RFID, NFC and Bluetooth functionality in one proximity reader

Louise Smyth

The main feature of Elatec's TWN4 MultiTech 2 BLE RFID reader is that it supports nearly all current ISO and other RFID technologies in use worldwide from the frequencies 125kHz, 134.2kHz and 13.56MHz.

Some of the supported technology families are the well-known MIFARE, HID, LEGIC, NFC forum tags, HITAG, EM4xxx but also exotic tags like Calypso, Felica etc.

Furthermore it can be deployed in applications allowing or requiring identification with mobile phones.

Its ability to communicate through NFC as well as through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) makes it compatible with the most popular smart phone systems – namely Android, IOS and Windows Mobile.

Contactless set-up and maintenance

Since the TWN4 MultiTech 2 BLE is a very flexibly configurable device its settings can be altered depending on the specific requirements of a given project or application.

For example, it could be set up to read only the third sector of a MIFARE Classic or to decode the printed number from an HID Prox card.

This type of configuration can be saved to a TWN4 Configuration Card, which can be later used to apply the same configuration on another Elatec RFID reader by momentarily setting the configuration card on the reader.

Because the TWN4 Configuration Cards are contactless as well, there is no need to unmount the reader from the machine it is integrated in, neither is it necessary to deal with its soft or hardware. This saves tremendous amounts of time especially in large projects.

In order to guarantee the security of the application a command preventing further wireless modification of the reader’s setup can be submitted as well.

Furthermore, only the company or person who initially defined a custom reader setup for a specific project, can later refer to it.

Application areas

The TWN4 MultiTech 2 BLE is designed as a plug-and-play all-in-one proximity reader and is available as a PCB or with housing. It can be integrated in various industrial and office applications without any extra steps. This is possible due to its wide technological support and worldwide technical approvals.

Some of the application areas for this reader are time attendance, managed print services, access control, single sign-on, industrial computers, fitness equipment, etc.