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.

CSL Completes Management Buyout and Adds Strategic Investor

— RFID supplier positioned for future expansion with stronger engineering and production expertise —

HONG KONG — July 6th, 2016 — Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, is pleased to announce that its management has completed the purchase of the company from the original investors. To support the projected growth of CSL, a major investment and long-term financial commitment was reached with CSL manufacturing partner, Seveco Global Limited, in conjunction with the buyout.  Seveco has been a primary manufacturing partner for CSL in recent years, as well as engaging in OEM manufacturing for many global companies requiring advanced products with various embedded radio platforms.

“We are pleased that our original investors supported our desire to complete a 100 percent acquisition of the company with a very smooth transaction. All of our team is extremely pleased and motivated by the outcome,” said Jerry Garrett, CSL Managing Director.  “The inclusion of Seveco as a strategic investor brings additional strong engineering and production expertise, as well as better economies of scale for expansion.”

“We are pleased to enter into this strategic investment with CSL, as they represent a strong global brand and a proven track record of engineering high-quality products for the RFID industry,” said  Ed Lee, Seveco’s Founder and CEO. “Seveco’s skills are very complementary with those of CSL, and we look forward to fully supporting them as they launch a series of new RFID products and solutions.”

CSL maintains business operations in three locations: Hong Kong is home to product development and global sales; Dongguan, China is the manufacturing site for all products; and Dallas, Texas is the site of warehouse operations for North American sales as well as local manufacturing requirements.  CSL will continue to support existing RFID product lines, and the company has plans for expansion.

About Seveco Global Limited

Seveco is a value-added OEM electronics product manufacturer. Founded in 1982, Seveco is a privately held company with headquarters located in Hong Kong and a manufacturing campus located in Dong Guan, China. www.sevecoglobal.com

About Convergence Systems Limited

Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited is a leading design engineering and manufacturer of radio frequency ID (RFID) readers, antennas, modules, tags and custom designed OEM RFID products. 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 that comply with global frequency certifications for retail applications, logistics management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, transportation and other specialized uses. A member of standards organization RAIN RFID, AIM and EPC Global, CSL is headquartered in Hong Kong with global distribution channels. For more information, visit www.convergence.com.hk

CSL Family of RFID Antennas Are in Demand

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.

CSL RTLS Wrist Tags Enable Groundbreaking Early Childhood Research Study

— Personnel tracking with RFID real time location tags allow researchers to study influences on children’s physical activity to encourage healthy lifestyles —

HONG KONG — September 1, 2015 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced that CSL real-time location system (RTLS) RFID technology is being used in a research offering the potential to improve children’s health and wellbeing.

Karen Tonge, a researcher with the Early Start Research Institute (ESRI) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, elicited the help of CSL for her unique PhD research project. The three-year study, begun in early 2014, examines the relationship between educator engagement and the physical activity levels of their preschool students.

To track the location of study participants and their proximity to each other throughout the day, children and educators wear CS3151 RTLS Wrist RFID Tags, that transmits positional data to wireless mesh network of CSL RTLS RFID Fixed Readers positioned in the area to triangulate the tag’s real-time movement.  Additional data is collected with lightweight accelerometers worn on a belt around the waist to measure the amount and intensity of physical activity, and direct observations are recorded as well as educator surveys.

“This is the first time that RTLS monitoring has been used to study how educators are engaging and interacting with children to influence physical activity,” said Tonge. “The CSL RTLS system offers the accuracy, real-time performance and data collection capabilities that we needed for the project, all within our budget guidelines.”

Research has shown that educator engagement and interaction with children relates to better child outcomes for learning and development. To determine if a correlation exists between educators’ physical activity and that of their students, the study looks at where and when participants are most active, as well as what strategies educators use to promote physical activity.

The research study follows approximately 600 children ranging from 2-5 years of age and 100 educators working in Australia’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services across 15 preschools in New South Wales. To protect the privacy of participants, RTLS tags are identified by codes that are kept in a secure location.

 “The CSL RTLS system adds a new dimension to research that is crucial for useful for documenting and promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited. “With an accuracy of +/- one meter, the CS3151 RTLS Wrist RFID Tag is ideal for real-time people tracking applications; such as children, the elderly, security guards and even animals.”

CSL Introduces Innovative RFID Tag for Industrial Laundry, Leather, Textile and Uniform Management Applications

— Patented metalized thread antenna RFID tag to speed, simplify and secure management of textile and garment inventories —

HONG KONG — July 21, 2015 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, introduced a revolutionary new radio frequency identification (RFID) metalized thread tag for a range of industrial laundry, textile and uniform market applications.

The patented CSL CS8200 RFID tag includes an integrated circuit (IC) and a partially metalized thread, which acts as an antenna while securing the tag to clothing, leather or other thin flexible materials. The metalized thread antenna was developed specifically for use with the CSL tag by Coats Group plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile craft business.

“Coats has worked closely with CSL to specifically develop a thread for this revolutionary new product.  This RFID metallized thread tag provides an outstanding solution for quick and accurate inventory management as well as brand authentication of all types of garments and textiles,” said Paul Forman, Group Chief Executive, Coats Group plc. “It is a prime example of Coats’ innovation as we extend beyond traditional thread and develop ‘clever thin lines’ which can transmit and even carry data.”

With exceptional durability for washing, drying, dry cleaning and ironing, the CS8200 RFID metalized thread tag is a cost-effective solution for efficient laundry process control, such as batch check in/check out of linens or uniforms.  CSL designed the tag to withstand the harshest laundry processes, including resistance to detergent, softener, decolorizer, oxygen chloride and alkali.  In addition to enabling accurate tracking and management of commercial laundry, the CSL tag is ideal for brand authentication and security of fashion apparel and accessories.

The small, flexible RFID tag can be easily and securely sewn into a uniform, table linen, handbag or other textile in an inconspicuous location, such as in the garment seam or behind the brand label.

“The patented CSL CS8200 metalized thread tag is the only RFID tag that allows the user to customize the application read range by altering the metalized thread length,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited. “Our unique solution is tailor-made for helping industrial laundry, textile and uniform businesses save time and money in logistics, security and processing.”

CSL’s CS8200 RFID tag delivers industry-leading speed, cost efficiency and readability, with a customizable read range of up to 2.7 meters. The tag, which is sold with bobbins of metalized antenna thread, is available in blue or white; however, custom colors may be available depending on the specific order.

“The innovative CS8200 RFID tag from CSL offers an outstanding solution  for inventory management of uniforms and linens,” said Jeffrey Chau, executive director of Farbo Uniforms. “The tag has surprisingly long read range performance and durability, exceeding 160 industrial wash and dry cycles in our on-going independent test processing.”

The RFID metalized thread tag works with high-performance, far-field RFID handheld and fixed readers, such as CS101, CS203, CS208, CS461, CS468 and CS469 from CSL. The long read range and non-line-of-sight benefits of the RFID tag offers a seamless solution for rapid batch reading with accuracy, enabling significant improvements in asset receiving, shipping and tracking, while keeping operating costs low with increased workflow efficiency.

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.

About Coats

With a rich heritage dating back to the 1750s, Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, at home in more than 70 countries, employing over 20,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2014 were US$1.7bn. To find out more about Coats visit www.coats.com.

2015 RFID Journal LIVE in San Diego

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.

City of Mumbai Cleans Up With RFID Technology

— Intelligent CSL CS208 and CS203 Fixed RFID Readers Incorporated in Smart Vehicle Tracking System to Manage Garbage Collection with RFTS Unify Controller—

Mumbai Garbage Truck with CSL CS203 Integrated RFID Reader

HONG KONG — April 8, 2015 — Together, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, and RFID Tags and Services (RFTS), a leading solution provider and distributor of RFID, announced that the city of Mumbai has implemented a sophisticated, real-time vehicle tracking system for solid waste management that relies on RFID technology to ensure that garbage is collected on time, improves the efficiency of city services, including curbing the financial losses.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (BMC), which is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city, is piloting a vehicle tracking management system (VTMS) that includes the city’s garbage trucks. To enable real-time, automated monitoring of the collection process, CSL’s CS203 Integrated RFID Readers are installed on the trucks and CS208 Intelligent RFID Reader with embedded edge servers are positioned at the dumping areas. Mumbai’s garbage bins (scattered all over Mumbai) have been tagged with specially designed RFID tags supplied by RFID Tags and Services (RFTS).

Each stage of the process is color-coded on the system’s map. The areas not yet serviced are marked in blue; orange marks the areas where trucks are in the process of picking up the garbage; and neighborhoods already serviced turn green on the map. City employees can easily track the entire collection process remotely using the controller unit (Unify) designed and manufactured by RFTS to collect and process data collected by RFID Reader, monitoring data transmitted via mobile connectivity and GPS.

The Unify Controller is designed to be integrated with various other sensors (e.g. temperature, pressure, weight, fuel gage, GSM, GPS etc.) that go with RFID readers in complex solutions to make it powerful and intelligent piece sitting between data collection hardware and backend server thus enabling Cloud based services and push data to IoT.

“With mobile connectivity and an embedded edge server, the rugged CS208 and CS203 RFID Readers enabled the city to operate this system affordably with passive RFID technology,” said Ketan Kolge, Sales Director, Convergence Systems Limited, India. “Now, movement of the trucks can be monitored in real-time from the point of collection to the dumping ground for maximum efficiency.”

“The ease of use, system integration and cost benefits provided by the CSL RFID Readers made them an obvious choice to pair with our RFID tags and the Unify controller units,” said Rahul Daware, Head of Technology, RFID Tags and Services, India. “BMC plans to introduce the technology throughout the city in the near future, minimizing the need for staff to manually record each trip.”
Mumbai’s garbage trucks cover 4,000 collection points, each vehicle making multiple trips per day. To date, 20 vehicles are included in the RFID program, which is designed to improve public service, and to capture data for further enhancements.

According to municipal commissioner Mr. Sitaram Kunte, the project is a step towards making Mumbai a ‘smart city’. Mr. Kunte said, “If this project proves successful, we will implement it for ambulances, fire engines and other BMC-owned vehicles.”

The CS208 RFID Reader is extremely versatile, offering plug-and-play integration and universal connectivity via 3G/GSM/GPRS, SMS, Ethernet, USB and Serial interface. To see this intelligent, integrated RFID reader in action, visit CSL in Booth #744 at the RFID Journal LIVE show, April 15-17 in San Diego, California.

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.

About RFID Tags and Service
RFID Tags and Services (RFTS) is leading solution provider and distributor of RFID hardware including RFID tags (contact and contactless), RFID inlays (LF, HF, NFC, and UHF), RFID readers, RFID reader antennas and related services such as printing and encoding. RFTS R&D division has innovative products like Unify controller to enable seamless integration of CSL RFID Readers with any other system. RFTS also has wide range of specialized tags – Tamperproof Windshield (Certified), Jewelry and Mount on Metal Tags RFTS’ vibrant and experienced team has vast experience in designing solutions across diverse market applications. RFTS distributes RFID products from leading manufacturers and specializes in designing custom products to fit the customer’s need. For more information, visit www.rfts.co.in.

Link to release: http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/573464-1428510239-city-of-mumbai-cleans-up-with-rfid-technology.html

RFID Outclasses Manual Furniture Inventory System at USC

The University of Southern California (USC) housing office knew its housing facilities, on and off campus, had upwards of 60,000 pieces of furniture and appliances. But until the student housing office deployed a radio frequency identification system, tracking which items were at what locations, as well as which were broken, missing or due for replacement, required exhaustive manual inventories. Those inventory counts, typically conducted during summers, required the hiring of temporary workers and many hours of labor to catalog what was where.

Thanks to an RFID system, however, the school now knows where its inventory is located, and has been able to dispel some myths as well, says Leo R. Boese, the special projects manager of USC’s housing office. One prominent myth claimed that furniture was frequently moving and was often not where it was supposed to be. By using handheld CSL RFID readers, employees were able to determine that furniture did not move as often as the school had thought, and that when it did move, it was still in the vicinity of its intended location. That, along with other findings, has made it easier for the school to order new furniture when necessary, as well as identify which items need repair. What’s more, it can now avoid over-ordering due to furniture ending up missing.

USC is a private research university in Los Angeles. It has approximately 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled, many of whom live in dorms, suites and apartments. All facilities are furnished with chairs, desks and beds, while the apartments also include refrigerators, and other appliances and furniture. Until recently, the housing office staff went through each room or unit once a year or semester, counting and identifying every piece of furniture, and writing down what was missing or required repair or maintenance. Many items seemed to be missing.

In 2011, the college began working with Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) CS101 handheld readers to manage inventory and RFID read data.

In summer 2012, USC employed six temporary workers to apply RFID tags to every asset within all of the housing units, and to input data about those items into the NoxCore software. By the time they were finished, Boese says, they had identified 63,943 assets, ranging from chairs and couches to mattresses, refrigerators and bed frames. In addition, each object was assigned a room or unit number in the software.

Beginning in fall 2012, the school began equipping its housing health and safety inspectors with CS101 readers. The inspectors enter each housing unit or room once a semester (typically while students are on holiday) and examine the working conditions of smoke detectors, appliances and electrical plugs, identifying any potential safety issues. Now, they also use the RFID reader to capture asset inventory information. The handheld can read up to 90 tags per second at a range of 20 feet.

