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RFID News Roundup

iDTRONIC intros tablet with optional RFID and bar-code reader ••• Afero offers IoT platform Web service for device management ••• Telensa, FarSite partner on wireless bin sensing for smart cities ••• Entrust Datacard, ADLINK team up to improve IIoT security ••• Bosch Sensortec unveils low-power accelerometer for IoT, wearables ••• Itron supports Wi-SUN Alliance FAN Certification Program for outdoor IIoT networks.
By Rich Handley
Oct 04, 2018

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: iDTRONIC; Afero; Telensa, FarSite; Entrust Datacard, ADLINK; Bosch Sensortec; Itron, and the Wi-SUN Alliance.

iDTRONIC Intros Tablet With Optional RFID and Bar-Code Reader

iDTRONIC has announced its C4 Tablet L, the successor to its C4 Tablet model. The new unit is a mobile data-collection device for applications involving building site management and aviation management. The C4 Tablet L is suitable for Android 7.0, the company reports, and has an 8-inch touch screen. It works with the latest mobile standard for 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networking, according to iDTRONIC, and weighs 600 grams (21 ounces).

The anthracite housing of the C4 Tablet L consists of rubberized TPU/CP plastics. It is IP67-rated and provides protection against contact with dust and humidity. The device has an ergonomic housing that is slip-resistant and has reinforced edges. The display consists of Gorilla Glass and is suitable for harsh environments, the company indicates. The tablet can be upgraded with a 1D (bar code) or 2D (QR code) reader. This enables efficient and fast control of mobile data collection within operational applications, iDTRONIC explains.

The C4 Tablet L operates at various RFID frequencies: UHF (865 to 868 MHz or 920 to 925 MHz), HF/NFC (13.56 kHz) and LF (125 kHz or 134.2 kHz). The LF version supports transponders and tags compliant with the ISO 11784 and 11785 standards, while the HF/NFC version complies with ISO 14443A and 15693, and the UHF version complies with EPC C1 GEN2 und ISO 18000-6C.

The tablet runs with the Android 7.0 "Nougat" OS and is equipped with an A53 1.5 GHz Octa-Core processor. Its rechargeable battery operates at 8,000 mAh and can withstand an entire working day, the company reports. Due to its 3.8-volt power supply, the tablet is equipped with a quick-charge function. The internal memory can be provided with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM or 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. As such, the Micro SD is expandable up to a maximum of 128 GB.

A 13-megapixel camera comes with auto-focus and LED Flash, enabling it to function under a variety of lighting conditions. Documentation of work processes can be reproduced sharply with this high-resolution camera.

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