We are so excited to introduce you all an innovative approach to use RFID reader products, by connecting Raspberry Pi to RFID readers. We are developing a tentative project named: IMPRESS platform, which is a web-service on Raspberry Pi, talking with Empress RFID readers, and others.
The basic idea is running your applications on Raspberry Pi just like any PC, and let it control a or multiple brainless RFID readers. We offer a web-interface just like household WiFi router for reader settings, as well as basic business applications.
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Video is on the way, but first please read the details explained in Q&A manner;
Q: Why connect Raspberry Pi to RFID readers?
A: By doing so, you can have
- much cheaper "self-maintained mini-computer" (less than USD 40) that talks with your RFID readers, without any skill-set to handle RFID's protocol and calling APIs, etc.
- a website to configure the readers and do a lot more business applications;
- a lot more choices on connectivity, such as, LAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, SD-Card, Video ouput HDMI, etc.; instead of ordering expensive RFID reader options.
Q: What can Raspberry Pi do with the data get from RFID readers?
A: Raspberry Pi can
1) Auto record and deliver to server, send email
2) Send email or trigger outputs, alarms or camera, etc
3) Process more logic such as record the first/last seen ID, their time and duration, and missing IDs
4) Mapping meaningless long ID with more meaningful names, such as student names, employee names, etc., may be export a report.
Q: What kind of readers will be support?
A: Our IMPRESS-Preloaded Raspberry Pi will support
- Empress 2.4GHz Active RFID readers from HK-RFID [primarily]
- Bluetooth Low Energy (iBeacon) readers
- NFC readers
- Other client requested RFID equipment
Q: What kind of applications or services will offer on this IMPRESS web platform?
A: Apart from basic setting of readers, we will offer several most popular RFID applications, depends on the license purchased from users
- Prohibited zone (access control)
- Signage or media-content trigger
- EAS anti-theft
- Sensor data
- Inventory list
Q: How to make it work?
A: You just need to
- Purchase the IMPRESS-SDK kit which include a Raspberry Pi and a Empress 2.4GHz Active RFID-kit from HK-RFID,
- Enjoy the unboxing, connect up Raspberry Pi with any HDMI display and reader, configure the network settings on a browser
- Set your business applications and there you go
Q: How many readers each Raspberry Pi can support?
Q: When will it be available?
A: 2014 Fall, please contact us if you want to follow our development progress or Pre-order. We welcome any comment and partnership, or proposal of co-development.
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