Upon entering each dwelling, an inspector uses the handheld to access the room or unit number from a drop-down menu in the RFID software, available to the reader via a Wi-Fi connection. He or she then reads all tags within the room and compares the results with a list of furniture expected for that location. Unexpected or missing items can be flagged within the software so employees can address those issues at a later date. If the inspector moves an item to a different room, its status can be updated to indicate its new location. Assets in need of maintenance or replacement can also be flagged.

The department expects to achieve a three-year return on its investment, Boese reports, based on the reduced labor time required to conduct inventory checks, as well as a reduction in the ordering of replacement items. “Our biggest savings is to be able to project the life of furniture,” he states, ensuring that items are not replaced too soon, or not soon enough.

RFID is most advantageous for sites that have moving assets, Boese says, whereas the technology’s use may not be as critical for items that never move, such as refrigerators. However, he notes, he has shared the deployment’s results with other school departments. The public safety office is now considering employing RFID to monitor equipment used in its vehicles. In addition, he says, the housing office intends to open a warehouse next year for furniture and other materials that have been ordered, or that are being repaired, and expects the RFID technology to be useful in tracking what is in the warehouse at any given time, and what its status is (such as ready to be installed in a student apartment or dorm room).

 

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Volkswagen Group’s Uruguayan Importer Improves Efficiency Through RFID

For the past four years, Julio Cesar Lestido S.A., the official Uruguayan importer of cars and trucks manufactured by the Volkswagen Group, has been employing passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags to track the metal tools it uses to maintain vehicles.

The company, which provides maintenance and repairs services for Volkswagen, Audi and Man cars and trucks in Uruguay, has been using an RFID solution supplied by Identis RFID Systems to identify which tools are removed from a storage area at its Montevideo maintenance facility, and by whom. Staff members had been borrowing tools—such as wrenches and drills—from a storage area, but the company had no visibility regarding which individual was taking which tools.

Prior to its current RFID deployment, Julio Cesar Lestido had tried other RFID solutions using passive tags affixed to the tools, but had been disappointed with the resulting performance. Because the tools are exposed to high temperatures and physical impact, a tag needed to be installed inside each tool, but the tags failed to operate well when embedded in metal. In addition, the company did not want a system in which reader antennas would be visible at its facility.

The RFID company tested multiple passive UHF RFID tags before opting for a customized version of Convergence Systems Ltd.‘s Omni-ID Prox CS7310 tag. The standard version of the CS7310 tag measures 1.3 inches by 0.4 inch by 0.16 inch (3.3 centimeters by 1 centimeter by 0.4 centimeter), but the customized version is smaller, at only 2 centimeters (0.8 inch) in length and 0.8 centimeter (0.31 inch) in width. Identis then had to drill holes in the grips or metal bodies of the tools—such as wrenches and screwdrivers—and insert the customized tags inside, in such a way that they would not be visible to the tool users, or be prone to damage. Each tag was encoded with a unique ID number linked to data about the corresponding tool.

CSL’s CS-461 reader and antennas were installed behind the walls of the corridor adjoining the storage room’s entrance, so that the hardware would not be visible to personnel. It also provided staff members with badges containing built-in CSL Omni-ID Prox tags. When an individual approaches the tool area, the reader captures that person’s badge tag ID and unlocks a door, thereby enabling him to enter. When the employee leaves the room, the interrogator again captures the badge’s ID, as well as that of each tool he is carrying, thereby creating a record that management can access at any time.

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CSL Offers Custom Coax Cables for RFID Antenna Cables for Variety of Asset Management and Access Control Applications

— Specialty RFID antenna cables available by the meter with quick turnaround —

HONG KONG — October 20, 2014 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced availability of custom, high performance RF antenna cables for a wide range of radio frequency identification (RFID) applications.

CSL customers can order custom RFID antenna cable lengths by the meter, from 3 meters to 20 meters.  CSL is only supplying high performance,  low dB loss quality cables that are 100% tested.  The cables are available with various connectors to fit industry-leading CSL RFID fixed readers and antennas.

“CSL’s team of experienced RF engineers work closely with customers to design, develop and manufacture custom antenna cables to meet their specific application needs,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited. “And because we understand that speed is of the essence, we pride ourselves on a quick turnaround even for custom orders.”

With versatile antenna options and high-performance UHF RFID fixed readers delivering high read rates, CSL solutions are ideal for large area continuous scanning, event access control, and inventory management.

In order to help customers complete specialty projects as quickly as possible, custom CSL cables ordered at the start of the work week are shipped by the end of the same week. CSL offers the versatility and performance needed for diverse RFID applications, ranging from Retail and Warehouse Management, to Cold Chain Logistics, Healthcare, Access Control and Asset Tracking.

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.

ISA Boutique Tracks Inventory, Shopper Behavior Via RFID

—The Hong Kong retailer is installing CSL readers and antennas in its display cabinets and on its sales counters, so that it can track when jewelry is removed, returned and purchased —

Jul 16, 2014—China’s ISA Boutique is installing a radio frequency identification system at one of its stores, after determining that the technology provided valuable data following an initial installation at another location. The RFID readers and antennas, supplied by Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL), enables the store to track its fine jewelry and to know not only what is stocked within the cabinets, but also when a particular piece is removed from the cabinet and returned—and how often—thereby providing analytics regarding how well customers like each item.

ISA Boutique operates seven stores in Hong Kong and two in Macau, where it sells clothing, leather goods, eyewear, jewelry and watches. In 2012, the retailer began working with Alpha Solution Ltd., its point-of-sale (POS) software provider, to create an RFID-based system for inventory management, as well as for tracking shoppers’ behavior and the products they seem to prefer. Alpha Solution fitted each of the store’s jewelry display cabinets with a single 16-port CS468 RFID reader and a total of 16 CS790 ultra-thin RFID antennas—one for each of the reader‘s port. The antennas were situated on the cabinet’s shelving on which trays filled with jewelry are placed.

ISA Boutique replaced its traditional price tags with EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF)RFID labels, attaching the RFID version to each item via the tag‘s loop antenna. The system employs RFID tags provided by a variety of vendors, says Jerry Garrett CSL’s managing director, and the store has attached those tags to hundreds of jewelry items, including rings, pendants and earrings, as well as to eyewear. Each tag‘s unique ID number is linked to the specific item’s stock-keeping unit (SKU) in Alpha Solution’s Smart Shelve software, hosted on ISA Boutique’s server. It is then stored on a tray that is placed within a display cabinet during store hours.

According to the company, the CS790 reader antenna is designed to provide a very tight read zone. If an item is lifted more than 12 inches above the antenna (the read rangecan be adjusted by raising or lowering the power setting) or moved 3 inches to the side, the shelf antenna will no longer detect its tag, and the reader data will thus indicate that the piece has been removed from the cabinet. The glass of the cabinet top also acts as a shield, so that if an item is placed on the glass counter above theantenna, its tag will not be read. This feature is especially important for ISA Boutique, as the retailer wants to know each time an item is moved from the shelf tray to be sampled by a customer, and also the exact time that it was returned to the tray. The antenna is 6 millimeters (0.2 inch) thick, and is available in a variety of lengths and widths.

 

The store has also installed a CSL CS203 reader with an integrated antenna at the cash register, in order to record when a piece of jewelry is purchased. The item’s tag is interrogated during the sales transaction, thereby enabling the store to identify which merchandise needs to be reordered to replenish inventory.

As each item’s tag ID is being captured by a cabinet’s reader, its location is noted in the Smart Shelve software, which can be configured to issue an alert to management—via text message or e-mail—in the event that an item is removed and the POS software does not indicate it as having been sold.

In addition, the store is using a CS101 handheld reader to conduct nightly inventory checks in the backroom and other areas.

According to Garrett, ISA Boutique has recouped its RFID investment through higher sales, based on fewer out-of-stocks. “To fully implement either a jewelry, watch or eyewear retail store similar to ISA’s initial installation size, the total cost should be less than $7,500,” Garrett states. “This is a turnkey package of all the RFID readers, antennas, cables and application software.”

The store has gained other valuable information as well. For example, if a piece of jewelry is often removed from the cabinet, but is only rarely purchased, management may decide the price is too high for most customers. If no one requests to see a piece of jewelry at all, it may be that it is not properly displayed, or there may be another issue making it undesirable to shoppers.

ISA Boutique is installing the system at another of its Hong Kong stores this summer, and is also expanding the technology to include watches, handbags and clothing, by attaching EPCUHF tags to those items as well. The company plans to continue rolling out the solution with each new store renovation or acquisition.

CSL is providing a similar solution to multiple jewelry merchants in Asia, Europe and the United States, Garrett notes, though he adds that those companies have asked that their names not be released.

RFID Smart Shelves Deliver Valuable Data on Retail Shoppers

—Alpha Solution partners with CSL to offer smart inventory, security solution with added benefit of consumer market research —

HONG KONG — July 08, 2014 — Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced that an innovative retail application of CSL RFID hardware has successfully reduced inventory time and increased sales for ISA Boutique, Hong Kong’s famous chain of boutique brand-name stores.

The RFID Jewelry Smart Shelve solution was developed by Alpha Solution Limited to enable real-time inventory management and provide usable data on retail shopper behavior and preferences. ISA Boutique has been using the system since September 2012 in their flagship Hankow Road store, and the company will install the system in a new store set to open in the second half of this year.

Alpha Solution deploys the Smart Shelve solution by installing one CS468 16-Port RFID reader that drives up to sixteen CS790 ultra-thin RFID antennas inside various display cases for the lowest cost solution.  The traditional price sticker on each item is then replaced with an instant-read RFID tag. The Smart Shelve automatically scans the RFID tagged items for instant inventory tracking and customer behavior monitoring.

The system automatically records the number of goods per smart shelve in real-time, as well as gathering data about which items are picked up frequently to gauge consumer interest for more complete market demand analysis. For example, if an item is being picked up frequently but is not selling, one can assume the item is priced too high.

To date, ISA Boutique has used the RFID Jewelry Smart Shelve solution to track jewelry and eyewear products, and plans are underway to expand the system to include watches and other fashion items. Using the consumer behavior data obtained by the system, the retailer adjusts purchase decisions and creates discount social media promotions for the items that are not selling quickly.

“Our RFID Jewelry Smart Shelve solution is able to monitor retail shopper behavior and provide valuable, statistical data that cannot be accurately gathered by store personnel alone,” said Tafe Tsa, director of Alpha Solution. “The CSL CS468 UHF RFID reader offers one of the fastest speeds on the market, and the CS790 antenna is small and flexible enough to use in jewelry display cases and cabinets.”

In addition to providing market analysis and insight into customer tastes, real-time inventory data enabled by the Smart Shelve solution helps to improve security and ensures that sufficient merchandise is in stock, while reducing manpower and related costs. And with easy-to-use synchronous reporting on computers, tablets and smart phones, the RFID Jewelry Smart Shelve solution is a convenient tool for complete asset tracking and inventory management.

“The Alpha Solution’ Smart Shelve solution allows retailers to gather enhanced market analysis and reap the full benefits of customer relationship management,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited. “ISA Boutique began to see return on their investment right away as jewelry sales increased and the time needed to take inventory was reduced by 70 percent.”

Mapúa Institute of Technology Streamlines Library Processes with Automated UHF RFID Solution

— Service provider ClarIDy Solutions, Inc. relies on CSL to deliver UHF RFID readers and antennas for automatic library project —

HONG KONG — June 9, 2014 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced that the Mapúa Institute of Technology in the Philippines has transformed its library services with a unique Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID solution from CSL and ClarIDy Solutions, Inc.

Mapúa Institute implemented the IDSmartTM library solution early this year at its Intramuros campus in Manila in order to significantly enhance library processes to better serve its faculty and students. According to Taiwanese service provider ClarIDy Solutions, Mapúa was the first school in the Philippines to install this UHF RFID solution, which uses CSL UHF products at Self-Service Stations, Self-Return Stations and RFID Security Gates.

“The objectives are to improve the workflow processes in our libraries, to solve inventory problems, and to save time,” said Emerald L. Lansangan, Mapúa’s chief knowledge officer. “With this efficient UHF RFID system in place, faculty members and students can now expect faster and shorter queues when borrowing and returning library materials, and librarians are free to focus on assisting our students with their research queries.”

ClarIDy is a total solution provider with years of experience in hardware design, project integration and library domain know-how, offering total UHF RFID solutions for library applications. The IDSmart™ system incorporates ClarIDy custom RFID book tags carefully concealed in the books, and encoded with the library’s existing automation system. With these tags, the library books can be quickly and easily inventoried, checked in and checked out using a portable inventory reader, self-service library check-out station, self-return station or book drop. In addition to improving reader service and work processes throughout the library, security also is enhanced with RFID Security Gates at the building exits.

“Convergence Systems Limited was an ideal provider for the UHF library initiative since they provide a variety of high-performance RFID readers and antennas,” said Megan Wu, global sales and marketing manager of ClarIDy Solutions. “We are excited to work with CSL and appreciate their support on the Mapúa Institute of Technology Library project.”

