Dec 29, 2017 / Written by Woody Myers
ALR-F3700 Hydra

Interconnected Reader/Antenna Combination with Self-Healing Power and Data Networking

Hydra is a totally novel UHF Passive RFID Reader solution designed to lower RFID implementation and running costs while enabling the realization of exhaustive read zones. Hydra readers combine a full-power 30dBm UHF reader, 8dBic antenna and a patent pending “Hydra” power and data router technology.

Standard features include:

  • 30dBm EPC Gen 2 Class 1 UHF Passive RFID Reader
  • 8dBic Slimline Antenna
  • Built-in Mulitple-PoE Switch to Network Readers Together
  • “Hydra” Power and Data Routing
  • Low-Cost Reader Installation and Management
  • Works seamlessly with the ALR-F800-X with Emissary

Lowers Implementation and Running Costs

Enabled By –

  • Low-cost read point with integrated antenna
  • Simply connect PoE for data and power
  • Just connect each reader to it’s nearest neighbor minimizing long cable runs.

Benefit –

  • Less up-font cost for capital equipment
  • Smaller cable runs (less cable to purchase)
  • Less cable means less installation costs

Extensible Solution – Grows or Shrinks with your RFID Needs

Enabled By –

  • Each reader inputs and outputs both power and data via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to the next reader.
  • Low cost per read point
  • Each reader contains an antenna
  • A poor read zone is addresses by adding another low cost read point and connecting it to its nearest neighbor for both power and data.

Benefit –

  • Allows all desired tags to be irradiated and made visible to at least one read point.
  • Bad read zones can be fixed by “daisy- chaining” another low-cost read point without breaking the Return-on-Investment (ROI) model
  • No long cable runs for added read points

Massively Simplifies Network Connectivity

Enabled By –

  • PoE (power and data) in and out
  • ALR-3720 supports two PoE ports for daisy chaining
  • ALR-3733di supports 3 PoE ports for adding more complex topologies for data/power robustness

Benefit –

  • Simple, low cost installation
  • Lowers infrastructure and cable costs
  • Less to maintain

Designed to Work Seamlessly with the ALR-F800-X with Emissary

Enabled By –

  • Like all Alien readers, Hydra’s send a self- discovery heart-beat over the network
  • F800-X with Emissary manages a subnet of Hydra readers directly
  • License free Emissary manages the network and describes the work-flow of any alien reader combination

Benefit –

  • No need for a server to control a reader network
  • ALR-F800-X manages the Hydra network configuration and work flows…no programming required.

Robustness

Enabled By –

  • Self healing network re-configuration on a cable failure
  • ALR-3733di enables more complex network topologies

Benefit –

  • Solution can be configured to tolerate certain network failures and automatically reconfigure both power and data (no human intervention required)

For more information about RFID technology, call a specialist at 1-800-446-1991.