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  About RFID  


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology gaining widespread acceptance for use in a variety of applications, including warehouse management, supply chain management, asset management, and personnel & patient tracking.

Asentrix Systems offers both active and passive RFID tags to our customers. Engage the Asentrix Professional Services team to help in identifying which technology or combination of technologies is right for your application.

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Active RFID Hardware consists of the infrastructure elements necessary to install and activate the desired radio transmission fields that will serve as data collection portals. The 3 primary Active RFID infrastructure components are Activators, Receivers, and Antennas.

     
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RFID Hardware

Asentrix Systems provides comprehensive, turn-key asset management solutions including the highest quality Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Hardware.

RFID Hardware consists of the infrastructure elements necessary to install and activate the desired radio transmission fields that will serve as data collection portals. RFID Hardware is categorized as either Active or Passive.

The 3 primary Active RFID infrastructure components are Activators, Receivers, and Antennas.

Active RFID Activators:
Active RFID Receivers:
Active RFID Antennas:

The 2 primary Passive RFID infrastructure components are Readers and Antennas.

Passive RFID Readers:
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Active RFID Activators

AXCESS AT-132-AT Active RFID Activator
The Activator is a stand-alone transmitter that connects directly to an application-specific antenna to provide a low frequency activation signal that activates tags as they pass through the antenna's field. The Activator writes its location ID to the tag, which is then retransmitted along with the tag's unique ID and provides the tag's precise location at time of activation. By adjusting the Activator power output, the activation area can be expanded or reduced, creating Control Points from a few feet in diameter to tens of feet across.

The Activator can be configured with its own user-defined location ID via serial port (using a PC or terminal communications device) or manually via jumpers. The unit installs easily and offers flexible coverage for perimeter doors, interior zones, vehicle lanes and other control points throughout the facility.


AXCESS AT-132-AT features:


Control Point Architecture - limits tag activation to specific user-defined points or zones for tracking and control

Adjustable Power
- activation zone can be sized using a simple tuning tool with exterior LED power-level indicators

Signal Penetration - low frequency signal penetrates briefcases, luggage, clothing, people, and virtually all non-metallic building materials

Flexible Installation
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Active RFID Receivers

AXCESS AT-132-NR Active RFID Receiver
The receiver is a network-capable, general-purpose receiver that detects tag signals, converts them into data, and forwards the information to a controller or host application. Any number of receivers can be networked throughout multiple facilities to enable enterprise-wide monitoring and asset tracking, personnel and other mission-critical resources. The receiver can be configured and controlled remotely via HyperTerminal or commands issued from a software application program.

The Receiver processes and filters information received from any AXCESS Active RFID Tag, whether automatically activated at a control point (via Activator) or when triggered by a beacon timer, sensor or alarm event. Tag transmissions can be received at a distance of 35 feet in a typical office environment with greater distances achievable in open air, line-of-sight applications. The receiver can be configured with an optional Wiegand output and relay controls for ease of integration with existing access control and alarm systems. Top of Page Back to top

AXCESS AT-132-NR features:

Open Architecture - connects directly to host application via industry standard RS-232 serial port or Ethernet TCP/IP network interface

Plug and Play - self-contained unit includes receiver, antenna, power transformer, connectors and network interface unit (-IP version only)

Ease of Integration - optional Wiegand output and configurable relay control facilitates integration with virtually any PLC, access control or alarm panel

Wide Area Coverage - omni-directional read distance of about 35 feet in a typical office environment (longer distances possible)

Tag Read Filtering
- independent, user-configurable lists for both Wiegand and serial/IP outputs limit reporting of tag reads for up to 34 control points and/or status indicators

Local Alarming
- configurable relay control to trigger alarm on any tag read or alarm transmission




Active RFID Antennas

AXCESS™ RF Antennas are a vital part of the Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System. Their variety of configurations allows a wide array of applications, from covering an office door to a multi-lane roadway.

Picture Frame Antenna

The Picture Frame Antenna is a low frequency activation antenna that connects directly to the Activator to provide a covert or "hidden" coverage zone. The antenna blends with its interior surroundings, providing an unobtrusive means of monitoring and tracking tagged personnel. The antenna comes in two sizes with varying ranges.

Road Loop Antenna

The Road Loop Antenna is a low frequency activation antenna that connects directly to the Activator to provide flexible coverage zones. The "loop" transmit element is buried in the floor or pavement, creating a radiation pattern that is well suited for vehicle access control and asset monitoring applications. The loop antenna element is comprised of durable cable that can be made into variable size loops and field adjusted to match each application, as well as a variety of operational environments.

