TAGSYS, a maker of item-level RFID infrastructure products, today announced the Medio(TM) L400 – which it calls the industry’s first self-diagnostic and self-correcting long-range HF RFID reader.
TAGSYS also announced that the Medio L400 will be compatible with the highly-anticipated, next-generation, high-performance EPCglobal RFID standard-HF Version 2 (V2)-via a simple firmware upgrade.
TAGSYS Announces Intelligent Infrastructure for RFID Networks
Medio(TM) L400 Delivers Benchmark Performance,Enables Quality of Service and is Designed for Upcoming EPC HF V2
Cambridge, Mass. – November 12, 2007 – TAGSYS, the global leader in item-level RFID infrastructure, today announced the Medio(TM) L400, the industry’s first self-diagnostic and self-correcting long-range HF RFID reader. Another industry first, TAGSYS also announced that the Medio L400 will be compatible with the highly-anticipated, next-generation, high-performance EPCglobal RFID standard-HF Version 2 (V2)-via a simple firmware upgrade.
The Medio L400 leads the industry in performance and offers up to six times faster processing speed and 40 per cent greater read range than the currently available TAGSYS readers. Utilizing breakthrough sensor technology and self-diagnostic capabilities, the Medio L400 self-monitors nine different functions, including temperature and digital output load. When coupled with e-connectware(TM), TAGSYS’ comprehensive set of management and administrative tools, administrators can remotely monitor, manage and modify 50 separate parameters in the Medio L400-in real time-to enable the highest quality-of-service (QoS) levels and ensure data accuracy and data integrity in item-level tagging.
“The Medio L400 and e-connectware create an intelligent infrastructure that enables customers to treat RFID as part of their network fabric to ensure that the highest QoS levels, data accuracy and data integrity are achieved,” said Elie Simon, president and CEO of TAGSYS. “Furthermore, since we’ve designed the Medio L400 to be HF V2 compatible, customers can deploy their RFID infrastructure today and migrate to V2 in the future with no risk or penalty.”
The Medio L400 is a key component of TAGSYS’ overall ‘Path to V2′ program. TAGSYS has been an integral part of the Hardware Action Group within EPCglobal, working with other industry leaders to create the HF V2 specification. Currently at Candidate Specification status, the specification is pending ratification by the EPCglobal board of directors; ratification is anticipated in early 2008. Customers who purchase a Medio L400 today will be able to migrate to HF V2 with a simple, free firmware upgrade. In HF V2 mode, the Medio L400 will be able to simultaneously support additional protocols, including ICODE 1, ISO 15693 and UID-OTP, making it 100% backward compatible with the current HF tag standards.
“RFID is not about frequencies or components, its about making it work via a systems approach” states Drew Nathanson, RFID Practice Director for Venture Development Corporation. “The introduction of the HF V2-ready L400 reinforces TAGSYS’ commitment to provide ‘best in class’ RFID solutions and services that are not only high performing, but are also capable of evolving with the industry and the end-users requirements.”
“Our silicon for HF V2 brings better speed, features and all-around performance to HF RFID technology,” said Jan-Willem Reynaerts, general manager of RFID for NXP. “NXP’s collaboration with TAGSYS is based on a common vision of excellence and industry innovation. By planning ahead for the new EPCglobal HF standard, we have ensured for our customers straightforward upgradability of infrastructure, such as readers, allowing easy access to the increased technological benefits.”
The Medio L400 uses advances in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and RF Front End technology to achieve an industry-leading signal-to-noise ratio. The result is breakthrough performance in read range and read speed. The Medio L400 has been specifically designed to operate in noisy environments such as manufacturing plants and distribution facilities while maintaining the highest levels of data integrity for item level tracking and tracing, inventory management and security applications. Designed as a network device, the Medio L400 conserves critical network bandwidth by filtering tag data to remove redundancies before sending data to the host. It is available with two or four antenna ports, supports a wide array of TAGSYS antennas and provides connectivity through Ethernet, USB and serial communication modes. An integrated LCD screen allows floor operators to easily configure and maintain the Medio L400 without the use of peripheral equipment such as computers or PDAs.
TAGSYS is currently demonstrating the Medio L400 in booth #3014 at the NACDS 2007 RFID/Track & Trace Summit, taking place November 11-13 in Washington, DC. The Medio L400 will be available on November 30th, 2007; the HF V2 compatible firmware upgrade will be available in 2008. To order, please contact your TAGSYS sales representative or a certified TAGSYS partner.
TAGSYS is the global leader in item-level RFID infrastructure. TAGSYS provides RFID systems and tags for end-to-end item-level tracking that automates labor-intensive processes, authenticates and safeguards goods, and enables real-time inventory and asset visibility. With a proven track record of delivering Reliable, Accurate and Secure (R.A.S.) RFID systems and tags, TAGSYS has deployed over 100 million tags and 60,000 reader systems to over 500 customers in more than 40 countries. TAGSYS’ RFID solutions are currently being deployed in a range of highly specialized vertical markets that include pharmaceutical, fashion apparel, libraries, and textile rental. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with offices and R&D Centers in France, in Pennsylvania and in Hong Kong. More information on TAGSYS can be found at www.tagsysrfid.com.