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http://www.alliancegroup.co.uk/rfid.htmRFiD or "Smart Labels"

RFiD is Radio Frequency IDentification. It is an automatic 'radio tagging' identification technology whereby digital data encoded in an RFiD tag or “smart label” is captured by a reader using radio waves.

Put simply, RFiD is similar to barcode technology but uses radio waves to capture data from labels (tags), rather than optically scanning the bar codes on a label. An RFiD scanner does not require the tag or label to be seen to be able to read its stored data, but of course a label may be printed with a barcode and other text.  An RFiD printer programs the RFiD chip in a label and also prints text and/or barcodes on the label.

RFID is similar to barcodes, except that:

  • RFID labels can be read without being visible. (Unlike barcodes, RFID does not require "line of site").
  • RFID labels can be written to as well as read. (Typically when printing the label, the tag is also programmed).

RFID Frequencies

Two different frequencies are available for smart labels - ISO 18000-3 High Frequency (HF or 13.56 MHz) or ISO 18000-6 Ultra High Frequency (UHF ISO or Gen2). Typically hardware suitable for use with one frequency will not work with the other.

RFID Label Printers

RFID label printers print a label with text and (optionally) barcodes. At the same time as printing, the RFID chip in each label is programmed. High Frequency (HF or 13.56 MHz) or Ultra High Frequency (UHF ISO or Gen2) tags can be supported, depending upon model.


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Zebra RP4T UHF RFID mobile thermal transfer label printer

The world’s first mobile thermal transfer printer with RFID printing/encoding capability. With the Zebra RP4T, you can print lasting bar code labels, UHF smart labels, and documents up to 4" wide. With Bluetooth 2.0 or 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, battery monitoring, large LCD, centre-loading media and large memory.



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ThingMagic RFID Desktop Reader

The ThingMagic Desktop Reader is an RFID read-write device designed specifically for use in embedded or desktop environments. The reader a stand-alone peripheral device communicating with a host PC via USB connection.

The ThingMagic Desktop Reader allows solutions developers to support applications that require desktop reading and writing of EPC Global Gen2 tags. Based on the best-in-class M5e-Compact UHF RFID module, the Desktop Reader is controlled by, and powered from, a host PC or laptop through a USB interface. The ThingMagic Desktop Reader is compatible with ThingMagic’s application development tools, including Reader Assistant, permitting rapid creation of solutions to support a wide range of rewarding applications.


UHF Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) compatible RFID desktop reader


RFID Integrated Reader

The Integrated Reader is a UHF RFID integrated (with built-in Antenna) read-write device designed for connection via Ethernet or WiFi.

rfid UHF integrated reader

ThingMagic’s Astra integrated UHF RFID reader, offers an enterprise level, high performance, low-cost EPCglobal Gen2 RFID solution. Astra is ideal for commercial and enterprise environments that require unobtrusive deployments with a minimum of cabling, readers and antennas. Fully supporting ThingMagic’s MercuryOS software, Astra includes network management and security features, such as DHCP for configuration and firmware management, and SSL/SSH-based security. Astra supports Power over Ethernet (POE), or when AC-powered, optionally supports Wi-Fi backhaul.


UHF Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) compatible RFID integrated reader/antenna



RFID Handheld Reader

Mobile RFID reader for use with Intermec 700 mobile computer.
Reads and writes data to 13.56 MHz ISO18000 tags.

RFID mobile reader


RFID Document Tray Reader

The Document Tray Reader (shown green below) is a RFID read / write device designed specifically as a reader for HF StackTags. 

RFID Document Reader trayUnlike all other RFID tags, StackTags can be stacked and will function with zero separation between tags.
The in or out tray reader and will read and write to StackTags located anywhere within the shrouded volume.
The Document Tray Reader is designed to work as a stand alone peripheral device, communicating with a host (such as a normal PC) via  USB and Ethernet connections and operates on a 12V DC power supply. The unit measures 38 cm D x 9 cm H x 28 cm W and weighs 1 kg without the power supply.

Able to read 60 documents with 1mm separation between documents. 
Compatible with requirements of ISO 18000-3 MODE 2


Alliance PaperChase RFID Records Management and File Tracking 

Alliance PaperChase Records Management software can use RFID tags ("smart labels") instead of or as well as barcode labels for records management, file tracking and archiving.

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