By arranging RFID antennas as a portal, and connecting them to an Honeywell® Intellitag® IF5 fixed reader, an automated system was designed that identifes skids as they are being brought into the warehouse. The IF5 is a smart reader, able to monitor 2 position sensors, turn on and off the RFID antennas, and signal if there is a problem by turning on a warning light. The antennas are positioned so they can read an RFID tag no matter where it is positioned, and the IF5 collects the data from each skid and sends it up to a host system along a LAN or wireless connection.
In an RFID system there is often a need for a portable reader that can be used to handle exceptions or to simply act as a label verifier. By coupling an IP4 reader to the CN3 mobile computer running Microsoft® Windows Mobile, Honeywell has delivered a powerful and flexible RFID handheld. In uses such as encoding labels to serve as replacements, scanning labels that are missed by the primary system, or incorporating manual scanning when it's not practical to move the product, the IP4 reader is the most cost-effective way to harness the power of RFID.