OMRON Corporation, a leading Japanese RFID systems provider, is launching the V740 series EPC reader/writer for UHF-band RFID tags in North America. The first UHF tag reader/writer from a Japanese RFID device manufacturer, the unit supports both EPC Class 0 and Class 1 protocols. It is also designed to accommodate Generation 2 protocol by EPC Global (C1G2) by upgrading its firmware when these specifications become available. Additionally, the product supports standard network protocols including DHCP, UDP/IP over Ethernet, 820.11x (Wi-Fi), HTTP and SNMP, and its superior network adaptability enables its software to be easily implemented from remote sites.
V740 series devices are targeting retail and logistics venues where a multi-protocol capability is required. The reader/writer features an Intel IXP4XX network processor, which enables to perform high-speed data processing. It runs on the Linux operating system and comes with a number of PC-like functions built in, and enables to run additional applications, simultaneously.
Major retailers and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is setting a wide range of mandates that require product suppliers to apply RFID tags to containers, palettes, and cases prior to warehousing. In response to this environment, Omron is releasing the V740 series to the North American market prior to Japan or Europe. “We strongly believe the V740 series offers valuable new features to logistics and supply chain management in the U.S.,” said Mitsugi Abe, head of the Omron RFID Business Department.
On the occasion of this reader/writer development, Omron entered into a technology license agreement with ThingMagic, a US based company and member of EPC global, promoting standardization.
Specifications of EPC reader/writer
Operating Frequencies: 902-928MHz
Communication Method: FHSS
Supported Protocols: EPC Class 0 & 1, ISO18000-6B, Generation 2 (upgradable)
No. of Antenna Ports: 2 – 8 ports
Interface Ports: Ethernet
Power Source: AC100V – 240V (supply with attached AC adapter)
Dimensions: 306.0 x 269.1. x 41.1 cm
Regulatory Compliance: FCC Part 15
About EPC Global
EPC Global, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation jointly established in September 2003 by EAN International, a European distribution standardizing organization, and UCC, an organization responsible for the distribution and management of bar codes. EPC Global handles operation and management of the RFID tag and network technology combined EPC (Electronic Product Code) system. EPC Global has assumed responsibility over the research findings of the Auto ID Center which carried out research and international standardization for RFID tag systems.
ThingMagic LLC., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts was founded in 2000 and is privately held. It is a world leader in the research and development of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), embedded computing and sensing technology. It has active collaborations with a number of corporations including OMRON Corporation [TSE:6645], INTEL [NASDAQ: INTC], and TYCO [NYSE: TYC]. Visit www.thingmagic.com
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President Hisao Sakuta, Omron has more than 24,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems (ticket gate machines, ticket vending machines, cash dispensers, and traffic control), and healthcare. The company is divided into five regions and head offices are in Japan (Kyoto), Asia Pacific (Singapore), China (Hong Kong), Europe (Amsterdam) and US (Chicago).For further information, please visit the OMRON home page at: ?Company_Show.asp?compid=2747
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