“In addition to providing greater efficiency and cost savings, this solution also offers real-time statistics of library patron visits, and real-time inventory reports can be generated instantly using CSL readers with Internet connectivity,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited.  “Increasingly, libraries are switching to UHF RFID frequencies because the UHF tags cost less than HF tags, and the read ranges for UHF are much greater than those offered by HF technology.”

Due to the success of this UHF RFID system, the Mapúa Institute plans to install this library solution at its Makati City campus as well.

About ClarIDy Solutions, Inc.

ClarIDy Solutions, Inc. is focused on product identification and system application. Based on years of project building experience and integration capability with RFID technology, ClarIDy is able to provide practical and feasible solutions to different industrial needs with a particular focus on Library and Internet of Things (IOT). Leveraging key technologies, ClarIDy successfully developed a series of products under the brand name IDSmart™ with distributors and VARs across Taiwan, China and South East Asia. The company is based in Hsinchu Taiwan. For more information, visit www.claridy.com.

XpresSystems Uses RFID To Help Customers Clean Up With Automated Car Wash

— Cost-effective system leverages all-weather CS203 integrated RFID fixed reader to boost revenue, speed return on investment, build customer loyalty —

Customer service and convenience can be the difference between life and death for many retail businesses. The ability to stand out among competitors and offer a superior service is vital, particularly in a saturated market or a commodity business. To enable their retail clients to offer a value-added and convenient service, XpresSystems developed an innovative system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in a fully automated, self-service car wash.

A tamper-resistant RFID tag carrying a unique identifier is sold to regular car wash customers, to be mounted on their windshield. As a customer pulls up to the XpresWash automated car wash, an integrated RFID reader scans the vehicle identification, account billing information, and selected wash package stored on the RFID tag. The customer is then automatically billed for the wash using a prepaid plan, club plan, fleet account or pay per use option.

Car wash vendors and gas stations can install the system quickly and easily in an existing car wash using the ruggedized CS203ETHER Ethernet-connected UHF integrated RFID reader from Convergence Systems Limited (CSL). With a fully integrated reader/antenna form factor and single cable Power over Ethernet (POE) connectivity, the CS203 enables simple installation in varying configurations.Xpresswash

Because RFID technology doesn’t require line of sight to make a connection, it offers a quick and convenient tracking method that is ideally suited to this type of self-serve application. And with the ability to store a great deal of data on a rugged RFID tag with consistent readability, the XpresWash system delivers a secure and reliable link to the car wash vendor’s billing system.

The XpresWash system was designed for simple customer enrollment, online or at an in-store kiosk. Once enrolled, a user can drive through an RFID-equipped car wash at their convenience, without having to stop and pay for the service. This allows car wash vendors to realize cost savings by reducing wait times and demand on attendants, while increasing revenue and customer loyalty.

Solution provider TransTech worked closely with XpresSystems to design a complete RFID system that meets all their customers’ needs. “The XpresWash system makes it easy for vendors to manage multiple sites remotely, receiving usage alerts and system messages in real-time,” said Adam Cartner, customer service representative at TransTech Systems. “With the ability to pay for itself in no time through increased usage and customer loyalty, this innovative RFID system delivers a clear and superior return on investment.”

XpresWash vendors have reported an increase in per customer revenue since installing the system. The complete solution includes an online administrative website with built-in recurring billing system, allowing car wash vendors to manage revenue, monitor sites from anywhere, and maintain an updated customer database.

“The CS203 is one of the only IP68 rated RFID readers on the market, making it ideal for installation outdoors or inside the car wash where it is exposed to water on a regular basis,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited. “The long read range and high read rate of the CS203 contributes to best-in-class reliability, bringing all the benefits of RFID to XpresSystems’ customers in a complete system designed for fast time to market.”xpresswash-access

The CS203 integrated RFID reader is extremely versatile and can be used in all environments, indoor or outdoor, and for numerous applications. Built on CSL’s unified application programming interface (API), the high-performance CS203 enables shorter application development time and faster time to deployment.

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 Vehicle Tracking Solution Keeps Bangalore Buses Rolling on Schedule

Convergence Systems Limited and ABLogics develop automated RFID system to ease delays and combat congestion for public transportation 

HONG KONG — August 28, 2013 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced that the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is successfully using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to keep track of city buses in Bangalore, India, for greater efficiency.

The fully automated vehicle tracking system incorporates fixed RFID readers from CSL installed at the main entrance to the bus terminal to read vehicle tags mounted on the city buses. ABLogics Private Ltd. implemented the custom solution using ABLogics TechBee RFID tags and network-connected CS203 integrated RFID readers, paired with TechBee rTrack web-based software.

Deployment of the BMTC system began with Bangalore’s Shivajinagar bus terminal, where traffic density is the highest in the city with nearly 100,000 transit passengers daily. To date, all of Bangalore’s 1,000 city buses have been tagged, and RFID readers are expected to be installed at the entry and exit points in a number of key bus terminals throughout the city.

“With this system in place, BMTC can more easily identify the reasons when buses don’t adhere to the schedule, helping them address specific issues and improve route analytics,” said Amal Rani Meenakshi, global solutions manager for RFID with ABLogics. “We worked closely with the BMTC to design the best solution that would enable them to offer more efficient and effective commuter service.”

Previously, BMTC used GPS vehicle tracking units to track the buses throughout the city. However, with a fleet of 1,000 buses, each making approximately 8-10 trips per day, BMTC selected the RFID solution from CSL and ABLogics for a more effective approach to addressing their logistics challenges.

“Because CS203 RFID readers offer Ethernet network connectivity, transit employees can quickly access real-time data for each vehicle, such as the bus number, route, original schedule and time of arrival,” said Ketan Kolge, India sales director, Convergence Systems Limited. “This not only provides a ready database for evaluating efficiency, it also alleviates work for ticket collectors who were tasked with manually recording bus arrival times.”

Versatile CS203 integrated UHF RFID readers offer a long read range and a high read rate, as well as either left hand or right hand circular polarization, so they can be installed in close-range or long-range environments. Together with ABLogics’ TechBee tags and software, CSL RFID technology is helping the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation increase transit route efficiency, keeping buses and their passengers on schedule.

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 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.

Link to PR Web version

Combined RTLS and Passive RFID Technologies Create Unique Inventory Management Solution for Steel Plant

Convergence Systems Limited delivers custom inventory management system to speed up production and improve overall plant productivity for China Steel Structure Company

HONG KONG — July 31, 2013 — Today, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), the only global provider of both passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, announced the successful implementation of a high-performance RFID inventory management system for China Steel Structure Company, Ltd. CSL worked closely with solutions integrator Digitnexus of Shenzhen, China, to deliver a hybrid solution uniquely combining both passive and active RFID technology.

The China Steel Structure Company was in need of a cost-effective, reliable system to increase the speed and efficiency of inventory management in their steel manufacturing plant. Previously, personnel did not have a way to share inventory information throughout the plant, creating redundant work in each department. Furthermore, sorting products and materials on the construction job site was very time-consuming, because similarities in the materials makes it difficult to distinguish different products with the naked eye.

In order to streamline this labor-intensive process, CSL and Digitnexus delivered a custom RFID inventory management solution designed to work with thin sheets of metal, using both passive UHF tags and active 2.45 GHz RFID technology. Passive RFID metal tags offered a far more affordable and practical way to label materials than active RFID. Plant personnel are able to locate required items using CSL’s handheld CS101 RFID reader with a built-in “Geiger counter” type audible tag search and location function, offering excellent performance even in a highly reflective environment.

Additionally, the CS101 reader is coupled with the CS506 real-time location system (RTLS) plug-in to provide positioning information across the entire yard, allowing quick and easy location of the exact product needed with time of arrival (TOA) techniques.

“The versatile CSL product line includes both passive UHF and active RTLS technology, which means we can provide an affordable hardware solution with best-in-class performance,” said Jerry Garrett, managing director, Convergence Systems Limited. “Plant personnel now have comprehensive, real-time visibility in large, outdoor environments with RTLS system but with the greatly reduced tag costs of passive RFID.”

Digitnexus completed the RFID system integration, as well as developing a Web-based software application to allow information sharing between departments. Furthermore, Digitnexus created a custom software app for the CS101 handheld reader that seamlessly integrates the RFID solution with China Steel Structure Company’s business processes. This integrated system helps reduce project delays by streamlining customer inspections, and enables plant management to determine production costs more accurately.

Prior to adopting RFID technology, plant management had no way to track raw material use in real time, limiting their ability to calculate exact costs per project. Digitnexus designed the Digitnexus software platform for smooth integration with CSL’s hardware, delivering a tailored solution that lives up to China Steel Structure’s commitment to quality.

China Steel Structure Company’s new RFID tracking system and software application now handles inventory management, access and materials control, and finished product inspections. The solution can be integrated with third-party systems to facilitate expansion, and the plant is expected to extend RFID tracking to include contract and supply management, as well as installation.

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 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.

Connecting to a CSL 203 Demo

CS203 Integrated RFID ReaderSometimes, when you’re trying to connect to the CS 203 via the instructions we laid out here, you may find that when you search for it , it can’t be found. The most common issue is in your IP address setup.

Convergence’s demo applications that connect with the CS 203 require that your computer and the device are on the same subnet. By default, the CS 203 comes with a static IP address of 192.168.25.203. If your computer network is already in the 192.168.25.xxx subnet, then you are probably not reading this right now because you’re already able to connect! Most computer networks, however, probably do not have this particular IP address setup, hence why you can’t connect to the reader.

What you’ll need to do is 1) temporarily change your computer’s IP address settings, 2) change the CS 203′s IP address settings, and then 3) change your computer’s IP address settings back. Let’s break it down.

1. Temporarily change your computer’s IP address settings

Go into your Network & Sharing Center (in Windows 7). Towards the right of the window, you’ll see “Connections:” and then a link, similar to this:

cs203_connect_1Clicking on that will bring up your computer’s network status. First, click on the “Details” button. In this next window, make note of the IPv4 Address, IPv4 Subnet Mask, and IPv4 Default Gateway. Then close this window.

Back at the Status window, click on the Properties button. In this next window, click on the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” option and then click on the Properties button. Once in the Properties window, change your computer’s IP address settings so that it’s in the same subnet as the reader, i.e. 192.168.25.xxx (put whatever number you’d like in the last spot, except 203). The subnet mask should auto-populate. Click OK.

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2. Change the CS 203′s IP address settings

Go back to your CS 203 demo and click Search. At this point, if the issue had been with your IP address, it should finally find the reader:

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Clicking on the reader will allow you to click on the “Assignment” button below. In the Assignment window, change the reader’s IP address setting so that the reader has its own static IP address (one that doesn’t conflict with another device on your network), and then change the Subnet and Gateway settings to match what you made note of earlier in your computer’s “Details” window in step 1. Once you’ve completed this, click “Assign”.

3) Change your computer’s IP address settings back

Going back to your Status window from step 1, make your way back to your computer’s “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties” window and, assuming your network is using dynamic (DHCP) IP address assigning, click on the “Obtain an IP address automatically” button, then click OK, and then OK again at the Properties window.

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Go back to your CS 203 demo and click Search. Your reader should now show up with its new, network-friendly IP address!

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One final note: you may have noticed, when assigning your CS 203′s IP address, that there was an option — instead of setting a static IP address — to use DHCP and let your server assign it a dynamic IP address. This reason this was skipped over is that it is a hit-and-miss feature. If you’d like to use it you can give it a try, but it may or may not work for you.

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CSL’s Windshield RFID Label Speeds Past Competition for Automatic Vehicle Identification

CSL’s Windshield RFID Label provides fast and long-range automatic vehicle identification that drives mobility, efficiency, and security for the transportation and security industry.

Hong Kong, June 19, 2013Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of both passive RFID tags, readers, and antennas and active RTLS equipment, introduces the CS6720 Windshield RFID Label.  CSL’s Windshield RFID 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.  In a Hong Kong evaluation of e-tolling electronic vehicle recognition (EVR) products, CSL’s Windshield RFID Tag outperformed the solutions from leading vendors.

With over one billion vehicles on the road, there is a growing need for automatic vehicle identification for enhanced security as well as preventing the illegal situations in vehicle registration, toll payments, vehicle theft,  and border crossing.  CSL’s Windshield RFID Label addresses those threats with a tamper evident label that also is tamper proof and destroyed upon removal.

“We have several projects that require vehicle access control solutions with such high performance and security,” said Paulo Jarbas, Corporate Communications Manager of ACURA Global. “We evaluated many RFID providers, and found CSL’s Windshield RFID Label offered the best relationship between cost and benefit.”

“CSL’s new Windshield RFID Label is perfect for parking control solutions at the many university, government, and corporate campuses across America that our partners already support today,” reported Jeff Kruse, general manager at TransTech Systems, Inc.

The CS6720 Windshield RFID Label is available now and currently is fully compatible with industry standards for ISO18000-6/EPC C1G2.  CSL provides a full access control reader series including CS461 Fixed Reader, CS203 Integrated Reader, and CS101 Handheld Reader to provide options for a variety of applications. Security integrators can utilize the Windshield RFID Label for parking access control, commercial vehicle monitoring, fleet access control, event parking pass, toll tag / e-tolling, traffic management, vehicle inspection, and vehicle authentication.

