ThingMagic® Mercury® xPRESS Sensor Hub now supports network interfaces (PoE and WiFi) as well as GPS, enabling the integration of positioning services into solutions. The xPRESS Sensor Hub is a flexible development platform designed to enable customers to rapidly create cost effective finished reader products. Mercury xPRESS maintains a single unified software interface, allowing developers to consume diverse sensor data and acts as a “Sensor Hub” for a range of transport interfaces and communication plug-ins in a single platform. Delivered as an extensible development environment with reference design files and pre-defined, use case specific workflows, Mercury xPRESS also allows developers to move seamlessly across technologies as the use case demands.
“Choosing and deploying ID and sensor technology can be confusing and time consuming because it requires developers to learn multiple protocols and APIs from each different sensor they choose,” said David Emma, vice president of Sales, Marketing and Engineering of Trimble’s ThingMagic Division. “Our goal with the Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub is to deliver innovation in a way that enables companies to build the right finished product for their specific use case efficiently and effectively. Companies can rapidly create finished products from a library of supported functionality that has been pre-screened for regulatory compliance and scalable to the next reader they need to create to support their use case.”
The Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub combines a microcontroller-based motherboard with the industry-leadingThingMagic Mercury6e Series of RFID modules and an integrated software development environment built on ThingMagic’s Mercury C API. With the platform, developers can bring up a fully functional RFID reader in minutes; testing and proof of concept using sample applications from the software library can start almost immediately. Reference design files allow developers to select the elements needed for their solution and advance rapidly to application specific end product design and development. The Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub has been screened for regulatory compliance, reducing cost and time to secure end product certifications.
“By using Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub we were able to develop a finished reader using our own interface board in a very short period of time,” said Jun-Mok Yang, manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing Division, Cygnus Information Technology Co., Ltd. “Within a few months our reader was ready for the market and we were able to offer it at a competitive price. This quicker time-to-market allowed us to develop a reader that worked for our customers but was not limited in scope and function by other commercially-available finished readers that are at a higher price point. It was only by using xPRESS that we were able to provide a lower cost solution within a shorter timeframe.”
To support ongoing innovation, the integrated development tools, device drivers and application software of the Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub can enable the development of a wider range of end products. Mercury xPRESS is also designed to support a library of sample applications. A native keyboard wedge over USB and Bluetooth interfaces and streaming data over network interfaces is available today, while other sample applications may be included in future releases.