The STARflex reader combines the unmatched performance and location capabilities of the STAR architecture with a highly flexible new interface design optimized for cost effective, easy-to-deploy solutions such as real-time inventory tracking, supply chain management, personnel safety, as well as indoor and outdoor asset tracking. STARflex outperforms in indoor applications where reflections from metal shelves and fixtures interfere with line-of-sight between the reader and the tag, often reducing read rates. Thanks to the exclusive distributed excitation architecture, the STARflex reader can detect tag signals up to one hundred times weaker than traditional 4-port readers, making it possible to read tags after multiple reflections. This results in more tags captured in less time and a higher overall system reliability.
The STARflex software architecture is optimized for simplicity and resilience in order to enable fast deployment of robust, distributed systems. For tag data, STARflex features native support for the lightweight MQTT device protocol, which was developed expressly for the Internet of Things (IoT). To simplify and speed integration, STARflex is the first major RFID reader featuring a RESTful interface for control and status. Users can implement business logic software directly on the reader using this RESTful interface, or by using the modern and ubiquitous node.js web framework, which enables use of over 200 thousand open source packages for easy integration with virtually any enterprise system.