Juniper Systems will now be offering RFID options for its existing rugged handheld computers, thanks to its recent business partnership with IDBLUE. This partnership will allow Juniper Systems to provide the IDBLUE RFID reader as part of a bundled package, or as a separate product which can be used with any Bluetooth-equipped rugged handheld computer.
Because RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology works well in extreme and rugged environments, it has become a preferred data capture tool over barcode scanning for many applications. Over the past few years, RFID technology has matured greatly and has become increasingly cost-effective, resulting in many markets viewing it as a viable solution for their data collection.
“We’ve had many customers request RFID capabilities as a cost-effective means to track, maintain, and manage their assets, so we are moving in this direction to respond to their needs,” said Josh Egan, Product Manager at Juniper Systems.
Unlike barcode scanning technology, RFID technology utilizes electromagnetic radio waves to transmit information. RFID tags are specially designed to operate in rugged environments and to store specific data. The IDBLUE reader is intended for short-range applications, enabling users to narrow down on a specific asset’s data.
The pen-shaped RFID reader doubles as a capacitive stylus and features a pocket-sized, ergonomic design. It is available in both HF (high frequency) and UHF (ultra-high frequency) and has a pending Class I, Division 2 certification for hazardous locations.
Juniper Systems and IDBLUE will be showcasing their products at the RFID Journal LIVE trade show held April 30 – May 2, 2013 in Orlando, FL.