CSL’s 6720 Windshield RFID Label  is a self-adhesive paper label that fits inside a windshield with the following dimensions: 111 x 64 x .4 mm (4.4 x 2.5 x 0.02 inches) .  CSL offers custom, full-color graphics printing and polyimide (PI) material options.  The Windshield RFID Label is batteryless, passive UHF RFID technology that can survive up to ten years or 100,000 read/write cycles.

Link to PR Web Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10839112.htm
About CSL

Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading design engineering and sales company of RFID tags, readers, antennas, modules, and custom RFID hardware.  CSL is unique in providing both passive EPC Gen 2 RFID products as well as a full line of active real time location system (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. CSL is a member of EPCglobal and headquartered in Hong Kong with a global distribution channel.

Learn more about CSL by visiting us at: www.CSL-RFID.com or sales@csl-rfid.com.

 

About TransTech Systems

TransTech Systems, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visualant, Inc. (OTCBB: VSUL.OB) is in the business of providing industry-leading identification solutions. The ability to research, recognize, and implement changing technologies has made TransTech Systems an established leader in the identification market.

Connecting to CS468 through USB

You can connect to CS468 through USB.

At the moment, USB access is only available using the Java version of the demo application.
By default, the reader is being configured to be in Ethernet mode. You can change that by:

  • Download the latest CS468 Java demo from CS468 Download Area
  • Search and connect to the reader through Ethernet
  • Connect USB cable between you PC and the reader
  • On the Main Panel of the demo application, click on “Set USB Mode”
  • The device will be detected on the USB port and please install the USB driver attached

You can go through the same method by changing the reader back to Ethernet mode by click on “Set Ethernet Mode” on the Main Panel later on.

CS468 USB Driver

How to upload tag data being captured by CS101 to a SQL server

The TagToSQL demo app allows you to send/receive tag data from SQL server.

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Make sure that your CS101 is connected to the network through wifi and can have access to the SQL server.

Whatever you have typed in for “SQL Settings”, those have to be prepared ahead of time by you.  As an example displayed by the pictures attached, you have to make sure that:

You have to enter the IP address of your SQL server (10.100.128.103), server name (SQLEXPRESS by default for SQL Express 2005/2008), Database Name (RfidDB is an empty database that we created using SQL server Management Studio Express), User ID and Password (based on the security settings of your SQL server).

The demo app will automatically create a table called “TagInfo” with the fields “TagID” and “TagTime” within the database.  Tag data will be stored within the table.  You can also read the tag data back using the demo app.

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CS101 TagToKeypress Demo Application

TagToKeyPress translates the RFID/barcode to keystrokes on the CS101, then can be input to a different application.

Features

  • Print the first RFID tag received to the cursor.
  • Print the RFID tag with highest received singal strength index to the cursor.
  • Print the barcode being scanned to the cursor.
  • Power adjustment
  • Barcode configuration.
  • “Continuous Read” mode, where inventory will start after pressing the trigger key and stop when you press it the second time.  The file path will then be sent to the cursor.
  • Pressing F1 on the keyboard allows you to toggle between barcode mode and RFID mode.

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Bringing the CS461 to factory default by going through factory upgrade

Please only try this recovery method if the reader is unable to boot up normally.
Please find the CS461 Factory Upgrade package from:

Please install the application provided.  You will need:

  • a DB-9 cable going from the serial port on the reader to the COM port of the PC
  • an Ethernet cable that connects your PC to the reader

After that, please launch the factory upgrade application.  At the bottom, please select the COM port on your PC that connects to the reader.

On the configuration panel, please enter:

 

RedBootIP: it is a temporary IP address that the reader will use during upgrade process.  It can be any IP address that is not being used on the subnet.

TFTP Server IP: the IP address of the LAN card on your PC that connects to the reader

Subnet Mask and Gateway: information of your network

Board Rev/Band No.: Please look at the photos below.  If your reader is having a transparent cover at the front like the first image below, please select Rev E/Band 2.  If the reader is having a silver cover at the front like the second image, please select Rev D / Band 2.

 

Please unplug the power of the reader and then click “Run” on the application.  Then, plug the power back in.

The upgrade process will start and it will notify you when it is done.  That normally takes around 20 minutes.

After that, the IP address of the reader will be changed to 192.168.25.248.  Please log into the reader through IE.  Please note that it will take longer time for the reader to be boot up the first time.

You will need to do a minor upgrade to put the reader to the latest firmware.  Please find the latest firmware (reader-2.2.0SP18RC77-461.0-098531AA.cne) in the package and upgrade the firmware by going to Version->Firmware Upgrade on the web interface.

After that, you reader will be completely reflashed with the latest firmware.

 

SD card not detected on the CS101

When you push the SD card into the slot, could you feel that the card was hard to be inserted or the card could not come in and/or smoothly?  It is possible that some dirt or very small items were in the way and causing contact issues.  If possibly, please try looking into the slot under a light source and see whether you see any strange things.

If everything looks okay on the hardware.  You can try putting the ROM back to factory default.
Please note that you can find the latest ROM version from the CD image on our website.  SDHC (SD card that is greater than 2GB) is not supported on D17 ROM image.  The 8GB card would not be detected.  Therefore, I would suggest you to update the firmware to 2.0a or above by copying the image files from the CD to a 2GB or smaller card.  The files should be detected in that case.

Connecting multiple reader (CS203/CS468) to the same PC for reading tags

Download the latest CS203 .NET Callback API Demo Application from:
Within the package, you will find a demo called CS203 Multireader Demo under the directory “\CS203 Proj\CS203 MultipleReader”.  You can also find the installation msi under the “CS203 Release Binaries” directory.  This will allow you of connect to multiple CS203 reader and read tags from them simultaneously.
Please note that both CS203 and CS468 shares the same architecture and you can use the same software for connecting to them.

Accessing the CS203/CS468 through low-level (direct TCP/UDP command) API with C/Java

Download the latest CS203 low-level API package from the following location:

CS203 Download Area

Minimum requirements

RFID firmware to v1.3.85 or above

TCP firmware to v2.18.0 or above

Instruction and product specifications are also being attached.
The low-level API package includes source code in C intended to be run on Linux-based host with gcc compiler.  However, you can also cross-compiled to run on Windows-based platform with Cywin or similar toolchain.
Java Option
Java code-snippet for accessing the low-level API with Java.  This is based on a Windows-based NetBeans project.

Pilots of CSL’s Battery-Assisted Passive UHF RFID Card Underway

December 17, 2012

Several dozen sites, including a large U.S. retailer and a private school in India, are testing CSL’s tag, which offers a read range of up to 80 feet without obstructions, and about 15 feet when attached to a person’s body.

Complete article by Claire Swedburg of RFID Journal can be viewed at:

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Dec. 12, 2012—Although there are a variety of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID solutions for passive proximity badges, access control and other ID cards carried by personnel or customers, adoption has been challenged by a drop in read range and reliability when the cards are in close proximity to the human body, according to Jerry Garrett, the managing director of Hong Kong RFID technology firm Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL). Active tags, while offering a longer read range in the presence of a person’s body, are expensive, and some models beacon constantly—a feature many users do not want in an ID card. Now, several dozen pilots are underway involving a new CSL product that aims to provide a longer read range with battery-assisted passive (BAP) UHF RFID tags that strikes a compromise between passive and active technologies. The new BAP CS9010 card, also known the BAP ID Card, contains a UHF RFID inlay compliant with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6c standards. It comes with its own power source—a battery—which is activated only if the tag is scanned by a reader, in which case the card will use the battery power to boost the transmission, and the tag will then go to sleep.

The CS9010 card is being tested by systems integrators around the world, Garrett says, as well as by end users, including a large retailer in the United States and a private school in India.

CSL first announced a soft launch of the BAP ID Card at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference held in April 2012. Since then, companies have been trialing it for use in tracking the zones in which people—such as students, employees or customers with loyalty cards—are located. The card is also being tested for use in monitoring items that can be challenging to track via passive UHF tag, such as those containing a large amount of metal that would otherwise require metal-mount tags. The BAP ID Card became available commercially as of last month.

The CS9010 card measures 1.8 millimeters (0.07 inch) in thickness and is about the size of a credit card. It is intended to fit into a pocket, wallet or purse, the company reports, or to be worn as a badge or on a lanyard. The tag’s read range is approximately 5 meters (16.4 feet) when held against a person’s body, such as in a shirt pocket, but can exceed 25 meters (82 feet) in open space. These statistics apply when CSL’s CS203 reader is used; however, Garrett says, any UHF RFID reader can interrogate the tags.

The card is intended for such uses as personnel monitoring, time and attendance tracking, remote identification of workers within hazardous environments, employee mustering, event monitoring, sports timing, and automatic recognition by a store utilizing loyalty cards.

In the case of a U.S. retailer, the cards are being employed at multiple stores as employee IDs, to track whether workers are in the facility, as well as in which section they are located. Integrated CS203 readers are installed in the ceiling about 15 feet high, creating read zones approximately 12 feet in diameter. This retailer, Garrett says, prides itself on its customer service. So by tracking its staff’s movements, it can obtain data indicating whether employees tend to cluster within the appropriate areas, such as in a part of the store in which a hot new product is being sold. The retailer has asked not to be named, however, or to have the details of the installation described. The company, Garrett says, plans to decide at the end of the first quarter of 2013 whether to install the system at all of its stores.

In another case, an Indian private grammar school is using the BAP ID Card to track its students. For this deployment, Garrett explains, readers were installed in ceilings, and the school tracks in which areas of the facility students are located. In the future, the school hopes to install a reader in every classroom, in order to identify, in real time, which students are in which rooms.

Another use case that interests some businesses is a BAP ID loyalty card for stores. A customer could apply for the card, and have a unique ID number linked to his or her identity in the retailer’s software. Upon entering the store, the shopper could be greeted by name, or be provided with discounts specific to his or her shopping habits. In addition, Garrett says, a theme park is piloting the cards for a loyalty use case, to identify when a major donor to the park enters the property, and to then provide the appropriate VIP service to that individual.

The BAP ID Card was in development for at least one year, Garrett says, and it required some effort to find a BAP integrated circuit that was UHF-compatible. The company’s focus was on developing a tag that would employ the ISO 18000-6C standard and be readable by any EPC Gen 2 reader, rather than only by a CSL device.

For those looking to trial the technology, Convergence Systems Ltd. sells a kit consisting of 10 preprogrammed BAP ID Cards for $150. CSL intends to offer the CS9010 tag in other form factors as well during the next few months, such as a wristband version, or one that could be fitted to a shoe for runners taking part in competitions.

One of CSL’s U.S distributors, TransTech Systems, is providing the technology to some of its RFID-using customers. Jeff Kruse, TransTech’s president, says several firms are currently testing the BAP ID Cards, while most of the testing to date has been performed at the laboratories of systems integrators, for clients to view. He estimates that about 20 integrators that use RFID were testing the technology.

“Some people are doing accelerated battery-life testing,” Kruse states, to simulate very frequent reads to the tag, with the goal of determining how long the battery would last under such situations in the real world. Most use cases, he says, seem to be centered on manufacturing and distribution centers, for use in tracking assets or personnel. With regard to tracking personnel, the technology could be utilized to sound an alert or shut down automated systems in the event that an individual wearing the tag strayed into a hazardous location in which unmanned machinery was in operation.

Impinj and Convergence Systems Limited announce OEM licensing agreement for RFID readers

February 6, 2006

Impinj and Convergence Systems Limited announce OEM licensing agreement for RFID readers.  Leading RFID Solutions Provider to License Key Technology to Hong Kong RFID Products Manufacturer.

Impinj, Inc., the fabless semiconductor company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two business lines: semiconductor intellectual property and high performance radio frequency identification (RFID) products, and Convergence Systems, Ltd. (CSL) today announced an agreement under which CSL will license and manufacture Impinj’s Speedway™ RFID reader design.

A key element of the Impinj GrandPrix™ Solution, the Speedway™ reader design fully supports the EPCglobal RFID Gen 2 standard mandated by prominent adopters of RFID technology worldwide. Speedway also exhibits unprecedented levels of performance and was one of the first RFID readers to receive the EPCglobal Hardware Certification Mark, assuring that products have been rigorously tested against defined global RFID standards.

“Cooperation among partners in the RFID ecosystem is an essential element of successful worldwide deployment of Gen 2 RFID technology,” said Dimitri Desmons, vice president of RFID marketing at Impinj. “Having CSL as an OEM partner for our Speedway reader enables Impinj to continue to deliver high-performance RFID solutions to end-customers worldwide.”

“We have received many inquiries from OEMs and systems integrators in Asia, as well as globally, asking us to build Gen 2 readers, antennas, embedded RF modules and customer tags. We believe that by licensing Impinj’s Speedway™ reader design, we can quickly provide these potential customers with the best available Gen 2 reader technology. We are on schedule to ship Gen 2 readers and antennas to our first OEMs customers in the first quarter of this year,” said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of Convergence Systems, Ltd.

