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Where can I buy RFID for development/testing purpose?

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  • Kind of silly, basic question in a forum with these many posts!
    I think, I need to have a RFID device to start development and test an RFID solution.
    Could someone guide me where can I buy one which connects to my laptop and start monitoring the events and track them.

    can i use my company access card as RFID device? if so, how do i connect it? I guess we need to have an RFID reader instead of RFID tag!

    to frame my question in one line..."where do I start, if i want to develop an RFID solution?" for the variety of cases mentioned in the documentation (events, asset tracking, monitoring etc)


    Thanks,
    Suresh
    Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:38 PM

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  • Hi Suresh,
    You always start from requirements (what do you want to do?)
    Then you make your research about possibilities and finally make your choice for implementation.

    For example, if you'd need to implement a supply chain RFID project, I'd suggest a Developer's Kit from a manufacturer that would include all necessary parts: readers, tags, connectors, software, etc.  (be prepared to spend several grands on it.)

    Here is a link to an Alien page, where you can choose a proper contact for your location:
    http://www.alientechnology.com/contact_us.php

    Also, here is the Partners Portal page, where you can find all documentation, specs, manuals, software/firmware updates (including the Alien Device Provider for BizTalk RFID) as well as description and schedule for classes of Alien Academy.  (Portal registration and marketing approval required):
    http://partners.alientechnology.com/portal/partner/


    Depending on standard and manufacturer of your "company access card" it may or may not be readable by an RFID reader.


    Hope this helps,

    Valentina






    Valentina Shkolnikov
    Friday, March 20, 2009 6:43 AM

All replies

  • Hi Suresh,
    You always start from requirements (what do you want to do?)
    Then you make your research about possibilities and finally make your choice for implementation.

    For example, if you'd need to implement a supply chain RFID project, I'd suggest a Developer's Kit from a manufacturer that would include all necessary parts: readers, tags, connectors, software, etc.  (be prepared to spend several grands on it.)

    Here is a link to an Alien page, where you can choose a proper contact for your location:
    http://www.alientechnology.com/contact_us.php

    Also, here is the Partners Portal page, where you can find all documentation, specs, manuals, software/firmware updates (including the Alien Device Provider for BizTalk RFID) as well as description and schedule for classes of Alien Academy.  (Portal registration and marketing approval required):
    http://partners.alientechnology.com/portal/partner/


    Depending on standard and manufacturer of your "company access card" it may or may not be readable by an RFID reader.


    Hope this helps,

    Valentina






    Valentina Shkolnikov
    Friday, March 20, 2009 6:43 AM
  • Valya,
    Thanks for the info.
    Basically, i was just looking for some demo/development purpose. no customer situation.
    just like a hello world with RFID.
    from your guidance, i think i can buy a sample RFID reader/tag/connector to build a demo using BizTalk.


    Thank you,
    Suresh
    Friday, March 20, 2009 1:28 PM
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    Thursday, June 02, 2011 4:17 AM
  • Suresh,

    Mick Badran sells an RFID kit for dev/testing, often used with his BizTalk RFID courses: http://www.dlpdesign.com/rf/rfid1.shtml

    Thanks,


    If this answers your question, please use the "Answer" button to say so | Ben Cline
    Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:21 AM
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  • Suresh,

       There is an RFID manufacturer called William Frick that also sells an RFID kit for dev/testing.  It is quite popular.

       http://www.fricknet.com/Products/SmartMark_RFID/RFID_Tags_Innovation_Kit.html

    Thanks

     

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 5:20 PM
  • Suresh,

    There are a lot of RFID device that you can choose from depending on your need. Have you tried SmartMark RFID Tags? It uses radio waves for the purpose of tracking and identifying your assets. It can be custom made / personalized depending on your need. Check it out here -

    http://www.fricknet.com/Products/SmartMark_RFID

    Hope this helps you.

     

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:37 AM
  • Hi Suresh,

    if you still playing RFID, you may be interested in VeryFields which offers the largest showcase of RFID tags with the most complete search tool. There you can find several tag manufacturers which provide development kits.

    Regards,

    Mirco

    • Proposed as answer by RFIDTagstore Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:02 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by RFIDTagstore Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:02 PM
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:06 AM
  • Hello Suresh,

    If you're still looking for RFID tags or hardware the RFID Tag Blog which is a support blog for The RFID Tag Store can help.
    They specialize in unique RFID and NFC applications, specialize in tag applications, and best of all they are tagging experts.

    They fully support university projects, so you can purchase tags in small qty's and get industry knowledge and support.

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:06 PM