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30 Jul 2013


pcmofo @ instructables.com writes:

I wanted to make an easy and secure way to enter my garage. RFID was the best way to unlock my door, even with my hands full I can unlock the door and push it open! I built a simple circuit with a basic ATMega 168 arduino chip and a ID-20 RFID reader to control an electronic door lock.

Arduino RFID Door Lock - [Link]

21 Jun 2013


by Publitek European Editors:

Near-Field Communication (NFC) is an evolution of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag technology that allows objects to respond to the tap of a mobile device. Although the tags are being used for making payments from a wireless bank card or a mobile phone, there are many more applications. NFC takes the identification and low cost capabilities of RFID and extends them with processing and authentication within the NFC tag. This transforms the already dynamic mobile user experience in a way that enables the “Internet of Things”. Tags in “smart posters” or location based check-in signs, games or media content on a friends’ tablet, and ticketing or payment terminal contactless readers can now interact with your mobile device in a secure yet simple way. NFC technology is even being used in secure access systems to replace locks and to provide information on the label of a wine bottle.

Getting Started With NFC - [Link]

18 Jun 2013


by Publitek European Editors:

In today’s wireless, connected world, ambient Radio Frequency (RF) energy is everywhere. Technically, this free-flowing energy can be captured, converted and stored for use in other applications. In fact, it is already in use in a number of ultra-low-power, battery-free applications, such as RFID tags, contactless smart cards, and wireless sensor networks. As a result of technological advances, harvested RF energy is just beginning to realize its wider potential, including charging batteries in smartphones and other portable devices. These enabling technologies include RF transceivers, power conversion circuits, and ultra-low-power microcontrollers, all of which are becoming ever more efficient.

Tune In, Charge Up: RF Energy Harvesting Shows its Potential - [Link]

8 Jun 2013


RFID reader / writer SL500F gladly communicates with any 13,56MHz RFID card. 

For a concrete application we usually need only one type of an RFID communication. For the sophisticated devices or for devices intended for configuration of various RFID cards, a reader handling all common protocols can be very convenient.
SL500F, a novelty in our offer, handles ISO ISO14443A, ISO14443B as well as ISO15693, what practically means a support of all common RFID systems working on the frequency of 13,56 MHz. Similarly like SL500A, which we introduced to you in our article – „Plug´n´play“ desktop RFID modules with a USB interface, also for the SL500F there´s a free-to-download software including a DLL library and examples. Detailed description can be found in the SL500 datasheet.

In case of interest, please contact us at info@soselectronic.com.

SL500F – a „full-featured“ RFID device – [Link]

21 May 2013


This is an 125 kHz RFID reader that is based on ATtiny13 micro-controller and an LM358 Operational Amplifier. No special RFID chip is used. The reading, decoding and printing the unique ID from 125 kHz RFID tags is made entirely in software by ATtiny13.

125 kHz RFID reader based on ATtiny13 - [Link]


21 May 2013


The RFID (Radio frequency identification) technology steps-up in the modern age in the field of access system, identification, protection system and so many places. In this project, we are using this as an door opening as well as door closing system based on the RFID card number identification. [via contact form]

RFID Based Door Opening System - [Link]

27 Nov 2012

RFID modules SL102 and SL500A are readily usable and provide many useful functions.

Similarly like in other segments of electronics, even at RFID you have a possibility to assemble a target device from components themselves, from modules, or to use a complete ready-made module, which is pluggable to a PC, often already with a SW included. SL102 and SL500A modules represent the „3-rd group“ from this point of view and provide a ready-to-use RFID solution.

SL102, 125 kHz RFID reader – USB keyboard emulator. That means, that after SL102 appears as a keyboard after connecting to a PC (PC automatically recognizes it). SL102 operates in the way, that after reading an RFID tag, it sends its ID in the same form as if we typed it via a keyboard (and finished it be pushing „Enter“), i.e. every ID is in a new line. It is only necessary to open any program in which it is possible to enter numbers via a keyboard (excel, notepad, word,…). This system is very convenient for example for tracking of goods in production, in stock (stock in, stock out) but also for admission systems and many other.

SL500A,Mifare 13,56 MHz reader/writer with the USB interface (virtual COM device). SL500A is able to read and write Mifare_1k, Mifare_4k, UltraLight and Mifare_ProX cards (ISO14443A, ISO1443B and ISO15693 protocols). SL500A is supplied with the software, including a DLL library and examples. SL500A can be used by a supplied SW, but you can also create your own application best suited to your needs.

Both RFID devices are available directly from our stock. A detailed description will provide you the SL102 and SL500A datasheets.

“Plug’n’play” desktop RFID modules with a USB interface - [Link]

20 Oct 2012

RFID system DESFire EV1 enables substantially more than only an identification. Access systems, public transportation, loyalty programs, those are only few examples of usage of this system.

Similarly like every system has its hierarchy, even in the RFID can be found simpler but also more sophisticated technologies. DESFire EV1 working at the 13,56 MHz frequency belongs to a top in an RFID, that´s why it can be found mainly in payment systems, public transportation and other areas, where fast read/write on the card, various applications on the card and mainly highly secure communication are beneficial. An advantage of the system is also its anti-collision design – important in the case, when several cards are in the range of a reader. Relatively big memory (2, 4 or 8 kB) enables to store a considerable amount of data in various files. DES/2K3DES and mainly 3K3DES and AES encrypting algorithms takes care for a secure communication.

New DESFire cards in our portfolio DESFIREEV14KISO and DESFIREEV18KISO are suitable for all Mifare/DESFire readers like for example SL040A. For a full usage of cards potential, it is necessary to use a device able to read but also to write, like for example SL032 and SL500A-USB. . Many useful information can be found at www.mifare.net

RFID DESFire EV1 – one card for more applications - [Link]

17 Oct 2012

The OpenBeacon project was founded in 2006 by the Berlin located company Bitmanufaktur GmbH as an open platform for active RFID applications operating in the license free 2.4GHz ISM band. OpenBeacon is based on Open Source software and a very flexible and reprogrammable lowcost Open Source RFmodule. The firmware sources and hardware schematics are available under GPL license. We encourage the development of new ideas for OpenBeacon setups and firmware improvements.

This wiki collects and maintains all user and developer documentation of the Open Source and Open Hardware Active 2.4 GHz RFID reader system and our Open Source and Open Hardware active RFID tags.

OpenBeacon Active RFID Project - [Link]

17 Aug 2012

Mifare and DESfire RFID modules from company Stronglink enable to use advanced RFID technologies while maintaining a very affordable price.

MIFARE ultralight, MIFARE 1k, MIFARE 4k and MIFARE DESfire are known technologies of RFID enabling to use various application, store various data and other functions. From this reason, they´re largely used in admission systems, loyalty programs, goods tracking and many other segments. From the security point of view, mainly the DESfire system with the DES/AES encryption excels. New 13,56 MHz Stronglink modules in our portfolio – SL025M, SL030, SL031, SL032, SL040 and SL040A enable to use these technologies and they are relatively easily applicable because of more reasons. Firstly, they are available in more versions with UART, I2C, RS232 as well as USB interface, they are certified (CE and RoHS) and the producer provides an above-standard development support.

Usage of modules is also simplified by their low power consumption and a relatively very low-profile construction with the height of only few mm. An important factor – the price, also says in favor of Stronglink modules, because they´re available for relatively very competitive prices. For the development support, there are also available source code examples for various microcontroller families. Further information will provide you the SL025M, SL030, SL031, SL032, SL040 and SL040A user manuals and AN100721, AN101203 and AN110221 application notes.

Stronglink modules will provide you a highly secure RFID - [Link]





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