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New RFID Reader Serves as All-Inclusive Point-of-Sale Device

Caen RFID's Hex reader is intended to enable retailers or other companies to accomplish functions such as selling a product without requiring additional computers, bar-code devices or power cables.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 24, 2018

An Italian luxury clothing brand is among the first companies to deploy an RFID point-of-sale (POS) solution using new multi-purpose desktop readers from CAEN RFID that serve as POS devices. The company, which has asked to remain unnamed, is using the company's new Hex readers for operations related to POS purchases.

CAEN RFID's parent company, CAEN SpA, sells data-acquisition electronic instrumentation and power supplies for nuclear physics and particle physics experiments. Caen's RFID division was opened in 2003, then spun off from the company in 2006 to offer ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID-enabled readers, including handheld devices, as well as desktop and fixed portal readers. The firm sells the products to systems integrators and resellers for use in retail, as well as for other industries, explains David Pallassini, CAEN RFID's sales manager.

The Hex R12901 reader has been on the market for about two months, and was displayed at this month's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, held in Orlando, Fla. The reader is a Power-over-Ethernet (POE) UHF RFID device that comes with a built-in computer that captures and manages read data, then forwards that information to a server, depending on a user's needs regarding data management and integration.

While a variety of desktop RFID readers can be used for POS purposes, Pallassini says, the Hex comes with all necessary functions built in. According to Pallassini, Caen RFID's goal is to make it easier for retailers or users in other vertical markets to set up a system for reading tags at the point of sale that can stand alone.

The device is intended not only for use at the point of sale, but also for commissioning new tags, as well as providing access control, inventory management and document tracking. To accomplish the POS and commissioning functionalities, it comes with a port to connect a bar-code scanner.

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