The RFID industry has made strong advances over the past decade as standards development, technology gains, and more attractive pricing has allowed the technology to be deployed in almost all industry verticals.
Product innovation, however, has clearly lifted RFID to a new level. That innovation is evident in today’s product announcements from Motorola Solutions and ThingMagic, a division of Trimble.
Motorola’s new UHF RFID Sled, which transforms mobile computers into a state-of-the-art RFID handheld reader, is certain to be a game-changer in the warehousing and retail sectors, enabling greater and faster adoption.
The same can be said for ThingMagic’s innovative Mercury® xPRESS Platform, a flexible development platform designed to simplify the process of bringing application specific RFID readers and embedded RFID solutions to market.
“Simplifying the incorporation of RFID into existing and new solutions is important to the ongoing growth of our industry,” says Tom Grant, general manager of Trimble’s ThingMagic Division.
“Our goal with the Mercury xPRESS Platform is to allow our customers to incorporate RFID into their applications and solutions in a timely and cost effective way. The value of RFID is becoming clearer; we need to complement that growing interest with a set of tools that make its application straight forward. That’s exactly what the Mercury xPRESS Platform provides.”
Mercury xPRESS provides market-leading embedded RFID technology with an integrated software development environment and a range of transport interfaces and communication plug-ins in a single platform. Delivered as an extensible development environment with reference design files, the platform also reduces the need for developers to have significant RFID domain expertise, facilitating the rapid integration of RFID with a variety of products and complementary wireless communication technologies.
The Mercury xPRESS Platform combines a microcontroller-based motherboard with the industry-leading ThingMagic Mercury6e Series of RFID modules and an integrated software development environment built on the ThingMagic Mercury C API. With the platform, developers can bring up a fully functional RFID reader in minutes; testing and proof of concept using sample applications from the software library can start almost immediately.
Motorola’s RFD5500 UHF RFID Sled can instantly turn the MC55N0, MC55A0, MC65 and MC67 mobile computers into lightweight, rugged, handheld RFID readers that deliver fast read rates and improved productivity for retail storefronts, warehouses and field applications.
“Motorola Solutions’ new RFD5500 sled expands the industry’s broadest RFID reader portfolio adding state-of-the-art RFID functionality to the bar code scanning capability already available in the MC55, MC65 and MC67 mobile computers,” says Bob Sanders, senior vice president of Data Capture Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “By bundling two best-in-class data capture technologies in one accessory, businesses can now purchase and manage fewer devices helping improve productivity and lower their total cost of ownership.”
By using the RFD5500 Sled, there is no need to precisely align the reader with the tag, meaning that RFID data can be quickly and accurately captured, even on the most challenging items.
The RFD5500 offers a unique combination of intuitive audible and visual cues to quickly guide a worker to the precise location of any desired item. As the device moves closer to a specific item, a tone beeps louder and faster, while a sliding graphical bar increases in size enabling mobile workers to quickly locate any individual item.