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Forensics Lab Piloting RFID System for Automated Supply Tracking
Posted on Friday, July 7th, 2017 by Transtech Systems

To make the management of its equipment and evidence automatic, HFSC is piloting an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification system, initially to track lab equipment and supplies. In the long run, the same technology will automatically track and manage the locations of firearms, biological evidence and evidence collected at crime scenes. JPL RFID, a software and hardware integration company, provided the tags and readers, as well as its own software and database to manage the data, says Jason Pitcock, JPL’s president.

With the use of RFID technology, the lab was able to create a single storage room for all of its lab supplies, with an RFID reader installed at the doorway and tags on each piece of equipment and every box of supplies

The badge’s unique ID number is linked to the user’s identity in the lab’s software. As a worker enters the storage area, that person’s tag ID is captured, and as he or she leaves with a piece of equipment, the item’s ID is captured along with the badge ID, in order to identify what was taken. In that way, the software has an up-to-date record of what is in the storage room and what needs to be replenished at any given time. HFSC uses a kanban method to identify low supply levels and place reorders.

To conduct periodic inventory counts, staff members carry a Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) CS108 (http://www.convergence.com.hk/products/rfid/readers/cs108/) handheld RFID sled reader through the storage area to reconcile what is in the system with what is actually on the shelf. While those counts took hours to complete when performed manually, they can be accomplished within a matter of seconds with the RFID reader. For the RFID handheld reader, says Jerry Garrett, CSL’s managing director, “We are using the same composite antenna material that we used in the powerful CS101 handheld reader. This antenna provides the key element for the CS108 to achieve an 18- meter reader range—the longest read range in the industry for a handheld. More power means a high reliability in data capture.”

The next phase will include tracking firearm and toxicology evidence. When it comes to firearms, without an RFID system in place, the lab sends two workers to count all guns periodically—a process that takes two days to complete. Now, the lab will apply RFID tags to each gun, thereby reducing that inventory count and enabling Geiger counter functionality. All guns are expected to be tagged by the end of this month. In that way, guns can be accounted for in inventory counts, and individual guns can be easily located when needed.

Read Full Article at RFID Journal https://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/pdf?16230

CSL Launches Affordable, Reliable UHF RFID Handheld Sled with Longest Read Range in Industry
Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 by Transtech Systems

CS108 RAIN RFID Handheld Sled

CS108 RAIN RFID Handheld Sled

The powerful read range of the CS108 UHF handheld sled reader combined with a mobile device will make taking inventory counts faster than ever—

HONG KONG — April 24, 2017 — Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, today announced the CS108 UHF handheld sled reader offering the longest read range in the industry. The rugged RFID reader features seamless Bluetooth® integration with Android or iPhone platforms, an optional 2D barcode module and a read range of 18 meters.

The new CS108 UHF RFID Handheld Sled Reader is designed to read and write to RAIN RFID transponders (EPC Class 1 Gen 2 /ISO18000-6C) and communicate via Bluetooth® wireless technology with a variety of host devices running Apple iOS and Android operating systems. Designed for versatility, the new handheld reader is ideal for a wide range of industries and applications, including supply chain management, stock inventory control, asset and data management, and logistics.

“The rugged CS108 UHF RFID reader is compatible with today’s most popular devices, offers a 2D barcode option and delivers the longest read range in the industry today at 18 meters,” said Jerry Garrett, CSL Managing Director. “This ruggedized RFID reader is lightweight, comfortable and optimized for both long battery life and ergonomic comfort.”

“CSL did it again! Seven years ago, they made the impossibly-good CS101 handheld with fixed reader performance in a handheld. The CS108 is the refresh we’ve wanted and they have set standard for best-in-class performance in a handheld reader, said Carl Brown, CEO of SimplyRFID.

“Our engineers were amazed at the performance of the CS108 UHF handheld sled reader and the readability through windshields with various compositions of safety glass for our transportation and access control applications”, reported Robert Karr, STAR Systems International.

Delivering breakthrough performance, the CS108 from CSL establishes new industry benchmarks for affordability and functionality with a read range far exceeding competitive offerings.  The CS108 will carry an end user price of $1,399 or $1,299, depending on barcode module option, and offer a two-year factory warranty.  Availability is expected in May 2017.

