Axcess International Inc. (OTCBB:AXSI) recently opened its new Dot(tm) micro-wireless technology to developers for building applications that enable wireless communications from all things in the enterprise. Dots are ultra small, battery powered wireless computers embedded into or attached to things such as ID cards, assets and vehicles enabling them to be automatically identified, located, counted and sensed. Micro-wireless communications operate over a separate frequency band so as not to interfere with corporate wireless networks but do interface seamlessly and complement those networks by making it easy to add enterprise applications for enhanced productivity, security and safety. A developer’s kit is available royalty free to registered developers.
The development of an interface to capture data transmitted by the Dot micro-wireless system typically takes just a few days. The kit includes documentation in the form of an Application Program Interface (API) and software to emulate the hardware system. Demonstration kits including the actual Dot hardware are available for a small fee. Certified partners and Strategic Development partners also get hardware system training, sales, marketing support and help in developing advanced uses for the system.
Dot, based on system-on-a-chip (SOC) technology, is a small, powerful, low cost battery-powered wireless computer. Dot’s flexibility allows it to take many forms to suit specific needs. Beyond the wireless corporate ID, Dot technology serves as the heart of many new and innovative products from Axcess such as a long range bar code, an electronic property tag, a vehicle identification tag, an electronic cargo container seal, a wireless sensor transmitter, and other uses.
Axcess’ invention combines a processor, memory and wireless communications into one chip about the size of a single grain of rice. It is as powerful as the first personal digital assistants (PDAs). It runs for years on a watch battery, stores at least three pages of information in memory, and communicates to the world at high speed, all at a cost of only a few dollars each.
Dot solutions are based on a micro-wireless system implementation that fits seamlessly into, yet operates separately underneath, the corporate network to operate efficiently and non-disruptively. ‘Dot-ting’ the enterprise generates a real time “wireless intelligence.” Dot technology incorporates a battery powered, software definable wireless transceiver that is compatible with multiple global regulations, including the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class I and Gen II (passive Radio Frequency Identification [RFID]) standard and is expected to also make supply chain tagging more reliable. Dot combines the beneficial elements of today’s monolithic technologies such as RFID, RTLS and wireless sensing into a single, low cost chip.
Dot is a one-of-a-kind hybrid, a single wireless source, common to multiple industry standards and supporting virtually all industries including manufacturing, the enterprise, oil and gas, utilities, education, government and the military. Memory and sensor inputs enable the Dot to be tailored to a myriad of specific data capture needs. Dot is not only a better solution for access control badges, but also a better solution for passive RFID product tags, active RFID asset tags, Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) and distributed sensor transmitters. Bringing together the new functions of Dot and building on the current Axcess micro-wireless infrastructure for enterprise management creates an open architecture for multiple sources of data to be acquired to deliver previously inaccessible business intelligence.
The active RFID and RTLS portions of Dot’s capabilities are built on and are backwardly compatible with the existing Axcess 433 MHz platform, which automatically activates tags on-demand to transmit micro-wireless messages as needed from 1 to 300 feet to hidden palm-size receivers. The receivers are connected via standard network (either 802.11X wireless or wired) simultaneously to the enterprise system software and the existing security alarm equipment. Axcess’ Dot system has been adopted by, is integrated with and supports several of their strategic business partners’ standalone middleware and end-user software products through integration with Axcess’ feature rich software platform marketed under the e-Supervisor(TM) label.
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