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Northern Apex introduces slim handheld mini RFID reader

 Friday, January 22, 2016

indexNortheast Indiana company Northern Apex is empowering the RFID industry by introducing a cost effective slim handheld mini RFID reader. Up to this point RFID readers, have been big clumsy devices. Northern Apex’s RG-500 reader is small enough to fit in your pocket but powerful enough to connect to a backend system via Bluetooth and display important information on its onboard LCD display screen. The device makes it easier and cheaper for companies to use for field salesperson, item identification, and dynamic pricing, outside or in house inventory, check-in or checkout and much, much more.


The device is powered by an Impinj Indy RS500 Reader SIP (System in Package); along with Northern Apex proprietary electronics and programming magic, that makes this system the ultimate in portable RFID readers. Its onboard rechargeable battery provides convenience, just plug it in and in a few minutes, it’s ready to go. Weighing just 4 ounces, you will not even notice it in your pocket.


“Because businesses have so much data, and because often times they can’t access it quickly or when they need it; there is a gap. That’s where we come in; we help customers gather the right data at the right time with the right tools. The RG-500 is one of those tools. We have had customers approach us wanting a low upfront cost reader so they could equip each of their line workers with one. Competitor’s models were too expensive to purchase in large quantities and they were just too bulky. When a customer has the ability to instantly read a tag, when they need to, it puts them one, step closer to having instant insight. To us, instant insight means that management knows the condition of a process or an assembly line right now and they are empowered to make corrections before it becomes a major problem,” said Mike Gigli, Managing Director, Northern Apex.


About RG-500

The Northern Apex RG500 is a cost effective UHF RFID reader that fits in the palm of your hand. Unlike other “mini” readers, the easy to read RG500 LCD display shows you data without connecting to another device.
Once your item is read, the RG500’s built in Bluetooth connectivity can transfer data to a host device. If your application requires reconciling or pulling data from another source you can do that and display it right on the RG500— it’s simple, easy and reliable.


The RG500 can be used for item identification, inventory, dynamic pricing applications, check-in or check-out, andmuch more. It is at home on the retail floor or factor

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