memory and storage for sophisticated applications. The included Google Mobile Services (GMS) allows the IOT180 to provide integrated Android management capabilities and Google-specific services. The IOT180 connects to the cloud or private networks using Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 3.75G HSPA+ cellular.

The SID400 can be controlled with the IOT180 using the Blue ID-Engine middleware from SDG Systems. ID-Engine provides an SDK to control RFID reading and writing, device settings and GPIOs. With additional software from SDG Systems, the IOT180 can be configured into kiosk mode and then be managed remotely.

"The Swift-ID system is a high-performance RFID automatic data-collection solution for inventory, resource and process management," said Bruno Riegl, Swiftsure's group CEO, in a prepared statement. "It meets customers' needs for affordable solutions that excel in challenging environments, from pharma cold chain to steel manufacturing. It provides a competitive edge and healthy ROI."

The flexibility of the SID400 and IOT180 gives RFID cloud and fog computing options to solution providers. It enables developers to build applications that process data at high speeds, the company reports, providing shorter response times and better analytics. For example, using Google TensorFlow, edge devices can perform on-device machine learning and computer vision.

"We are offering a modern, innovative approach to RFID solutions," Blumer said in the prepared statement. "Android is now the most popular operating system in the world. We want our partners to quickly implement their solutions by leveraging the growing pool of Android developers and software building blocks, like ID-Engine. For those companies who have existing software, the SID400 will work with the Impinj Indy libraries."

The Swift-ID SID400 and IOT180 are expected to be made available in June 2017.

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