CSL Signs Synergy RFID Inc. as Stocking Distributor for Northern and Latin American Regions

Convergence Systems Limited’s advanced RFID solution provides Synergy RFID’s VARs and ISVs in the Americas region with a complete package of UHF products

December 4th 2017 Hong Kong,  Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global company providing passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, today announced that Synergy RFID will bring their valued clients in North and Latin America a complete lineup of high-performing and economical UHF products. As CSL’s newest stocking distributor, Synergy RFID expands CSL’s reach with groundbreaking new technology like the recently-released CS108 Bluetooth RFID Mobile Reader. Continue reading “CSL Signs Synergy RFID Inc. as Stocking Distributor for Northern and Latin American Regions”

Tokyo Hospital Tracks Equipment via RFID-Enabled Shelving

Aug 29, 2017—Tokyo’s St. Luke’s International Hospital has completed a pilot of RFID technology to track the movement of equipment. The facility found that the technology identified stock levels at each of its wards in real time, and reduced the number of staff visits to the central clinical engineering room by approximately 55 percent. The technology, known as Recopick, is provided by Japanese carbon-fiber and plastics technology company Teijin Ltd.

St. Luke’s serves approximately 2,550 outpatients daily and has 520 beds for patients staying at the facility. It includes 13 floors and a total of 60,000 square meters (646,000 square feet) of facility space in its main building The hospital is growing with the demands of its community; recently, it added an annex and birth clinic containing 19 beds.

St. Lukes Hospital - CSL RFID

Much of the hospital’s equipment used to treat patients, such as infusion pumps, syringe pumps, low-pressure continuous suction devices and oxygen flow meters, was stored in centralized clinical engineering rooms when not in use. This meant that employees seeking equipment had to walk to and from these centralized rooms many times during each shift. To create a record of which personnel took which items, the hospital used a bar-code system so that workers in the engineering rooms could scan each asset as a nurse borrowed or returned it. Because this process was so time-consuming, nurses often kept medical devices in their own wards so that they could easily access them again. For the hospital, that meant the items appeared to be missing, and stocks were thus replenished unnecessarily.

St. Luke’s began seeking a better, more automated solution in 2016 and deployed Recopick in the spring of that year. About 1,300 pumps and oxygen flow meters were tagged with passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags with a waterproof casing, so that they could sustain cleaning and sterilization processes.

All shelves in the medical engineering center, as well as throughout 22 wards, were retrofitted with Recopick RFID-enabled sheets that are laid over each shelf, says Natsuki Aramoto, the company’s team leader of new application development for smart sensing. Tagged items are placed directly onto those sheets, he explains. Each shelf unit comes with a Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) CS468 reader and Teijin’s proprietary antenna sheet to capture tag ID numbers.

The readers forward the collected data to software, indicating which specific item is stored on which shelf. Recopick also provides RFID-enabled disposal units so that users can view what has been discarded. The engineering room shelves are divided into two categories: those on which devices are awaiting cleaning and maintenance after being returned by a nurse, and those that have been serviced and cleaned and are ready for reuse.

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Forensics Lab Piloting RFID System for Automated Supply Tracking

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.

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CSL Launches Affordable, Reliable UHF RFID Handheld Sled with Longest Read Range in Industry

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.

RFID Journal LIVE 2014 Show Report

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

— New CS208-3G RFID fixed reader is a truly intelligent integrated reader with an embedded edge server and diverse connectivity options including 3G Wireless —

HONG KONG — March 26, 2014 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced availability of the CS208-3G RFID fixed reader. 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.

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.

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.

 

About Convergence Systems Limited

Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited is a leading design engineering company and provider of radio frequency ID (RFID) tags, readers, antennas, modules and custom RFID hardware. CSL is unique in providing both passive Electronic Product Code™ (EPC) Gen 2 RFID products, as well as a full line of active RTLS RFID products. CSL delivers a broad portfolio of RFID hardware for logistics management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control,  transportation and retail industries around the world. A member of standards organization EPCglobal, CSL is headquartered in Hong Kong with a global distribution channel. For more information, visit www.CSL-RFID.com.

CSL Upgrades RFID Fixed Reader Platform Performance for the Best Total Cost-Performance Solution Worldwide

HONG KONG — January 13, 2014 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced an improved ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID fixed reader platform for the CS469. This advanced platform offers significant performance and feature improvements with a fast time to market and low cost of deployment.

CSL’s upgraded the platform for the CS469 Power over Ethernet (PoE) connected UHF EPC Gen2 RFID reader. The powerful CS469 RFID fixed reader enable a long read range up to 12 meters and a high read rate of 300 tags per second.

“We were pleasantly surprised when we tested the new low cost CS469 versus comparable readers from Impinj and Sirit. We found the reader has very comparable read distance and read rates! ” Stated David Bray, managing director, RFTech LTD.

“With a compact form factor, high read rate and support for Power over Ethernet, the CS469 fixed reader delivers unparalleled performance and deployment flexibility,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited.  “The longer read range and improved connectivity with high-resolution multiport operation dramatically reduces installation time and cost.”

 

The CS469 is a 4-Port reader with ultra-fast antenna switching speed that delivers the lowest per-read-point deployment cost in the industry. The CS469 is suitable for smart-shelf for jewelry retail, document control, cold chain management and other applications where continuous monitoring is required.

“The fully documented APIs made the CS469 extremely easy to work with and dramatically reduced our setup time.  The reader provided excellent performance and surpassed our cost targets, ” reports Roc Lastinger, managing partner, Helvetia Wireless.

