Trimble Introduces Handheld AEI Reader for Rail Car and Cargo Inventory Tracking

SUNNYVALE, CA -- Trimble unveils a rugged, handheld computer with an integrated Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) RFID capability designed to read both the rail-industry specific Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) tags and the Electronic Product Code (EPC) tags used worldwide—the Trimble® Juno® T41 R-AEI.

"Trimble's fundamental focus for the rail industry is to provide solutions that drive agility, improve efficiency and provide better visibility into operations to maximize productivity," said Jim Sheldon, general manager of Trimble's Mobile Computer Solutions Division. "With the introduction of the Juno T41 R-AEI, we are now expanding our broad range of solutions to include a powerful field computer that can provide flexibility, connectivity and real-time business intelligence to the rail industry RFID tracking and asset management."

Rail-Yard Rugged and Productive

North America and some specific international markets use a UHF RFID tag system that is unique to the rail industry—AEI tags. The Juno T41 R-AEI provides best-in-class read range, power and battery life to reading both AEI and the standard EPC UHF RFID tags simultaneously, so tagged rail cars and cargo such as exposed shipping pallets can be tracked across the transportation spectrum, regardless of tag standard.

The Juno T41 R-AEI's integrated, lightweight and rugged capability is also unique for AEI readers, allowing mobile workers to record, see and act on data in their hands in real time, instead of waiting on instruction from a back office that has received data remotely from a traditional fixed location reader dependent on rail cars moving by.

Mobile workers can stand as far away as 8 feet (2.4 meters) to read an AEI tag and more than 12 feet (3.5 meters) to read EPC tags. This range allows safety requirements to be met while still providing the flexibility for workers on foot walking near rail cars, that a fixed reader cannot. The Juno T41 R-AEI includes GSM/CDMA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technology, which allows for instant connectivity between the worker in the field and back-office management.

The Juno T41 R-AEI can read tags in any direction or orientation where the reader is pointed—for quick and accurate reads. It offers a customized power transmission up to +30 dBm (1 watt) for RFID collection and reading applications. The Juno T41 R-AEI includes Enhanced GPS technology for accuracy of 3-6 feet (1-2 meters) for use with the UHF RFID solution. The handheld ideal for reading and geotagging the AEI and EPC tags in challenging outdoor environments.

Mobile Computing for Rail Applications

The Juno T41 R-AEI is not only a rail RFID reader—it's a handheld computer designed to provide the field computing power necessary to manage a wide variety of work requirements. With either a Microsoft® Windows® or Android™ operating system, the handheld computer can be used with rail business applications already in place.

With its large 4.3 inch sunlight-readable, Gorilla® Glass capacitive display screen and 32 GB flash memory, the Juno T41 R-AEI enables mobile workers in the rail yard to fill out forms, read and write documents and instructions, make notes, take pictures or videos and send them in real-time. Users can share and retrieve data seamlessly from anywhere in the rail yard with wireless connectivity.

Trimble provides a Software Development Kit (SDK) and APIs to assist with integration of the handheld computer into company software applications. Secure business applications can run on the Juno T41 R-AEI and the Android version can run third-party applications designed for Android 4+ level products.

Built-in Reliability

With an IP68 rating, the Juno T41 R-AEI model meets stringent requirements for dust and water protection and also meets military-grade standards of ruggedness for drops, temperature, altitude, humidity extremes, vibration, chemical exposure and shock. In addition, the Juno T41 R-AEI can operate in environments ranging from -30°C (-22°F) to 60°C (140°F)—the widest temperate range available among RFID readers used in the rail industry today.


The Juno T41 R-AEI is available now from Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions Division and selected rail-specialist dealers.

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