Flex Antenna

The Flex Antenna is an ultra-thin, flexible activation antenna that connects directly to the Activator to create discrete coverage zones for a variety of applications, including asset and personnel tracking, asset management and covert surveillance. The Flex is the ideal antenna for creating unobtrusive activation zones by blending seamlessly with its environment. The antenna's ultra-thin profile and robust construction make it suitable for mounting under carpet or floor mats, behind pictures, and in or on walls and ceilings.

Plex Antenna

The Plex Antennas are a series of activation antennas that connect directly to the Activator to create flexible coverage zones for a variety of applications, including asset and personnel tracking, vehicle access control and asset management. The Plex Antenna is comprised of a loop of wire embedded between two thin pieces of Plexiglas that can be installed as is or painted to match its surroundings. The antenna's thin profile and robust construction make it suitable for mounting on walls or below ceiling tiles for both indoor and outdoor applications. Top of Page Back to top




Passive RFID Readers

Asentrix Systems provides a comprehensive line of Passive RFID Readers for any application; from high-performance, multi-protocol readers to industrial-strength, single port readers for embedded applications, we offer the right technology. The new generation of Symbol (Matrics) readers offers increased intelligence and networking capabilities for dock doors, conveyors, fork-lifts and any other Passive RFID application.

Symbol (Matrics) Multi-port Passive RFID Reader

The multi-port readers are industrial strength fixed readers, targeted to indoor applications such as warehouses. These readers provide all of the RF and control functions required to power and communicate with passive RFID tags. These innovative Passive RFID readers fundamentally changed the nature of the RFID reader from a static device into a networked hub that collects, writes, processes, and communicates information from all EPC classes of RFID tags. It also provides timely and pertinent information to customers' Network Management platform with real-time reporting of events and status using SNMP. The Reader provides industry-leading dynamic range with typical read ranges up to 25 feet. The patented, contention-free protocol additionally allows 1,000 tag/second read rates for Class 0 tags. To address security concerns, the Reader provides security, privilege controls, and full traceability of all operator actions.

Symbol (Matrics) Multi-port Passive RFID Reader feature
Multi-Protocol for Agility & Flexibility
Enhanced network features for seamless integration
Real-time reading and writing for all EPC-compliant tags
Reduce time and maintenance costs with internal network, remote and web management for monitor, control and service
EPC-compliant, Class 0 (Read-Only and Read/Write) tags
EPC-compliant, Class 1 (Read/Write) tags
Tag filtering,
Reconciliation
User defined association
Selective visibility

Symbol (Matrics) Stationary Passive RFID Reader

The Stationary Reader offers superior and robust read range capabilities, very high data read rates, and can be easily mounted where large numbers of tagged objects are inbound or outbound in a logistics process. The Reader is structured for flexible system configurations and the arrangement of read points to optimize coverage at a low overall cost. Four multiplexers can be attached to the SR 400 Reader and support a total of thirty-two (32) readout antennas for smart shelf application. The system also employs a unique, patented reader-driven interrogation protocol that allows tags to be read at a rate of eight hundred (800) tags per second. This powerful read rate supplies the muscle to overcome interference in noisy environments, and to guarantee acceptable read rates at each read point when large numbers of antennas are multiplexed together. Readers can be powered either locally or through the network cable. This allows flexibility in deployment when local power source is unavailable and it also helps to minimize overall network infrastructure costs. Top of Page Back to top

Symbol (Matrics) Stationary Passive RFID Reader features:
EPC-compliant Class 0 Read Only tags
EPC-compliant Class 0+ Read/Write tags




Passive RFID Antennas

Asentrix Systems provides a comprehensive array of Passive RFID Antennas for many applications and environments.

High Performance Passive RFID Area Antenna

These High Performance Passive RFID Area Antennas are fully packaged, polarized antennas which are intended for long range and large area tag reading applications. They are optimized to perform in a variety of industrial/warehouse environments, as they can easily be mounted indoors on ceilings and walls to create read zones around doorways and dock doors.

Dual Directional Passive RFID Panel Antenna

The Dual Directional Passive RFID Panel Antenna can easily be mounted on ceilings and walls to create read zones around shelves, doorways and dock doors. The dual directional panel antenna also features an attractive low profile housing that blends well with indoor and outdoor environments where aesthetic considerations are important. Top of Page Back to top




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