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Siemens unveils new UHF RFID reader with IoT interface ••• Lowe Rental, CoreRFID offer refrigerator-monitoring solution ••• Haydale Technologies, Star RFID partner to develop graphene inks for RFID ••• BCC Research market report shows strong RFID growth ••• iDTronic intros reader-writer for Industrial IoT ••• Cocoon In The Park festival boosts revenues with RFID cashless payments ••• C3 offers new platform for rapid AI deployment.
By Rich Handley
Nov 29, 2018

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Siemens; Lowe Rental, CoreRFID; Haydale Technologies, Star RFID; BCC Research; iDTronic; Cocoon In The Park; and C3.

Siemens Unveils New UHF RFID Reader With IoT Interface

Siemens is extending its range of Simatic RF600 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) devices to include an RFID reader. The Simatic RF615R measures 133 millimeters by 155 millimeters by 45 millimeters, and comes with an internal, circularly polarized antenna and an additional external antenna connection. Using the connection for the additional external antenna, it is possible to set up a small-scale RFID gate.

The device supports OPC UA as an Internet of Things (IoT) interface and communicates via the OPC UA AutoID Companion Specification V1.0 data model. This permits vendor-independent communication within the automation and a standardized connection to cloud applications such as the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere, via an industrial IoT gateway such as Ruggedcom RX1400 with CloudConnect. Analysis of gathered data provides transparency for KPIs such as plant availability, utilization of assets or energy-saving potential.

With its circularly polarized antenna, the reader offers flexibility in the placement of RFID transponders to be captured. With both a digital input and a digital output, the RF615R offers a trigger option for distributed read points, as well as local response to reading events. Access to configuration, commissioning and diagnostic tools takes place in the customary way via a Web browser. Other functions include in-process diagnosis and the diagnostic history in the logbook.

The reader is suitable for use in mechanical and plant engineering, the company reports, as well as with conveyor technology. Due to its protection rating of IP67, the RF615R can be used in harsh industrial environments.

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