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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Internet of Things Takes a Step Forward


RFID collaboration driveseasy linking of devices over the Internet 

International RFID technology leaders NXP Semiconductors, MTI, austriamicrosystems, and RF-iT have come together to demonstrate PlugNPlay solution, a major step towards the Internet of Things
Connecting everyday items to the internet through embedding short-range mobile transceivers enables a new medium of communication between people and objects and between objects themselves. Novel RFID products are presented allowing large scale integration of ubiquitous computing in a way triggering innovative ideas of high value applications for the everyday life.

MTI’s RFID USB Dongle (the RU-888-100) is based on austriamicrosystems Simply Gen 2 AMS3992 high-performance, completely-integrated silicon solution that provides a global, affordable, mobile and enabling EPCglobal C1G2 integrated UHF reader complete with embedded antenna.  RF-iT Solution’s detego EXPRESS provides a powerful software module catalogue with a variety of predefined interfaces to backend ERP or database systems can be downloaded easily. The novel internet link module directly feeds product code information into internet search engines.   NXP’s newly announced UCODE G2iL+ tag silicon provides advanced features for EPCglobal C1G2 tags, including the industry’s first tag level I/O signaling interfaces, enabling low cost passive UHF RFID to be used in applications never before possible.
Smart Interfacing
Plug MTI’s RFID USB Dongle (RU-888-100) with austriamicrosystems inside to a USB port of a PC, download the detego EXPRESS software from RF-iT’s homepage and feed EPC data to any IT-Backend system. Through a series of interfaces defined data (ID, timestamp, location) is provided to seamlessly integrate into your IT backend systems like SAP, Navision, Sage and numerous others.  
Smart Advertising
Download the Internet link option from RF-iT’s home-page and optionally feed EPC data to search engines like Google. Find out valuable information about products and services by just presenting a tagged item to MTI’s RFID USB Dongle reader powered by austriamicrosystems with RF-iT’s software application seamlessly connecting EPC data to the world wide web.
Smart Theft Protection
The recently announced NXP Semiconductors UCODE G2iL+ presents many exciting new features never before available from EPCglobal C1G2 compliant UHF tag silicon. One application that the partners have leveraged from the UCODE G2iL+ and demonstrate is the activation and deactivation of electronic devices over the RFID link. By integrating NXP’s tiny G2iL+ silicon into a tag, and then embedding this within an object or item, or even a printed circuit board (PCB) of a device such as a mobile phone, MP3 player or printer, the product can be stored on the sales floor in a deactivated state minimizing its value to potential shoplifters. Activation and downloading of relevant software or firmware of the device can be done at home after proper registration on the vendor’s homepage, or alternatively at the POS, whichever is most convenient.

NXP's UCODE G2iL series offer leading edge read range enabling simple antenna design solutions that increase the cost effectiveness of RFID solutions.  An extensive set of features, including the Digital Switch, Data Transfer, Tag Tamper Alarm, battery assist mode and advanced privacy features make RFID more reliable, more flexible and easier to work with. 

MTI was founded in 1983 as the first RF and Microwave design and manufacturing company in Taiwan.
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