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By Rich Handley

Portable Technology Solutions' Software Supports Alien Technology's RFID Reader

Portable Technology Solutions, a provider of mobile data-collection software and systems, has announced that its TracerPlus mobile software supports Alien Technology's ALR-H460 portable rugged RFID reader. The TracerPlus mobile and RFID software is compatible with a range of consumer and professional hardware, the company reports; it can be configured to a user's precise needs, with no programming required.

"TracerPlus is the leading software for mobile applications in our market," said Terry Pruett, Alien's VP of marketing and global reader products, in a prepared statement. "It's a very versatile package. PTS is able to provide our customers with end-to-end support while also providing an extremely powerful, flexible and elegant software tool that addresses key RFID applications. We value our relationship with PTS and consider support for our products within TracerPlus to be a vital part of our success with this new reader."

The ALR-H460 is an Android-based portable data-collection device with an ergonomic design and an IP64 sealing for dust and water resistance. In addition to reading RFID tags, the device can read most 1D and 2D barcodes. The ALR-H460 is targeted at warehouse, logistics and manufacturing applications in the retail industry. The portable reader is part of Alien's range of passive, GS1-based RFID products, including tags and readers.

"PTS is very selective about the RFID hardware that we choose to support," added Brad Horn, PTS's CEO and co-founder, in the prepared statement. "Our developer and reseller partners have been very impressed and excited about the new Alien ALR-H460 device. Coupling our software with this new portable RFID reader and Alien Technology's expertise in RFID chipsets and tags creates a very powerful solution for end users."

Combining TracerPlus's software with Alien's reader, PTS indicates, enables users to migrate to an Android-based data-collection and RFID environment. For businesses that need to upgrade existing Windows-based data-collection environments, the firm notes, this can reduce deployment costs and enable new RFID-based applications.

"In terms of performance and price point, Alien Technology really hit it out of the park with this new device," Horn said in the prepared statement. "With so many anticipating our partnership we expect a lot of demand and successful deployments with the ALR-H460 running TracerPlus applications." PTS and Alien have already tested the integrated solution with one customer. Support for the ALR-H460 in the current version of TracerPlus is available upon request and is expected to become generally available during the first quarter of this year.

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