Radio Frequency Identification is Multiple Radio Frequency Technologies not just one!

Ξ July 26th, 2011 | → Comments Off on Radio Frequency Identification is Multiple Radio Frequency Technologies not just one! | ∇ Active RTLS, HF High Frequency, LF Low Frequency, RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

We are constantly amazed at the questions that prospective users ask when they visit our web site.  While RFID has been around for more than 5 decades it seems many people still have the opinion that RFID is a single technology that uses multiple Radio Frequencies.  Supposedly these different frequencies are used based on the needed read distance between the reader and  tag  and the material that the RFID tag is attached to.

Wow – would that be a lovely world to be in – easy, fast, simple.

RFID technology is far more complex that just multiple Radio Frequencies.  There are the standard ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band frequencies that were reserved internationally for purposes other than communications.  Generally these ISM frequencies do not require licensing but are usually locally regulated in the bandwidth and power that can be used and any devices used in these frequencies must accept any interference generated in this ISM band.  Outside of the ISM band there are a number of frequencies that may or may not require local licenses to operate.

If we just concentrate only on the ISM band and only on the larger well known RFID frequencies we have the following wavebands – 125~150 kHz ( usually broken down to 125 kHz and 134.2 kHz), 13.56 MHz, 433 MHz, 860~960 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and finally 5.8 GHz. So we have at least 7 wave bands that can and are being used for RFID applications.  Reality is there are 14 bands used – http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Frequencies.php – in this blog we are just looking at the commonly known bands.

In addition to the commonly used 7 wave bands; we  have Passive and Active technologies that govern how the tag and readers inter-operate:

Passive Technology – where the non powered equipped RFID tag is dormant until excited by an RFID Interrogator (RFID Reader);

Semi Passive/Semi Active Technology where the tag contains a battery or some other power boosting device so that when excited by a Reader the tag contents can be read;

Active Tag and Reader Technology where the Tag has a power source and can talk/beacon without a Reader exciting it and the Reader can talk to the Tag and change its contents or communication methods;

And finally Active Tag and Passive Reader Technology where the Tag has a power source and can talk/beacon without a Reader exciting it and the Reader only listens for tags.

So now we see we have 7 wave bands and 4 different technologies that can be utilized within the wave band.

Within each of these technologies we also have the following Tag Read and Write Characteristics:

125 kHz – Low Frequency – Usually read only, but can be read and write – usually limited to 10 hexadecimal characters, usually short range almost touch  – but with the right Reader and Tag combination can read over 1.5 meters!

134.2 kHz – Low Frequency – Also usually read only and 15 hexadecimal characters, but many of the tags can be read and write and like the 125 kHz was usually short read range – under 50 cm, but with the right tag and reader combination can easily go over 2 meters.

13.56 MHz – High Frequency – the biggest usage of all bands – and the most complex, no security, some security, DES security, EAS security, all kinds of flavors, mostly read write, several ISO standards, varying read distances, varying user memory sizes, and constantly evolving. For user memory we can go from 64 bits to over 4K on standard I/C’s.  The new Smart Technology can have hundreds of kilobytes of storage and even its own operating system on the tag!

433 MHz – Ultra High Frequency – older band, was primarily Military but is now providing the longest read range of all bands – commonly read only and limited memory.

860 ~ 960 MHz – Ultra High Frequency – newest band – now known as the EPC Gen 2 band – never fully used in any country but parts of the band are used in different countries so that the same tag can be read all over the world – originally designed for end to end supply chain management, now being used for a huge number of passive tag applications. This EPC Gen 2 has a large number of flavors and variations built in to accommodate global acceptance –http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Gen_2_What_is_it.php

Within the 860 ~ 960 MHz band there is another band 916 MHz – not well known yet but growing in application usage.  Commonly this band is Active tag Passive Reader with a shorter read distance than the huge 433 MHz read distance but far larger than the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ranges.

 2.4 GHz – Super High Frequency – also known as the WiFi band – can be WiFi enabled or can be proprietary, but is usually active tag and active reader with a range of up to 100 meters, sometimes more.

5.8 GHz – Super High Frequency very similar band to our new wireless phones!  shorter read distance than the 2,4 GHz band but we can amplify the read range with more power and larger antennas.

For more information on the passive tag Read Write and Memory capabilities – http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Tag__IC_Chips.php

So now we know there are at least 7 frequencies and 4 reader/tag technologies that can be used for RFID applications.  Next blog we will look at each of the 7 ISM bands and try to understand their basic characteristics.