About Impinj, Inc.
Impinj, Inc. is a semiconductor and RFID company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two synergistic business lines: high-performance RFID products and semiconductor intellectual property (IP). A leading contributor to the RFID standards for high-volume supply-chain applications worldwide, Impinj leverages its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver the GrandPrix™ solution, comprising tags, readers, software and systems integration to offer RFID that just works™. Impinj’s innovative IP products, core to the company’s RFID tags, are licensed to leading semiconductor companies worldwide, allowing them to seamlessly integrate crucial nonvolatile memory (NVM) alongside analog and digital functionality on a single chip. Impinj’s IP products include the popular AEON® family of embeddable cores, which provides rewriteable NVM technology in logic CMOS manufacturing. For more information, www.impinj.com.

About Convergence Systems Limited
Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited’s (CSL) is a leading engineering and manufacturer of RFID readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting iPx and EPC Gen 2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to OEMs and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal. www.convergence.com.hk

CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 7,000 employees with operations in China and Europe. CNE is a value-added-Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF &wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g Network Interface Card, 802.11 a/b/g Wireless Media Network Adaptor, Smart Antenna Access Point, RF Point-Of-Sales System, and GPS/GSM tracking systems. The company has also produced cordless phones, Chinese characters pagers, and Satellite TV receivers. www.cne.com.hk

Broad participation in Savi Technology’s licensing program helps energize a maturing market for active RFID

January 11, 2007

Savi Technology, a provider of active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based supply chain solutions, today announced that Convergence Systems Limited has licensed its active RFID technology, signaling a maturing market for the RFID industry.

As participants in Savi’s licensing program, the companies will gain access to Savi’s intellectual property for active RFID products, which are based on the ISO 18000-7 active RFID air protocol standard. “Broad participation in our ISO 18000-7 licensing program is a sign of a maturing market for active RFID, and a confirmation that standardization will continue to turbo charge this market place,” said Bob Kramer, chief executive officer of Savi Technology. “The commitment demonstrated by multiple companies under the licensing program is significant to the growth of RFID’s benefits in supply chain asset tracking and other applications. This also establishes a sound baseline for interoperability and future implementation of RFID-based electronic seals and other container security devices.” Savi Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), launched its ISO 18000-7 RAND (Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) program on Aug. 24, 2006, with a “Quick Start” program that ended Dec. 31st, and an ongoing “Basic” licensing program. The “Quick Start” program participants announced today will provide the market with best-of-breed, properly licensed equipment based on international standards. ISO 18000-7 addresses air protocol standards for RFID equipment operating at 433.92MHz, and has been supported in nearly every major trading country worldwide. Companies named today as authorized licensees of Savi’s RFID patents around ISO 18000-7 are: — Apogee Total Solutions, www.active-rfid.com, formerly Active RFID Systems, Inc., is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based provider of active RFID tags, readers, specialty devices and mobility solutions with a comprehensive line of Real Time Locating software tools and applications. — Convergence Systems Limited, www.convergence.com.hk, based in Hong Kong, is a leading engineering and manufacturing company of UHF passive and active RFID readers, antennas, RFID modules, and custom RFID tags. — Evigia Systems, Inc., www.evigia.com, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, is a provider of wireless sensor products including active RFID tags, readers, and multi-sensor tags with small form factors and extended battery life based on its ultra-low power integrated CMOS-MEMS technology. — Graphic Industries, Inc., www.graphicindustryinc.com, headquartered in Pennsville, N.J., is a provider of membrane switches, RFID smart labels and nameplates to the defense, medical, and commercial supply chain markets. — Hi-G-Tek, www.higtek.com, headquartered in Rockville, MD, is a global provider of RFID-based sensors and solutions for real-time monitoring of critical assets and sensitive materials. — Identec Solutions, www.identecsolutions.com, headquartered in Lustenau, Austria, specializes in long-range wireless tracking and tracing solutions, which help simplify manufacturing and logistics processes and bring more transparency to the supply chain. — Impeva Labs, www.impeva.com, headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, is a leading solution provider for global tracking, monitoring and security for intermodal dry and refrigerated containers as well as other mobile and fixed assets. Companies interested in Savi Technology’s IP licensing programs should email licensing@savi.com or go to: www.savi.com/licensingprogram.shtml With over 16 years of experience, Savi is a leading provider of active RFID solutions for the management and security of supply chain assets, shipments and consignments. Savi Technology is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, with headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., and offices in Washington D.C., London, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Melbourne. For more information, visit www.savi.com. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2005 sales of $37.2 billion. For additional information, visit http://www.lockheedmartin.com.

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New UHF RFID Gen2 Handheld Reader by Convergence Systems Limited Delivers Breakthrough Performance

October 29, 2008

CSL unveils price structure of industry’s first affordable high-end handheld reader.
New UHF RFID Gen2 Handheld Reader by Convergence Systems Limited Delivers Breakthrough Performance.
CSL unveils price structure of industry’s first affordable high-end handheld reader

RFID technology provider Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) today announced breakthrough performance for its CS101 UHF Gen2 RFID handheld reader, establishing new benchmarks of read range and inventory throughput far exceeding competitive offerings. CSL also unveiled its price structure for the CS101 and announced the first set of North American solution providers authorized to resell the CS101.

With a read range exceeding 25 feet with standard dipole passive tags and a throughput reaching 400 tags per second, the CS101 delivers performance equivalent to that of a fixed reader, a first in the industry and over twice the performance level of similar high-end readers.

“The amazing performance of the CS101 opens new doors for SimplyRFID to develop new asset tracking and supply chain management applications in our target markets of Defense, logistics and security”, said Carl Brown, CEO of SimplyRFID. “UHF handheld readers have long been pricey pieces of equipment offering medium performance compared to fixed readers – the CS101 fundamentally changes this state of affairs”.

The CS101 also features the industry’s first high-performance “Geiger counter” tag search and item locate function.

“Boeing is very impressed with the functionality of the CS101’s “Geiger counter” mode”, said Steve Villa, research engineer at The Boeing Company. “In this mode, the reader’s ability to singulate and locate tags, even in a highly reflective environment, is excellent”.

The CS101 is a fully integrated stand-alone reader based on the Microsoft Win CE 5.0 Professional operating system. Manufactured in CSL’s ISO 9001 facilities, the CS101 including main accessories retails between $1,950 and $2,500 depending on volume (end user price). A plug-on GSM/GPS module providing global connectivity and real-time positioning will be offered in the coming months.

CSL is currently broadening its network of solution partners in North America. Current partners include:

• AssetPulse (www.assetpulse.com)
• Bentonville International Group (www.bigincusa.com)
• KeyTone Technologies (www.keytonetech.com)
• Queralt, LLC (www.queraltllc.com)
• RFID Global Solution (www.rfidgs.com)
• RFIdeaWorks (www.rfideaworks.com)
• Ship2Save (www.ship2save.com)
• SimplyRFID (www.simplyrfid.com)

The CS101 is available in production quantities. More information can be found at www.convergence.com.hk, by contacting Dimitri Desmons at dimitri.desmons@comcast.net or by calling any of the above companies.

About Convergence Systems Limited: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting iPx and EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal.

CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 12,000 employees with global operations. CNE is a value-added Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF & wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Network Interface Modules/Cards, Wi-Fi Internet Radio Products, RF Point-Of-Sales System and GPS/GSM tracking systems.

CSL CS101 Handheld Reader Wins the Gold Award in HK RFID Award 2008

October 10, 2008

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) CS101 handheld reader wins the Gold Award of Most Innovation EPC/RFID Products in HK RFID Award 2008. CSL received the award in the 8th GS1 Hong Kong Supply Chain Management Excellence Summit on 10th October 2008.

RFID Update Story: CSL Has Long Range Plans for RFID Market

April 1, 2009

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) received a lot of attention last year when it introduced a handheld passive UHF reader with more than 30 feet of range, but as this installment of RFID Update’s series of company profiles shows, CSL’s past and future extend well beyond that product.

Convergence Systems Limited and Omni ID Sign Global Distribution Agreement

May 18, 2009

RFID Technology Provider to Resell Full Omni-ID Product Line to System Integrators as its Exclusive On-Metal Tag.

News Facts:
• Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) a leader in the design and manufacturing of radio frequency identification (RFID) equipment, Omni-ID a leading innovator in passive ultra high frequency (UHF) tag technology, have reached a global distribution agreement.
• Through the agreement, CSL will market and resell the full line of Omni-ID RFID tags to a rapidly expanding network of system integrators—many located in Asia, where CSL has a strong presence.
• CSL will also offer a starter solution bundle to its resellers that will include CSL’s CS101 RFID Handheld reader, asset tracking software and Omni-ID RFID tags. This solution-oriented approach allows customers to get a pilot started easily and cost effectively.
• The partnership addresses longstanding RFID challenges of difficult-to-tag assets in the presence of materials such as metal or liquids. For example, asset tracking in an IT datacenter can be both difficult to tag due to the presence of metal and also challenging for fixed RFID readers. With Omni-ID and CSL, customers will reap the benefits of Omni-ID RFID tags that work in harsh environments combined with the proven quality of a CSL handheld reader at an affordable price.
• Omni-ID and CSL are natural partners due to their firm commitment to customers, a steadfast focus on innovation and industry-leading technology. Both companies were recently called out by industry pundit Louis Sirico of RFIDWizards.com for holding a leadership position in their respective industries: In benchmark testing performed earlier this year, the combination of the CSL hand-held and Omni-ID tags achieved read performance never before possible with passive tags on metal.
• With CSL’s strong presence in the Asian market through its Hong Kong headquarters, this partnership further accelerates Omni-ID’s penetration and commitment to the region.

Company Logos and Additional Resources:
• Objective review by RFIDWizards of CSL CS101 RFID Handheld reader
• Objective review by RFIDWizards of Omni-ID RFID Tags

UOTES:
• “Omni-ID views the RFID industry from a different perspective than most other vendors in the space,” said Tom Pavela, President and CEO of Omni-ID. “Instead of focusing on technology only, we first and foremost consider what deployment challenges may accompany an RFID rollout. CSL shares that view of the industry. By combining Omni-ID RFID tags with the mobility of the CSL handheld reader, our joint customers will have a complete solution at a very attractive price.”
• “Far too often, vendors have a singular focus and make the mistake of believing that an RFID implementation is only about one component,” said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of Convergence Systems Limited. “At CSL, we realize that our readers are only a piece of the puzzle. We sincerely believe that CSL’s CS101 handheld reader and application software packages, when combined with Omni-ID’s high performance tags, give the end users the best solution for managing high-value assets.”
• “Both Omni-ID and CSL stand out in their respective market segments as leaders because of innovative technology and a keen understanding of customer needs,” said Louis Sirico, Founder and CTO of RFIDWizards.com. “This partnership further illustrates that position. The solution these two companies will bring to market is a much-needed step forward for the industry and one that answers many challenges facing customers today.”

About Omni-ID: Omni-ID is one of the world’s leading innovators of passive ultra high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Through its patent-pending revolutionary technology Omni-ID “cracked the code” to overcome the problems traditionally associated with RFID, enabling a broad range of new applications that improves accuracy and efficiency in asset tracking, logistics and supply chain management. The company’s family of versatile RFID tags works reliably in the harshest environments, including on and off metal and liquids and excel in real-world proving grounds, demonstrating their value in today’s most challenging business applications. With major offices in Foster City, Calif. and in the UK, Omni-ID’s mission is to drive the widespread adoption of RFID technology as the optimal tracking and identification solution. For more information, visit www.Omni-ID.com.

About Convergence Systems Limited: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting iPx and EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal.
CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 12,000 employees with global operations. CNE is a value-added Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF & wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Network Interface Modules/Cards, Wi-Fi Internet Radio Products, RF Point-Of-Sales System and GPS/GSM tracking systems.

Hong Kong Companies win contracts to supply Hong Kong International Airport with RFID Products and Services

June 9, 2009

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) has been awarded by ETI Consulting Ltd (ETIC), Jardine Engineering Corporation (JEC) and Shun Hing Systems Integration Corporation (SHSI) contracts to provide the latest RFID UHF Gen 2 RFID equipment to support ETIC’s Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) Software for implementation of RFID in Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) Terminal 1. HKIA continues to be the industry leader in using RFID technologies to improve efficiencies and security in airport operations.

“We are extremely pleased to see Hong Kong companies have the technical depth and performance to meet the rigorous selection criteria of HKIA. RFID is also one of the key enabling technologies supported by the Government’s R&D Centre on Logistics and Supply Chain Management,” said Duncan Pescod, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology) for Hong Kong’s Government.

“HKIA prides itself on being devoted and innovative in meeting customer expectation through technology upgrade and process revamp. The use of RFID-enabled technology, which has greatly enhanced the reliability and efficiency of the baggage handling system, is another example of such commitments,” said Ricky Leung, General Manager, Technical Services, Airport Authority Hong Kong, believing the team made up of JEC, SHSI, CSL and ETIC has the right expertise to provide the airport with all the necessary hardware and software support.

“The CSL team is extremely honored that HKIA recognized that our CS461 4-port reader and matched antennas could handle the dense mode operating environment and reliability demands of the Hong Kong airport,” said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of Convergence Systems Limited.

“CSL has done an outstanding job of developing high performance CS461 UHF RFID reader and associated antennas. We find their equipment easy to install and very robust for the demanding operation environment of the airport,” said Edward Wong, President of ETI Consulting Ltd.

