Nokia launches mobile RFID kit

Responding to the growth of RFID (radio frequency identification) tagging, Nokia launched a mobile RFID kit this week that allows mobile workforces to access data by touching tagged items with a mobile phone.

The Nokia RFID Kit combines RFID reader technology with Nokia's 5140 GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) 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, Nokia said.

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

The kit was unveiled at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany, where the Finnish company also announced a new forum in conjunction with Sony and Koninklijke Philips Electronics to promote an RFID-based technology called Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is 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. Aimed at mobile workforces such as security guards and warehouse employees, the new product allows users to touch a tagged object with their phone to launch a application or function, Nokia said.

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