About SkyRFID Inc.
SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas and many other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Animal Management,Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

SkyRFID excels at Weapons Management and Tracking and Electronic Vehicle Identification and Management.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

 

 

 

Automatic Vehicle Identification means Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

Ξ February 9th, 2011 | → Comments Off on Automatic Vehicle Identification means Enhanced Customer Satisfaction | ∇ Active RTLS, RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

More and more these days vehicle manufacturers and dealers are looking to provide better customer service and assistance to vehicle owners.  One way that provides not only improved customer service but also enhanced security is active tag technology added to a vehicle when it is being manufactured.

433 MHz works very well for this application and SkyRFID can provide a turnkey solution that can be customized to individual manufacturing or dealer needs.

Manufacturers attach a Sky 433 tag to the vehicle during the manufacturing process and then monitor the vehicle progress though the final manufacturing stages.  If the vehicle is a special order or customized to a customer needs then they can track the vehicle through each of the customization processes to ensure all is correct and also that the vehicle is finished on time or earlier.  If a customer requires a vehicle quickly and that vehicle is already in production, the manufacturer can then move the vehicle though the processes quicker and have it out to the customer sooner than current day methods.

Manufacturers benefit because they know where each vehicle is in the process and they know that based on the current vehicle stage that it will be ready in X days – or they can locate the vehicle quickly during manufacturing, make configuration changes an out it goes – enhanced customer service.

Many times vehicles are made to stock configurations, but also many times the configuration options are for specific customers so they can track those options faster.

Once the vehicles are in the manufacturers yard it is easy to find the exact vehicle you need since it has it’s own unique ID tag that can be seen by the reader system up to 1000 or more yards away.  So now you just hone in on the tag ID that you want and there is the vehicle you need.  No more looking down row after row of the same model and color, just looking for a trim or inside compartment difference.  Quick, easy and excellent customer service.

Now the manufacturer also knows what is in the yard, how long is it there and do we need to promote that model to reduce the inventory?

Then as vehicles get loaded onto trailers and sent to dealerships, the dealers themselves can also use the tag for identifying what vehicles are in the lot for sale, what are coming in for service and oops – did a vehicle leave just now that should not be leaving!

While you can take the tag out when the vehicle leaves the manufacturing facility, leaving the tag in means that the dealer can use the tag to ID the vehicle for routine maintenance, recalls, warranty service, repairs and more – all without having to read the VIN # and all  automatic so no errors!

Oh and when the important customers come in you know just before they are on the lot and exactly where they are going so you can greet them as they arrive – knowing who they are, what the history of the vehicle is, even why they are coming in to the dealership!  Now that is customer service and no pain for the customer.

After 5 years you either leave the tag in as it will become inactive in 5 years – or you replace the tag and keep on tracking the history.

Cheaper than GPS, easier to manage, web based, graphical, service oriented, inexpensive, and best of all improved customer experience!

SkyRFID can provide the total solution through its global partner network, web based scalable architecture and proven 433 MHz technology.

For more details see http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Vehicle_Management.php

About SkyRFID Inc.
SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas and many other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Animal Management,Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

New Tamper Evident RFID UHF Tracking Solutions from the Sky

Ξ September 8th, 2009 | → Comments Off on New Tamper Evident RFID UHF Tracking Solutions from the Sky | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

Today’s supply and service chain has become very complex.  That complexity brings new challenges when shortages appear – even if the shortage is minimal but regularly occurring.

Inventory accuracy has moved from an abysmal 60 ~ 70 % accuracy in the 80’s and 90’s to nearly 100% today. This is due in part to new automated data collection technologies that inherently provide higher accuracy, but also due to the computerization of many of the transactions that has eliminated human error and minimized corporate exposure.

Unfortunately while this improvement has reduced or eliminated much of the problems that occurred from a system or human error perspective, the world economical situation today has increased the likelihood of deliberate and intentional theft that is very difficult to track and trace.

High value items are particularly at risk as with this global economy there is also the global “Greed Factor” and a “You won’t notice this is missing” attitude.  Goods carefully packaged at a manufacturer’s or distributor’s location end up at the end destination with unaccountable shortages.  In many cases the number of boxes on the pallet or skid is still the same and the entire shipment even weighs the same amount.  But when the boxes are unloaded and opened – sand and other materials appear in the carefully repackaged boxes with no trace of the original contents!  In North America alone this is a 10 billion dollar a year problem.

