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If I wanted to use an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad) to gather data from RFID chips on equipment in a motor pool, what would I need? Is it even possible today?

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You might like this video about an RFID reader for iOS: youtube.com/watch?v=-hLJOXAZulA –  Andrew Larsson Apr 16 '12 at 19:53
    
Thanks Andrew. I was hoping there was some sort of dongle/app combination (like Square for payments) that would RFID-enable devices. It sure would be nice to have NFC built in to the next generation of iOS devices. –  tlatkovich Apr 16 '12 at 20:14

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What type of RFID tags are you trying to read? For a motor pool, I would expect you are looking for UHF Gen 2 RFID or even active tags (like Bluetooth LE) as opposed to NFC where you would need to be standing right at the tag on the auto to read it.

We are developing a UHF Gen 2 RFID system for iOS/Android. The device, unfortunately, needs to be larger than a square since the 10' read range of UHF Gen 2 RFID requires a bigger antenna. Our dev site explains this.

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check out TSL UK - their 1128 docks iPads etc. http://www.tsl.uk.com/products/1128-bluetooth-handheld-uhf-rfid-reader/

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Yes there is a RFID dongle that is compatible for iOS devices. Power is about 1/4 watt.

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