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Nordic Reader Series Promises Intelligence in Handheld and Fixed Devices

The EXA brings mobility in a smaller form factor, while the Sampo and AR readers feature fixed reads for gates, as well as for point-of-sale, area and shelf tag reads—in some cases, at twice the speed of previous models.
By Claire Swedberg

For fixed reading, Nordic ID has released its Sampo S2 and S2 One series—fixed UHF RFID readers with multiple connectivity choices. The Sampo S2 series operates at both U.S. and European frequencies within the UHF band, and is typically intended for use by retailers at the point of sale or at gates. It comes with an integrated computer to manage data in the machine, requiring less transfer of data to the cloud.

The Sampo S2 and One series come with Nordic ID's NUR2-1W reader module and three external antenna ports. The reader can forward data via an Ethernet connection, dual-band Wi-Fi or a 3G cellular network. It comes with internal wideband UHF antennas, but enables the connecting of up to three external antennas as well.

The Sampo One
The Nordic ID AR82 is a fixed reader with a built-in computer and 16 ports for antennas, enabling multiple reader gates to be managed by the single device. That number of antenna ports enables it to be used for shelf reading, and it can interrogate tags at a speed of 1,000 tags per second. It comes with multiple communication options, such as Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi and 3G cellular. The AR82 is designed for automated in-store inventory management, or for asset management within an office, an assembly site or a warehouse. It can also be used to manage the locations and movements of individuals wearing RFID-enabled badges.

The AR85 covers a larger reading area without requiring any external antennas. It is suitable, Reima says, for RFID-based gate solutions and monitoring a designated area. The readers that offer the 1,000-tags-per-second read rate are approximately twice as fast as predecessor readers, the company reports.

The new readers are built to be affordable, according to Reima. The EXA31 is priced at €830 to €980 ($973 to $1,148) while users will pay €1,190 to €1,390 ($1,395 to $1,629) for the EXA51e, and €830 to €1,170 ($973 to $1,371) for the Sampo S2 One. The AR85 is provided at €1,630 to €1,890 ($1,910 to $2,215) and the AR82 will sell for €1,390 to €1,650 ($1,629 to $1,934.

The company has also released its Nordic ID Radea software platform to manage UHF RFID or bar-code devices. The software interprets and manages read data, then forwards that information to a user's own back end or to cloud-based software.

Multiple companies are already deploying some of the new reader products, according to Nordic ID. These include a large automotive manufacturer that is using the EXA31 on its assembly lines to manage which components are being used during each assembly operation, and a chain laundry business using Sampo S2 reader gates to read tags attached to work wear.

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