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Synergy Develops RFID, IoT Technologies During Crisis Period in Brazil

The Brazilian company is launching innovative and international-class radio frequency identification equipment under its Identhis brand name.
By Edson Perin
Mar 13, 2018

Synergy, as popular wisdom says, is making lemonade from lemons. With its own resources, the company is dodging the difficulties of the local Brazilian market to develop high-technology equipment. This is reflected in its launch of an Internet of Things (IoT) product line and an international-class line of radio frequency identification solutions under its Identhis brand .

According to Maurício Strasburg, Synergy's CEO, among the key innovations from the third quarter of 2017 to the first half of 2018 was the Identix EZR2500 IoT RAIN RFID Gateway. Launched late last year, the gateway is already being used by some of Synergy's customers. "The EZR2500 is called an IoT gateway," Strasburg explains, "because it encompasses different functions in a single device, with ease of sending information collected for IoT platforms."

Synergy's Maurício Strasburg
The main features of this compact solution, developed in Brazil by Synergy, include a low-cost UHF RAIN RFID reader with four ports and 31.5dBm of power. The system can support expansion for up to 32 RF ports, by means of an accessory called Catena. It acts as a gateway to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, and can identify BLE devices of different standards: iBeacon, Eddystone, AltBeacon and other proprietary formats.

The BLE gateway function allows the identification of beacons at a distance greater than 50m, the company reports, depending on the model of device used. In addition to identification, the gateway is capable of obtaining telemetry data transmitted by some types of beacons, such as battery level, temperature reading, humidity, movement and more.

In addition to RFID and BLE, the EZR2500 has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for communication and the location of items. The reader can passively scan the air interface of the Wi-Fi network, identifying all Wi-Fi devices, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks and tags. The collected data can then be forwarded to IoT platforms via the MQTT protocol. "In less than five minutes," Strasburg says, "it's possible to have the EZR2500 running on the Microsoft Azure, IBM BlueMix, Amazon AWS or Google Cloud platforms."

The EZR2500 can be powered by power supplies between + 9VDC and + 28VDC, making installation in utility vehicles and trucks easier. It has an Ethernet interface with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), two protected general-purpose input-output (GPIO) inputs and three GPO outputs, with selectable output voltage of + 5VDC, + 12VDC and + 24VDC, one of which is relayed. A cryptographic module stores keys and certificates.

"We are piloting a new loss-prevention system at Levi's," Strasburg says, "which will work in tandem with the iTag solution. This new RFID anti-theft system incorporates sophisticated algorithms and has hardware based on the EZR2500 and a Raspberry-Pi minicomputer. Raspberry-Pi will be phased out soon, when we launch the Identix NR2500 Gateway, because the software will run on that new device" (see Levi's Tests RFID Use Successfully).

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