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I came across this device just before Christmas when I was researching RFID devices, I just love it, it neatly combines the power of the iPhone with an RFID tag reader/writer on a stick.

http://www.tsl.uk.com/products/1128-bluetooth-handheld-uhf-rfid-reader/

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Actually the connection between the mobile device and the RFID reader on a stick uses Bluetooth. So it your one of these iPhobic people you can ruin the magic and use an Android device instead. Works just as well and using UI5 looks like the same App.

So using this device you can write manufacturing and asset tracking applications using SMP / UI5 / Cordova technology. Infact thats what I am currently doing.

Enjoy.

Text from the product website:

High Performance

UHF The new 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader is designed to read and write to EPC Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO18000-6C) UHF transponders and communicate with a variety of host devices via Bluetooth® wireless technology.  With its Impinj R2000 core and range of interchangeable high performance antennas the 1128 performs like no other reader, giving the user the highest levels of flexibility currently available in today’s market.  The reader can be configured with class leading high performance 2D data scanning to bring unparalleled data collection capabilities to connected devices.

Multi-Platform

The 1128 brings high performance UHF RFID scanning to devices running a wide range of Operating Systems including Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, WinCE, and Windows XP/Vista/7/8. The 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader is compatible with Bluetooth® enabled host devices including enterprise handhelds, consumer phones, touchscreen MP3 players, tablets and PCs.

Integrate With Ease

The 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader  incorporates TSL’s unique ASCII protocol for faster and easier application development. This sophisticated parameterised ASCII protocol provides the developer a powerful set of commands that carry out multiple actions locally within the reader.  This approach enables multiple tag operations executed using simple pre-configured ASCII commands which speeds integration of the reader into applications.

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  1. Laurent DUBOIS

    Hi David,

    I just came across your post here and I was hoping that could help me…. We have to implement a solution using these guns with the ITSMOBILE technology… It looks like you need to create your driver yourself. Basically we have created a dll using the sdk (.NET) provided by the vendor. It’s quite challenging to capture the data read from the device, we managed to connect to the dll using some javascript in the ITS template. , but then when you scan it needs to return an event to the app to populate the field. So I’m not sure if it includes a carriage return in the string. And the other issue is when you have more than one field on the screen where you need to scan a barcode. Do you know if there is an easier solution to populate the string returned by the gun in a web application without having to build all these customs code? We are using bluetooth on a tablets (windows 7).

    Thanx
    Laurent.

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    1. David Clavey Post author

      Sorry, not used the Windows version of this machine.

      Using .NET it is however possible to populate the keyboard buffer, but that requires the web app to have the focus on the right fields.

      More advanced you can again have the .NET populate the keyboard buffer, but put a special control sequence at the start of the keyboard buffer. Then use Javascript on the web app to interrogate all inputs looking for the special control sequence.

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