AssetWorx software, from InfinID Technologies supports both UHF Passive and Active RFID tracking projects using a combination of Mobile and Fixed UHF RFID readers, and/or Active Mesh-building WiFi Tag readers.

The V-Tag + AssetWorx system is constructed around the understanding that excessive infrastructure costs have long been the major impediment to implementing RFID tracking systems. Also, the vast majority of RFID tracking systems are built around a single RFID tag and reader technology - UHF passive (Mobile or Fixed Readers), Active WiFi, Active BlueTooth, GPS. AssetWorx software supports all of these reader and tag systems, allowing users to select a combination of tag and reader types which best suit their facility and product needs.

The key feature of the V-Tag Active Tracking System is what it is NOT. This system does not require expensive ethernet or electical power cabling. A single WiFi 'Gateway' can receive location information from a family of 'auto-mesh-building' fixed tags, which in turn receive/transmit asset information from a collection of 'Asset Tags' in the vicinity of each 'Fixed Tag'. The V-Tag system now supports Active tags which communicate over WiFi, BLE, or GPS

AssetWorx software can be either locally installed, or used via a Cloud-based service. Unlike competing tracking software, AssetWorx can simultaneously manage RFID tracking information from multiple tag and reader technology types. For passive UHF tags, there are no dependencies on any one reader type. AssetWorx support multiple UHF Fixed readers and can support LLRP communication from any manufacturer's reader model.


RFID Primer

  • An ATA Integrated Nameplate contains:
    • Printed text for product identification
    • Printed barcode(s), logo(s)
    • Interior RFID chip circuit for storing data. UHF (UltraHigh Frequency) provides longer read range than HF(employee badge) or LF(pet tag).
  • Attaching label/tag to metal surface mount requires RF isolation layer (thicker tag media, ~1-1.5mm). This is typically a soft foam which can make printing difficult at the outer edges.
  • If exposed to high temperature or chemicals, tag materials of hard ceramic or plastic are available (no printed " Integrated Nameplate" option)

  • Honeywell (Datamax) H4606 Thermal RFID Printer: The H4606 is capable of printing the thick Brady metal-mount "ALLOY" tags, as well as the thin Brady "AIR" labels.
  • Zebra RFID Printers: Zebra RFID printers can be used, but only for the thin Brady "AIR" labels.
  • RFID Handheld Readers
    • TSL 1128 BlueTooth/USB: Use with the Brady "Tag Assistant" Win10 desktop software to validate tag data. Uses common VCOM PC driver files from FTDI.
    • Alien ALR-H460 Android Terminal: For MRO tag read/update procedures. Use with Brady "Tag Commander" Android App to read existing tags and update data with new maintenance records.

All UHF Gen2 Passive RFID labels and tags conform to "EPC Global Specification" chip design requirements. All UHF passive printer and reader hardware MUST support UHF Gen2 frequency and data rules. GS1_EPC_TDS_i1_13.pdf

  • EPC Memory Bank: This is the storage location that contains the programmed tag asset ID that is broadcast during an RFID Inventory read from a fixed panel or handheld reader.
  • TID (Tag ID) Memory Bank: Generally permanently programmed during chip production. It contains globally unique serialized information that identifies the chip manufacturer and model name.
  • Reserved (Password Bank): Contains 2 16-bit passcodes (access & kill), each which must be set to zero and permanently secured from changes per ATA Spec2000 data rules.
  • User Memory Bank: Free-form memory space for industry customization. ATA tags have a very large and complex data structure which define the biggest challenge in tag production.

  • Bartender Label Design Software: Used to print/encode tags via Datamax (and Zebra) printers. The ATA templates are now designed with the latest Bartender 2019 version, but are compatible with the earlier v2016 upon request. Bartender has the world's largest installed base for label design software, and is capable of advanced data automation and connection to nearly any database system.
  • Seagull Scientific Printer Drivers for Win10: From the makers of Bartender software, these drivers are REQUIRED instead of proprietary drivers from Zebra (Honeywell/Datamax drivers come from Seagull). Zebra printer drivers and ZDesigner software are not compatible with the advanced programming requirements of the ATA Spec2000 data standard.
  • Brady ATA "Tag Assistant": This Win10 Desktop Software, used ONLY with the TSL 1128 reader, provides data validation of encoded ATA tags. Commonly used with the Brady ATA Print/Encode print process, it can also be used to validate tags from other vendors.
  • Brady ATA "Tag Commander": This Android app, used ONLY with the mobile Alien ALR-H460 reader, gives maintenance and repair organizations (MROs) the ability to read and update existing ATA tag data.

