Developer Conference 2007

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Developer Conference
2007
RFID Demo Software
James Peternel
Software Engineer Lead
Partnering to Develop Powerful Solutions
Driver and Software Downloads
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Download IDL drivers at:
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Visit http://www.intermec.com/idl
Download load sample source code and demo’s at:
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http://www.intermec.com/support/downloads/
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Search by RFID product
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Part 1: IF61 Edgeware
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IF61 Overview
Enterprise Reader
 Network reader
 Edge server
 4 antenna ports
 Supports embedded applications
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Java
 C# (Windows Mono)
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Overview
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Edgeware
General use information
 ALE Store and Forward
 IF61DataCollector
 IF61DataRetriever
 LLRP Demo
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IF61 Edgeware Applications Overview
Types of Edgeware applications
 IF61 network configuration
 Installing application on IF61
 Configuring System Log
 How to run application
 How to uninstall application
 How to update application
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Programming Interfaces
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Basic Reader Interface (BRI)
Intermec proprietary interface
 Available on all Intermec readers
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LLRP
EPC Global standard interface
 IF61 only
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ALE
EPC Global standard interface
 IF61 only
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Reader Performance
All programming interfaces should provide similar
reader performance
 You should get the same performance from any
middleware package or demo application
 Trick is getting the reader configuration correct
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Attribute settings
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Types of Edgeware
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Two classes of Edgeware on the IF61
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OEM Middleware which includes
IBM
 SAP
 Microsoft BizTalk
 No Intermec support for these
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Intermec Edgeware
ALE Store and Forward application
 Developer Tools
 User Applications and Demos
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Which Edgeware/Demo to use?
What does the customer want to do?
 Are you collecting tag data over several days or
weeks?
 Is this a pilot study or site analysis visit?
 Are you testing tags
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Range
 Performance
 Tag location on item
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Which Edgeware/Demo to use?
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Are you testing a portal setup?
Where should I mount the antennas?
 Can I read all the tags on a pallet?
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Which Edgeware/Demo to use?
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Are you testing various antennas?
Determining field pattern
 Range of antennas?
 Linear vs. Circular Polarized?
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Which Edgeware/Demo to use?
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Are you verifying the hardware works?
Are the antenna cables working?
 Do antennas work?
 Is the reader working?
 Did a reader port die?
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Which Edgeware/Demo to use?
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Customer software does not work properly
Is it the hardware or their software
 Use Intermec software to validate
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Software For Pilot Studies
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All about data collection
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Logging data to files
On fixed readers its usually fully automated so GUI
interface is not needed
 Usually prefer not to have a PC setup at the test point.
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Software For Pilot Studies
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IF61 Enterprise Reader
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OEM middleware
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SAP, IBM, BizTalk
ALE Store and Forward application
 IF61DataColletor application
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Software For Pilot Studies
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Fixed Readers
IV7, IF4, IF30, IF5, IF61
 JRFID Demo software
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Software For Pilot Studies
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Handhelds (IP4, IP30)
Customer’s own software
 IP30RFIDAPP (not intended to be used as production
software)
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Software For Testing/Verification/Validation
You need lots of visual feedback as you test
 GUI is critical
 Flexibility is critical
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Software For Testing/Verification/Validation
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Fixed Readers (IF61, IF5, IF4, IF30, IV7)
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Handheld Readers (IP30, IP4)
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JRFID application
IP30RFIDAPP application
Forklift (CV30, IV7)
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CV30RFIDAPP application
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IF61 Network Configuration
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Before going any further we need to review how to
configure the network settings on the IF61 so that we
can install and use Edgeware applications.
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IF61: Network Configuration Menu
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Select Common link
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IF61: Network Configuration->Common
Add Syslog Destination (IP address of PC)
 Leave blank and will route messages to local system
log.
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System Log Viewing
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Local System Log
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System Log Viewing
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Exporting System Log
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Will create a text file in notepad that you can save
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IF61: Network->Services
Make sure you have FTP and Telnet servers enabled
 I also recommend enabling all the other options
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And Now, Back to Edgeware…
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Where to find Edgeware on the IF61
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Installing Middleware
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Select Install Edgeware
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SAP, IBM, ALE, LLRP
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Edgeware Page: Middleware
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IBM, SAP, ALE, LLRP
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Installing User Applications
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Select Install User
Applications
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IF61DataCollector
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Edgeware Page: User Applications
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Install File Format For User Applications
Create .zip file with your .exe and any dll files.
