Hybrid barcode and RFID wearable

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
The HyWEAR Compact sits on the back of the and, carried on a fingerless glove.

Duluth, GA — FEIG Electronics, a supplier of RFID and barcode readers and antennas, has introduced its new HyWEAR compact, a hybrid barcode and RFID wearable, which frees both hands of the employee to perform work.

The HyWEAR compact is the first wearable device of its kind, supporting both barcode and RFID, in its class. While there are wearable barcode readers and wearable RFID readers available, there is currently no hybrid wearable device that combines both optical and radio data collection technologies into a single, wearable product that fits onto the back of the hand.

“In testing, the HyWEAR compact showed a three second per bag improvement in loading and unloading planes”, said Manuel Haertlé, senior product manager for FEIG Electronics.

“Consider the Phoenix airport with 1,200 arrivals and departures each day. Three seconds per bag means a potential savings of over 40,000 hours of labour a year. Atlanta, the largest airport in the U.S., has over 880,000 flights annually which could potentially save nearly 90,000 hours in the time it takes to load and unload baggage. These savings translate to greater airport operational efficiency as plane turnaround amounts to accommodating an additional arrival or departure flight using the same terminal and equipment infrastructure.”

The small electronic reads 1D and 2D barcodes, RAIN RFID transponders, or both barcode and RFID. It is attached to a comfortable fingerless glove, leaving the user’s fingers and arms free to move.

The lightweight device rests on the back of the hand, providing unrestricted freedom of movement for a stock person, parcel deliverer, or baggage handler to perform tasks, significantly increasing productivity. Compared to the conventional process of picking up a separate mobile data collection device (RFID or barcode), scanning an item, and resetting, the process is now reduced to just one step.

Additional features include WLAN roaming which allows the HyWEAR compact to automatically switch from one radio cell to the next without interruption. The device transparently connects to the new WLAN access node as it moves within range of stronger nodes, seamlessly integrating into existing process chains.

The HyWEAR compact has a high capacity, long-life, rechargeable battery that can power the device for the duration of a working shift. Should the battery require replacement during a work period, it can easily be replaced with another fully charged battery.

This innovative reader is for use in warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, baggage handling, parcel delivery, and logistics operations where workers physically handle items such as picking, packing, delivering, or moving goods in the performance of their job while also collecting data.