The Hardware Elements

of this system include a thermal RFID printer and an RFID reader with integrated barcode scanner. Multiple options exist, depending on the RFID material to be used, and the requirements for mobility in the RFID reader chosen.
Honeywell Home Honeywell H-Class Product Page

Click on Company logo for link to their homepage, or the Product Logo for link to their downloads page.

The Honeywell (formerly Datamax) H4606 is an RFID-capable thermal printer. Brady Corporation provides customized firmware and printhead design changes to allow this printer to support Brady's thick-tag Alloy RFID tag material. The H4606 offers 609 dpi print resolution, allowing unmatched fine detailed print quality.

Specs & Documents
Honeywell/Datamax H4606
Print Width, Resolution 4.65 inch, (610 dpi)
Power Requirement Auto-sensing 90-132 or 180-264VAC @ 47-63Hz;
Size 13.0 x 12.6 x 18.9 inch (HxWxD); Weight: 8.2 kg (40 lbs)
Documentation
DataSheet
QuickStart
UserManual
RfidOption
Network
TTROption
Programming
Manual
PartsManual
Regulatory
Certifications
Firmware
H4606
ThingMagicM5e
Win10 Printer Driver
Seagull
Honeywell Driver
Installation

Training Videos - Datamax H4606 Printer
Training Videos - Driver & Firmware Install
Zebra Home Zebra ZT410R Product Page

Click on Company logo for link to their homepage, or the Product Logo for link to their downloads page.

ID Integration does NOT recommend use of Zebra-supplied printer drivers. Although Zebra does provide a WinOS printer driver, our experience is that drivers provided by Seagull Scientific (bundled with Bartender Software) are superior to most original printer manufacturer's drivers - and offer higher stability, functionality, and flexibility when used by WinOS applications.

The Zebra ZT410R is an RFID-capable thermal printer. It is available in 3 printer resolutions (203, 305, and 609 dpi) with the standard ZT410 model. For thicker metal mount RFID tags applications, Zebra offers a special Silverline Edition of the ZT410R. However, it's print resolution is limited to 203dpi. It is this printer version that is used on the VA cart.

Specs & Documents
Zebra ZT410R Zebra ZD500R
Print Width, Resolution 4.1 inch, (203, 305, 610 dpi)4.1 inch, (305 dpi)
Power Requirement 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz, PFC; Consumption: 100W typical 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz, PFC; Consumption: 100W typical
Size 12.75 x 10.6 x 19.5 inch (HxWxD); Weight: 36 lbm 12.75 x 10.6 x 19.5 inch (HxWxD); Weight: 8 lbm
Documentation
Printer Specs
RFID Specs
Zebra RFID Products
Silverline
User Guide
User Guide
Network
User Guide
BlueTooth
User Guide
Troubleshooting
RFID tag list
Printer Specs
RFID Specs
Zebra RFID Products
Silverline
User Guide
User Guide
Network
User Guide
BlueTooth
User Guide
Troubleshooting
RFID tag list
Firmware
ZT4x0R
LinkOS6.2
ZT410 Silverline
ZD500R
LinkOS6.2
Win10 Printer Driver
Seagull
Zebra Driver
Installation

Training Videos - ZT410/420 Printers
Training Videos - ZD500R Printer
TSL Home TSL 1128 Product Page

Click on Company logo for link to their homepage, or the Product Logo for link to their downloads page.

The TSL 1128 handheld reader comes with an optional barcode scanner (recommended) which allows data collection device for both barcodes and UHF tags with a simple 1 or 2-click trigger pull. The reader can be operated either in USB cabled mode (to Win10 PC with installed VCOM driver), or in cordless BlueTooth mode. This reader is used with Brady's Tag Assistant Desktop software. But TSL offers utilities for use with any windows application software.

