We recently attended RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 in Orlando, Florida. While at the show, we interviewed leaders, systems manufacturers, and solutions providers in the RFID industry. In this interview we spoke with Tracy Hillstrom, SR. Product Marketing Manager of Impinj.
Impinj is an industry leader in RFID technology who constantly produces top quality RFID equipment and chips. At RFID Journal LIVE, the main attraction in the Impinj booth is the xArray reader system which boasts advanced monitoring, locating, and tag direction software. With four xArrays mounted overhead, monitoring the Impinj show floor is a simple task for the system, and this year it even includes heat mapping technology. Covering 1500 square feet with read sensitivity of -82 dBm, this platform enhances the customer experience making it ideal for retail applications. As Tracy said, this can be used to greet customers, reserve dressing rooms, and even promote sales going on in the store.
Next on our booth tour, we take a closer look at an established product in Impinj’s lineup, the Impinj Speedway Antenna Hub. The antenna hub supports up to 32 RFID antennas without any additional programming. This antenna hub, unlike most third party hubs, is a true plug-and-play device when paired with the Speedway Revolution R420 reader.
Next we look at the Indy RS500, one of Impinj’s embeddable reader units, a complete integrated reader solution in a tiny package. This reader unit has an impressive read rate of 180 tags/sec and a read sensitivity of -65 dBm inside a 30 mm x 32 mm package. As Tracy explained, this reader can be integrated with an RFID antenna and become a complete RFID system. The system Tracy held is comprised of one Impinj RS500 unit, an Impinj Mini-Guardrail antenna, and a USB port, which is all you need to create your own USB reader.
The new Monza R6 chip, released later this year, is the newest member of the Monza family. One of the biggest differentiators in this new generation is the increase of 2 dB in sensitivity versus the Monza 5 chip. With a 96 bit EPC memory and -22.1 dBm read sensitivity, this chip is upping the bar for RFID chips.