Do Libraries Enable Patrons to Connect Smartphones to RFID Readers?

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Ask The ExpertsDo Libraries Enable Patrons to Connect Smartphones to RFID Readers?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

Is it possible, within a library, for a visitor to initialize a connection between a handheld interrogator and a mobile phone via Bluetooth or wireless, and then connect to the Internet? If so, I’d like a diagram and some sample pseudo-code.

—Name withheld


I am unaware of any libraries that enable patrons to connect their smartphones to RFID readers, but Tertium Technology makes small handheld high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) readers that can connect to a cell phone and enable a person to read tags in or on books and other media. In addition, Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd. manufactures several handhelds that can connect to phones via a Bluetooth connection, and there are other consumer-friendly devices available as well.

I cannot provide sample code, however. You would need to contact reader manufacturers and ask them for software development kits (SDK), which would likely contain sample code.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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