The new system is self-contained, with the reader and network interface integrated in a single industrial housing. The long range RFID readers feature built-in Ethernet TCP/IP, RS232 and RS485 ports, along with integrated Frequency Hopping. The IP65 housing with LED indicators allows for installation in most industrial environments.
The readers provide three digital inputs to control the reading operations. Integrated outputs indicate when tag data has been sent to the host. The digital interface is designed for PLCs with limited communications ability. Read-only tags feature a code number that never requires reprogramming, while the read-write tags provide up to 71 bytes of read and write memory.
Readers can be configured with 93 different frequency channels, or configured for conventional or adaptive frequency hopping, allowing several units to be mounted close together. Readers are designed to work out of the box without any required software; for users who wish to customize termination and prefix characters, string length or other parameters, configuration software is available.