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RAIN RFID Alliance Releases Guideline for Simplified Reader Commands

The RAIN Communication Interface guideline provides a way for UHF RFID solution providers to build systems that can communicate with any make or model of reader and operate in multiple applications with different reader types, thus eliminating the need for interface APIs.

Oct 22, 2018

The RAIN RFID Alliance has published its RAIN Communication Interface (RCI) guideline, intended to enable easier controls of RFID readers with simple JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) commands. The RCI guideline allows technology providers to offer systems that could operate with any reader, thereby enabling deployments with multiple reader types, as well as offering a solution that could be used at many customer sites. As billions of tags are deployed on products and assets that might move through multiple RFID reader infrastructures, the organization reports, the guideline will make it easier for each application to identify tags of interest, and to automatically disregard those the system does not recognize.

The guideline was created by members of the RAIN RFID Alliance’s Developers Workgroup after systems integrators asked for an easier way to control readers. RCI’s profile command replaces the need for a reader to send a series of commands to identify a tag and then process that tag’s response. Instead, the series of commands can be built into the single profile command. That function also eliminates the requirement for application programming interfaces (APIs) for each reader.

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Source: RAIN RFID Alliance Releases Guideline for Simplified Reader Commands – 2018-10-22 – Page 1 – RFID Journal