CSL will demonstrate the CS108 UHF handheld sled reader in Booth #642 at RFID Journal LIVE in Phoenix, May 9–11, 2017.

CSL Family of RFID Antennas Are in Demand
Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 by Transtech Systems

As more industries continue to take advantage of the benefits of RFID, the technology is finding its way into a growing number of diverse applications. In order to accommodate the best fist, performance and price for each individual application, CSL offers a variety of UHF RFID antennas

 

 

    • ŸFor applications where the tag orientation and reading direction is known and controllable, CSL offers linear polarized UHF RFID antennas suited for both long-range and near-field operation.

 

    • Ÿs_142632865487CSL’s ultra-thin UHF RFID antennas offer an extremely thin form factor (6mm) for applications with limited space for antenna mounting, such as retail display cabinets and conveyor belts. This antenna is perfect for use anywhere a thin form factor is needed, such as the retail store, document control and the production line.

 

    • s_039038465118The CSL square near-field antenna is ideally suited for item-level tagging. Near-field technology enables items rich in water content to be tagged, including food and pharmaceutical products. With a versatile design and exceptional read rate, this square antenna can be mounted in various configurations in a range of environments, from the point of sale counter or factory production line, to a distribution center or hospital.

 

    • s_028030988394ŸCSL’s product offering of UHF RFID antennas also includes access control antennas to trigger operation of an electric door lock or barrister arm, offering LED lights and a buzzer for visual and audio alerts.

 

Whether you are deploying RFID for Cold Chain Logistics, Access Control, Retail Management, Warehouse Management, Asset Tracking or Healthcare, you can rest assured that CSL offers the right antenna for the best read performance for your application. Contact CSL to learn more.

Best of Both Worlds with Hybrid RTLS
Posted on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Transtech Systems

To capture the benefits of real-time location technology while overcoming traditional disadvantages, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) offers a hybrid RTLS system that uses both passive UHF tags and active RFID technology. With CSL’s hybrid RTLS solution, assets can be tracked, located and monitored with ease and accuracy, using a system that is affordable and easy to maintain.

In the hybrid RTLS system, assets are tagged with passive UHF tags that cost less than $0.10 each, greatly reducing the cost to implement the system. RFID Fixed Readers (known as “anchors”) are positioned at the perimeter of the area to be monitored and connected to the Ethernet. In the middle of the area, omni-directional Fixed Readers (termed “slaves”) provide ubiquitous coverage. Each coverage area is known as a “cell”, and multiple cells are possible

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Example of CSL RTLS system with various beamwidth anchors

Next, UHF RFID Handheld Readers are coupled with a RTLS signal to send asset positioning information to the RTLS Fixed Readers, which then transmit that information to the company network.

When a worker is seeking a specific tagged asset, the system provides the last known location for a starting point. Using the RFID Handheld Reader, the worker scans the tracking area and picks up the tag at approximately seven meters away.

The Handheld Reader emits an audio signal, much like a “Geiger counter”, to locate the tagged asset. As they walk toward the item, the beeping frequency increases. If the worker walks away from it, the beeping frequency will decrease.

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The combination of active RFID technology and passive tags provides the best of both worlds – complete real-time visibility for accurate tracking in a cost-effective solution. Staying connected to yard operations in real-time provides up-to-the-minute information and complete visibility, enabling intelligent work processes that allow you to optimize yard operations and improve the flow of goods in and out.

2015 RFID Journal LIVE in San Diego
Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Transtech Systems

unnamedConvergence Systems Limited wants to thank all our partners and customers for stopping by our booth at RFID Journal LIVE last week. CSL featured the ruggedized CS208-3G for high performance and 3G connectivity as well as our portfolio of UHF RFID tags, readers and antennas. Visitors were happy to find stationary reader solutions from 4 to 16 ports at the right price and performance to enable automatic inventory management and people tracking.   We were also pleased to see many inquiries regarding our Time-of-Arrival based RTLS solutions.

