Clunky PDAs and old-fashioned, laborious methods are on the way out.
The modern solution for improving efficiency is using smart devices like smartphones or tablets alongside Bluetooth accessories for added functionality. Stay smart, safe, and connected with the new iRFID500, a powerful handheld passive RFID reader that can connect to your smart devices via Bluetooth or work as a standalone device for operational flexibility.
The iRFID500 is designed to streamline business processes like tracking assets such as drill pipes or tools, monitoring maintenance tasks and planning, and demonstrating regulatory compliance.
Choose the variant that best suits your application, no matter when in the world it’s located. Fully certified as safe to use in ATEX, IECEx, and North American hazardous areas, the iRFID500 also holds radio approvals for ETSI and FCC frequencies.
The iRFID500 comes with Bluetooth capability, able to connect with smart devices like tablets as part of your Industrial Internet of Things. You can view tag reads in real time, and add more information such as what maintenance tasks were carried out, or which operator was working on which piece of equipment. What’s more, you can use the tablet operating system of your choosing; the iRFID500 works with Windows, Android, and Apple devices.
With a large internal memory, the iRFID500 doesn’t need to connect to a smart device to be used. If you don’t need to add extra details or don’t have access to a tablet, simply use the iRFID500 as a standalone. Its internal clock function stamps each tag read with a date and time, providing a clear audit trail for compliance. You can access the tag read data quickly by connecting the iRFID500 to a computer via the USB connection cable, making you more efficient and fitting in with your work processes.
Software development kits for both Windows and Android are available, enabling you to build closer integrations between the iRFID500 and your systems for a personalised solution that directly suits your application.
iRFID500 Software Development Kit (SDK):
The development kit (SDK) includes software libraries that make it easier to integrate the iRFID500 reader technology. These libraries define a high level object-oriented interface that permits communication with all readers in easy2read mode, allowing developers to focus their resources on the application development instead of wasting time with the communication protocol details.
The libraries are available for Visual C++, JAVA, Android and Microsoft .Net and are bundled with the IRFID500 development kits as a royalty-free license.
With a long battery life lasting for over 12 hours, the iRFID500 is fit for purpose – minimising downtime and maximising efficiency. The power LED changes colour from green, to yellow, to red indicating how much battery life is remaining, so you can charge the device when needed and be confident that it won’t die in the middle of a task.
Around the size of a smartphone and with an attachment point for a wrist strap, lanyard, or belt clip, the iRFID500 is easy to carry without a risk of damaging the unit or restricting your movement. The lightweight and ergonomic design means you won’t get fatigued as the shift wears on, allowing you to work more effectively.
The large buttons are designed to be glove-friendly, so you don’t need to take off your protective gloves to use the iRFID500 – no time wasted removing gloves or putting them back on. The stylus nib means you can even operate a connected tablet whilst wearing gloves, avoiding unnecessary time wasting and helping you work more productively.
The iRFID500 is designed to be operated single handed, leaving the other hand free to hold railings or carry additional equipment, like a tablet. There’s visual, auditory, and vibration feedback to make it simple to use successfully, with minimal training.
The iRFID500’s read range can be adjusted by the operator to easily distinguish between different tags, and read tags from up to 1m away. No need to get a ladder or carry out a risk assessment to inventory assets kept on a high shelf, for instance – making the process safer and more efficient.
The iRFID500 is IP65 rated, able to continue working even whilst being splashed with water, so there’s no need to repair or replace units after using them in the rain. The iRFID500 can also be used in a wide range of temperatures from -20°C to +55°C, so it can go wherever you do.
The iRFID500 reads UHF passive RFID tags such as Extronics’ intrinsically safe iTAG500 range. This iTAG500 series is highly durable and suitable for use in hazardous areas. Designed with Omni-ID, the iTAG500 series uses their unique plasmonic structure for superior performance in metallic environments, such as those found in the process industries. The tags will also still work when covered in oil or water, so there’s no need to clean them before reading – saving you time and effort.
Test out the iRFID500 in your own environment and see how it could help you with your application with a demo kit. Each demo kit includes an iRFID500 variant of your choice, a USB cable to both charge the iRFID500 and download tag reads, a wrist strap, and a selection of passive RFID tags.