Wireless Applications

RF Code Introduces Mobile Active RFID Reader

September 13, 2007

The wearable device enables inventory and asset tracking by almost any mobile device.


AUSTIN, TX /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- RF Code Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-class active RFID technology, announced the addition of a new long-range mobile reader to its active RFID product suite. The new Bluetooth-enabled M220 reader was designed to bring automatic tracking and inventory capabilities to the mass markets of enterprise asset management. The M220 incorporates the desirable density and signal propagation characteristics of RF Code's award-winning M-series product line in a portable and wearable form factor.

The M220 Mobile Reader can be used to aid in the discovery and management of assets in areas beyond the perimeter of a fixed reader infrastructure. It can also serve as a complementary search device within a dedicated, multi-zonal system featuring RF Code's fixed readers. The M220 is a powerful solution in enterprise environments where customers demand the ability to search for a specific tagged asset or instantly inventory a group of assets.

"The launch of the M220 is a significant milestone for enterprise asset tracking and inventory," said RF Code CEO Mitch Medford. "With this new tool, a much larger community of asset managers can benefit from RF Code's best-of-breed active RFID technology."

Solutions that leverage the unmatched combination of accuracy, long battery life, high throughput, long read range, and room-level location capabilities of RF Code's active RFID tags can now be architected for almost any mobile device, from smartphones to handheld computers to tablet PCs.

The M220 Mobile Reader is a battery-powered, portable RF device that processes active RFID tag data and links directly to a Bluetooth-enabled computing device. The capabilities of the rugged, lightweight reader further enhance a user's ability to monitor mobile assets or personnel. It is equally valuable for performing on-demand audits and field inventories. It can be worn on its companion belt clip, mounted in a vehicle, stowed in a pocket, or used in a variety of ad-hoc applications. The benefits of mobile tracking and asset management have previously been limited to users of industrial-class handheld computers costing several thousand dollars.

The M220 Mobile Reader interprets and reports the radio frequency messages emitted by RF Code's M100-series active RFID tags at distances of up to 70 meters and reports signal strength information for each tag processed. Tag transmissions are processed in real time, which enables asset managers to quickly locate and identify tagged assets. With software applications from RF Code's integration partners, almost any Bluetooth-enabled wireless device can be put into service as an asset-tracking terminal (when paired with an M220 Mobile Reader).

Windows Mobile handhelds, notebook PCs, ultramobile computers, and business-class smartphones can now be empowered for asset tracking and management purposes. When used with RF Code's M100-series tags that include motion sensors, panic buttons, or infrared location sensors, the M220 can deliver real-time location, context, and condition-aware data to managers in today's most demanding markets.

For additional information on the M220 Mobile Reader, visit the company's Web site.

About RF Code Inc.
RF Code provides enterprise-class active RFID technology and solutions used to discover, track, and monitor the condition of critical assets, inventory, and personnel. Founded in 1997, the company has developed an award-winning hardware platform for active RFID operating at 433 MHz and 303 MHz.

RF Code and its world-class roster of integration partners develop solutions used around the world in demanding industry environments, including healthcare, defense, pharma, manufacturing, transportation, information technology, and homeland security. For more information, please call 877-969-2828 or visit the company's Web site.

RF Code and the RF Code logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of RF Code Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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