Even banks lose money every day through shipping money to multiple different locations such as ATM machines, stores and other banks.  Only a small amount of money is missing each day but it has been virtually impossible to determine if the money was taken or if it was a banking error.  I am sure that we have all been “victims” or “beneficiaries” of a banking mistake through a teller and also the ATM machines!

When you really start to analyze each shipment and see how many people have been involved, where the items were stored, who had access to them, and more; it appears virtually impossible to track and trace what really happened and when did the missing items actually become missing, who was the person or persons responsible for this loss?

High value, high volume shippers such as military, military suppliers, video and audio, jewellers, banks; virtually any entity shipping high value items – end up paying higher insurance premiums or charging more for their products due to theft.  Whether we like it or not the end consumer is paying more because of this type of theft whether it is called taxes or simply a price increase we are ultimately paying for theft losses.

Up until now it has been virtually impossible to track and trace every shipment accurately and ensure that the goods in the boxes or containers stayed in those boxes and containers for the entire shipping time and were not tampered with even just a small amount.

Today SkyRFID and its authorized value added resellers can provide a fully end to end Tamper Evident Tracking and Tracing Solution that ensures any and all high value items stay in their respective containers and boxes from the start of the shipment to the final end destination.  If the goods are tampered with, or even stolen, the SkyRFID Tamper Evident Tracking Solution will show you when this happened and where the last location was that the goods were fully and securely protected so you will know who was responsible for the loss.

The SkyRFID Tamper Evident Tracking Solution consists of special watertight, crushproof, corrosion proof RFID tagged containers, RFID Tamper Evident One Time Use Seals and Replaceable Inserts, SkyRFID portable hand held UHF readers, and SkyRFID software. The special containers are available in a wide variety of sizes from a very small “fit in your pocket” size to a “huge rolling on wheels” size.  All containers are watertight, crushproof, corrosion proof, with special double throw safety locking latches, and tamper evident seal mounts to safely secure your valuables. Heavier duty Military strength cases are also readily available.

If an item can be permanently tagged with one of the SkyRFID asset tags that is “right sized” for the item then this will add an additional level of security and traceability.  Most items can be tagged with SkyRFID asset tags for permanent automated identification.  Even currency can be RFID tagged if packaged properly and then a UHF Tamper Evident Seal attached to ensure no tampering.

Shippers first scan the RFID container tag and then scan RFID tagged items and place them into the container.  If an item is not RFID tagged then it is manually added via the data entry screen on the hand held RFID reader. Once all of the contents are placed in the container it is closed and then RFID Tamper Evident seals are attached to the edges of the lid and the main case of the container.  Then the seals are scanned to add the ID of each seal to the container ID and the contents of the container.  Once the Tamper Evident Seals have been affixed you can not remove them and reuse them – they will destruct and render the RFID ID unreadable; they are strictly a one time non reusable RFID seal.

Since the shipper or packer also logged onto the RFID hand held in order to use it we now have a complete picture and date and time stamp of the person packing the container and the contents of the container.  To make sure that we fully understand where this happened, the GPS co-ordinates are taken once the container is sealed.  Now we know exactly what is in the container and exactly where in the world it is!

The hand held reader information is then uploaded to the SkyRFID Master Tracking System for future reference and in-transit security verification.

When the shipment changes hands from one person to another person, each new person not only checks and initials the standard shipping documentation, but also reads each container ID and the Tamper Evident Seals.  They can also read and verify the RFID tags inside the container without actually opening the container for additional shipment verification.
If the RFID Tamper Evident Seals do not read or do not match the previously stored information, then the transfer would be stopped at this point as a violation has occurred while in the hands of the last person. If the items are all in good order as per the originating documentation then the last hand held reader entry is the GPS co-ordinates where the transfer takes place.  This ensures that at each stage of transferring the high value containers to another party the contents of the containers are intact and the exact location is documented.

SkyRFID Track and Trace, Tamper Evident Tracking Solution is for any and all high value goods such as Computers, Laptops, Jewellery, Gems, Weapons, High Value Military Devices such as Night Optics, Short and Long Wave Receivers, Currency, Stock and Bond Certificates and more.

