European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics has introduced a new hardware developer kit (HDK) for building active RFID tags and readers. Hardware built with the new Smart Web-Based Sensor HDK comply with the global standard for 433MHz active RFID technology, ISO 18000-7.
“We strongly believe that the next big wave in sensors will be driven by the combination of the sensing function with wireless transmission – and ISO 18000-7 is the right solution for security and asset-monitoring applications,” said Benedetto Vigna, group vice president and general manager of the MEMS and health care product division at STMicroelectronics.
The Smart Web-Based Sensor HDK offers a solution for the development of this type of wireless sensor networks for security and asset-monitoring applications.The new kit enables developers to blend standards-compliant active RFID with other wireless-networking and GPS capabilities and enhanced sensing features, and to exploit built-in MEMS motion sensors and temperature and light sensors. The kit also enables longer battery life and smaller device sizes.
The beta version of the Smart Web-Based Sensor HDK is currently available from Arira Design.