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 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.
THE RAIN COMMUNICATION INTERFACE BASICS
- The “HTML” of RFID – Increases interoperability of systems and solutions.
- Compatible with existing RFID standards – RAIN inherently builds on the global standards from GS1 and ISO.
- Connecting with the IoT world – Easier to create connections with MQTT, OPC UA, and more.