Zebra ID Printers Feature Modern UHF RFID

Zebra Technologies Corporation is offering ultra-high frequency encoding for RFID tag access devices. It allows average to high volume end-users to perform on-site UHF RFID card creation for the first time. In the past years, this type of job had to be finished by professional ID printing companies as part of their custom order. The modern UHF RFID tag manufacturer provides both the P330i (R3i) and P430i (R4i) color printers as an option. The cost for both printers of these models is still mid-range, even with the modern UHF RFID tag module and Ethernet connection.

Moreover, they can advertise this new card programming process as fast, easy, and reliable. You can print both single and double-sided UFH cards and encode them at a rate of over 100 units per hour. The UHF RFID tag manufacturer designs this module to function in concert with the Zebra Gen2 RFID tag card. However, it is compatible with tag card stock available from other ID printer companies. It is not surprising as a third party is the actual manufacturer of these RFID tag cards. However, Zebra corporation does have a patent pending for a few features of the inlay antenna. These design features focus on performance and security boosting.

There are somewhat a few low-frequency and high-frequency RFID tag options already present in the market. What makes ultra-high frequency RFID different? The UHF RFID tags used have an average readable range of around 10-12 feet. It is significantly further than LF or UF RFID generally reach. Such a capability opens up a wide variety of applications that standard proximity tag cards are not well-appointed to handle. Zebra corporation selected the ThingMagic Mercury4e read/write tag module due to its dual-antenna design and compatibility with a wide range of tag protocols.

Technology Applications

Zebra Technologies issued a press release in September 2008 regarding one existing customer who recently promoted this new technology. The reader can read these devices through the heavily insulated clothing worn for standard winter sports. Clients may not require to fumble around trying to swipe a kick pass with cold-numbed hands anymore.

The benefits of UHF RFID tag-enabled devices for advanced access control applications are readily apparent. It is authentic High volume traffic at a rate of over 60 UHF RFID tags per second. It can read  ID cards passively without being directly accessible to a card reader. A person carrying a low-level RFID access card may attempt to enter a restricted area by slipping in behind an authorized individual though the door is still open. However, any tag card that does not contain the proper permissions will trigger the interrogator as it passes. The RFID card reader can then send an automatic notification to its central monitoring station. Of course, video investigation or security staff is the only way to catch someone this way if they are not carrying any tag card at all.


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