Specs & Documents
Technology Solutions Ltd.
RFID Reader TypeUHF EPC Class 1 Gen 2; Model support for EU, US, and other Frequency Ranges
RFID Power30 dB Max
RFID AntennaCircular
Power Requirement 4.2 volt Lithium Polymer 2400 mAh battery pack: Removable, Rechargeable, 8.9 watt hrs
Size & Weight 16.0 cm x 7.7 cm x 16.9 cm ; Weight: 13.5 oz
Documentation
DataSheet
QuickStart
UserGuide
Troubleshooting
USB & Battery_Life
Data_Storage
FTDI Virtual COM Drivers for WindowsOS
Win10_Driver
Installation
BlueTooth Connections to Windows
WinOS_BTooth
BTooth_Modes
Firmware
TSL1128_F/W
F/W_Loader
Installation
WinOS Support Programs
ASCII_Protocol
ASCII_Protocol_Guide
Smart_Wedge
SmartWedge_Guide

TSL 1128 Overview
Alien Home Alien ALR-H460 Product Page

Click on Company logo for link to their homepage, or the Product Logo for link to their downloads page.

The Alien ALR-H460 handheld reader comes with an integrated barcode scanner, Android OS, and large touchscreen display. When purchased from ID Integration, the ALR-H460 comes with the Brady Tag Commander app pre-installed. Tag Commander allows maintenance and repair organizations to read and update ATA RFID tags with new maintenance records and part status codes.

Specs & Documents
Alien Technology
RFID Reader Type UHF EPC Class 1 Gen 2; Model support for EU, US, and other Frequency Ranges
RFID Power/Antenna 30 dB Max / Circular
CPU / Memory / Storage / Expansion Cortex-A53 1.45GHz quad-core / 2GB RAM / 16GB Flash / 128 GB SDcard
Android OS Version / Display Type Android 6.0 / 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 display (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Power Requirement 8,000 mAh Li-Po integrated rechargeable battery
Size & Weight 7" (L) x 3.4" (W) x 5.7" (H) ; Weight: 18.5 oz
Environment Rating IP64, Dust & Water resistant
Documentation
DataSheet
UserGuide
Developer_Guide
Legacy WinMobile Handheld Readers

Although no longer supported by either Motorola (Zebra) or NordicID, we provide the following legacy support links to the following WinMobile RFID terminals that Brady previously supported with WinMobile applications of MRO use.

MC9190 Documentation Link

NordicID Documentation Link

The Software Elements

of this system include WinOS Printer Drivers, Bartender Label Design Software, Brady's ATA Compliance Manager Desktop software, and Brady's ATA Software for the Alien Android RFID reader. We list these in the general order in which they will be used.

Win10 printer drivers from Seagull Scientific are REQUIRED for full functionality of the ATA template library. DO NOT use drivers from other vendors (even the printer manufacturer) since these will not support the advanced RFID write and locking requirements of the ATA specification. Download links, driver configuration import files, and installation instructions are available in the links provided below:

Driver & Instruction Links
Seagull Driver
Seagull Driver
Installation Instruction Video
Driver Settings
Import File

The Bartender Software Suite is a group of Win10 applications which allow users to design label artwork, connect to databases and user prompts, and then print to any print system with a Win10 printer driver. Download links and reference materials are provided here to help get users started with the installation and licensing of the Bartender Suite onto their company network.

Bartender Requirements -
  • Bartender Edition: Either Enterprise or Automation editions may be used. Please refer to the Features Comparison Chart to determine which Edition best suits your company‘s needs.
  • Bartender Version: v2019R6 is the most recent as of March 20, 2020. However, the Brady Template Library is compatible with existing installations of v2016. Download the FREE version of Bartender 2019R6 to evaluate the software. Once you have purchased either the Enterprise or Automation Editions, you will receive an Activation Code that you can use to upgrade from the free version.
  • Installation Instruction Video:

Brady‘s ATA Template Library is a collection of ready-made Bartender template with printed artwork and RFID chip encoding per the ATA Spec 2000 Standard. These basic designs meet Boeing and Airbus RFID tag content standards. Production personnel typically initiate a tag print/encode operation from the Bartender Suite utility called "Print Station", or it's web-server based cousin, "Print Portal". These utilities autogenerate thumbnail images of any Bartender template file within a specified root network folder. Templates can be organized by department, product, or any other user-defined folder organizational structure. Production users simply click on a tag image to begin the print process with prompted information concerning the printer to use, and any optional data element definitions. View a sample print operation in the video below, or visit the operations tab to see more information as to how these files are used.