“JEC’s aim is to utilize engineering, sourcing and project management best practices to deliver our products, services & projects which enable our customers, like HKIA, to operate their facilities to a world class standard. Working with ETIC on the RFID solution in HKIA’s baggage handling system is a good example to demonstrate our full commitment and support to our customers,” said Mr. C. K. Tam, General Manager, E&M Contracting, Jardine Engineering Corporation.

“ETIC’s project management skills and commitment to rigorous sub systems testing makes seamless integration of the RFID system possible,” said Mr. K.C. Ho, Manager, Project Department, Shun Hing Systems Integration Co. Ltd.

About Convergence Systems Limited: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting iPx and EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal. www.convergence.com.hk

CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 12,000 employees with global operations. CNE is a value-added Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF & wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Network Interface Modules/Cards, Wi-Fi Internet Radio Products, RF Point-Of-Sales System and GPS/GSM tracking systems. www.cne.com.hk

About ETI Consulting Limited: Established in 2003, ETI Consulting Ltd (ETIC) facilitates the transfer of e-business technologies developed by the University of Hong Kong’s E-Business Technology Institute (ETI) to the market and has made significant progress in achieving a leading position in the information technology field.

ETIC offers high-impact, customized and value-added consulting services to help organizations to develop and implement e-business strategies, improve their operations, and capitalize on e-business technology.

ETIC expertise covers a wide range of technologies such as Wireless Applications and Systems, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), Supply Chain Management, IT Security, BI (Business Intelligence) and Business Process Integrations.

About Jardine Engineering Corporation:  Established in Shanghai in 1923, Jardine Engineering Corporation (JEC) is now one of the region’s leading engineering companies. JEC employs more than 3,000 staff in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Macau, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore. It has extensive expertise in multiple engineering disciplines including Building Services, Air-Conditioning, Building Automation, Material Handling, Environmental and Industrial Engineering. Services offered include Contracting, Material & Building Product Sourcing, Operation & Maintenance, and Renovation. It has joint ventures with Trane in the region and an agricultural and construction chemical distribution business in the Philippines.

In Hong Kong Airport, JEC established a strong project management team and delegated maintenance workforce providing specialized engineering services for HKIA. JEC is currently the biggest E&M contractor participating in HKIA’s Baggage Handling System Capacity Enhancement Project. Meanwhile JEC is also one of the key maintenance contractor offering breakdown and preventive maintenance services to ensure the sophisticated baggage handling system is always operating in a very high reliability and availability level.

About Shun Hing Systems Integration Co., Ltd: Established in 2002, Shun Hing Systems Integration Co., Ltd. (SHSI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Shun Hing Group that was founded in 1953 and is one of the largest and most famous private companies based in Hong Kong.

The primary goal of SHSI is to provide the best “Total Engineering Solution” to clients and SHSI is fully committed to offering the most professional systems integration and project implementation services including:

• System design;
• Project management;
• System installation & integration;
• Testing & Commissioning;
• Maintenance support services;
• Health & Safety management;
• Quality & Environmental management;
• Integrated Management; and
• Equipment procurement, supply and logistics services.

Professional teams in System Integration Division can deliver full turnkey solutions in E & M and ELV systems with related services including but not limited to baggage & material handling systems, traffic control system, LED & LCD display systems and train-born media broadcasting system.

Dedicated team in Telecommunication Division is specialized in providing state-of-the-art digital/analogue communication related systems covering optical transmission, broadband network, microwave & tetra radio systems for applications in high quality streaming audio and video with high speed data communication.

As an active and experienced system integrator, SHSI was the first one to be awarded for a series projects in the BHS Capacity Enhancement in HKIA.

Issued on behalf of Convergence Systems Limited: By EBA Communications Ltd.

For further information please contact: Barton Chui (EBA): (852) 2537 8022,  (email: barton.chui@ebacomms.com)

CSL Exhibiting at: 2009 International RFID Technologies and Applications Show in Logistics, Manufacturing and Anti counterfeiting

June 16, 2009

Date: June 24-26, 2009
Venue: Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
CSL stall: B03+B04
Details: http://www.rfidexpo.com.cn/ENG/

New UHF RFID Gen2 High Performance and Affordable Integrated Reader and Antenna

August 28, 2009

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) today announced a breakthrough in performance reliability and cost with its CS203 integrated reader and antenna.

“The CS203 is extremely cost effective and performs excellently allowing us to deliver a range of solutions at an extremely low Total Cost of Ownership to our clients. In particular we have had excellent results using the CS203 for Personnel Tracking, with the reader placed in the ceiling above doorways, combined with a Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) tag worn on a lanyard around the neck. Read rates of 100% have been achieved for all tests to date”, said Kevin Cohen CEO of Ramp RFID Solutions (www.ramp.com.au)

“After we launched the award winning CS101 handheld reader, we came back to many of you with a brief survey asking for what products do you want us to design next. The overwhelming majority of you said, “An all weather and affordable integrated UHF reader and antenna”. We listened!” said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of CSL.

The CS203 product has Power over Ethernet, has a design rating of IP68 for outdoor operating environments and passed Mil Standard 810 testing.

CSL’s suggested manufacturer’s retail price for the CS203 is US$700.00.

“We received the CS203 reader and it worked out of the box seamlessly. Our engineers demonstrated the operations of the unit to us and compared to the other readers, this reader’s performance was superior.”, said Edwin Winder, EVP Sales and Marketing of Keytone Technologies (www.keytonetech.com).

About Convergence Systems Limited: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting iPx and EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal. www.convergence.com.hk

CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 12,000 employees with global operations. CNE is a value-added Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF & wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Network Interface Modules/Cards, Wi-Fi Internet Radio Products, RF Point-Of-Sales System and GPS/GSM tracking systems.

CSL CS203 Integrated Reader Wins the Bronze Award in HK RFID Award 2009

November 10, 2009

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) CS203 integrated reader wins the Bronze Award of Most Innovation EPC/RFID Products in HK RFID Award 2009. CSL received the award in the 9th GS1 Hong Kong Supply Chain Management Excellence Summit on 10th November 2009.

CSL Receives Frost & Sullivan’s Award for Best RFID Product Award 2009

January 6, 2010

Leading-RFID consulting firm confirms that CSL has really set a new benchmark for RFID hand-held reader performance

Hong Kong, China, January 6th, 2010- Convergence Systems Limited has been awarded the 2009 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan Product Differentiation Excellence Award for the RFID Readers Market. This award is presented to Convergence Systems Limited for their innovation of an RFID handheld reader which performs as good as a fixed reader with twice over the level of performance than similar hand-held readers available in the market today.

The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Excellence is presented each year to the company that has best demonstrated the ability to develop and/or advance products with more innovative capabilities than competing vendors and products. This Award recognizes the company’s successful adoption of new or existing technology that has become a part of its well-designed product family. Such innovation is expected to significantly contribute to the industry in terms of product performance and degree/rate of technical change.

“The CS101 handheld RFID reader manufactured by Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) provides a new benchmark in terms of price performance ratio as well as in terms of portability without compromising on features. CSL leverages its strong product development and R&D team, combined with its integrated manufacturing and testing facility in China, to provide a compelling value proposition to its clients and prospects to spur RFID adoption in Asia and globally,” says Sanjay Singh, Asia Pacific Vice President of Industrial Technologies Practice, Frost & Sullivan.

CSL has received high-tech certification from the government of China. According to the Chinese government, CSL produces technology (UHF RFID) that they consider as important for China’s vast manufacturing activities.

“We are extremely proud to have received this award from such a prestigious firm as Frost & Sullivan. When we launched CSL’s hand-held development effort, we listened to many companies in the industry and we tried to incorporate as many of their requested features as possible. Hopefully, we have met the majority of their application needs,” says Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of Convergence Systems Limited.

CSL’s CS101 is certified for use in USA/Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, among others. The design of the reader antenna, varies by country depending on their needs, and is customized accordingly. They can be horizontal linear polarization, vertical linear polarization or circular polarization to meet the requirement for different application scenarios.

About Convergence Systems Limited: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world.

CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 19,000 employees with global operations. CNE is a value-added Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF & wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Network Interface Modules/Cards, RF Point-Of-Sales Systems, GPS/GSM tracking systems and other OEMODM wireless products. www.cne.com.hk.

About Frost and Sullivan: Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.

CSL Receives 2009 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Grand Award for Technological Achievement

January 18, 2010

Convergence Systems Limited has been awarded the 2009 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Grand Award for Technological Achievement. This award is presented to Convergence Systems Limited for their achievement for the RFID industry.

RFID-Handheld-Power-Connectivity-Location-RTLS-Data-Capture

March 2, 2010

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) today launched a novel plug-in module that provides the Quad Band EGSM connectivity as well as GPS location data with its CS501 GSM/GPS module.

“We are excited to offer this additional functionality to our customers. It helps users scan and sync inventory at remote sites having minimal IT infrastructure. This module fits well in our outdoor asset tracking solution set,” said Sujatha Bodapati, CEO / Founder assetpulse www.assetpulse.com.

“We have been working on cross-over accessories that will extend the utility of our award winning CS101 hand held reader. Now, we can provide users truly real time data capture and global asset location at an affordable cost”, said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of CSL.

The CS501 module is IP65 rated and has a Quad Band EGSM/GPRS with integrated GPS. CSL’s suggested manufacturer’s end user price for the CS501 module is $495.00USDs.

“CSL has made real time asset visibility in remote locations easy and affordable. The CS101/CS501 combination captures the GPS location where RFID tag reads, bar code scans, keyboard, or touch-screen operations occur and then instantly communicates that information using the same technology as a mobile phone – all for around $2,800” said Lou Sirico, Founder & Host of The RFID Network www.rfid.net.

About Convergence Systems Limited: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas, RFID modules, and RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. www.convergence.com.hk.

CSL is affiliated with Chung Nam Electronics (CNE) and is a member of the Chung Nam Group. The group was founded in 1935 and has over 19,000 employees with global operations. CNE is a value-added Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company with OEM and ODM capabilities. CNE provides total outsourcing solutions to international clients through value engineering and interactive design. Specializing in RF & wireless technologies, CNE’s products include: RFID tags and readers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Network Interface Modules/Cards, RF Point-Of-Sales Systems, GPS/GSM tracking systems and other OEMODM wireless products. www.cne.com.hk.

Convergence Systems Limited to Resell High Performance RFID UHF Readers

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) announced today that it has signed a Premier Reseller Agreement with Impinj. CSL will launch the CS462 series of multi-port UHF Readers based on the new Impinj UHF readers.

 

“Impinj has enjoyed a collaborative technical and business relationship with CSL for years”, said Scott Medford, Vice President of Sales at Impinj. “CSL is a leading RFID technology provider and we are very pleased that CSL has become a Premier Reseller of Impinj products. Through this partnership and CSL’s global reach, we will be able to bring Impinj’s leading technology and products to more customers worldwide.”

 

“We have been following the development of the new Impinj series of UHF readers. We are impressed by the high performance characteristics. We are planning to resell Impinj’s high performance RFID readers with LLRP API and to incorporate CSL’s High Level HTTP API. The CSL High Level API is backward compatible with our popular CS461 Intelligent UHF Reader’s High Level API. We offer a simple HTTP interface, event engine, multilayer filter, UHF tag group management and application profiling. The users can choose either LLRP API or CSL’s High Level API”, said Jerry Garrett, Managing Director of CSL. We also believe that our family of high performance far-field and near-field UHF antennas will further enhance the total UHF reader solution for many applications.”

 

About Convergence Systems Limited: Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading design engineering and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification devices) UHF readers, antennas, UHF modules, and UHF tags and RTLS products. CSL’s UHF readers have built-in middleware and edge server application software supporting EPC Gen2 specifications. CSL’s mission is deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset management, security, transportation, and retail industries. www.convergence.com.hk

 

About Impinj, Inc.: Impinj, Inc. is the world’s leading innovator in developing UHF Gen 2 RFID solutions for both item-level and supply-chain tagging. Impinj draws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver a wide range of products and solutions, comprising high-performance tag chips, readers, reader chips, software, antennas and systems integration. Impinj’s products provide unprecedented performance, integration and cost effectiveness to a global customer base across numerous vertical markets with applications including inventory management, asset tracking, authentication and serialization. www.impinj.com

 

RFID Helps Foresters Grow Koa Trees

May 14, 2010

CS101 Handheld Reader is being used by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) to track their care and event harvesting.

On a Hawaiian mountainside, RFID tags are being planted alongside saplings of an indigenous tree, to track their care and eventual harvesting. The RFID system, being used by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH), also enables the grower to track each sapling’s lineage, by storing data not just about that tree (linked to a tag’s unique ID number), but also the mother tree (the source of the tree’s specific seed). In that way, the company can better manage forest diversity, and thus ensure a healthier crop of trees.

The company was launched in 2004 with the purchase of a 2,700-acre piece of property on Mauna Kea, an inactive volcano in Hawaii. The property had been cleared for cattle grazing decades prior, and HLH’s plan was to raise koa trees—a rare species native to that state—for investors who purchase rights to trees on lots on the plantation. The koa’s fine-grained red wood is sought after for the manufacture of cabinets, furniture and other high-value products.

At HLH’s nursery, an RFID tag is used to track each koa sapling.

