With the addition of two new devices that offer higher levels of versatility, HARTING has expanded its Ha-VIS family of UHF RFID readers, enabling individual project requirements to be met more efficiently and flexibly. The two additional RFID readers combine the performance and versatility of HARTING’s existing Ha-VIS RF-R300 family with the processing power and standards compatibility of the company’s MICA open computing platform.
The company claims that the Ha-VIS RF-R310 is the first reader available on the market which meets the functionality of the Companion Specification for AutoID devices. This specification was created by the AIM Germany association in co-operation with the OPC Foundation, and forms the basis for the simple and efficient integration of AutoID devices based on OPC UA – the communication layer for Integrated Industry projects.
“The fact that HARTING has built up in-depth knowledge in the field of data pre-processing over recent years is confirmed by the official certification of our Ha-VIS Middleware by GS1,” commented Gavin Stoppel, Product Manager. “This makes HARTING the sole European company that offers a GS1 EPCglobal ALE1.1-compliant middleware.”
This know-how has also been incorporated into HARTING’s other new UHF RFID reader: the Ha-VIS RF-R350. The Ha-VIS RF-R350 features ALE1.1-based middleware which is optimised for the MICA platform. Here, the complete data pre-processing of raw RFID data takes place in a standards-based manner. Communication with the reader simply takes place via web services, http, TCP or, if desired, via UDP telegrams.
The HARTING Middleware also allows other readers from the HARTING world to be integrated into a total RFID solution, allowing RFID data to be pre-processed directly on an industrial machine or in other environments such as a rail vehicle, for example. This set-up relieves the networks and the back-end systems, and reduces response times.
The integrated software concept also allows all readers from the Ha-VIS RF R3x0 family to be flexibly adapted to customer requirements.