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RFID News Roundup

JADAK integrates RFID communication interface into its products ••• Frost & Sullivan names Smartrac RFID Global Solutions Company of the Year ••• Harting Technology Group unveils IIoT and automation technologies ••• Infineon intros IoT cloud localization services and security solutions ••• ABI Research reports auto makers leading smart manufacturing advances ••• Startup  Robolab raises funding to develop RFID-capable AI robot bartender ••• Rigado gateway uses Amazon Web Services IoT features, Bluetooth sensors.
By Rich Handley
Dec 06, 2018

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: JADAK; Frost & Sullivan, Smartrac Technology Group; Harting Technology Group; Infineon; ABI Research; Robolab; and Rigado.

JADAK Integrates RFID Communication Interface Into Its Products

JADAK, a business unit of Novanta Corp., has announced two new products to its ThingMagic RFID portfolio: the Elara plug-and-play USB reader and the EL6e smart module. These new products, based on the company's ThingMagic Nano module, are designed to simplify RFID integration by adding interface and operability features that allow engineers to minimize design efforts and implement RFID in any application requiring mid- or short-range read distance.

Both products feature autonomous workflows permitting the rapid creation of solutions without RFID expertise, the use of SDKs and integration tools. They support a new interface between applications and RFID readers, known as the RAIN Communication Interface (RCI).

The RCI and the Elara and EL6e products are intended to provide automation and efficiency in various markets. "The JADAK RFID team continues to take an active leadership role in the RAIN Alliance," said Janie Goddard, JADAK's president, in a prepared statement, "by co-developing the RAIN Communication Interface and introducing these new products, as an effort to unify the industry and lower the barriers for technology adoption."

The product's availability is expected to be announced in January 2019. Both the EL6e and Elara were demonstrated at an RAIN Alliance group meeting held in Xiamen, China, on Dec. 4-6.

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