Because the template library is editable, users can quickly customize tag designs with printed artwork and data content using the library's "Core Templates" The library also includes pre-built size layouts for all of the Brady tag products, allowing users to quickly replicate designs to other sizes. Each core template contains a predefined ATA variables list, which designers can use to link to external database tables and/or prebuilt template data entry prompt forms.

Brady's ATA Tag Assistant is a Win10 software application to validate that RFID tags conform to the ATA Spec2000 data structure and security rules. It is licensed per PC installation, using the TSL model 1128 RFID reader as the data input device. The program includes a configurable XML file to allow fort he support of all current and future high-memory RFID Gen2 UHF tags.

ATA Tag Assistant stores test results as appended records within a single text log file.

Brady ATA Tag Assistant
Installation File
(Win10 OS)
TagAssistant
v1.0.12
UserGuide

Configuration
File

Brady currently provides their Mobile ATA software on the Alien ALR-H460 Android terminal. This software allows a user to read any properly formatted ATA RFID tag, and perform the following functions:

  • ADD part history records to multi-record, high memory tags.
  • UPDATE Life Cyle records to dual-record, low memory tags.
  • CLONE ATA tag information to new ATA tag media (printing not supported)

Refer to the User's Manual for detailed process steps.

Brady ATA Tag Commander
Android App
(Alien ALR-H450/460 only)
Tag
Commander
UserGuide
.apk file
Re/Install
Instructions

Brady RFID Materials

The table below provides Ordering P/N and descriptions for Consumable RFID tags and thermal ribbon. Brady's Air tags can be used in either Datamax or Zebra printer model families. Brady's thicker, metal surface mountable Alloy tags can only be used in the Datamax H4606 printer. Contact Brady Strategic Account Sales directly for an updated quotation on any of these items.

{{col}}
{{row[col]}}

System Setup & Operation:

The Brady system is comprised of numerous diverse hardware, software, and consumable elements. In contrast to the previous sections for hardware, software, and materials; we have organized this section by process function. No one process area can successfully be implemented without the other functional steps. We hope that this approach will allow the broader support team to more quickly find answers related to their own individual responsibilities.

Admittedly, IT Support is a very broad category. Yet, here we focus on the software & driver installation tasks, network IP address reservation for the RFID printers, along with installation & configuration of the Bartender software suite.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printers onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer. Please be prepared to reserve static IP addresses for a list of printer Mac Addresses to be supplied either by IDI during on-site installation, or by the local Production support team who will setup the printers.

If Bartender Enterprise Edition is being installed onto a company web server, you will also be installing printer drivers on this same server machine. Doing so will eliminate the need to install printer drivers on the local PCs near the printers. Please click on the appropriate driver download link in the Software/PrinterDrivers section of this website. This download file is a compressed collection of all printer model drivers for the printer company's product family. Review the installation video link, and install drivers either for the Datamax H4606 - 600dpi printer, or any of the supported Zebra RFID printer models.

Also in the Software/PrinterDrivers section, are driver configuration files that can be downloaded and imported into the Seagull Printer Driver to auto configure default settings. Please download the appropriate file and review the linked video to understand the process.

In the Software/BartenderSuite section, there are download links and an excellent installation video from Seagull. If you are installing Bartender Enterprise Edition, you will want to install Bartender + Print Portal (but NOT the Licensing Service) onto the Web Server. The Licensing Service should be installed on a different 24/7 server machine which is accessible by all other network PCs. Without the Licensing Service running, Bartender Suite modules will still operate - but printing will be blocked after a short alert period. Once Bartender Print Portal is installed, you should communicate the URL to the Production Support staff, and assure that this link is accessible by all network customers.

If your company is using the Bartender Automation Edition, all suite components (Except the Licensing Service) will be installed on local PCs. However, the Licensing Service and Admin Console utility will again need to be installed on a dedicated 24/7 server machine which is accessible by all other network PCs.

The use of Print Portal is relatively simple from a management role perspective. It is a simple file/folder repository of user-defined structure. The primary IT support functions are listed below, but please review the detailed Print Portal Overview Video from Seagull by clicking on the image to the right.

  • Define root folder location for template files/subfolders.
    • Support loading of new template files to secured folder location if needed.
  • Set user access defaults.
  • Set user GUI file/folder navigation options.
  • Define SSL and user security levels.

In this section, we define "Production Support" as hardware setup and maintenance tasks for printers and readers. Also, we include references for local PC driver, and software installation.

