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Nokia launches mobile RFID kit

Nokia has launched a mobile RFID kit at CeBIT that allows mobile workforces to access data by touching tagged items with a mobile phone.

It combines RFID reader technology with Nokia's 5140 GSM phone, and will be available in the middle of this year. The phone accesses the RFID tag data when an RFID reader emits a short-range radio signal that powers a microchip on the tag, allowing the ID information and other stored data to be read.

The RFID Kit comprises of two Xpress-on RFID Reader Shells compatible with the Nokia 5140 phone, application software and 10 RFID tags. No pricing information was available.

Nokia also announced a new forum in conjunction with Sony and Philips to promote an RFID-based technology called Near Field Communication (NFC), a touch-based technology which enables data transfers and other interactions between mobile devices, PCs and smart-tagged objects.

The RFID kit fits with the vision Nokia, Sony and Philips laid out for NFC-enabled products. The product is aimed at mobile workforces such as security guards and warehouse employees, and allows users to touch a tagged object with their phone to launch a application or function.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service


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