Handheld RFID Reader Claiming 25-Foot Read Range, 400 Tags/Sec. Read Rate

A Hong Kong RFID vendor is boasting about a new $1,950-$2,500 handheld UHF reader "with a read range exceeding 25 feet with standard dipole passive tags and a throughput reaching 400 tags per second." That claim is usually reserved for fixed readers, a very sharp claimed performance boost.

Convergence Systems Limited has dubbed it the CS101, and it eked out an endorsement from the normally publicity-shy folk at Boeing. Boeing Research Engineer Steve Villa praised Geiger counter mode. "In this mode, the reader's ability to singulate and locate tags, even in a highly reflective environment, is excellent."