Have a visual experience of how different RFID reader models perform in terms of sampling rate with our ‘RFID reader speed test’ series of videos.

One of the typical questions we get from users of battery-free sensor tags is: ‘Mikel, I’m interested in developing a solution with battery-free RFID sensors. What reader should I work with?’

We’ve previously discussed in other posts that you should look for readers with a high power output to make sure you get the most energy at the tag side and ensure the correct sensor power supply.

We’ve also talked about how API’s affect the way you program an RFID reader. You’ll have to analyze your application needs and check which readers offer you the possibility to develop the software that fulfills your needs.

RFID reader speed is different per model

RFID reader speed is different per model

However, for most of the applications, standard readers will work. Possibly many of them are suitable for your application and it’s just about which one to work with, including price of course but also key aspects such as support or lead times.

‘RFID reader speed test’ series of videos

We at Farsens understand it is not so easy for you to check out different readers in the market and test with all of them so we have started a series of videos to actually show what we have been able to do with them.

In this post I wanted to introduce you to the ‘RFID reader speed test’ series. We use different reader models and an accelerometer to check what sampling rate we get from different reader models. For that purpose, we used the free to download ‘AnyReader’ software. Have a look at them here:

Please note that we do not pretend to say the results you see in the videos are the best you can achieve with each reader model. It’s just the best we have been able to achieve putting a reasonable amount of resources for the software development.

Working closely with the reader manufacturer you can improve the results of these tests. We are sure the current limitation is not on the hardware of the RFID readers but in the APIs they share – or the firmware they implement. Manufacturers can modify it to optimize specific solutions so do not take the videos as a recommendation on the reader model to select but just as an objective explanation of what differences you can expect in your solution performance in terms of speed.

Also, remember that speed is not the only thing you need to check for when selecting the reader. We’ll try and keep creating new series of videos to help you understand how reader characteristics can affect your solution. If you are interested in any specific topic, let us know and we will try and work on it.