Motorola launches enhanced European RFID portfolio

The Enterprise Mobility business of Motorola has announced the launch of a new handheld RFID reader, as well as a new global firmware upgrade to its European RFID fixed reader. Both enable improved performance and an ease of implementation to streamline business processes and maximise organisational productivity thanks to compliance with the latest ETSI 302 208 standard.

The new RFID handheld reader and upgraded RFID fixed reader will now comply with the new ETSI 302.208 standard, which allows RFID devices to be permanently switched on. This offers significant benefits over RFID readers that operate on the ETSI 220 standard, which can only operate for six minutes every hour.

Aimed at manufacturers and transportation and logistics companies, which need to scan packages, pallets and items 24/7, the devices will help businesses improve asset visibility and monitor inventory without having to co-ordinate complex scanning schedules.

The new R1 version of the MC9090G-RFID handheld reader is the first ruggedised handheld RFID reader to have an integrated RFID antenna, rather than a separate clip-on attachment. Built to withstand the rigours of everyday use, including frequent drops to concrete and exposure to water and dust, the handheld RFID reader is able to scan RFID tags even in dirty or tough environments such as loading docks or warehouses.

At 740g, the device is both portable and ergonomic and, because the antenna is integral, the MC9090G-R1 is balanced to be comfortable to hold throughout a worker’s shift. The RFID-enabled mobile computer also offers full 802.11a/b/g WLAN, barcode reading, Bluetooth, high quality screen, and runs Windows Mobile 5.0.

The new European version of Motorola’s MC9090-G RFID handheld RFID will be priced at $4,995.

In tandem with the release of the European version of the Motorola RFID handheld reader, the Motorola XR480 fixed RFID reader has also been upgraded to comply with the ETSI 302.208 standard. Additionally, the firmware upgrade will offer an LLRP (low level reader protocol) interface for increased flexibility to its XR family of fixed RFID readers.

By integrating LLRP, Motorola’s XR family of products can plug and play into any pre-existing RFID system, allowing for a simpler implementation, improved performance and easier modifications and enhancements to systems already developed. The reader is designed to operate in a multitude of data-capture environments, including retail facilities for inventory management and airports for baggage tracking.

“These developments represent RFID truly growing up,” said Andy McBain, product manager at Motorola. “The barriers to adoption are being demolished and, with the first ruggedised devices which can scan RFID tag information 24/7, the door is now open for companies to gain a fast, real time view of their stock, shipments, or inventories without having to have scanners exactly aligned with tags or wait for the correct scanning period.”

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