For those special shipments where real time tracking is also required, SkyRFID supplies a very small fully programmable SMS, Internet GPRS software platform GPS Tracker with a motion detection sensor to provide GPS co-ordinates automatically.

Theft or misplacement of high value items can be deterred with SkyRFID Tamper Evident Tracking Solutions.

To read and see additional details on SkyRFID Tamper Evident Tracking  Solutions – Click Here to go to our Web Page

About SkyRFID Inc.
SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas and many other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Animal Management,Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

RFID Access Control for Offices, residences, nursing homes and more!

Ξ July 26th, 2009 | → Comments Off on RFID Access Control for Offices, residences, nursing homes and more! | ∇ General RFID Questions, HF High Frequency, LF Low Frequency, RFID News |

In past few months SkyRFID has seen a dramatic rise in the requests for and implementations of access control systems for offices, residences, nursing homes, private homes, universities, and other facilities.

We are also finding that the reasoning for these systems is not just for access control but also for safety reasons.  Access control systems not only allow or prevent access to a facility, department, room, waste bin, washrooms, and other access controllable objects; they also provide real time information on who is in the building in case of emergencies such as fire or explosions.

Years ago these systems were expensive complex to install and difficult to maintain.  Today you can now implement a single door access system and then add to it whenever you want and not worry about interchanging access cards or door locks or access readers.

You can built an easy to use access control system with a few components and have a single access reader contain the tag information – with a built in battery back up – in case of power failure, and then you can add more access readers, more doors, remote building accesses, a PC to control all of the access rights and privileges and of course software.  All of these modern components are fairly inexpensive to purchase. DIY (Do it Yourself) software, ready to implement software and source codes for modifying software to your exact requirements are readily available from SkyRFID.

Now for access control you can use 125 kHz or 13.56 MHz RFID technology and have a variety of inexpensive tags that can be killed quickly from the system should you lose an access card or tag. You don’t have to rekey the locks or even issue keys for the access locks! Simply just make the lost key or tag inactive and that’s all there is to it!  And it is real time so the inactive tag can not be used anywhere.  If you do recover the tag you can easily make it active again.  This saves time and money plus you have an automatic audit trail of every access should you ever need it.

Since there is such a demand for these systems, SkyRFID has built several new web pages to educate potential buyers and also display some of the very wide variety of tags, readers, and other accessories that are readily available so you can have your own solution the way you want quickly and easily.

For a better understanding of potential access control solutions simply click on THIS link.

To add Time and Attendance to your Access solution – Click This Link

For a variety of Access Cards and Tags Click Here

And to see our wide variety of Keyfob, keychain, keyholder options click this link!

SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and supplies everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID maintains its global presence through its skilled strategic partners that provide local RFID implementations, assistance and support. SkyRFID provides RFID solutions in all passive RFID frequencies and in 433Mhz and 2.4 GHz active technologies. Their specialties are Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Weapons Management, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Designer Tags.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com
E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

How to set up a UHF reader and obtain high read rates.

Ξ June 10th, 2009 | → Comments Off on How to set up a UHF reader and obtain high read rates. | ∇ General RFID Questions, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

There are some misconceptions on RFID FHSS UHF (Radio Frequency Identification, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum, Ultra High Frequency) technology – Out of the box and the reader is working perfectly is something that just doesn’t happen.

There are no specific settings that will work for any environment – each implementation is different – even if the implementation is exactly the same as the last one if it is in a different physical location there will be differences in the read zone – hence most Gen 2 readers provide a number of different channels (for the frequency hopping) and the capabilities to tune the read zone to your unique requirements.

You need to set up the reader with the antennas and then just determine the read zone. Since readers come with either an integrated antenna or up to 4 antenna ports, the best method is to use just one antenna first to obtain a single read zone.  Once the reader is operational and reading tags you then need to determine the actual size of the read zone.  Then you can change the settings on the reader to build a bigger or smaller read zone that is optimized for the application requirements.

