Asset Tracking

Alien Introduces Enterprise-Focused Connected-Handheld

September 26, 2012

With industry-leading Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS capabilities, Alien's ALH-9000 family of RFID readers are now enhanced with a Windows Mobile 6.5 option.

MORGAN HILL, CA -- (Marketwire) -- Alien Technology, an industry leader in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) products and services, announced the addition of two further models to its industry proven ALH-9000 range of "connected-handheld" UHF RFID reader products. The new models leverage the existing ALH-9000 feature set while offering the enhancements and benefits provided by Windows Mobile 6.5, such as application availability and streamlined software interfacing. The existing Windows CE 5.0 based reader models will continue to be offered enabling customers the option that best suits their needs.

Two levels of functionality are being offered with the new Alien Windows Mobile 6.5 reader in a similar manner to the Windows CE 5.0 equivalents. The base level (ALH-9010 Windows Mobile, ALH-9000 Windows CE) includes Wi-Fi, 1D bar code reader (laser), USB connectivity, a 3.5 in. QVGA touch screen and a 3,000 mAh lithium polymer battery. This unit comes well equipped with a full set of standard accessories including:

  • Cradle with Ethernet and USB
  • Gun handle
  • Sync cable
  • Power adapter for US or Europe
  • Stylus pen
  • Hand strap
  • Protective screen film

An upgraded Alien unit (ALH-9011 Windows Mobile, ALH-9001 Windows CE) includes the standard accessories and adds a camera, 2D-bar code scanner, Bluetooth, HSDPA cellular wireless connectivity, GPS and an additional 4,500 mAh battery installed in the reader handle. Additional optional accessories include leather case, vehicle charger and additional batteries.

"These innovative readers provide the critical, robust performance customers expect from Alien Technology, including read sensitivity, interference rejection and high read-rates -- all in one of the most compact, yet rugged and sturdy platforms," said Mike Frieswyk, Alien Technology, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The Alien Connected-Handheld is now being used by some of the largest names in key RFID application areas including retail, apparel and defense, among others."

Examples of Alien partners supporting the connected-handheld readers include Active Identity, a Lebanon-based, industry-leading solutions provider of software, services and hardware for automated and mobile systems, and Tagit Solutions, a California-based software solutions provider for automating business processes.

"We have been very happy with the read performance of the Alien connected-handheld in our Electronic Vehicle Identification application," said Georges Khalil, Active Identity's Managing Director. "We were able to read tags 50 percent faster, at a 25 percent greater distance than other handhelds units that we were testing against. We were particularly happy with the unit being so light and compact, which made this unit the most appealing to handle frequently or for long periods."

"Alien's ALR family of handheld RFID readers is a game-changer in the handheld-based inventory solution market. We can read a high volume of tags rapidly and accurately, even in challenging environments," said Sandee Mukherjee, Vice President of Business Development at Tagit Solutions. "The ultra-fast processor and highly sensitive reader in these handhelds have also enabled us to write innovative, CPU intensive algorithms for automatic location estimation. This in turn drops the inventory cycle time by a whopping 67 percent when compared to other RFID based inventory solutions currently available in the market. This is an inventory solution on steroids, you just can't beat this performance."

About Alien Technology
Founded in 1994, Alien Technology is a leading technology and product provider of UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Integrated Circuits (IC), tags, readers and professional services. Alien Gen 2 products, along with software solutions from partners, help solve business problems for customers to improve productivity, processes, security and asset tracking for closed-loop and supply chain systems. These solutions are implemented in industries such as consumer packaged goods, retail apparel, manufacturing, transportation, airports and cargo logistics, government and defense, and more. Alien's facilities include corporation headquarters in Morgan Hill, CA; the Alien RFID Solutions Center in the Dayton, OH region; and a sales office in Shanghai, China. Alien is a member of EPCglobal.

About Active Identity
Active Identity provides turnkey RFID infrastructure components and complete RFID solutions for the Middle East and North Africa region. Active Identity provides Auto-ID solutions for organizations seeking to develop and evolve their operations using state of the art automatic identification technologies. Active Identity brings tremendous depth in consultative solution expertise and an exceptional, combined solution of software and RFID equipment to companies looking to manage and optimize any aspect of their business. The active ENVOY, Active Identity's proprietary RFID Infrastructure Management and Tag Processing Engine guarantees scalable, robust and automated solutions ready for real world operations. The active ENVOY allows all installed systems—RFID, CCTV, Access Control to communicate together insuring complete infrastructure control and most efficient ROI.

About Tagit
Tagit Solutions provides location-aware intelligence for transforming engineering and manufacturing operations by leveraging cloud computing and various sensor technologies, such as RFID, NFC, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Ultra Wide Band. Customers can optimize asset utilization, reduce unnecessary purchases, improve productivity, and minimize compliance risks by effectively tracking the identity, location, movement, status, ownership, and service-management parameters of equipment, components, consumables and people. Their tagVUE™ platform is a modular, intuitive and enterprise-class software designed for deploying hybrid sensor solutions in high-tech facilities such as engineering labs, semiconductor fabs and manufacturing units.

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