 I provide the zip file for you.
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Install Configuration File
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userapp.conf file
AUTOSTART=false
 RUNAFTERINSTALL=false
 CMDLINE=./ConsoleApplication2.exe
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Installing User Applications
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Select .zip or .tar
file to upload
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Viewing and Starting User Applications
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Go to Edgeware Applications and select Application
Control link
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Edgeware Options
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Auto Start Feature
Will start Edgeware or user application whenever the IF61
is booted.
 To enable check the AutoStart box
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Edgeware Options
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Auto Start Warning
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Be careful with enabling this feature. If you power up the
reader with out antenna ports and it starts reading tags
you could damage the reader!
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Starting Edgeware
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Manual start of your application
Click ACTION green arrow
 Will change to a red square
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Verifying Edgeware is running
To refresh the screen click another menu option and
then return to the Application Control screen.
 If the red square has switched back to a green arrow
then the application is no longer running.
 You can view the system log to see if there are any
error messages.
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Verifying Edgeware is running
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Application START failures
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The web page does not always properly show if an
application is actually running. You can confirm its status
by looking at the system log.
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IF61: Edgeware Applications -> Application Control
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To update your application you must first Uninstall it
and then install the new zip file
Make sure application is STOPPED.
 Click X to uninstall
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IF61: Edgeware Applications-> Application Control
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Check the Redirect output from user applications to
the system log box
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Remote System Log Monitoring
Can monitor your application using an application such
as KLog.exe or TcpipWin32.exe, both are shareware.
 Use at your own risk.
 Make sure you kill your firewall. It may block this.
 You must direct the system log to your PC’s IP
address (show earlier).
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ALE Store and Forward
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ALE
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Application Level Events (ALE) interface EPC
Standard v 1.1:
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ALE Store and Forward Edgeware Application
Only runs on the IF61
 Should be included in latest release
 Can be downloaded from www.intermec.com
 The ALE driver needs to be install on IF61
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ALE Store and Forward
Use for Pilot Studies
 Each time tags are read the data is stored to a new
file.
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File can be stored in a folder on the IF61 (easy to do).
 Or send file to your PC
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Tricky to setup on the PC side
 PC must be connected to reader
 If network connection is lost, files will be sent when connection is
restored
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Why Use ALE Store and Forward?
Available on any IF61
 Easy to configure
 Can use motion sensors to start and stop reads
 Can be configured to use light stacks
 Converts tag data to EPC data formats
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SSCC-96
 GTIN
 Etc.
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Why Use ALE Store and Forward?
Runs directly on the IF61 so no PC has to be
dedicated to run the reader
 Controlled via the web interface on the IF61
 Uses web interface for attribute configuration
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ALE Store and Forward Disadvantages
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Each time tags are read they are stored to a NEW file.
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Makes compiling data a lot of work.
Cannot write to tags
 Can only read the EPC code
 Cannot read other memory banks
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ALE Store and Forward Installation
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To install Store and Forward, go to the Edgeware
menu and select Install Edgeware
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ALE Store and Forward Installation
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After the installations…
You must configure Store and Forward BEFORE
starting it!!!
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ALE Store and Forward Configuration
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IF61 Local File Storage Configuration
Not recommended
 Edgeware Applications -> Store and Forward -> Tag Data
Management
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ALE Store and Forward Configuration
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PC File Storage Configuration (default setting)
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Edgeware Applications -> Store and Forward -> Tag Data
Management
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ALE Store and Forward Configuration
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Setup Tag Reading
Edgeware Applications -> Store and Forward -> Reader
Management
 How to trigger read
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ALE Store and Forward Configuration
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Setup Tag Reading
Edgeware Applications -> Store and Forward -> Reader
Management
 When to write tags to file
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ALE Store and Forward Configuration
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Setup Tag Reading
Edgeware Applications -> Store and Forward -> Reader
Management
 Setup output GPIO signal say to a light or alarm
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ALE Store and Forward
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Running the SF application
Do NOT start the ALE engine! BAD BAD BAD!
