Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

RFRain smart reader helps manage inventory

Steve Rogerson
June 18, 2019



Florida-based Rain RFID hardware and software manufacturer RFRain has launched a plug-and-play smart reader for use in asset and inventory management, transportation, and smart cabinets.
 
The RFR-Rain-4-Smart combines an RFID reader with an integrated gateway that is ready for use out of the box in applications such as overhead installation to track assets in and out of specific areas of a warehouse, installed on forklifts and in transportation systems, smart cabinets, conveyor belts, checkout systems in smart stores, and more.
 
It does not require additional hardware or software for a user to start monitoring assets in real time using the Zone Manager software that comes pre-installed. The reader is Rain Communication Interface (RCI) compliant, and integrates with existing enterprise software.
 
With the Zone Manager software supporting a browser-based UI, the reader is accessible and easy to use for anyone with or without RFID experience. After connecting the smart reader to a power source, the user can immediately start reading tags and managing assets.
 
"The introduction of the RFRain smart reader is a significant step towards simplifying Rain RFID technology, which is essential for increasing automation and efficiency in market applications," said Danny Akaoui, CEO and founder of RFRain. “Starting at only $899, there is finally a reader that can help businesses implement RFID in an easy and cost-effective way. Our goal is to drastically simplify the installation and deployment of RFID systems in any industry by providing feature-rich readers and gateways that are easy to install, integrate, and priced right."
 
The device can read assets up to 24m as well as fast-tracking to read assets up to 160km/h. Additionally, it provides order accuracy manager software that allows user created customised alerts triggering an email or text notifications when an asset is missing, support for GPS and cellular capabilities, an alarm relay, and support for a camera to work with the RFID system. Data on the reader can be stored on-premise or in the RFRain cloud and can be accessed from anywhere using a browser.
 
Based in Sarasota, Florida, RFRain integrates software with a combined hardware and software platform to monitor and track assets in real time. The firm launched its first commercial product in 2018 based on research and development since 2011.