RFID Weapons Management
A few years ago a number of organizations tried to monitor and control weapons using RFID tags. Unfortunately due to a wide variety of reasons most monitoring activities were unsuccessful.
Now due to new Gen 2 technologies and new products from SkyRFID, managing weapons using RFID is not only possible but it can be very successful with the tags we have developed for mounting on a weapon or embedding in the weapon.
We have numerous shapes and sizes that can be permanently attached to a weapon and then controlled from issuance to disposal via RFID readers. This makes all of the Bar Code and manual data entry errors go away! Now you can have 100% accuracy with RFID on your weapons.
Small RFID tags that can withstand major temperature changes and a harsh environment while attached to handguns, rifles, shotguns and other smaller weapons are the SkyRFID new ceramic mini metal mount tags. Note that the temperatures shown are operating temperatures - these tags can withstand colder environments - but they just won't read until they get to a minimum of - 40° either C or F! At the top end of the temperature ranges the tags can manage a little more but you run the risk of melting the connection between the IC and the antennas - so get the tag that handles the entire temperature range you need.
SkyRFID weapons tags are designed to handle the heat, the dust, the vibration, the shock and the chemicals and solvents used to clean weapons - built to last as long as the weapon does.
Now you can also have complete weapons management from the Sky. SkyRFID can provide you with an end to end solution for your weapons needs. Racking for armories, software for tracking weapons from the moment they arrive at the armory to the time they are finally disposed off. Complete tracking for new weapons, old weapons, gear and accessories, repairs, maintenance, transfers to different locations and more.
When you need to take multiple weapons out to another location you can use the SkyRFID military trackable cases to ensure all your weapons and other high value assets get to where they are supposed to go, intact and on time for when they are needed. When finished you simply pack them back into the trackable cases and back to the armoury they go for checking, testing, cleaning and other maintenance.
When you need a very small and thin weapons tag so that it will fit inside the handgrips of Sig Sauer's, Colts, Beretta's, Browing's, Mr. Smith & Wesson, and other semi automatic pistols, then this is the tag you need. Our Super Tiny Weapon Tag is a huge 11 mm x 7 mm x 1.8 mm in size making it the smallest metal mount tag we currently manufacture.Alien Higgs3 IC and 512 bits of user memory providing a read distance of 50 cm when attached to really big steel pieces and read with a SkyRFID hand held reader - use one on each side of the magazine for full RFID control.
If you happen to have a little more room inside the grips then you can use our 24.5 x 9 x 2.5 mm Small Resin Core Weapon Tag. Higgs3 for 512 bits memory and a read distance of 50 cm or more inside a grip, this tag is prefect for use. Specially designed to be used in a verticval postion for maximum read distance this tag can also be used in other weapons that need a very small tag and a good read distance.
If you can spare even a little more room then this 36 mm x 13 mm x 2.7 mm Medium Resin Core Weapons Tag is what you need. With a read distance of 1.5 meters using our SkyRFID hand held reader and attached to heavy metal this tag provides very huigh performance. If the area gets hot - this tag is perfect as it will handle 200 °C without any problems!.
SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 Super Mini Metal Tag is the smallest of our Metal Mount Tags perfect for Weapons. Patented and ceramic this tag is perfect for very small places to conceal tags within the weapon. Two sizes are available - our regular size 16 mm x 12 mm x 4 mm and coming soon - 15 mm x 11 mm x 3 mm- and of course they are waterproof and can withstand chemical and solvents used for cleaning weapons. These tags can be read with a fixed reader at almost 2 meters distance.
SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 Mini Metal Special Tag with Higgs3 IC and 512 bits user memory is just 25 mm x 12 mm x 3 mm in size. Built using a patented technique and a ceramic encapsulation, this hardy tag can withstand repeated abuse, be read at extreme temperatures from -40° C ~ 150°C (-40°F to 334°F), has excellent chemical resistance, and of course is fully waterproof! This small tag makes an excellent choice for attaching directly to metal objects with a read distance of up to 2 meters or 6.56 feet in ideal conditions and is very light at 2g in weight.
SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 Mini Metal Special Tag Higgs3. This tag is the same size as our Mini Metal Special Tag and identical in other properties but has a much better read distance (+40% ) due to the Higgs3 inlay. Another benefit of the Higgs3 inlay is that the Gen 2 EPC of 96 bits can be enhanced to 480 bits - this chip has 800 bits of memory and comes preprogrammed with a Unique Unalterable 64 bit Serial Number - perfect for identification and control. For existing bar code systems we can also supply a bar code that is preprogrammed to the Unique Serial Number!
Both of these tags are easily attached to any small weapons such as pistols and other handguns, rifles, shotguns, RPGlaunchers, bazookas, machine pistols, machineguns, and most other hand held weapons.
For those kinds of weapons that have special thermoplastics or other materials that are not metalic and you need a longer read range we have an excellent polycarbonate glass re-enforced tag.
While this Higgs3 IC tag is slightly larger at 33 mm x 9.4 mm x 3.3 mm, its lighter weight of 2 g and a hole for mounting make this tag an excellent choice for when you need a small form factor and a longer read distance. Temperature range is -40°C to 120°C making it very suitable for most rugged applications. And for existing systems we can also have a bar code printed on the tag for ease of implementation. Since this is also a Higgs3 IC we also have the 64 bit Unique Unalterable Serial Number. You can still mount this tag onto a metal surface as it is a mount on metal tag!
For a long read distance of 4 or more meters and a small form factor, this tag of 28 mm x 28 mm x 4 mm is perfect for use. Epoxy mount to the side of a weapon and then cover it with paint to conceal the tag it will blend right into the weapon and not look like a tag attached.
Also available in a thinner form factor of 25 mm x 25 mm x 3 mm is an uncased version of our mini metal tag. Same read distance just a slimmer and harder tag as the larger tag is coated with a hard plastic material and this tag is pure ceramic. Both tags have the same read distance of more than 4 meters when attached to metal.
When you absolutely need a high temperature tag that you can embed into a metal part of a weapon - this is your tag! At 19 mm wide x 23.5 mm long and 4 mm thick, this tag weighs only 5 g and is designed to be embedded into metal for its best read rate of up to 2 meters or 6.56 feet. AND - the tag is designed to handle up to 200°C or 392°F in temperature and still work! Attaching this tag is easy - you can simply use the self adhesive strip attached to the tag - it does handle the entire temperature range or you can epoxy the tag in with high heat epoxy compound. Your choice! It is very easy to just route out a little metal and place the tag inside the routed area for a perfect fit.
When you need to tag something big and you need to make it last under high temperature - this tag is what you want. 40 mm x 32 mm x 8 mm and managing a hot temperature of 250°C this tags works extremely well when embedded or simply mounted on metal. With a read distance of over 3 meters using a fixed reder makes it easy to find in a hurry.
For big weapons and long read distances you can use this Higgs3 IC heavy duty metal mount tag. Designed to handle harsh and abusive environments, totally waterproof to 42 meters or 138 feet - a great tag for those bigger items in your arsenal! Sized at 115.3 mm x 25.8 mm x 15.8 mm (5.08" x 1.005" x .525"), and can handle temperatures from -40° to 125°C (257°F). With a read distance of up to 9 meters (29.52 feet) or more when attached to metal this tag is perfect for taking inventory management to a whole new level of accuracy.
SkyRFID does have other larger tags available to handle bigger items and providing longer read ranges - check out our other Metal Mount Gen 2 Tags
While SkyRFID does have a wide range of fixed readers that can be used to automatically read weapons coming in and out of a facility, here is one superb portable that can also be used.
This state of the art PDA RFID Gen 2 reader writer comes equipped with an external patch antenna for long distance reading and writing. In addition, this reader can also be equipped with GPS - so you know where you are when you are reading a weapons tag and also GSM/GPRS so you can connect in real time with your database for on line verification!
The unit operates on Windows Mobile O/S and can be configured for most countries and regions in the world. You can have both UHF and HF in the same unit and read and write tags in both frequencies. Additional options are a Camera, Bluetooth and many accessories and charging devices.