AdaptivEnergy LLC has partnered with Jennic Ltd. to offer alternative energy solutions kit for active RFID tag applications in an attempt to balance costs and risks inherent with battery powered devices.
Set to ship in mid-June, AdaptivEnergy’s Energy Harvesting Active RFID Development Kit can be used as a standalone evaluation and development tool, or in conjunction with Jennic’s JN-5148-based products in existing active RFID applications.
The kit includes a programmable USB receiver and a programmable standalone tag that contain JN-5148 wireless microcontrollers pre-loaded with Jennic’s Active RFID reference design firmware.
Power will be provided from either a vibration-based, AdaptivEnergy Ground Transport Module or thermal-based, Micropelt TE Power-NODE energy harvesting platform.
The tag uses a broadcast mode to periodically transmit its data, including sensor information as well as on-board temperature and supply voltage level to the receiver.
The receiver acts as a gateway to a PC-based user interface and in a field-deployed application the tags can roam between readers without energy penalty while readers can be networked together.