There were several reasons why Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods chose to attach RFID tags to each tree, says Darrell Fox, the company’s chief operating officer. HLH needed a way to track every tree’s location, lineage and care, as well as share that information with the tree’s owner. Plastic tags printed with bar-coded or text ID numbers would be insufficient, he explains, because they would be unlikely to survive the 25 years that a tree continues to grow before being harvested. In addition, ID tags are inserted into the ground, where they remain while the tree is still a sapling. During those years, leaves and debris can cover that tag, making it difficult to find and read a tag lacking an RFID chip. Consequently, Fox believed the use of RFID would make record keeping related to the trees more accurate and efficient

Therefore, the company began seeking an RFID solution, and ultimately selected Confidex’s Pino passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag, designed specifically for tracking trees and wooden objects. When a seed is first planted in a biodegradable pot at the company’s nursery, it is accompanied by an RFID tag encoded with a unique ID number linked to the date and information about its mother tree. In that way, when the trees are planted, the staff has a record of each sapling’s lineage and can thus ensure they do not exclusively plant trees from a single mother tree in one area, which would reduce the forest’s diversity and, therefore, the general health of the trees within it. The tags, which comply with the EPC Gen 2 standard, are read using a Convergence Systems CS101 handheld interrogator, and the data is then transmitted from the handheld reader to the company’s back-end system via a Wi-Fi connection. That data is saved on HLH’s Web-based database, using software the firm developed itself.

For each procedure that follows, such as adding fertilizer, the tag is again read and the procedure is recorded in the software. Approximately 12 weeks later, when the tree is around six inches in height, it is relocated to its assigned lot on Mauna Kea. The tag, which is three inches long and encased in white, weather-resistant PET plastic, is inserted into the ground—but protruding enough out of the soil to be easily read from a distance of about 10 feet.

Each square, quarter-acre lot is defined by its latitude and longitude. To accomplish this, Fox employs a GPS device, reading locations at a lot’s four corners, and driving a long PVC pin into the ground at each corner point in order to physically mark it. He then uploads the longitude and latitude data for each corner into GIS software on the back-end system. With a GPS module CS501 (which the company has on order) on the Convergence Systems handheld RFID reader, HLH will also have each tree’s GPS location as the tags are read. “I will still probably read the corner locations with the stand-alone device to help error-proof the documentation,” he says, “and more easily generate field maps for use by our team.”

While monitoring and maintaining the trees in the lots, employees use the handheld interrogator to read each tag’s ID number, which is linked to the investor in the back-end software, ensuring the lot’s location for each investor is stored along with the ID numbers of all trees planted within its perimeter. As the trees are thinned, their RFID tags are read and “retired,” meaning the software is updated to indicate those particular trees have been removed.

The planting of saplings began in February of this year, and the company now has 200 lots under cultivation, for a total of 20,000 trees, all of which have RFID tags. Within the next few years, the company hopes to have about 250,000 planted.

Darrell Fox (left) and Jeffrey Dunster

The trees grow fast, the company reports. When approximately three and a half years old, they can stand as much as 35 feet tall, and by the eighth year (by which time some of the trees have been thinned out and harvested), the largest will have reached about eight inches in diameter and 45 feet in height. At that point, each RFID tag will be removed from the soil and glued directly to the tree trunk’s bark, at chest-height. The trunk will subsequently grow around the tag, securing it in place. When soil is fertilized, a tree is pruned, or any other event occurs related to tree maintenance, the tag will be read again, and data will be input regarding that event. Information will then be stored on a SIM card on the Convergence Systems device, to later be uploaded onto the back-end server at the end of the day. The handheld device can also transmit data via a GSM cellular transmission; however, there is currently no cellular coverage in that mountainous region.

Investors can also use the handhelds if they go to the mountain to visually inspect the lots and the trees they contain. In that case, the investors could take a handheld with them, and read the trees’ tags to help locate and confirm their lots.

At around the age of 25, the trees should be up to 50 feet tall, 20 to 25 inches wide, and ready for harvesting. The tag can go with the tree’s trunk to the lumber facility, where it could then be read to confirm the tree’s origins, maintenance history, and lineage before it is cut up into logs and boards, says HLH’s CEO, Jeffrey Dunster. Harvesting facilities, however, may not have RFID readers at the time the trees begin to be harvested, some time in the next 20 years or more.

Although the software is currently accessible only by HLH’s staff, Fox says his company intends to make the data accessible in the near future to investors through its Web site, with a user name and password. The investors could then check the trees’ status on their lot at any time.

Visit CSL in 2010 China Shenzhen International Internet of Thing Technologies and Applications Exhibition

June 15, 2010

CSL is exhibiting at 2010 China (Shenzhen) International Internet of Thing Technologies and Applications Exhibition. You are welcomed to visit us at booth A110, A109, A107, A106.

Date: July 1-3, 2010
Venue: Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center Hall 3, China
CSL stall: A110, A109, A107, A…

EPC RFID Simplifies Inventory for NASA’s Langley Research Center

November 23, 2010

CS101 Handheld Reader is being used by NASA’s Langley Research Center to track 3,000 pieces equipment at its data center, offices and laboratory, enabling it to cut the time spent taking stock of its equipment from three weeks to one day.

CSL CS790 Ultra Thin RFID Antenna

December 20, 2010

The following article and video was published on www.RFID.net introducing our new family of ultra thin antennas

These antennas are based on an evanescent radio wave pattern. This means that we can give a very controllable read field in this low profile. To get the full benefits of this antenna, we also launched our new CS468 – 16-port reader. We are able to provide you the following best-of-breed features:

· Custom ordered to fit any length of shelf or conveyor belt
· Models available for either use on metallic or non-metallic surfaces
· The CS468 has an antenna switch capable of reading up to 300 tags/second/per port
· Capable of plug and play with all CSL readers
· Highly controllable read zones. The performance is particularly good and useful for metal shelves, cabinets and drawers, for the purpose of document tracking.

Trace ID to Distribute CSL’s Products in Europe and North Africa

June 20, 2011


Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) and Trace ID have signed an exclusive Distribution Agreement to allow Trace ID to distribute CSL’s products in Europe and North Africa.

CSL and Trace ID: CSL is a designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art RFID UHF readers, antennas, handheld’s and RTLS active products. Trace ID, with a strong position in Europe and North Africa as a RFID tags producer, has a long experience in RFID distribution products through its’ extensive network in this region.

Jerry Garrett, CSL Managing Director, and Carlos Llorca, Trace ID General Manager, express their valuation about with this agreement:

“These markets can obtain better training and easier access to CSL’s award winning RFID technologies with the guarantee that only an RFID specialized distributor can provide”.

CSL won the Best Supply Chain/RFID Product Award in LSCM Conference 2011

March 28, 2011

CSL won the Best Supply Chain/RFID Product at the annual Logistic and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) conference in Hong Kong. Below is a video from the event about the awarded products – CS790 ultra-thin antenna and CS468 16-port reader.

The demonstration depicts real-time RFID monitoring of item level activity at the retail level. The display included an ultra-thin CS antenna encapsulated in a beautiful high gloss black wooden shelf and our new CS468- 16 port reader. We do have a strategic relationship with the company that can make these custom wooden shelves. They will ship us the finished shelf and we will embed the antenna. We are now starting retail beta trails in a luxury Hong Kong watch shop as well as in a famous brand shoe store. We will publish case studies at the end of these trials.

At the coming RFID Journal Live in CSL’s Booth #337, we will expand this demonstration to include other unique items that can be effectively tracked with these CS790 ultra thin antennas and the new CS468 16-port reader. This promotional event, combined with a new retail video that is soon to be released soon, should drive further market attention to our revolutionary ultra thin antenna technology.

CSL RTLS Video on RFID.Net: How to Install a RTLS

April 11, 2011

The following article and video is published on www.RFID.net introducing our new Real Time Location System (RTLS).

The system is based on Time-of-Arrival system architecture and operates on a 2.4 GHz chirp radio for use in the license-free band. The system took over three years to develop and was extensively beta tested by numerous CSL partners in USA, Europe, Japan, and Asia. We sincerely appreciate all of their patience and support during the year of beta testing. We are able to provide you the following best-of-breed features:

· An installation time of less than one hour for a 40,000 square meter area
· An IP67 rated all weather system
· A Development Kit for $3,995.00USD
· A system architecture that meets most countries’ regulatory requirements
· A tag accuracy of +/- 1 meter outdoors and +/- 2 meters indoors
· A user-friendly RTLS software location engine at no cost to the customer
· Ability to provide custom form factor tags to meet customer’s unique applications

Video: CSL RFID Products in Retail Applications

April 12, 2011

CSL’s industry leading RFID products featured in the below video about RFID in retail applications from RFID.NET. In this video, you will see how CSL’s products (like CS101 handheld reader, CS468 16-port reader, CS790 ultra-thin antenna etc.) can be used in the retail stores for different applications to improve the sales and operations. For example, it can help to improve the inventory efficiency, enhance the product display and customer interaction, and collect customers’ behavior etc.

CSL-Receives-Gold-Award-for-Best-New-RFID-Product

October 7, 2011

HONG KONG, China SAR-October 4, 2011 Convergence Systems Limited (“CSL”) has been given the Gold Award by GS1 Hong Kong for best new CS468-16 port reader and family of CS790 ultra-thin UHF antennas are combined award winners.

“The creativity that went into the CS468-16 port reader and family of ultra-thin UHF antennas is highly impressive. We believe these innovative products could help industry players reap the enormous benefits of EPC/RFID and make item-level tracking in the retail store front a reality,” says Ms. Anna Lin, Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Hong Kong.

“We have been asked many times to create an EPC compliant, item level UHF RFID solution. Our CS468-16 port reader when combined with the CS790 ultra-thin antennas will give end users the highest performance and lowest total costs for item level solutions. We have on-going proof of concept pilots in retailing, document tracking, libraries, factory workstations, medical supply cabinets and expensive tool tracking. The CS468’s expanded APIs also allow us to view many items on many antennas and on many readers simultaneously,” says Jerry Garrett Managing Director of Convergence Systems Limited.

CSL’s CS468 is designed to comply with UHF regulatory standards in USA/Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, amongst others. The design of the CS790 series antennas, varies by country depending on their requirements, and can be customized in length and type of encapsulation.

About Convergence Systems Limited
Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading engineering company and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers, antennas and RFID tags all of which supporting EPC Gen2specifications as well RTLS solutions. CSL delivers a broad portfolio of RFID products to distributors and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world.

Solutions for Retail Applications and Document Tracking using CS468 plus CS790

September 15, 2011

CSL will be showcasing along with the distributors at the 2011 China (Shenzhen) International Internet of Thing Technologies and Applications Exhibition during September 15-17. Please come see our latest products including CS468 plus CS790 at booth# A13 and B24-B25.

CSL Solves Long-Range Event and Personnel Monitoring with the Affordable BAP ID Card

November 27, 2012

CSL’s BAP ID overcomes traditional RFID card limitations to make automatic identification in large areas convenient and affordable.

Hong Kong, November 27, 2012 – Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID tags, readers, and antennas and active RTLS equipment, introduces the Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) ID Card.  The BAP ID Card is a long-range identification card with an active radius of up to 25 meters (80 feet) to meet the requirements for demanding applications such as laptop asset tracking, automatic time and attendance recording, student ids, hazardous remote worker monitoring, hands-free access control, and animal tracking.

“We had pretty much given up on people monitoring with RFID badges but CSL’s BAP ID Card makes tracking not just possible but reliable,” said Carl Brown, President of SimplyRFID.com. “This is the first RFID card in any format that can be placed in your wallet, sandwiched between two PROX badges, and still read perfectly when passing through a doorway from about 10 feet.”

The BAP ID Card is available now and currently in pilot implementation by a leading US retailer to monitor valuable assets, attendance, and productivity across the thousands of locations.  System integrators, such as Harold Clampitt, President of American RFID Solutions, are utilizing the BAP ID Cards together with CSL’s CS203 Integrated Reader, to solve requirements for large area visibility and monitoring where traditional passive RFID tags failed.  The BAP ID technology offers the advantages of active RFID technology with the economics of passive tags.

”Unlike any other RFID UHF cards, CSL’s BAP ID cards held up against human body interference, orientation issues, and multiple radio frequency interference,” said Louis Sirico, RFID Technical Evangelist. “This is a game changing technology for asset tracking, people monitoring, and loyalty programs in high traffic events, large-area situations and hazardous environments.”

BAP ID cards meets the ISO 7810 identification card size with a nominal thickness of 1.8 mm that can easily fit into a pocket, billfold, purse, or worn as a badge.  CSL offers custom full-color graphics printing and hole punch options.  The CSL BAP ID Card is the only fully ISO18000-6/EPC Class 1 Gen 2 compliant identification card.  To see a demonstration, visit ISC East Conference, New York, NY, November 28-29, 2012, at SimplyRFID’s booth #674.

About CSL
Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading design engineering and sales company of RFID tags, readers, antennas, modules, and custom RFID hardware.  CSL is unique in providing both passive EPC Gen 2 RFID products as well as a full line of active real time location system (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. CSL is a member of EPCglobal and headquartered in Hong Kong with a global distribution channel.

