Alien Introduces Revolutionary Solution Simplifying RFID Infrastructure

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4, 2017 – Alien Technology, an industry leader in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) products and services, today announced the ALR-F800-X with Emissary™, that dramatically simplifies RFID reader infrastructure, installation, operations and maintenance.

“Alien is introducing a revolutionary approach to solving the challenges of cost and complexity associated with installing, configuring and managing a network of RFID readers—including the activities and workflows associated with them,” Pat Ervin, President, Alien Technology. ”The ALR-F800-X with Emissary will be the first in a range of Alien products supporting the reduction of RFID infrastructure costs and complexities. These products are all about enabling customers to focus on their data and not on managing the readers.”

The ALR-F800-X combines Alien’s proven ALR-F800 enterprise reader with additional hardware capabilities and the Emissary software environment. Together the new solution provides:

·User-friendly and familiar device and location naming for multiple read-point environments;
·A simple mechanism to define and visualize how reader and non-reader hardware are applied to these various locations;
·Built-in common activities (such as read a tag, turn on a light);
·A Microsoft Windows tool for combining activities into the desired multi-reader and multi-I/O device workflows (across multiple readers);
·Automatic interpretation of the correct Tag Data Standard when tags are read; and
·Aggregation of tag read data (reports) into the ALR-F800-X where consolidated reports can then be transferred to the cloud or server (reducing data flowing between them).

Emissary comes embedded inside the ALR-F800-X at no additional cost and is ready to use “out of the box” without the complexities associated with downloading special licenses. Each ALR-F800-X supports four additional readers (for five readers in total), and no additional Edge Server is required (the ALR-F800-X performs this function). The ALR-F800-X with Emissary is designed to be low fuss and simple to use.

“It’s important to emphasize that this tool is complementary to our value-added partners and is designed to allow them to focus on their differentiation and less on the basics,” said Neil Mitchell, Senior Director Marketing, Alien Technology. “We believe that this tool is critical since the RFID industry has seen large implementations fail due to lack of system elegance and efficiency, requiring project managers to continuously keep these disparate hardware and software elements in sync. The task, then, is to eliminate layers of complexity and cost, minimizing junctions of potential failure and greatly increasing system efficiency and utility.”

The ALR-F800-X is being introduced at RFID Journal Live (booth 304 and 404) in Phoenix, May 9-11, 2017, and will be available in July.

About Alien Technology
Founded in 1994, Alien Technology, LLC is the passive RFID industry’s pioneering and leading provider of high quality RFID innovations, technologies and products. Alien solves the Identification of Things™ (IoT) through the provision of UHF passive RFID transceiver chips, tags, inlays & labels, fixed & mobile readers and a full range of related professional services. Alien Gen 2 products, along with software solutions from the industry's foremost partner network, help solve business problems for customers to improve productivity, processes, security and accurate asset tracking for closed-loop and supply chain systems. These solutions are implemented in industries such as consumer packaged goods, retail apparel, manufacturing, transportation, airports and cargo logistics, government and defense and more. Alien’s facilities include corporate headquarters in San Jose, CA; the Alien RFID Solutions Center in the Dayton, OH region; and sales offices in Brazil, China, Italy and Singapore. Alien is a member of EPCglobal, GS1 and RAIN.

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