NativeScript and the Invengo XC-1003 – Part I

The Invengo XC-1003 is an Android Smartphone (KitKat) with an UHF RFID reader/writer.   Ours just showed up yesterday from AtlasRFID.  Invengo positions it as a Mobile IoT device, advertising it as working on “the RAIN RFID Frequency 865-868MHz (ETSI) – 902-928MHz (FCC)”.

RAIN is a global alliance (part of AIM) recently created to encourage the adoption of UHF RFID (CS1 – 18000-63) across multiple vendors, with an emphasis on interacting with Cloud-based services and data.  The board includes companies with deep expertise in RFID technologies like NXP, Smartrac, Embisphere, Impinj and Acceptto.  There are currently 124 members in the directory, including names like Amazon and Google.

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We got the device to use it for hand-held applications that interact (read/writer) with RFID tags.  A typical use would be to support the registration and on-the-spot support for an event like our recent MeetUp or the ProgressNEXT event.  The Intengo XC-1003 comes with an SDK and some (Java) sample apps.  Initially we will use the apps as they come but our goal is to write a NativeScript plugin (see tutorial) so you can write your RFID applications using just JavaScript and CSS.

I believe RFID (wikipedia) is poised for significant adoption increase.  The technology has been around for quite a bit (history) and initial attempts at adoption suffered from technology shortcomings as well as high costs for tags and readers.  The new technology is much more reliable, flexible and cheaper.  Examples include FasTrak,  Transponder timing in Sports Events, Inventory (Zara is a big proponent, so is Walmart) and possibly my favorite: RFID tags at the bottom of paper cups to control soda refills at Walt Disney World (video).

Stay tuned for more details in this experiment.

Addendumhere is a short video with the RFID plugin and a SQLite plugin.

Addendum 2 – A more capable solution,  using also the GeoLocation plugin and the Google Maps plugin, is now available.

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