Products: TrackTag ASD Datasheet


The ActiveWave cardTag is about the size of a credit card, just a little thicker. Because of these dimensions, this tag is well suited for use as an employee badge in a secure, access-controlled environment. The tag is also convenient for attaching to the flat surface of any merchandise or equipment.

The cardTag can be used to track and monitor people or assets in an office, warehouse, or any other type of facility. For example, cardTags can be configured to track employees in an office, locate heart monitors in a hospital, find specific pallets in a warehouse - basically any application that requires system monitoring of anything. When cardTags are used on both people and assets, all movement of valuable assets without an assigned owner will automatically generate system alarms and can securely lock exit doors.

Typically, the cardTag remains in sleep mode until it receives a wake up command from an ActiveWave Reader of Field Generator. If the command is intended for this stage (specific address or broadcast), then the tag will awaken and transmit its ID and other information to an assigned system Reader.

The tag can also be configured to automatically wake up at predefined intervals, transmit its information to the system, then go back to sleep to conserve battery life.

Unique anti-collision algorithms are used to ensure that all tag data is received, even when multiple tags are transmitting at the same time. To guarantee that all data remains accurate, all tag packets use reliable cyclic redundancy checks.

Several cardTag versions are available, each using one frequency for transmit and another frequency to receive. This dual-frequency method allows for fast and reliable communications.

CardTag options include different housing colors and various amounts of user memory ranging from 0 to 256Kbits. Even more peripheral options may be added to satisfy your application needs.

Current Practice

Traditional method of Access control, Asset Tracking, and Inventory Control are limited and outdated. Access control methods range from security guards to employee badges hat must be swiped or placed close to a passive RFID proximity reader. Tracking methods are either entirely visual - dependent on security guards or surveillance cameras - or too costly such as GPS. Inventory Control methods require much money for complex enterprise software, and much more time and manpower for physical counting. Barcode scanning requires line-of-site, close distance, and clean, undamaged barcode labels. None of these traditional methods offers a solution that is completely hands-free, automated, reliable, and that can save your business thousands.

The ActiveWave Solution

ActiveWave's active RFID solution offers numerous advantages over traditional methods.

Valuable items are easily tracked throughout a facility by simple attaching an ActiveWave tag. Alarms are automatically generated for unauthorized movements through specified doors and at specified times. This same concept applies to tracking people as well. In fact, ActiveWave's Host software ties together both people and assets such that certain assets can only be moved by authorized people.

For inventory counts, ActiveWave tags can automatically wake up and report their presence on a periodic basis. If a tag misses its scheduled "check in" time, then the Host can generate an alarm so the loss can be investigated immediately. New items are added to the count by simply moving them into the warehouse. Imagine the savings of automated, hands-free, daily updates to your entire inventory.

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User Memory 0 - 256 Kbits
Multi-Tag Read Capability Yes
Transmit Frequency 916 MHz, 927 MHz, or 868 MHz
Receive Frequency 433 MHz
Read Range Receive 85m (280 feet)*
Transmit 152m (500 feet)*
Power 3V Lithium-ion watch battery
Battery Life 1 - 3 years depending on use (tag has low battery detection)
Dimensions 85.0 mm x 54.3 mm x 5.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.1 in x 0.2 in)
Weight 23 grams (0.8 oz)
Case Material ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
Temperature Operating -35C to +50C (-31F to +122F)
Storage -40C to +85C (-40F to +185F)
Options Memory 0 - 256Kbit memory sizes available in 2x increments
*max with extended range antenna

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Everything is available under the Apache 2.0 license. Visit our repo at for all the files to build your own ActiveWave products.

NOTE: The information in this datasheet was accurate as of February 10, 2017. Everything is subject to change based on the work done on the repo.

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