HID, STMicroelectronics, Janam: RFID News Roundup

Published: March 14, 2024

HID releases ruggedized RFID reader for harsh conditions, STMicroelectronics announces new IoT microcontrollers, Janam offers new UHF RFID reader for supply chain operations.

HID Releases Ruggedized RFID Reader for Harsh Conditions

Identity solutions company HID Global has added a new reader to its product portfolio, promoting it as being able to read UHF RFID tags at a rate of 1,200 per second. The TSL 3166 Bluetooth Rugged RAIN RFID UHF Reader is designed for use in inventory management, supply chain tracking, and asset management, including in harsh conditions.

The new handheld reader offers a longer battery life than previous models and features per-tag batch commands capability that can streamline memory management. The reader is designed with a de-duplication mode to prevent the reader data from overwhelming the connected host.

Additionally, the reader can accomplish barcode scanning and offers enough versatility during a single inventory scan for operators to read data points from a tag’s multiple memory bank areas, write new information to tags, or lock the tag for security.

The reader can be integrated with passive sensor transponders to monitor environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, strain and acceleration as well. The rugged design makes it resistant to water, dust and mechanical trauma to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.

STMicroelectronics Announces New IoT Microcontrollers

Global semiconductor company STMicroelectronics is selling a new, short-range wireless microcontroller designed to enable miniaturization of wearables and smart objects including smart home devices, health monitors and smart appliances. The device will make products lower cost and easier to use as well, the company reports.

The new microcontroller supports BLE in addition to IoT protocols Zigbee and Thread commonly used in wireless devices, such as smart meters and speakers as well as the home bridges, gateways, and controllers (including smartphones).

The new product comes in response to manufacturers seeking a way to make devices smaller and lower cost. ST’s STM32WBA5 product line allows a one-chip solution that’s compact, reduces the bill of materials, and shortens the time to market by reducing wireless design challenges, according to STMicro.

The new line is intended to simplify the process of migrating existing products designed for wired connections.

Additionally, ST has introduced support for the recently released Bluetooth LE Audio specifications that enable new product innovations for improved listening and hearing experiences. These include the new Bluetooth Auracast feature, for audio broadcasting applications.

Janam Offers New UHF RFID Reader for Supply Chain Operations

Mobile computers company Janam launched its new all-in-one RFID reader for tracking and visibility of goods through a supply chain. The XR2 UHF RFID Reader is designed for use in warehouses, manufacturing sites and logistics operations.

This handheld device was designed to be more ergonomic and intuitive for users, the company reported. It features higher sensitivity and longer-range RFID reading than its predecessor readers for use in fast-paced environments.

The XR2 comes with an Impinj E 710 reader chip and is capable of scanning more than 1000 RFID tags per second from up to 60 feet away.

The device includes a Honeywell 1D/2D imager for barcode scanning, GPS functionality and an optional multi carrier SIM card functionality so companies can use cellular access via their local network such as AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile.