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What is RAIN?

RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage each item.


RAIN RFID Technology

RAIN RFID is a global alliance promoting the universal adoption of UHF RFID technology in a way similar to other wireless technology organizations including NFC Forum, WiFi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG. RAIN uses the GS1 UHF Gen2 protocol which ISO/IEC has standardized as 18000-63. The word RAIN—an acronym derived from RAdio frequency IdentificatioN—is intended as a nod to the link between UHF RFID and the cloud, where RFID-based data can be stored, managed and shared via the Internet. A RAIN RFID solution uses a reader to read and write a tagged item, manage the data and take action.

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RAIN RFID Tags

  • Are either attached to or embedded in items
  • Tagged items store and send information
  • Thousands can be identified simultaneously and do not have to be visible

RAIN RFID Readers

  • Have antenna(s) for either short or long range communication
  • Can be small and portable, or larger and installed, or embedded in other devices

RAIN RFID Software applications

  • Identify – Locate – Authenticate – Engage
  • Use the tags and readers to create, collect, and use the item’s data – locally, or on a server, or on a cloud
  • Authentication starts with the origin and history of each item
  • Engage can involve sensors, or other means of interacting with the item

Testimonials

  • RAIN connects items in our everyday world to the internet and provides the identity, location, and authenticity of each, improving and enriching our lives.”

    - Chris Diorio, Impinj
  • RAIN technology crosses all geographic and physical barriers, and an open consortium is the best way to ensure true interoperability among devices and services, as well as implementing a dynamic environment for creating unique services for companies in all sectors.”

    - Michael Hrabina, FEIG Electronics
  • “TexTrace is privileged to support RAIN RFID technology in the retail industry, and we look forward to working together with the RAIN Alliance partners to make a difference in item-level retail inventory management around the world.”

    - Sybille Korrodi, TexTrace
  • RAIN provides a collaborative forum and delivers a consistent message about the benefits of RAIN RFID technology and will promote awareness, education, programs, and initiatives to accelerate its growth and adoption.”

    - Philip Calderbank, SML Group
  • RAIN is laser-focused on promoting and accelerating UHF passive RFID adaption. Any company committed to achieving these goals needs to join this alliance.”

    - Darryn Prince, Microelectronics Technology, Inc. (MTI)
  • “Let it RAIN…With a bold vision to connect 28 billion devices and items in 2020 with RFID, the RAIN Alliance is poised to speed up dramatically the development and implementation of RFID for an Internet of Things ecosystem. SMARTRAC is proud to be a co-founder of the RAIN Alliance, and we strongly encourage all parties involved in UHF RFID around the world to join the club — it’s time to get connected!”

    - Enu Waktola, SMARTRAC
  • "RAIN is the platform the RFID industry has been waiting for. I was thrilled to meet the “who is who” in the RAIN RFID industry at the recent RAIN Alliance meeting in Austria, and be part of an actively collaborating community of experts who joined forces for the mutual benefit of our industry and our (future) customers!"

    - Richard Aufreiter, HID Global
  • “Since the start, Nedap is a strong supporter of the RAIN Alliance to promote the benefits of UHF RFID together with other industry leaders, speed up its wide adoption and connect with end users.”

    - Danny Haak, Nedap
  • “Industry collaboration through forums like RAIN on technology standards, application frameworks, and ecosystem partnerships is central to Tyco’s Internet-of-Things strategy.”

    - Scott Clements, Tyco