The CS469 is a 4-Port reader that offers the best total cost solution in the industry, thanks to its outstanding performance level and affordable price. Both readers in the platform use the same CSL Unified application programming interface (API), which enables shorter application development time and faster time to deployment.

About Convergence Systems Limited

Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited is a leading design engineering company and provider of radio frequency ID (RFID) tags, readers, antennas, modules and custom RFID hardware. CSL is unique in providing both passive Electronic Product Code™ (EPC) Gen 2 RFID products, as well as a full line of active RTLS RFID products. CSL delivers a broad portfolio of RFID hardware for logistics management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control,  transportation and retail industries around the world. A member of standards organization EPCglobal, CSL is headquartered in Hong Kong with a global distribution channel. For more information, visit www.CSL-RFID.com.

RFID Heating Up Global Cold Chain

RFID use in cold chain, has been moving slowly mainly due to high costs and the criticality of the technology. However, the implementation of various government mandates related to food safety and drug traceability in the U.S. and Europe, have injected new life into the market. Frost & Sullivan’s Strategic Analysis of RFID in Cold Chain Market project over 200% market growth in the next five years.

Good news for CSL which recently released its CS8300 Temperature Sensor Tag and CS8301 Rugged Temperature Sensor Tag for the cold chain market. CSL designed the products to be fully ISO and EPC Class 3 Gen 2 compliant and affordable. To further enable system integrators, CSL provides a complete temperature monitoring system including demo software, CS101 Hand Held Reader, and Temperature Sensing Tags.

CSL is working with partners around the world on these top RFID Cold Chain Logistics Applications:

  • Temperature-controlled supply chain
  • RFID Temperature Sensing and Data Logging
  • Food Inspections and Food Safety Audit
  • Temperature Controlled Storage
  • Product Authentication
  • Quality Control
  • Recall Management
  • Perishable food transportation
  • Pharmaceutical temperature sensitive drug management
  • Living organic materials
  • Floral Management
  • Industrial composites and chemicals tracking

CSL CS6720 Vehicle Access Control Label

CS6720 Windshield RFID Label
CS6720 Windshield RFID Label

CSL’s Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Label provides automatic vehicle identification (AVI) with the speed, read distance, and security capability to meet electronic vehicle recognition (EVR) standards. The VAC Label provides security features such as tamper resistance, tamper evident, and non-cloneable RFID identification. The VAC label is designed to mount inside of windshields of cars, buses and trucks and sends a long range RFID signal that can be identified at highway speeds without battery assistance.

Features

  • Fast Identification and Authentication with ultra-high frequency transferring 64 bit ID in .0001 seconds.
  • Tamper Evident and Tamper Proof Security: sticker is tamper evident and RFID tag is destroyed upon removal
  • Automatic Vehicle Identification with 64 bit unique ID and 800 bits of total memory
  • Long Life Battery-Free passive RFID technology
  • Electronic Vehicle Registration
  • Integrated Payment and Security solution with compliance to EPC C1G2/ISO18000-6C

Link to read press release on CSL’s Windshield RFID Label Speeds Past Competition for Automatic Vehicle Identification

Battery Assisted Passive RFID Technology Brings Low Cost Smart Temperature Monitoring To Cold Chain

CSL’s RFID temperature sensor portfolio makes cold chain temperature monitoring at the carton and item level convenient and affordable with their UHF EPC Class 3 Gen 2 Temperature Sensor Tags. Designed for operating under difficult and harsh cold chain environments, CSL’s Temperature Sensor Tags have the ability to monitor cold chain temperatures in cold storage applications, mobile overseas containers, and trailers moving from coast to coast. In addition, the tags are user programmable to set alerts according to business rules.

“Finally, there is a product that can perform well in the harshest, coldest and most demanding environments,” said Michael McCartney, Principal, QLM Consulting. “Companies can now feel confident in measuring and monitoring temperature through out the perishable cold chain.”

The Temperature Sensing tags are available now and CSL is working with partners on important applications such as tracking salmon in Europe, monitoring perishable fruit in a global cold chain application, and product verification in temperature controlled warehousing and transportation.

“We are excited to partner with CSL in providing a cost effective and reliable temperature monitoring system based on a UHF RFID tag,” claimed Viktor Varan, CEO of Enlight AS and HRAFN AS.

“One of the major advantages of our Temperature Sensing Tags, as compared to other tags on the market, is that our tags are fully EPC Class 3 Gen 2 compliant and can be read by ALL EPC Gen 2 readers,” reports Jerry Garrett, managing director, CSL. “Moreover, CSL’s Temperature Sensing Tags provides a cost-effective solution for cold chain monitoring to extend temperature logging down to the carton level.”

CSL’s Temperature Sensor Portfolio is available in several versions with options for multiple LEDs, push button, data logging, custom graphics, and more. The CS8300 Temperature Sensor Tag has a slim profile, is light weight, and low cost for cold chain tracking at the carton and item level. The CS8301 Rugged Temperature Sensor Tag is designed for the harshest, coldest and most demanding cold chain applications. The CS8301 Tag is fully enclosed by a plastic case to meet IP67 standards with LED lights to indicate temperature violations and battery life status. CSL provides a complete temperature monitoring system including demo software that is compatible with CSL’s full line of handheld and fixed readers, and antennas. For a demonstration, visit RFID Journal LIVE!, at CSL’s booth #229.

Link to PR Web Release:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10680215.htm