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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.

RFID Journal LIVE 2014 Show Report
Posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Transtech Systems

RFID Child Tracking on School Bus CSL just returned from a very successful RFID Journal show in Orlando, Florida. Joining CSL this year was Roc Lastinger, one of our new VARs that has been providing projects for healthcare and cold chain transportation. There was close to 3,000 attendees and we received some high quality sales leads for the new products as well as additional requests from companies want to become a CSL VARs. A large percentage of the visitors were international.

We also introduced a change in our company focus from just being a hardware provider to a solution provider. As an example, the back drop of our booth depicted a use case for child security by tracking them on school busses with the new CS208-3G Intelligent Integrated RFID Reader with GPS and CSL’s Dual Mode BAP ID card for the child ID card.

We were a finalist for the best show demo award with our live demonstration of the CS208-3G communicating RFID tag data via SMS to a mobile phone. In addition, we showed a demonstration of our new CS8304 ColdChain Data Logging Tag communicating with our CS101 handheld reader. Click here for a copy of the CS8304 Datasheet.

Next year the show will be in San Diego, California on April 15-17, 2015. We plan to continue to innovate our product line and develop solutions further for the key RFID solution categories.

CSL Delivers 3G Connectivity to Intelligent RFID Fixed Reader
Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Transtech Systems

Convergence Systems Limited’s new CS208-3G RFID fixed reader is a truly intelligent integrated reader with an embedded edge server and diverse connectivity options including 3G Wireless. The CS208-3G continues CSL’s tradition of reliable RFID technology, adding 3G connectivity with high powered antenna to the CS208 platform to create the first truly intelligent integrated reader with an embedded edge server.

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Offering all-weather and MIL-STD-810 durability, this ruggedized RFID reader delivers long read range and high read rate, with a wide selection of connectivity options: 3G/GSM/GPRS, GPS, SMS, Ethernet, USB and Serial. The CS208-3G reader is extremely versatile, and can be easily deployed outdoors or indoors for mobile or stationary applications, using either remote or local networks.

“The intelligent CS208-3G fixed reader offers a fully integrated ‘plug and play’ RFID system that is configurable and controllable via an intuitive ‘over-the-air’ interface,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited.  “Designed for remote RFID monitoring in severe environments, the CS208-3G is compatible with cellular frequencies, and is suitable for vehicle mounted applications using 3G, GPS and GPRS technology.”

Security for Peace of Mind

The CS208-3G integrated reader is ideally suited to stationary check in/check out asset management applications, as well as large area continuous scanning solutions in access control, event management, and inventory management. This intelligent reader is being used in conjunction with the CS9010 Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) ID card for a high-security child tracking solution. The BAP ID card, which can be read consistently and reliably when hanging from the neck or embedded in a wallet, backpack or purse, is tracked by the CS208-3G fixed reader, which then sends a wireless confirmation message to mobile devices to provide peace of mind for parents and school officials.

“The CS208-3G has given Infinium a significant ROI proposition for providing seamless mobile or fixed network connectivity in harsh operating environments like oil and gas, mining, logistics, mobile people tracking and defense,” says Vimal Shah, project director of Infinium Solutions.

CSL’s new CS208-3G RFID fixed reader can be used in highway toll stations, bus stops, container ports, warehouse docks and parking lots, etc. This versatile integrated reader is uniquely offered with circular polarization antenna, enabling use in dense, long-range environments.  For a demonstration, visit RFID Journal LIVE!,  at CSL’s booth #738.

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Features

  • 3G/GSM/GPRS, SMS, Ethernet, USB and Serial connectivity
  • Ruggedized (MIL-STD-810) integrated reader with long read range
  • Dense Reader Mode (DRM) available
  • Multiple choices of embedded edge servers with intelligent engine
  • Application programming interfaces (APIs) ranging from high level HTTP to C# to low level C
  • Best of breed circular polarized antenna performance with excellent axial ratio.