 S & F will start the ALE engine for you.
 There are web browser refresh issues.
 You may have to start, stop, and restart application to get it to run
the first time properly.
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ALE Store and Forward
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Looking at the tag logs on the IF61
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ALE Store and Forward
If you are unable to open an explorer window check
the IF61 settings.
 Make sure you configure the username and password
in the Network Services settings.
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ALE Store and Forward
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Looking at the tag logs on the IF61
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ALE Store and Forward
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Looking at the tag logs on the PC
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ALE Store and Forward
Looking in the tag logs
 First tag is not a valid EPC encoding so its show in raw form
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ALE Store and Forward
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Second tag is a valid EPC encoding so it has been
decoded by the ALE Store and Forward
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IF61DataCollector Demo Application
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IF61DataCollector Demo
Created by me (C# based)
 Console application which runs on the IF61
 Source code can be made available
 Alternative to the ALE Store and Forward application
 Simpler interface, cannot be configured via the web
browser interface.
 Not a supported Intermec product!
 User manual available for this demo application
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IF61DataCollector Demo Features
Reads tags and stores them in a single text file,
comma delimited (taglog.txt).
 Cannot be configured to use motion sensors at this
time.
 Can store tags locally on the IF61 or on a USB stick
attached to the IF61.
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Will auto detect USB stick. If its found, it will save the
data to it. Otherwise it will save the data locally in the
developer drive on the IF61.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Features
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Customizable software
Contact me for specific requests
 Or I can give the source code to the customer and they
can modify it to meet their needs
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Can be used for pilot studies
 Not for testing since it lacks a GUI
 Currently being tested at JFK airport by IBM
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IF61DataCollector Demo Installation
Use the Edgeware->Install User Application menu
 You will install the zip file
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IF61DataCollector Demo Installation
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You can set the demo to auto start or for manual
starting
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IF61DataCollector Demo Configuration
Has two modes of operation
 All options are configurable via a settings.txt file.
 Mode One
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Stores all tag data in a single text file as the tags are being read
Mode Two
Creates a temporary file on the IF61 and stores the tag data in the
developer drive.
 After X number of tags have been read, the contents of the
temporary drive are transferred to a permanent file on a USB stick.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Configuration
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Installing a USB stick on the IF61
Insert USB Stick
 Web browse to IF61
 Go to the Maintenance menu
 Select USB option
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IF61DataCollector Demo Configuration
Only check the Enable External USB option.
 Press the Activate Changes button.
 Press the Sync File Systems button.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Configuration
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Any time you remove and then reinsert the USB stick
you should press the Sync File Systems button or
cycle power on the IF61.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Configuration
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Read Modes
You can select the read mode via the settings.txt file
 READ REPORT=EVENT (best mode to use)
 READ REPORT=NO (use if you need to see tag counts)
 READ REPORT=EVENTALL (not recommended)
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IF61DataCollector Demo
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Tag Data Stored In File
EPC ID
 Number of times tag was read (count)
 Antenna tag was read on
 Date/Time stamp
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IF61DataCollector Demo Data Retrieval
Data can be retrieved from the IF61 manually or using
an application called IF61DataRetriever.
 You should stop the application before copying file
manually.
 Web browse to the IF61 and go to the Edgeware
menu to stop the demo.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Data Retrieval
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To manually retrieve the data file open an explorer
view to the IF61 and copy the file.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Data Retrieval
Select the folder (USB?) and copy the file.
 Delete the original file after you have
SUCCESSFULLY copied it.
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IF61DataCollector Demo Data Retrieval
If you are unable to open an explorer window check
the IF61 settings.
 Make sure you configure the username and password
in the Network Services settings.
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IF61DataRetriever Demo
To use the IF61DataRetriever application, you must install it
on your laptop or PC.
 Application install comes with a user guide.