Since a read zone is 3 dimensional you need to determine the area – length, width, height, that gives you the highest read rate – known as the 3 dBi beam width – first. For more information on the 3dBi beam width refer to our antenna tutorial at  http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Antenna_Tutorial

To calculate the read zone use one tag only and use the same tag each time.  Keep the tag horizontal for the best read rate – turning the tag vertically will usually drop the read distance by 3 dBi or 50%! Hold the tag away from your body – arms outstretched – to minimize the impact of your body on the read zone.  We humans absorb the RF wave so if you hold the tag close to your body you reduce the read distance by more than 3 dBi!  If you are setting up a read zone for cardboard, metal or other materials, try to use exact samples of the material.  A 0.5 meter (1.5 foot) or longer wooden pole will really eliminate your presence in the read zone if you attach the tag to the material that you have already attached to a wooden pole.   Move slowly around to each outer limit of width and height where the tag still reads correctly and on a predictable basis. Then move away from the reader slowly to determine the length of the read zone.   Make sure that you try to point the tag towards the antenna to get the best read rate and then parallel to the reader to get the fringe of the zone. (The RFID wave comes out from the reader like an expanding funnel so the strength of the wave decreases dramatically with the distance.)

Once you have determined the overall read zone you can then adjust the settings (Frequency and Output Power) one at a time and check the results – the read zone may move forwards, backwards, grow larger or smaller or a bit of each.

To determine  the longest read distance in a non scientific way stand in front of the reader – 3 – 5 meters away and walk backwards with the tag attached to the pole to see when the reads stop. That gives you distance – do the same thing for width and height to determine the area.

Walking in front of the reader is not scientific as you actually change the read zone – going backwards reduces that impact but it is still there.  If you walk forwards again you will actually distort the read zone. It takes about 20 – 30 seconds to disperse the distortion.

After you have obtained the longest read distance and have an idea of the read zone area with the 3 dBi beam width then you can set up the reader so that the read zone hits the tag in the center of the overall read zone and then gives you the best constant read rate for that environment.

With multiple antennas there are a variety of ways to enhance the existing read zone or create new read zones.

For more informaton contact the Experts at SkyRFID – +1 647 476 3265  or +1 519 489 2557

Http://www.SkyRFID.com

Email: Sales@SkyRFID.com

 

RFID Tags Maximum Read Distance

Ξ May 3rd, 2009 | → Comments Off on RFID Tags Maximum Read Distance | ∇ General RFID Questions, RFID News |

There is so much confusion on RFID tag read distances and there is certainly a lack of standardization throughout the industry.

Each manufacturer seems to use a different method to calculate the read distance for their specific offerings.  Some companies use the same reader for each tag and set at a specific power rating,  others just make a read and write distance statement without offering any details on how they actually calculated the read and write distances.

Many companies provide a read and write standard based on free air – that is they actually read the tag in a relatively quiet environment but do not mount the tag to anything.  So all that you are getting is a free air read – this means nothing other than in free air the tag will read to a specific distance. If you mount the tag onto cardboard – heavy paper materials, plastic, wood or other similar materials, there likely will be a maximum read distance change in the specification.  Likewise if you mount the tag onto metal or another hard surface the tag read distance will probably drop dramatically.

For metal mount tags – many of the specifications are based on free air read distances and not actually attached to a metal surface. Sometimes manufacturers  call the RFID  tag – a “Surface Independent Tag” – meaning the tag can be mounted on a number of different surfaces and it will read.  You may have only a short read distance compared to the  “Free Air Specification” but the tag will read!    With surface independent tags on what surface was the read distance calculated?

Metal mount tags also have their own unique issues for read distances. There are several different techniques for making a tag read on metal.  Some manufacturers put an air cushion under the inlay so that the tag does not contact the metal.  This allows the tag to be read but usually the read distance is not that great as it is dependent on the air spacer of the tag.  Other manufacturers use an isolation material so that the tag inlay is protected from the metal surface by a material that re tunes the tag to a different frequency.  In free air the tag will not read very well, but when attached to a metal surface the read distance increases.  Some metal tag manufacturers use a combination of isolation materials plus the adjust the tag antenna properties so that the tag itself actually operates on a totally different frequency.  In free air these tags really have short read distances, but when attached to the backing material and then placed on the metal the read distances dramatically improve.  The longest read distance  metal mount tags use a combination of isolation materials and retuning the tag to a different frequency.

The same concepts also go for windshield tags – using a standard tag will work but the read distance is poor when compared to a tag inlay that has been tuned to operate when attached to a vehicle windshield.  Note that all vehicle windshields are laminated glass so attaching a windshield tag to a piece of glass does not work as well.  In free air these windshield tags do not read very well, but when attached to the inside of a vehicles windshield the tags improve extremely well.  SkyRFID windshield tags are tuned to the laminated glass so the free air read distances are under 3 meters (9 feet) but when installed the read distances go over 8 meters! (25 feet) without any problems.

