RFID On the Go

Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been deployed at some of the nation’s largest retailers, including Macy’s, Walmart and JCPenney. Its early success has focused on the benefits to the retail store, such as increased sales, decreased labor costs, and efficiencies that resulted from speed-of-processing. Companies now must maximize RFID deployments and benefits. Technology companies, including CipherLab, Psion, ThingMagic and Truecount are updating handheld RFID devices to stay ahead of the curve.

Bluetooth-Enabled Support
The CipherLab Model1861 handheld wireless RFID reader is designed to address UHF RFID applications. The reader can be used as a supplement to Bluetooth-enabled mobile computers and provides additional UHF RFID read/write ability. It also connects to SPP- or HID-supported Bluetooth, Windows mobile, Android, iOS, tablet, laptop and desktop hardware configurations.

Fast Readings, Dense Environments    
Psion Neo rugged handheld computer integrates UHF with its RFID technology. The mobile data collection device identifies tags and can be mounted to the back of the Neo allowing for faster reading of ID tags. It can also adapt to applications such as jewelry inventory or item control at points of sale. The Psion module is based on the Quark CAEN RFID reader, offering multi-regional capabilities.

Magic Mobile Reader
Trimble ThingMagic reader includes a mounting kit to add UHF RFID capability to the Nomad and supports reading and writing of EPC Global Gen2 tags. The UHF RFID Reader accessory is available for use in Europe or in the U.S., Canada and South America. The reader includes device drivers and a software development kit to enable systems integrators to add RFID capabilities to their mobile applications.

RFID in a Briefcase
Truecount offers RFID 2-GO, a solution that provides RFID hardware and software in a compact carrying case. Included is a laptop computer, a Motorola Solutions fixed reader with antenna, and a Motorola handheld interrogator and cradle for uploading data. The system is intended for SMBs, with the ability to receive goods with RFID tags or process transactions.