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Sensor hardware kit rolls for RFID, security apps

Posted: 08 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hardware developer kit? RFID? wireless sensor?

STMicroelectronics has released the a comprehensive hardware developer kit (HDK) for building active RFID tags and readers that comply with the global standard for 433MHz active RFID technology, ISO 18000-7. The beta version of the Smart Web Based Sensor HDK is available now from Arira Design.

The Smart Web Based Sensor HDK solves key technical challenges for companies seeking to develop wireless sensor networks for security and asset monitoring applications. Developers can now blend standards-compliant active RFID with other wireless-networking and GPS capabilities and enhanced sensing features, exploiting built-in MEMS motion sensors and temperature and light sensors. The Smart Web Based Sensor HDK also enables longer battery life and smaller device sizes.

"We strongly believe that the next big wave in sensors will be driven by the combination of the sensing function with wireless transmissionand ISO 18000-7 is the right solution for security and asset monitoring applications," said Benedetto Vigna, group VP and general manager of the MEMS and healthcare product division at ST. "The Smart Web Based Sensor HDK is a best-in-class development platform that will help the adoption of wireless sensors across the industry. The HDK's rich ecosystem of sensors, combined with Savi's active RFID technology, will enable users to meet demanding technical and functional requirements."

"By making this Smart Web Based Sensor HDK available, STMicroelectronics has cleared a large hurdle for companies seeking to innovate with active RFID," said David Shannon, senior VP of Savi Technology, a provider of active RFID products based on ISO 18000-7 standards. "The HDK enables innovators to quickly and inexpensively develop new products based on the global standard for active RFID and will help expand the market for active RFID."

The Smart Web Based Sensor HDK consists of sample boards and a Windows application that allows developers to rapidly customize the sensor and wireless capabilities for new active RFID products. It provides users with the ability to integrate their own hardware and firmware into ISO 18000-7 based RFID products for industrial, medical, and transportation applications, including the addition of new RFID commands or data fields.

Developed by engineers from ST's Multi-Market Competence Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, in conjunction with Arira Design, based in Sunnyvale, California, the STM32 microcontroller-based platform is being released in beta and is available from Arira Design via the web at

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