Identity solutions provider HID announced its first RAIN RFID reader modules featuring the company’s TSL technology and the STORM command protocol that simplifies embedded software integration. The modules enable developers to create customized reader hardware designs that take full advantage of the performance of Impinj E710 and E910 reader chips and their ability to support next-generation RAIN tags.

The HID TSL RAIN RFID reader module family includes three options for designing compact fixed readers as well as readers used in mobile and battery-operated handheld and wearable devices. Applications include asset tracking/inventory management, automation, safety and compliance, personnel tracking and authentication, in industries ranging from retail, healthcare and hospitality to transport and logistics and warehouse and distribution. 

The family includes:

    TSL 3117 with a single antenna port, based on the Impinj E710 reader chip

    TSL 3417 with four antenna ports, based on the Impinj E710 reader chip

    TSL 3419 with four antenna ports, based on the Impinj E910 chip for enterprise-grade fixed readers.

“There has been a gap in the market for reliable, high-performance UHF RFID reader modules that mid-volume manufacturers can integrate efficiently into their products,” said David Evans, vice president technology solutions business unit. “We are meeting this need with a family of modules that build on over two decades of mobile RFID hardware experience to extract more performance into a smaller form factor than ever before. As an Impinj Gold partner and member of the Impinj Connected program, we are incorporating the best-performing RAIN RFID reader chips on the market to supply class leading performance in a ‘ready to go’ package .”

HID’s TSL reader modules exceed the read range, reader sensitivity and tag throughput of alternative modules in a compact, easy-to-integrate form factor. The key features of these modules are a result of a combination of TSL RFID design experience and Impinj’s reader chip and include:

    High sensitivity (>-90dbm)

    Fast tag acquisition rate (>1300 tags/sec)

    Up to 50% lower power consumption than previous generation chipsets

    Broad compatibility with latest generation UHF sensor chips which include the measurement of temperature, humidity, strain, acceleration and more.

These new HID TSL reader modules reduce reader design complexity, time to market and development costs through its STORM protocol that enables complex tag operations to be executed using pre-configured command sets. HID provides support for developers using a range of host devices and development environments including a dedicated developer kit for the new modules.

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