In this final installment of my RFID series, we are going to take a look at what we can do with the high end of the RFID spectrum. These readers and tags are much more expensive than th LF and HF lines, but they offer a lot more functionality.
I’ve bought most of this equipment (except the cable adapter, which I got from Farnell) with the guys at rfid.co.uk. They have got a very nice customer support, so I strongly reccommend them.
Feig ID ISC.MU02.02-CU UHF reader/writer
2m cable to link to the antenna ID.ISC.ANT.C2-A
Cable Adapter – Farnell part no. 1699231
USB Cable – ID CAB.USB-B
UHF Antenna – D.ISC.ANTU170/170-EU
The connections are really straightforward. First, connect the antenna to the 2m cable. My cable had a male/female adapter that I had to remove before connecting the adapter. Then, connect the cable to the reader board using thea adapter. Finally, connect the USB cable to your computer.
From the FEIG software section in rfid.co.uk, download and install the Windows 7 drivers and the ISO Start 2011 software. Run this application and you should see a wizard that will detect your device and make all the appropriate configurations. Select USB in the first screen and hit ‘Detect’.
Follow the next steps until you see this next screen.
Hit apply and the software will attempt to write the configuration in the module. Hit ‘Finish’ when the process is over and you should see this screen.
Now you can get some tags near it and their ID will show up, as well as how many tags the reader can see.
This little system is quite powerful. The first thing I noticed after turning it on was that its range even interfered with my wireless headphones.The clear advantages of a system like this over the previous ones is that it can read several tags at once at a reasonably large distance. With the tag facing the reader directly above it, I managed to read its ID from up to 1.7m away.
Therefore, with a system like this, one can envision much more versatile application than what’s normally achieved with short distance systems, like storage units that know what they contain, indoor location systems, automatic identity recognition, etc.