Socket Mobile, Inc., provider of mobile productivity solutions, has announced that, commencing in June, its SoMo 655 handheld computer will be able to read and process information using Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. NFC is an RFID technology enabling the wireless transfer of information at short range with extremely simple setup. With the NFC capability, Socket's SoMo655 handheld computer can be used in:
- healthcare for RFID patient identification;
- hospitality applications for loyalty cards or event tickets;
- retail applications for taking high-end inventories marked with RFID tags and linear barcodes.
The SoMo 655 RFID Reader with NFC operates both as a reader and writer. The SoMo 655 will read NFC High Frequency 13.56MHz contactless smart tags including those that are ISO/IEC 14443A and B compliant including Mifare and Sony FeliCa. It will also read tags that are ISO 15693 compliant, EPC GEN 2 HF and ISO 18000-3 mode 3 compliant, and will read many other proprietary tags. The RFID NFC reader plugs into the SoMo 655 handheld computer and enables single handed operations. The model 6E2 RFID reader has a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $225.00. The model 6P2 is a combination RFID NFC reader and barcode scanner with a U.S. MSRP of $569.00. The RFID Readers will be in black and antimicrobial white to match the SoMo 655 and 655Rx, respectively.
The Readers will be available in June through Socket's worldwide distribution channels. SKU numbers for the Model 6E2 are RF5407-1548 (black) and RF5409-1572 (white). SKU numbers for the Model 6P2 are RF5408-1549 (black) and RF5410-1573 (white).
The SoMo 655 with NFC is also supported in Socket Mobile's SoMo developer Software Developers Kit (SDK), allowing developers to embed support for the SoMo 655 handheld computer with NFC into their applications. Developers can obtain an SDK at: http://developer.socketmobile.com/ SocketScan Keyboard Wedge and SocketCare support is also available.