LXE Upgrades Rugged Mobile RFID Tag-Reading Technologies

96-bit tag support added; masks and filters to speed search by allowing operators to find specific cases on fully loaded pallets

96-bit tag support added; masks and filters to speed search by allowing operators to find specific cases on fully loaded pallets

Atlanta — April 1, 2005 — LXE, a developer of rugged mobile RFID tag-reading technologies, this week rolled out software upgrades to its EPC-compliant, radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled rugged handheld computer, the MX3-RFID.

This round of upgrades is intended to enable more companies to garner the incremental benefits of RFID within applications that have traditionally relied on bar codes, expanding the population of potential customers for the MX3-RFID, LXE said.

The wireless computer's RFID reader firmware has been upgraded so that customers can now meet retailer requests for 96-bit tag support. In addition, new software will enable customers to upgrade the MX3-RFID to the EPC Gen2 UHF specification, helping to "future proof" MX3-RFID investments.

LXE has added the option for customers to translate reader output in either HEX format or EPC Tag Data Standard format. With the EPC Tag Data Standard option, operators will be able to see, on the MX3-RFID's screen, tag/product details, which will help simplify the exception handling and verification process. Supported formats include SGTIN-64, SGTIN-96, SSCC-64 and SSCC-96.

LXE also said that it has added the capability for customers to specify masks and filters when reading tags, providing operators the means to find specific cases on a fully loaded pallet that meet the "filter" criteria entered into the unit. This ability to quickly find specific tags/cases could be particularly useful for product tracking and recalls, the solution provider said.

"This latest round of upgrades follows a RFID product development roadmap developed from hundreds of customer interviews, from the boardroom to the work floor," said Peter Fausel, LXE senior vice president of sales and marketing. "Each upgrade enables our customers to take RFID deeper into their warehouses, where they'll be able to find the positive returns they've been looking for on their RFID investments."

Additional Articles of Interest

For a contrary view of the future of the RFID market, see the article "The O'RFID Factor: A 'No Spin' Look at Where Radio Frequency Identification Is Headed," in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For more information on trends relating to radio frequency identification, follow this link for an extensive listing of SDCExec.com articles, featuring the latest research findings on the RFID, including adoption, return on investment and barriers to implementation.