View Technologies, a joint venture between Stanley Black & Decker Inc. and RF Controls, has introduced the Echo 300 and Echo 302 smart antennas for capturing real-time data for items incorporating RAIN RFID (passive UHF) tags in retail, manufacturing and logistics.
The Echo 300 and Echo 302 smart antennas feature a high-performing reader capable of both Power over Ethernet (POE+) and AC power. The Echo 300 is designed for wide-area, open and high-ceiling environments, while the Echo 302 is designed for environments with lower ceilings.
With the POE+ capability, the Echo smart antennas can be installed with only a single cable for both power and network per antenna. This flexibility can reduce the cost and complexity of installations as well as offer network administrators more control over the devices.
Bidirectional, electronically-steerable phased arrays that can achieve up to 150-feet operating range with standard passive UHF RFID tags, the Echo smart antennas can locate tags with high levels of accuracy—three feet or better in ideal environments, with either a single or several smart antennas.
The Echo smart antennas use the inView Software Platform, built to enable third-party applications to run more efficiently and accurately. Through standard interfaces, the inView Platform offers location-based data to locate, track and act on real-time data from the billions of items incorporating RAIN RFID (passive UHF) tags in retail, manufacturing and logistics.