Learn more about CSL by visiting us at: www.CSL-RFID.com or sales@csl-rfid.com.

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BAP card from CSL provides long read range even when held very close to human body

January 7, 2013

BAP card from CSL provides long read range even when held very close to human body. By Mirco Cadamuro, Very Field ID

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Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), RFID hardware designer and reseller based in Hong Kong, joins VeryFields and presents a BAP RFID card for people tracking which provides long read range even when held next to human body.

CS9010 BAP ID Card
The CS9010 BAP ID Card has been specifically designed for cost-effective, hands-free people tracking in compliance with the EPC Gen 2 standard that means it can be read with common Gen 2 readers. Thanks to the embedded ultra-thin battery, which boosts the RF signal, this RFID card delivers read range up to 25 meters in free space and consistent reads with 5-meters read range when held in a pocket. The CS9010 has also a specific antenna design, which provides high orientation insensitivity. Worn as a badge or carried in a wallet, pocket, backpack, or purse, the product is an excellent solution for hands-free personnel monitoring, generation of alerts to keep people away from dangerous areas, event attendance tracking, loyalty program management and customer experience enhancing, visitors tracking at theme parks and sport timing. The CS9010 BAP ID Card can be also used for animal tracking, IT asset management and other logistics applications.

Convergence Systems Limited can deliver this BAP RFID card with optional punch hole and four color printing, and is working to offer the same BAP RFID technology in other form factors such as a wristband and a tag that can be attached to shoes of runners participating in marathons and other competitions.

More details on these BAP card from Convergence Systems Limited is available by accessing the VeryFields RFID Tags Database. Please login or register for free you don’t have an account yet.

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), RFID hardware designer and reseller based in Hong Kong, joins VeryFields and presents a BAP RFID card for people tracking which provides long read range even when held next to human body.

Connecting to a CSL CS203


Note: this walkthrough uses the CS203′s Java version of the demo.  If you’d like to use the C#-based version, you can find that here


Opening a CSL CS203, you may notice that there is no software with your new integrated RFID reader/antenna.  There is also no way to log in to the device using its IP address in a browser, as you can with most network devices.  So, if you can’t do these things, how can you get into and/or use the CS203?

Convergence Systems Unlimited has placed the solution on their website, but it’s not necessarily easy to find.  What you’re going to want is the “CS203 Java DemoApp,” which you can find here.

Once you have downloaded the .rar file and un-compressed it with a program such as Winrar, navigate to the folder that was created.  Inside that folder, navigate to the “Setup File” folder and begin the “CS203JavaDemoAppSetup”:

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After going through the setup wizard, a shortcut will be placed on your Desktop called “CS203 Java Demo”:

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Double-clicking on the shortcut will open up the CS203 Java Demo, where you’ll have 3 options:

1. “Search,” (which searches everywhere on the network for your CS203)
2. “Direct Search” (if you already know the IP address of your CS203, you can find it this way)
3. “Clear” (clears your search results.  Since there aren’t any search results yet, this isn’t yet useful)

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Upon clicking “Search,” once your CS203 is found it will show up in your window.  Clicking on the result will make new options available, and you’ll be prompted to press “Connect” or “Assignment.”

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Clicking on “Assignment” will allow you to change network aspects of the device, such as the device name and the IP address.

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Clicking on “Connect” will connect you to the CS203, allowing you to access and use its RFID reading capabilities:

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How an RFID Reader Sorts Tags

When scanning RFID tags, the RFID reader needs some way to differentiate between tags when there is more than one within its read range. An example would be if a department store employee took an RFID handheld reader (such as a CS101) and scanned a rack of jeans (all labeled with RFID tags, of course). There may be 20 pairs of jeans on the rack, and the reader needs to be able to count them all separately. How can this be done? With some help from mathematics.

The ‘Q’ algorithm

Over time RFID has graduated to its second generation, titled Gen 2. As part of the protocol in Gen 2, an algorithm has been created to help differentiate tags even better than in the past. This algorithm is called “the Q algorithm,” and is made up of basic algebra. Let’s break it down.

When an RFID reader sees tags, it tells the tags to generate two random numbers. It says to the cards:

1) Generate a number between zero and 65,535.

2) Generate a number between zero and 2 to the power of Q (or 2Q), then take away 1.

The first step is simple, and always the same: generate a number between zero and 65,535. The second step changes based on what the Q parameter is. For example, if the reader sets the value of Q at 5, then what the reader is telling the tag to do is pick a random number between zero and 2 to the power of 5, (which equals 32), and take away one (making 31). So, after all the math is done, we see that when Q=5, the reader is telling the tag to choose a number between zero and 31.

Who’s First?

Now that the tags have chosen their two numbers, the reader asks all of the tags if any of them chose zero as their second random number (the number they had to choose after learning the Q value). If one of them did, then they raise their hand, show the reader their first number (the one between zero and 65,535), and are acknowledged by the reader. At this point the reader could just count the tag as “present,” read the tag’s information or assign the tag some information.

Once this is done, the reader tells the remaining tags to subtract one from their second random number, and asks if any of the tags now has a zero as their number (so, if one of the tags had chosen a ‘1’ as their random number before, they are now a ‘0’ and are raising their hand to the reader). And the process continues.

Nobody?

If no tags raise their hand to say their second number is zero, then the reader will tell all of the tags to once again subtract one from their number. If still not getting any raised hands from the tags, the reader will continue telling the tags to subtract one until one of the tags finally hits zero. On the other hand, if more than one tag responds with zero, then the reader can’t read either tag. It then tells the tags “forget it, wait ‘til you hear back from me.” At this point – if the reader is set up this way – it will ask the tags to pick numbers again, and start the process over, until all tags have been acknowledged by the reader.

Avoiding Tag & Reader Collision

While scanning for RFID tags does your reader appear confused, unable to process the information you expect it to receive? Are there a large number of tags within the read field? If so, your RFID scanner is likely unable to decipher the information due to tag collision, a problem that arises when multiple tags are energized by an RFID reader simultaneously, leaving the reader unable to differentiate each tags signal.

There are many different methods of solving the problem. For example, readers can be programmed to recognize tag collision and upon doing so can send a special signal called a “gap pulse.” Once the tags receive the signal, each one consults a random number counter to determine the interval to wait before sending its data. Since every tag gets its own unique number interval, each one will send its data at a different time.

Another solution is to use a tree-walking algorithm, in which a reader will essentially send sequential messages to each tag prompting them to respond if their binary digits follow a certain pattern. For example, a reader might say to a tag, “If the first binary digit in your serial number is 0 respond.” Twenty tags might respond. The reader can then say, “If your first digit is a 0 and your second digit is a 1, respond.” 10 tags might respond. The reader can then ask about the third digit and so forth, until only a single tag responds. If neither of these methods strike your fancy, you can try using an ALOHA protocol, a method in which a transmitting station listens to the two-way communication between readers and tags to tell whether the two groups had a successful exchange. If communication was unsuccessful, it’s likely because a tag collision took place, at this point the sender station transmits again after a random wait period. Tags will then periodically send data after the waiting period.

Reader collision can also happen when two or more readers are being used near one another. The problem occurs when the coverage area of one RFID reader overlaps with that of another reader, causing two problems: signal interference and multiple reads of the same tag. This can sometimes be fixed by simply changing the frequencies of the readers. For example, if multiple readers are using high frequencies, they are much more likely to have their signals overlap. Another option is to use “frequency hopping,” in which a reader randomly jumps between channels. If one channel is in use, the reader can then move to an alternate channel and broadcast a signal to the tags.

Zoo Tracks Elephants Using RFID Real Time Location System

May 26, 2012

The Dallas Zoo has received praise from zookeepers around the world for their award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit. This unique habitat allows elephants, giraffes, and other species to roam together freely. What’s also unique about the exhibit is the fact that the zoo is using RFID technology to track the movement of the elephants. This is the inaugural installation of Animal Performance Systems (“APS”) TangaTracker system. The solution uses the CSL RTLS (real-time-location-system) that our team reviewed (How to Install a Real Time Location System, or RTLS). Although RFID technology is used for tracking farm animals like cattle, elephant tracking is, well, a much bigger challenge. The zoo wants to track the exact location of the elephants all the time and the terrain has a number of obstacles including a large watering hole and varying elevations.

This system uses small RTLS tags as ankle bracelets to track their movement. The RTLS anchors, or readers, are placed in the research towers and positioned to track the elephants as they move around. The elephant’s position is recorded every 30 seconds and the data is overlaid on a map of the habitat. This information graphically shows researchers the places the elephants like to go, the other animals in the herd they spend the most time with, and how much exercise they’re getting.

“We plan to capitalize on the capabilities of TangaTracker to enhance our animal conservation, research and education programs plus provide a richer visitor experience.” – Lynn Kramer, D.V.M., Deputy Director, Animal Conservation and Science, Dallas Zoo

APS researched numerous RTLS systems and selected Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) of Hong Kong to provide the necessary hardware and software. CSL’s selection was based on various strong customer recommendations and an acknowledgement of their equipment’s high quality. The CSL team has also proven to be highly responsive throughout the implementation process.

The RFID Network spoke in person and by telephone to several of the engineers that worked on the project. One engineer that installed a competitive RTLS during the evaluation phase even acknowledged that the CSL RTLS was ‘more accurate, easier to install, and less expensive’. The CSL RTLS is priced at $4,000 for a complete solution, while other RTLS systems charge $1,500 – $3,000 per read point and $5,000 – $20,000 for positioning software.

“We developed TangaTracker in response to an unmet need existing at the Dallas Zoo. They wanted to create the first Center of Excellence for animal tracking systems in zoos and other animal exhibit environments. We appreciate the Zoo’s senior management entrusting us with the opportunity to team with them on this ground breaking project,” says Bernie Hansen, President of Animal Performance Systems.

The habitat and the use of RFID technology make Giants of the Savanna a showcase for the Dallas Zoo, and a wonderful example for other zoos around the world.

Photo courtesy of: Brian Snelson
Written by: Rebecca Robinson

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Dallas Zoo Tracks Elephants Using CSL Real Time Location System

15 Feb, 2012

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The Dallas Zoo has received praise from zookeepers around the world for their award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit. This unique habitat allows elephants, giraffes, and other species to roam together freely. What’s also unique about the exhibit is the fact that the zoo is using RFID technology to track the movement of the elephants. This is the inaugural installation of Animal Performance Systems (“APS”) TangaTracker system. The solution uses the CSL RTLS (real-time-location-system) that our team reviewed (How to Install a Real Time Location System, or RTLS). Although RFID technology is used for tracking farm animals like cattle, elephant tracking is, well, a much bigger challenge. The zoo wants to track the exact location of the elephants all the time and the terrain has a number of obstacles including a large watering hole and varying elevations.

This system uses small RTLS tags as ankle bracelets to track their movement. The RTLS anchors, or readers, are placed in the research towers and positioned to track the elephants as they move around. The elephant’s position is recorded every 30 seconds and the data is overlaid on a map of the habitat. This information graphically shows researchers the places the elephants like to go, the other animals in the herd they spend the most time with, and how much exercise they’re getting.

“We plan to capitalize on the capabilities of TangaTracker to enhance our animal conservation, research and education programs plus provide a richer visitor experience.” – Lynn Kramer, D.V.M., Deputy Director, Animal Conservation and Science, Dallas Zoo

APS researched numerous RTLS systems and selected Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) of Hong Kong to provide the necessary hardware and software. CSL’s selection was based on various strong customer recommendations and an acknowledgement of their equipment’s high quality. The CSL team has also proven to be highly responsive throughout the implementation process.

The RFID Network spoke in person and by telephone to several of the engineers that worked on the project. One engineer that installed a competitive RTLS during the evaluation phase even acknowledged that the CSL RTLS was ‘more accurate, easier to install, and less expensive’. The CSL RTLS is priced at $4,000 for a complete solution, while other RTLS systems charge $1,500 – $3,000 per read point and $5,000 – $20,000 for positioning software.

“We developed TangaTracker in response to an unmet need existing at the Dallas Zoo. They wanted to create the first Center of Excellence for animal tracking systems in zoos and other animal exhibit environments. We appreciate the Zoo’s senior management entrusting us with the opportunity to team with them on this ground breaking project,” says Bernie Hansen, President of Animal Performance Systems.

The habitat and the use of RFID technology make Giants of the Savanna a showcase for the Dallas Zoo, and a wonderful example for other zoos around the world.

About Animal Performance Systems: Founded in 2010, Animal Performance Systems (APS) is pioneering the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) systems for zoos and other animal exhibit environments.  Systems such as TangaTracker provide our customers with actionable information that enhances their conservation and research efforts, improves the health and welfare of their animals, and enriches the visitor’s experience.

About Convergence Systems Limited, CSL: Founded in 2000, Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) is a leading design engineering and sales company of RFID readers, antennas, RFID modules, and custom RFID tags. CSL’s readers have built-in middleware and edge server application supporting EPC Gen 2 specifications. CSL also offers a full line of active RTLS RFID products. CSL was established to deliver a broad portfolio of RFID products to OEMs and system integrators in logistic management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, asset and security management, transportation, and retail industries around the world. CSL is a member of EPCglobal.

Read About CSL in The RFID & Sensor Supplier Directory.