The 3 Phases of Building an RFID Mass Reading Application

The 3 Phases of Building an RFID Mass Reading Application

Because UHF RFID has progressed so much since its inception, readers are able to read, on average, about 700 tags per second and interpret the data. This faster, highly efficient RFID tag read rate makes it possible for mass reading applications to emerge in several industries, most prominently in supply chain management. A mass reading [….]

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Custom Protocols & Interfaces: Understanding the Benefits

Custom Protocols & Interfaces: Understanding the Benefits

Protocols Protocols are a certain set of rules that govern the exchange of data through a communication connection. Most widely used protocols define small data exchanges that occur millions of times a day like the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or File Transfer Protocol (FTP). It is fair to say that most people use protocols on [….]

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Zebra Booth Interview: RFID Journal LIVE 2016

Zebra Booth Interview: RFID Journal LIVE 2016

In May, we attended RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 located in Orlando, Florida. While we were there, we interviewed manufacturers, solutions providers, and industry speakers in hopes of learning more about the new products and applications currently emerging in the RFID industry. In this interview, we spoke with Michael Fein, Senior Product Manager, RFID and Altaf [….]

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General Purpose Input/Ouput (GPIO) Devices

General Purpose Input/Ouput (GPIO) Devices

Most fixed RFID readers have a GPIO port, or General Purpose Input / Output port, that enables additional functionality, such as visual or audio signals. Unlike other ports on RFID readers, the GPIO port has only two settings – high (i.e.  “on”), or nothing. The high signal acts as a trigger for GPO devices because [….]

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Mercury API SDK C# Documentation

Mercury API SDK C# Documentation

This documentation is for the Mercury API SDK provided by ThingMagic for a .NET application. This specific documentation will be for a C# implementation of the SDK written in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 for a ThingMagic USB Plus+ (M5e-based) reader. Setup The first step is to download the Mercury API SDK from http://thingmagic.com/index.php/manuals-firmware. Save and [….]

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Duck, Duck,…RFID?

Duck, Duck,…RFID?

Adopting an animal, specifically a duck, is normally a huge commitment with a lot of responsibility; in Charleston, it’s just a neat way to give back to charity. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island, along with a few other clubs, holds an annual duck race on the Wando River benefitting Rotary community service programs both [….]

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The Layers & Parts of an RFID Printer

The Layers & Parts of an RFID Printer

The Basics RFID Printers are designed to save time for mass printing and encoding applications. These devices are basically an RFID reader and a printer combined into one machine. UHF, HF, and NFC tags are all able to run through an RFID printer, as long as the tag is compatible with that specific printer. The [….]

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Breakthrough RFID Sensing Solutions from SMARTRAC

Breakthrough RFID Sensing Solutions from SMARTRAC

In May, we attended RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 located in Orlando, Florida. While we were there, we interviewed manufacturers, solutions providers, and industry speakers in hopes of learning more about the new products and applications currently emerging in the RFID industry. In this interview, we spoke with Lauri Hyytinen, Global Director Automotive, Industry, & Logistics, [….]

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RFID Tutorial: Impinj Octane SDK

RFID Tutorial: Impinj Octane SDK

This post is written for developing and deploying a simple Windows device application for controlling a passive RFID system using the Impinj Speedway reader and the Impinj Octane SDK. Additionally, this post explains how to export the received RFID tag data to an Excel file for easy data management. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to gain an [….]

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RFID Antennas: Beamwidth & Directivity

RFID Antennas: Beamwidth & Directivity

Even though RFID antennas are not the brains of an RFID system, they are still complex devices that can hinder or benefit an RFID system depending on the application and chosen antenna. For instance, choosing the wrong antenna for a certain application could result in inches of read range instead of feet. Besides the basic [….]

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