How Would I Transfer Data from a Fixed RFID Reader to a Remote Server?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Would I Transfer Data from a Fixed RFID Reader to a Remote Server?
RFID Journal Staff asked 7 years ago

Specifically, how could I do this without a PC in between?

—Name withheld


To answer your question, I reached out to Ken Traub, principal at Ken Traub Consulting. Ken is an expert on RFID software and was deeply involved with the creation of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) software standards, including the EPC Information Services (EPCIS). Here is his response:

“The details vary from reader to reader, so you’ll have to check with the manufacturer of each reader to see what its capabilities are. Most readers can be connected to a network and controlled via its native protocol or the Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP). This mode of operation, however, does require a PC or other computer to command the reader to read tags. Because the reader is attached to a network, however, that PC can be ‘remote.’ It will need to gain access to the reader via a specific TCP/IP port, so some firewall configuration may be required.

“Some makes and models of readers may provide a way to configure the reader to automatically read tags and push the results to a remote server without having any active program commanding the reader via its interface. I was not able to identify any specific make or model that offers this capability, but it is worth checking with each reader manufacturer to see if they can offer such a capability, if that is what you require.”

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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