Products: InvenTag RFID Reader Datasheet


The ActiveWave Handheld Reader is a small, lightweight Reader used to find tagged items quickly and conveniently.

The Handheld Reader fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Users carry this portable Reader while looking for specific items such as merchandise, inventory, or other assets. For example, to find a specific crate in an aisle full of inventory, the user just enters the crate's tag ID in the Reader, then selects Call. The Reader will indicate that the tag is found. Optionally, the tag can either beep or blink an LED to help locate it. In addition, the RF range of the Handheld Reader is easily adjustable, so the size of the search area can be controlled. The signal strength of the tag's response (RSSI) is measured and diplayed to the user, thus giving the user an idea of how far away the tag is located.

The Handheld Reader can also be used to manually scan and program individual tags. Instead of reading all tags in an area at one time, users can selectively read and program only particular items.

A barcode scanner is a standard part of the Handheld Reader. With it, users can quickly scan a barcode label, then write this same information to an adjacent RFID tag. This feature can save users tremendous time when transitioning from old barcode systems to new active RFID systems.

To download tag data to a Host computer, the Handheld Reader uses RS-232, RS-485 (in cradle), or infrared for wireless communications.

Two RF frequencies are used by the Reader to communicate to the system. The Reader transmits tag data using one frequency, and receives tag data using another frequency. This dual-frequency scheme allows for fast and reliable full-duplex communications.

For data integrity, all communication packets used by the Reader use parity bits and cyclic redundancy checks. These safeguards ensure that all data remains accurate.

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Traditional method of Access Control, Asset Tracking, and Inventory Control are limited and outdated.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 that 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-sight, 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 simply 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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CPU Intel® PXA255 32-bit RISC 500Mhz
Operating System Windows CE 5.0128MB RAM (SDRAM), 64MB RAM (Flash ROM)
Memory FlashROM 64MB; RAM 128MB; SDRAM Expansion Integrated SD, CF Type II
Display Graphic Transflective TFT with touch panel, 256K color with adjustable backlight
Size:: 3.5", 240 x 320 pixels
Keys Entry options: 29 backlit keys
Host Communications RS232: Baudrate 150bps - 115.2 kbps, serial cable
Ver. 1.1, full speed, serial cable connector, client, optional host
WLAN, GPRS, Bluetooth
Battery Lithium-Ion, 3.7V 300 mAh - High-capacity battery: Optional 3.7V 4000mAh
External Power 9.5V DC adapter to AC power source
AC Power: AC100~240V, 50~60HZ
Dimensions 91.3/78 x 192.5 x 60.6/42.2 mm
3.59/3.07 x 7.58 x 2.39/1.66 in
Weight Ca. 600 g / 1 lb 5 oz (incl. battery)
Power Consumption Over 10 hours
Operating Temperature -10° to +50° C / 14° to 122° F
Operation Humidity 5% - 95%(non-condensing)
Drop Test 1.5 m / 5 ft drop onto concrete surface
Rain & Dust Resistance IP54
RFID Multi-Tag Read Capability Yes
RFID Receive Frequency from Tag 916.5 MHz, 927 MHz, or 868 MHz - depending on Reader model
RFID Transmit Frequency to Tag 433 MHz
RFID Tag Signal Penetration Tag signal can be read through virtually all non-metallic materials
RFID Tag Read / Write Range - internal antennas 1.5m (5ft) / 3m (10ft)
RFID Tag Read / Write Range - external antennas 30m (100ft) / 15m (50ft). These ranges can be extended with larger antennas.
Operating Modes RFID Reader, Barcode Scanner
EMC (Electro-Magnetic Compatibility) RF communications are not affected by normal electromagnetic x-ray interference
Optional Accessories Cradle, Vehicle Charge, Extra Battery, Gun Grip with Trigger, Waterproof Carry Bag

ActiveWave is now TigeRFID

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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