RFID Portals: What are my options?

RFID portals are specific types of RFID antennas that are built for use in specific settings. Knowing that you need an RFID portal is only one piece of the puzzle—you then have to decide what type of RFID portal will best suit your needs, in your environment. Generally speaking, there is room for a lot of customization, but before you can reach that point, you need to decide what type of portal you will use.

In this post, we’ll look at three different types of RFID portals. Keep in mind this list is not exhaustive, but meant to give you an idea of the variation and flexibility you have in RFID portals.

Wall-Mounted RFID PortalWall-Mounted RFID Portals

Wall-mounted RFID portals are great for small spaces. If you need RFID antenna capabilities in a high-traffic area, a wall-mounted portal might be the right solution. Often sleek so that they don’t present a hazard to passersby, wall-mounted portals can also sometimes come with different finishes so that they blend in with décor.

An example of a wall-mounted portal is the Impinj Speedway xPortal. The Speedway xPortal is compact at 30.5” x 8.75” x 2”. It weighs only ten points, which means you probably won’t need to worry about difficulties anchoring it to a wall.

Where can you use the Speedway RFID Portal?

  • Retail locations
  • Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Other indoor environments

What does the Speedway xPortal monitor?

  • Tagged items
  • Pallets
  • Equipment
  • People passing through doorways, hallways, or other covered zones

Free-Standing RFID PortalsFree-standing RFID portal

A free-standing RFID portal offers flexibility because it is not mounted to the floor or to the wall. However, many free-standing portals can be floor- or wall-mounted, if they will occupy a permanent location. The flexibility to address the antenna component of an RFID system in a free-standing unit may be ideal for your needs.

The Jamison Thin Portal is one such unit, customizable in both its installation and application. At less than six inches deep, this RFID portal can easily fit in line with narrow doorframes and passageways.

What are the benefits of the Jamison Thin Portal?

  • Hardware independent
  • Full antenna movement
  • Rugged design
  • Custom sizing
  • Easy installation & integration

Bidirectional RFID PortalBidirectional RFID Portals

Bidirectional RFID portals is useful when you need antennas operating in opposite directions, which means the antenna can distinguish not only between static RFID tags and moving tags, but also in which direction a moving tag is travelling. The Jamison Mod3 Portal is a bidirectional RFID portal that combines rugged durability with flexibility.

What might you track with a bidirectional RFID portal?

  • Cars
  • Pallets
  • Cases

No matter which type of RFID portal you need, Gateway RFID Store has the solution. Contact us to determine which portal will best complete your RFID system.