Other problems with the maximum read distance is that the distance may have been calculated in a special environment to obtain the best results.  So when you use the tag in a real world application your read distance is not the same as the specifications.

Last but not least of the problems with calculating read distances is the hardware itself – is it a hand held reader, is it a fixed reader, what manufacturer of reader, what is the power setting used to determine the read distance, what cables and antennas were used to calculate the read distance,  mono-static, bi static, circular polarization,  linear polarization, what attenuation, what beam width, and so many more that until the industry comes up with a standard way of calculating read distances your results will probably vary from the manufacturers  specifications

Since there are all of these variables in the maximum read distance of any tag the best solution is to work with your vendor, understand the differences in manufacturing, ask questions and then obtain some samples and test in your environment before purchasing larger quantities.

About SkyRFID Inc.
SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas and many other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Animal Management,Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

Deter or eliminate theft during distressed economic times

Ξ January 16th, 2009 | → Comments Off on Deter or eliminate theft during distressed economic times | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

Reduce your losses during this global financial and economic crisis with RFID!

As the economy goes slowly downwards theft quickly spirals upwards. When the economy is healthy the rate of internal theft is about 3 – 4 %.

During reduced and trying economic times theft increases as people who would not normally take goods that don’t belong to them- take them! – They need the money!

Computer hardware, office equipment, cameras, projection equipment, hospital equipment, and other small assets, all have value and can be expensive to replace when you consider the lost time, lost data, re-installing software, and just not being able to find it when you need it.

This type of theft can be deterred or eliminated using RFID technology. Equipping computer hardware, office equipment and other valuable assets is easily accomplished with the SkyRFID mount on metal or mount in metal UHF Gen 2 tags.

Gen 2 readers and antennas can be used to actively monitor entrances and exits and if a piece of equipment is exiting the room or building – the reader can activate an alarm system, notify a security officer, lock the door and take a picture of the thief and more.  Years ago this was not possible as the size of tags and the cost of the hardware was too expensive for most companies.

In today’s world many companies have employee badges – just to ensure that the people in the workplace belong there!Adding an RFID UHF Gen 2 tag to the employee badge is easily done or simply provide new RFID enabled badge to employees. If an employee has the right to take equipment out of the workplace then all that is needed is to tag the assets and matrix the assets to employees with authorization. Then when an employee leaves a room or a building with an asset the system knows the asset is moving with an authorized employee.

If the employee is not authorized to remove equipment, then the system can stop the employee – our technology of today provides for many easy to implement methods of stopping people from doing something – or just taking their picture.

Doors can be equipped with RFID antennas providing excellent coverage of the entrance or exit Another way to stop theft using RFID is simply to have the doors locked and armed with an alarm that sounds unless the employee uses his or her RFID badge to open the door – very simple and easy to implement – and also very cost effective.

For those areas that have many small assets than can easily be pilfered, it is relatively simple to install a UHF reader and antennas for total coverage. If an item disappears from the “Real Time Inventory” – you have theft and can be alerted – or have a camera activate and take pictures of the areas showing the thief in action.

There are many possibilities and SkyRFID has the RFID readers and RFID tags necessary to stop or substantially reduce theft for a reasonable price.

About SkyRFID Inc.
SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas and many other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Animal Management,Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

Secure Your Laptops with RFID

Ξ November 15th, 2008 | → Comments Off on Secure Your Laptops with RFID | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

How to increase computer security reduce or eliminate the chance of stolen hardware and data breaches by implementing RFID verified computer access  and internal metal mount RFID tags for asset security.

Computer theft and corporate data theft is rapidly increasing due to the large shift towards portable computing from desktop computing and the capability to access the corporate network from almost anywhere. Many corporations are issuing only portable laptop type computers and while their IT team diligently tries to keep the computers updated against security threats, the users often end up defeating the implemented security simply due to lack of knowledge or understanding.

Simplified passwords or accidentally leaving their portable unattended for only a few moments provides ample opportunity for thieves to steal their laptop.  Once a thief has the computer it is relatively easy to access the unit and search for anything that can provide revenue for them.   This can be simply email addresses, employee name and address lists, company employee information, technical information, credit card numbers or more. This information is then sold on the internet and the portable ends up being sold as well.    Sometimes the thief just sells the portable without even taking a look for this valuable data.

