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This is where I will put all the information regarding RFIDs
1. Bought low frequency rfid evaluation kit from Texas Instrument for $284.
> Zhipu and I did some basic tests with the low frequency rfids. We were interested in determining the max. velocity of the tags relative to the readers beyond which the reader will not read. We did the experiment using the vision system and the turn table and got an estimate of about 2 m/s. Therefore, the max velocity of the robot wrt to the tags could be 2 m/s, if we use the low frequency tags.
> We abandoned the low frequency rfids since it could not read more than one tags at a time. So we ordered the Series 6000- HF-I Mid-Range RFID evaluation kit from Texas instrument.
2. Bought Series 6000- HF-I Mid-Range RFID evaluation kit for $645.
> Preliminary testing (by Nicolas and Raktim) shows we can identify vehicles with speed greater than 6 m/s. I think higher speeds can be achieved. We identified that the software causes delays in reading based on the functionality chosen. Ideally, we would like to write a "thin" reading software using the .dll files they have supplied. See the Position Teams main webpage for user manuals and API. > The individual readers from TI cost around $180. Bulk rate for TI Readers is yet to be determined.
> POC for TI rfid is Kim Knaack Product Specialist Supervisor Digi-Key Corporation (800) 338-4105 x1535 Fax (218) 681-3380 firstname.lastname@example.org
I think digi-Key is the contractor for TI rfids. They handle all the shipping and support for Texas Instrument.
> Alternatively, contacted Todd Dirks Director of Sales SkyeTek Inc. Direct (303)-615-8050 Phone (720)-565-0441 Fax (720)-565-8989 He sent me the quote for bulk rate for the tags and readers. It is available as a pdf document (contact RMM). The tags and readers can be mixed in interms of the manufacturer. As long as the readers support the tags. So we can buy tags from TI and readers from Skyetek, for example.