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Introducing our new Mobile RFID Reader

We have now introduced two Android based mobile RFID readers. The TC75ex is a zone 2 hazardous area scanner while the TC70 is the safe area version. Both units are fully compatible with our Smart-Trac POB Management and Electronic Mustering System and can be used for a variety of tasks such as mustering of personnel at lifeboats or muster points and control point management (IN / OUT tagging). The devices which are manufactured by Zebra/Bartec will now replace the end of life "iroc Ci70" which had served EPIC well over the years. View Advisory

The eWAP-350Ex Zone 2 Wireless Access Point

The eWAP-350Ex is a rugged IP66 SS316L certified for ATEX zone 2 hazardous environments. Utilising our proven Lancom IAP-821 industrial wireless access point and using the Extronics iSOLATE501 intrinsically safe RF barriers to ensure safe wireless transmissions. The unit has been certified Ex nA with Ex ia output. It also features power over ethernet (PoE) design, so each installation only requires a single network cable for both power and data. Get A Quote.. View eWAP-350Ex ATEX Certificate ABTECH 18 ATEX 4151X

RFID - Short or long range?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has fast become the norm across many industrial sectors from retails to oil and gas.Although this technology has been around for several decades, to many, the potential is only now starting to be fully explored. RFID infrastructure can operate at short or long range, however, its important that the range fits the application. This article will focus on one example of why this is important. Electronic mustering and personnel on board (POB) within the marine and oil and gas industry is one industry sector which has embraced RFID technology. After all, it is in essence ‘asset tracking’ with the assets being your personnel. Crew, vendors, contractors and visitors all carry a RFID tag, usually in the form of a smart-card.

RFID - Pros & Cons

LF 125KHz COMMON USES Pet taggingAccess Control PROS Low price against medium read range with minimal environment interference. Can be used in just about every country in the world. CONS Very low security and data storage together with slow baud rate reduces the ability to acheive multi-card reading in an open area. HF 13.56MHz COMMON USES Access ControlAsset TrackingPayment Cards (including Bank Cards)Security Bands PROS Fairly low price but with very high security and data storage facility. Cards are near field reading only but a fairly high baud rate ensures quick reading of the encrypted data. Due to the close read range, interference is almost non-existing. This frequency is also the most widely used which means that more hardware is available and can be used in just about every country in the world. CONS Close read range only means hands free is not available and neither is multi-card reading. UHF 860-960MHz COMMON USES Asset TrackingSecurity Bands PROS A higher passive read range allows for total hands free, plus the high baud rate ensures that multi-card reading is also possible.

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