Friday Product Post: RFID Tag Reader and Tags!
Finally, RFID for the People! (not just the RF engineers)
The SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Tag Reader puts multitag reading potential in your hands.
This breakout board features ThingMagic’s M6E Nano module, which is ideal for your small form-factor, portable reader design.
The Arduino shield footprint can connect directly to an Arduino-compatible board, the USB connection or an external power supply. There is an easy serial interface to read and write to tags using either US or EU frequency standards (FCC for US and ETSI for EU). Universal Reader Assistant software sets you up to read and program your tags. There is even a kill feature to disable the tags for security purposes.
The reader works with common, low-cost, passive Gen2 UHF tags. We offer two options of tags: one with adhesive backing and one without.
These paper-thin, adhesive EPCglobal Gen2 tags work with our Simultaneous RFID reader and can be stuck to practically anything you can imagine. Each tag comes with a TID (Truly Unique ID) that can’t be changed, but there’s plenty of memory for you to write and read from.
This EPCglobal Gen 2 tag is exactly the same as the adhesive tag — only not sticky.
You can use the trace antenna on the PCB, or solder jumpers can select between the PCB antenna and u.FL external antenna option for greater read range.
Check out our tutorials and resources for more info:
Think small, portable readers… and let us know what you build!
That’s it for this week, folks. We hope you have a great weekend, creating some great projects. Check back next Friday for more new products!