Murata, NXP, MicroEJ, Guardian RFID: RFID Journal News Roundup 

Published: January 4, 2024

New Hampshire DOC deploying Command Cloud RFID, Murata released IoT connectivity module, NXP and MicroEJ offer software containers for IoT,

New Hampshire DOC Deploying Command Cloud RFID Platform Across the State

Guardian RFID and the New Hampshire Department of Corrections (NHDOC) recently signed a multi-year agreement to deploy the RFID-based, officer experience platform known as Command Cloud across all NHDOC correctional facilities, correctional officers, and civilian employees. The NHDOC will leverage all the features of Guarding RFID’s Command Cloud capabilities including AI, RFID, mobility, business intelligence, and biometrics.

The agreement allows NHDOC to address historic vacancy rates among corrections officers and other critical staff positions, according to Guardian RFID. The Command Cloud solution is aimed at digitizing workflows to strengthen security and vigilance for all staff while increasing safety and security for residents as well.

Command Cloud consists of a tech stack including computer vision, machine learning, and native cloud capabilities powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It runs in AWS GovCloud.

The NHDOC is responsible for the state’s correctional facilities, as well as providing supervision of probationers and parolees. The department oversees a system that has an incarcerated resident population of approximately 1,940, with 4,600 probationers and parolees, and 1,000 employees.

Murata Released IoT Connectivity Module

Electronic components and solutions company Murata has released its Type 2FR connectivity module for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The 12- by 11-millimeter module uses NXP Semiconductor‘s RW612 Wireless MCU with integrated tri-band radio. The module is aimed at applications such as smart home devices, smart appliances, enterprise and industrial automation, and smart city and smart energy solutions.

The Type 2FR supports communication protocols Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.3, Low-Power Wide Area Network (LP-WAN) 802.15.4, as well as Ethernet connectivity. This transmission versatility enables more seamless connectivity and operational efficiency, the company says. Type 2FR is compatible with Matter over Wi-Fi, Matter over Thread, and Matter over Ethernet, simplifying device interoperability and management.

The Type 2FR comes with a built-in 260 MHz Arm Cortex-M33 core, 1.2 MB of RAM and 16 MB of flash memory. It leverages NXP’s EdgeLock security technology, to enable data security for a variety of IoT applications. The built-in RW612 is supported by NXP’s MCUXpresso ecosystem of software and tools to accelerate development and reduce time-to-market. The Type 2FR solution also comes with numerous external antenna options, according to Murata.

The module is miniaturized—approximately 50 percent smaller compared to discrete implementations—and built for high performance. By including Wi-Fi and Ethernet capability Murata says the module also can operate as a border router to enable other new applications.

NXP and MicroEJ Offer Software Containers for IoT

NXP Semiconductors released the NXP Platform Accelerator, developed in collaboration with software company MicroEJ. The aim is to offer a simple software design process experience for developers of industrial and IoT edge solutions that use NXP products.

The NXP Platform Accelerator leverages MicroEJ VEE software containers with standard APIs. Software containerization enables binary software portability across NXP’s processors portfolio, meaning manufacturers can accelerate their new product development and reduce costs, the companies say.

The dedicated APIs provide developers access to advanced functionalities integrated in NXP’s processor portfolio, such as power management and 3D/2D graphics. The NXP Platform Accelerator integrates development tools—such as simulation, virtual device management and a multi-language framework—for combinations of C, Java, and JavaScript languages.

The goal is to make it easier for companies to prototype new products faster but also to create a broad portfolio of complex smart devices that evolve with market needs and trends. 

The new software product is available for NXP’s processors, including the i.MX RT595 and multi-core i.MX RT1170 crossover MCUs.