- Trimble’s ThingMagic Division is a leading provider of UHF RFID modules, finished RFID readers, development tools and design services. ThingMagic RFID readers support demanding high-volume applications deployed by some of the world's largest industrial automation firms, manufacturers, healthcare organizations, retailers, and consumer companies. The company’s consulting, design, and development services assist customers with the integration of auto-identification and sensing technologies into everyday products and solutions. 

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Application Notes

10 Criteria for Selecting an RFID Reader Module - Its time to reshape the way we think about RFID. With the small size and high performance of embedded RFID modules, the market has evolved from providing one-size-fits-all readers to form factors that can be used in just about any application. This advancement allows customers to move beyond limited, siloed deployments of RFID toward integrating the technology into a great number of mobile and stationary devices and with the enterprise infrastructure. Customers can now focus on data generated by an RFID-enabled product or system and determine how it can best be applied to their business processes. The key point is that the technology itself is no longer a barrier to entry.

Transitioning to the ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID Reader - The ThingMagic USB Plus+ RFID reader is identical in all respects to our original USB reader but one, the Plus+ reader contains a new, higher performance antenna. This application note provides performance information for both versions and offers advice for making a seamless transition from one version to another.

Configuring ThingMagic UHF RFID Readers to Support Fast Moving Tags - The industry-standard Gen2 protocol used in ThingMagic® modules and fixed-position readers was designed to inventory large quantities of stationary tags, but options provided in the protocol also make it ideal for applications where a small population of fast moving tags must be read rapidly. These applications are supported by ThingMagic’s Fast Search™ mode which automatically optimizes many of the settings required for reading fast moving tags, and provides additional user-accessible settings to increase performance further if necessary.

Performance Optimization for Diverse RFID Tag Populations - Measures of RFID reader performance such as tag reads per second and read range are important to many applications, but they are not the only (and may not be the most critical) data points to evaluate when determining which reader is best for your solution. This Application Brief offers several examples and charts of ThingMagic RFID reader performance and the features available to “tune” reader performance in scenarios when many tags are in the field, when few tags must be read repeatedly, or when tag population changes radically over time.

Basic GEN2 Protocol Settings Demystified - The EPCglobal Gen2 protocol was designed to accommodate a wide variety of applications, so nearly every aspect of its operation can be adjusted to optimize its behavior for a particular set of requirements. Out of the box, ThingMagic readers are configured to perform well in average circumstances, and many users never have to touch the Gen2 settings. For those that must, the information provided here will make optimization of the reader’s performance a simple step-by-step process.

Determining Asset Directionality with UHF RFID Technology - UHF RFID technology is being widely adopted for tracking asset movement, theft prevention and lost asset recovery. Solutions are being deployed in a variety of industry verticals including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, IT data centers, construction and education. Monitoring only the last known location of an asset is often not sufficient in many applications as it does not give information about the direction in which the asset was moving in order to intelligently predict its next location. This is driving the requirement for RFID systems to report directionality in addition to the asset identity and location.

Designing Bulk Encoding Applications Using UHF RFID Technology - UHF RFID is becoming increasingly popular in the retail market, particularly for tagging apparel, due to its cost effectiveness, ease of use, scalability and reliability. To improve supply chain visibility, many retailers would like apparel suppliers to affix tags to items at the point of manufacture. This results in the need to encode the tagged items at a later point in time, often after they have been packaged. This application note describes how one might design a robust bulk encoding system using ThingMagic UHF RFID technology.

Designing Race Timing Applications Using UHF RFID Technology - UHF RFID is becoming extremely popular in race timing application development due to its cost effectiveness, ease of use, scalability and reliability. This application note describes how one might design a robust race timing system using ThingMagic UHF RFID technology.

Managing the Firmware Upgrade Process with ThingMagic Enterprise Readers - Managing and updating firmware on large populations of networked readers can be difficult and time consuming. As RFID deployments evolve and become more complex, additional functionality like the ability to read sensors, detect counterfeit tags, or check tamper alarms, will likely be provided via firmware upgrades. To reduce this effort and centralize the firmware upgrade process, ThingMagic’s enterprise readers contain a software feature, known as 'Auto-Upgrade'. This application note describes how one can manage the upgrade process using ThingMagic UHF RFID technology.
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