Finnish vendor launches versatile RFID device

Finland’s Nordic ID has launched a versatile, radio-based handheld computer designed for users in the retail and logistics sectors who prefer to collect and forward data wirelessly.

The PL3000 mobile data terminal can collect data from both one-dimensional and two-dimensional bar codes, as well as RFID (radio frequency identification) smart tags, Nordic ID said Tuesday.

The robust terminal can connect wirelessly to back-office computer systems via a handful of technologies, including WLAN (wireless LAN) 802.11a and 802.11g systems, GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) and Bluetooth.

Designed for easy use, the PL3000 has a 3.5-inch VGA (video graphics array) color transflective TFT (thin film transistor) touch-panel display and a backlit keyboard with 29 keys. It weighs 500 grams, is equipped with a 200 MHz processor designed by ARM Ltd. and runs Microsoft Corp.’s Windows CE operating system.

Memory can be adjusted to up to 4G bytes with SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) and Flash chips, and the device has a slot for SD/MMCs (Secure Digital/MultiMedia Cards). The PL3000 terminal costs between

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