The Production support group should locate the Ethernet MAC address information for the printer and exchange this for an assigned static IP address from the IT Network support group. Datamax and Zebra printers are generally factory configured to initially support DHCP. Connect the printer via ethernet cable to the local network, power on the printer, and most network environments will auto assign an initial IP address. To see what this assigned IP address is, press and hold the [UP] button on the front panel. After approximately 3 seconds, the display will provide a list of system information. Scroll down to identify the current IP address and Mac Address for the printer network port. Thereafter, you should be able to open a PC browser and enter this IP address into the URL address bar to see the printer's homepage.

From this printer homepage, one can alter settings using the default admin password of "sysadm" . Although it may be more confusing, it's also possible to use the printer's LCD display and keypad to make the same changes. If one uses the printer's LCD display menu, the default admin password is 0000 . The image here shows how to switch the printer from the factory default DHCP network mode to assigning the static IP address provided by the local IT network staff for this printer's MAC address.

Please refer to the Videos link for demonstrations on how to load ribbon and RFID label/tags. Brady's AIR tags are separated by large, full-width gaps. Brady's ALLOY tags are separated by small, short oval notches toward the left side of the media. The notch location is in the tag spacer - not the RFID tag itself. In either case, the printer will be configured for "Transmissive, Gap/Notch" media sensor use.

Please refer to the Videos section of this site to review Datamax printer videos for loading ribbon & media, and setting media edge guide, media sensor position, and printhead pressure adjustments. These are the most common printer setup procedures and also the most common reasons for misprinted tags.

In addition to the mechanical printer adjustments listed above, there are numerous printer software settings that determine the proper print darkness, speed, encoding position and RF power used. There are also subtle differences in these settings between the various tag types and physical sizes. These setting adjustments can be made from the printer front panel, or its browser homepage, or even by including the settings with a print job. Which method to use is largely personal choice. However, it is important to note that printer settings included with the Bartender print job will override any default settings stored either in the Seagull printer driver, or in the printer's memory.

The Software link on this webpage banner has a tab for Printer Driver download, and a link to an instructional video regarding installation. The Producation Support staff should install the appropriate printer driver(s) on each PC from where local Bartender printing may originate.

The Hardware link on this webpage contains all TSL hardware documentation, drivers, and utilities. BEFORE connecting the TSL reader to a PC for the first time, one must load the FTDI Virtual COM Drivers for WindowsOS. There are detailed instructions on the TSL hardware link, however, the driver install file is provided here as a link

Brady Tag Assistant is PC software, used with the TSL 1128 RFID reader, to validate RFID tag information conforms to the ATA Spec2000 data standard. The Software link on this webpage banner has a tab for Brady Tag Assistant download, and a guide regarding installation and use. This software is licensed per single PC installation. License codes are provided by IDI as document attachements to our invoice. The user will be prompted for this license code during initial program use.

Brady Tag Commander is an Android RFID reader application this is normally pre-installed by IDI on the Alien ALR-H460 before shipment to the end user. The Software link on this webpage has a tab for Brady Tag Commander with links to program installation and user guides. Delivery of the actual .apk file and license code(s) are provided via download link as document attachments to our invoice.

In this section, we provide shop floor users with the key process steps to create and validate ATA-compliant RFID tags.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

In this section, we provide shop floor users with the key process steps to create and validate ATA-compliant RFID tags.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

In order to modify template artwork more quickly, we provide some optional configuration files to enhance the Bartender software interface.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

In this section, we provide Maintenance & Repair teams with the key process steps to read and modify existing ATA-compliant RFID tags, using the Alien ALR-H460 reader and Brady's Tag Commander Android app.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

Although the Datamax and Zebra printers can be operated with a local USB cable connection to a single PC, it is far more common (and useful) to install these printer models onto your company network - treating them in the same way that you would any other office printer.

Training Video Library:

a collection of videos from both IDI and the various hardware manuafacturers is assembled here for quick reference.
Printer Adjustments
Driver & Firmware Install
Adjustments - ZT410R Printer
Adjustments - ZD500R Printer
RFID Handheld Readers
RFID Software Applications
Seagull Scientific offers a number of training videos on their website. Click here for access to the entire Seagull Scientific training video library. Or select a link from the following short list of topics.
Training Videos - Bartender Design Basics
ATA Template Library: Print Options
ATA Template Library: Template Config

Frequently Asked Questions:

Common questions are addressed in this list, ordered by topic.