New CS6821 Passive ID Access Card Delivers More Power and Punch
Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Transtech Systems

Here at CSL we’re excited to announce the new CS6821 ID access card tag, delivering much higher read range performance than previous tags. In addition to its increased power, the CS6821 tag design offers the ability for hole punch on all four sides for exceptional versatility.

The new CS6821 RFID tag has a read range of up to 15 meters, enabling accurate and reliable tracking and identification of personnel.

The CS6821 ID access card tag is a member of the CSL customized passive ID access card EPC C1G2 RFID family. This diverse product series consists of tags specially adapted to be worn or carried on the human body – either hanging from the neck, placed inside a shirt or pants pocket, or in a handbag.

The CS6821 can be custom ordered in numerous configurations of pre-punched holes for use with lanyards or for permanently mounting to assets.

CSL offers a range of RFID tag solutions, working in conjunction with our RFID readers and antennas for complete solution offerings to suit nearly any application.

New and improved support for customers and software developers!
Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Transtech Systems

Recently we focused on updating our support section for product guides, software downloads and demo applications. Here’s a quick list on some of our recent changes. Please check out the latest changes in our support and download section:

1) Re-organized download sections for General User and for Developer. General User section contains installers and documents only. Developer section contains SDK and documents.
2) Updated all user manuals, programmer’s guide and reference manuals.
3) Added source codes and updated all demo applications.
4) New demo applications for assorted operating system and programming languages added.
5) All firmware and firmware upgrade tools updated with release notes/history.
6) Added special notes to help on common difficulties and FAQ.
7) New support documents for new products such as cold chain tags, CS208 RFID Reader, new passive RFID ID card, combo BAP ID card, etc.

Top 10 Applications of RFID in Manufacturing
Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Transtech Systems

As RFID technology continues to advance, new solutions are constantly being developed to enable the benefits of improved efficiency and productivity across a range of industries. Manufacturing was one of the first industries to explore the capabilities of RFID more than two decades ago, and yet applications in this sector are still progressing all the time.

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CSL RFID Solutions for Internet of Things at Computex 2014
Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Transtech Systems

We just returned from a very successful week at the Computex Taipei exhibition — Asia’s largest information and communications technology (ICT) show and the second largest in the world.

CSL RFID readers, RFID antennas and RFID tags were on display in the ClarIDy booth in Exhibition Hall 3 where all manner of smart, connected technologies and mobile products were demonstrating the Internet of Things (IoT). Be sure to read about the collaboration between CSL and the ClarIDy IDSmartTM library solution in today’s news announcement – “Mapua Institute of Technology Streamlines Library Processes With Automated UHF RFID Solution”.

At Computex we met with a significant number of visitors to the booth who were interested in CSL IoT solutions, and many commented on CSL’s speed and performance for Internet-connected inventory management.

A number of 3D printers and wearable devices were seen throughout the IoT Exhibition Hall, along with CSL’s RFID solutions such as the 3G mobile enabled CS208-3G Intelligent Integrated RFID Reader with GPS.

CSL Creates Dual Mode RFID Access Card
Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Transtech Systems

CSL BAP Card 2Wow, the innovation just keeps on happening at CSL. The latest Dual Mode RFID Access Card product was based on a customer request, so CSL developed a series of access control ID cards with dual UHF and HF RFID frequencies. For long range access control, the card utilizes the UHF signal boosted with Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) technology. For high security identification the card uses 13.56 MHz technology compatible with MiFare® or iClass®.

“We see a big opportunity for the Dual Mode Access Card series for providing physical and logical access in defense, enterprise and financial industries, said Adam Cartner, TransTech Systems. “The EPC UHF BAP technology provides access control for parking and building access and the Mifare® or iClass® HF technology provides high security login authentication for access to computers, documents or for payment.”

There are three versions of the Dual Mode Access Technology:
CS9110 Combo Gen2 UHF BAP + Mifare HF Tag
CS9111 Combo Gen2 UHF BAP + HID eProx HF Tag
CS9112 Combo Gen2 UHF BAP + HID iClass HF Tag

 

® iClass and ePROX are registered trademarks of HID Global in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Mifare® is a registered trademark of NXP Semiconductors in the U.S. and/or other countries.