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By Rich Handley

iDTRONIC Intros HF-NFC RFID Panel Reader

iDTRONIC has announced its BLUEBOX Panel Reader, a high-frequency (HF) Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID reader-writer module. The round module has a diameter of 28 millimeters (1.1 inches) and a thickness of 9 millimeters (0.4 inch). The integrated antenna transfers data with a maximum speed of 115,200 bits per second. The panel reader is suitable for many applications, the company reports, and is particularly suited to integration into existing access-control, employee-identification or process-automation systems, or for NFC data transfer.

The BLUEBOX Panel Reader is equipped with a 5 Vdc power supply; the device requires a 2.5-watt power supply for operation. An existing USB interface can read and write data in either a Virtual COM Port (VCP) or Keyboard Emulation (HID) mode, enabling integration into all existing Microsoft Windows systems.

The module is equipped with an RFID option of HF and NFC, operating at 13.56 MHz. The NFC frequency enables data exchange in near-field environments. The HF-NFC frequency supports the ISO 14443A/B and ISO 15693 standards, and can read and write to transponders of the MIFARE Classic, Ultralight, Ultralight C, DESFire, Plus, NTAG and NXP transponder types.

A software development kit (SDK) and configuration tool for Windows operating systems is provided, as well as an operating system-independent command protocol. Further adjustments of firmware and hardware are possible upon request and project basis, the company reports.

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