While RFID technology can’t prevent users from defeating some of the security deployed by the IT department, and from the unit being stolen by thieves; what RFID can do is prevent data breaches which are huge risks with lawsuit potentials. Deploying credit card sized RFID cards and using RFID security access readers is a very cost effective way to prevent data exposure by someone trying to access the computer without authorization. Unless you have the right card inserted in the Access Reader you simply can’t logon/access the computer so the data remains secure even if the computer is stolen.

Keeping corporate data private is far more valuable than losing the portable computer. With so many portables being breached by thieves many people are losing their identity each month and credit card fraud is on the rise. Losing health records, credit card information, and employee information is costly for both the employer and the individuals whose private information has been breached by nefarious thieves.

For asset management and additional security, add a small internal metal mount RFID tag in the computer and use RFID read zones at exit points to stop people from taking computers out without permission.

The small tags that SkyRFID now provides can be used in almost any small asset management situation.  Take a look at our new Metal Mount and Mount in Metal tag lines to see which tags will meet your requirements.

Protect your computers data from security breaches, easily and cost effectively by using RFID Access control solutions provided by SkyRFID the RFID Experts!

SkyRFID the RFID Experts

SkyRFID the RFID Experts

 

Short Range Integrated UHF Gen 2 Reader Antenna Combination

Ξ September 30th, 2008 | → Comments Off on Short Range Integrated UHF Gen 2 Reader Antenna Combination | ∇ UHF Ultra High Frequency |

Now available and ready to read and write is SkyRFID’s new EPC Gen 2 Short Range Integrated Reader and Antenna. Perfect for those short range applications – approximately 2 meters – 6+ feet read range.

Based on the number of requests for a small compact fixed reader that only has a single antenna and does not need the power and zone coverage of a four port fixed reader, SkyRFID now offers a much more cost effective solution.

This compact 250 mm x 250 mm x 70 mm (about 10 inches square X 3 inches deep) unit weighs in at less than 1Kg (2 pounds) making it very suitable for the many applications that require a compact single reader with a shortened read range.

UHF Gen 2 Integrated Reader Antenna Combination

UHF Gen 2 Integrated Reader Antenna Combination

Many applications such as event management, access control, asset management and other similar applications just need a single reader for RFID monitoring requirements.  This unit provides a power transmission strength of 20 ~ 30 dBm and uses either RS232 or RS485 for connectivity to a single PC or a Port Concentrator for multiple single reader/antenna units.

You can purchase this in 860 ~ 868 MHz and 902 ~ 928 MHz configurations so it can be used anywhere EPC Gen 2 standards are required.

The best part is the unit comes with an SDK (Software Development Kit) at no extra cost and is priced at under $ 500 USD making it a very attractive purchase option.

SkyRFID the RFID Experts

SkyRFID the RFID Experts

SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Browse or click on a link to go to SkyRFID’s web site and see their new RFID Parking Management Solutions.  SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers and resellers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

 

New Long Read Distance Windshield UHF Gen 2 Tag for Vehicle Tracking

Ξ September 11th, 2008 | → Comments Off on New Long Read Distance Windshield UHF Gen 2 Tag for Vehicle Tracking | ∇ RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

September 11, 2008 SkyRFID Inc. recently announced the availability of their low profile long distance windshield tag. With an inconspicuous profile of only 100 mm x 25 mm (4 inches x 1 inch) the tag easily attaches to the inside of your windshield with the low surface energy, pressure sensitive adhesive that is on one side.  The windshield view side of the tag can have bar code with human readable equivalent plus color logos. The other side of the tag can have up to 4 colors of printing for logos, stylized type, and designs, etc.  Since the printing is all substrate the colors will last a long time without any fading.  The bar code, human readable equivalent and the tag ID can be coded to be the same numeric value for ease of system integration.

SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 Windshield Tag

SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 Windshield Tag

Primarily developed for access control in gated communities, secured parking lots and vehicle identification these tags provide over 7 meter read range using hand held Symbol MC906R readers and a longer distance with UHF Gen 2 fixed reader for fast and easy access. Pricing is dependent on quantities purchased but for most applications is around $ 1.00 USD each or less.

Shipping is within 15 work days after receipt of order and proof approval making it a very attractive option for companies looking for UHF access tags.

SkyRFID the RFID Experts

SkyRFID the RFID Experts

SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas, Europe and other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

 

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