 Data returned:
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EPCID
 Number of times tag was read
 Antenna
 Date
 Time
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Data file on IF61 will be deleted once the file is transferred
successfully
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IF61DataRetriever Demo
Enter reader’s IP address
 Select options
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IF61DataRetriever Demo
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Extract Identifier Data
Define start address and length
 Hex nibbles
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IF61DataRetriever Demo
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Remove duplicates (EPC IDs)
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IF61DataRetriever Demo
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Backup Original Data
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Can change default file name or append to existing back
up file
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IF61DataRetriever Demo
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Logging Options
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Date, Time, Count, Antenna
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LLRP Interface
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Low Level Reader Protocol
EPC Global Standard
 XML interface
 Mostly used by middleware providers
 Requires software to convert xml file to binary format
which is then sent to reader.
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LLRP Demo
Rather simple for now.
 Not posted yet.
 Limited Feature set
 Will be adding RF Survey feature to it.
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LLRP Demo
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LLRP Demo RoSpec Settings
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LLRP Demo AISpec Settings
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LLRP Demo RoReportSpec Settings
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End Part 1
Comments or Questions
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Part 2: RFID Demos
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Downloading Developer Tool Kit
Select Application and
Software
 Select Development
Tools
 Select Developer
Resource Kits
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Downloading Developer Tool Kit
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Select RFID Resource Kit
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Downloading Fixed Reader Demos
Select RFID
 Select Fix Readers
 Select IF61
Enterprise Reader
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Downloading Fixed Reader Demos
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Look under Demo
Software
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Downloading Mobile Reader Demos
Select RFID
 Select HandHeld
Readers
 Select IP30
Handheld RFID
Reader
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Downloading Mobile Reader Demos
Demos for each OS
 Demos with NB in the
name is for handhelds
that do not have a bar
code scanner option
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RFID Demos
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Handheld Applications (mobile)
IP30RFIDAPP
 IP4RFIDAPP
 CV30RFIDApp
 Same code base, mostly same features
 CV30 has a few extra features
 PPC2003, WM5.0, WM6.0
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RFID Demos
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Keyboard Wedge
CV30 (WM)
 CV60 (XP)
 Contact me for application, not posted
 Can post to share point
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RFID Demos
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Fixed Readers
JRFID
 IF61DataCollector
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Console application mentioned earlier in this presentation
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Mobile Reader Demo Application: IP30RFIDAPP
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Allows user to:
Test reader connection
 Verify firmware/hardware versions
 Verify attributes
 Read, Write tags
 Scan bar codes
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Is THE demo application used on our handhelds!
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
Enable/Disable IDL debugger logs
 Open Reader Connection
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Reading Tags
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Reading Tags
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Resize columns, view individual tags
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Writing Tags: Scan bar code for data
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Writing Tags: Type in data
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Writing Tags: Use decoding for READ VERIFY
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Mobile Reader Demo Application : IP30RFIDAPP
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Writing Tags: Get data from user create text file
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JRFID Demo Application
Win32 PC based application
 Allows you to open multiple readers
 Run tests, verify hardware and software
 Extensive feature set
 Great GUI interface to provide easy configuration and
real time feedback for testing
 Script Mode which allows customized operations
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JRFID Main Menu
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JRFID Main Menu
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JRFID Main Menu
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JRFID Main Menu
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JRFID Quick Commands
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Select command from list
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JRFID Quick Commands
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Type in almost any command you want to test
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JRFID Quick Commands
Saves your custom commands for reuse
 Saves them in text file so you can delete them
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JRFID Demo Application
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Scripts have 3 sections
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Configuration commands
Set attributes
 Executed one time
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Main body
Reading tags
 Continuously executed (do loop)
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Closing configuration commands
Reset Triggers
 Executed one time
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JRFID Demo Application
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Section Headers
STARTCYCLE
 STOPCYCLE
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Logic
EVT…Command
 IF…THEN
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Sample Script File click here
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Available RFID Source Code Samples
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Win32, Win Mobile, Console (IF61) applications
C# Visual Studio 2005
 All use Intermec RFID libs (IDL)
 Handheld demo includes how to scan bar codes.
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Intermec Developer Library based (IDL)
C# and Java samples
 Not very good examples
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Comments or Questions
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Thank you.
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