EchoRFID Tool Connection

From ProStar Geocorp

This section covers connecting the EchoRFID tool to PointMan

 

Inital Setup

  1. Log into PointMan.
  2. Tap Menu, then Settings.
  3. Tap Configure Bluetooth.
  4. Reader Selection:
    1. Turn on TSL 1166 Reader (single dot button or trigger).
  5. In Android > Settings, tap Scan.
  6. Tap the 1166 Bluetooth ID from available devices to pair.
  7. Once paired, click the Return button to return to PointMan > Settings.
  8. From the Tag Reader drop-down in PointMan Settings, select the TSL 1166 Reader device.
  9. In the drop-down next to the Tag Reader field, select TSL.
  10. Tap Close.

 

Setup/Pair the TSL 1153 Reader

  1. Log into PointMan.
  2. Tap Menu, then Settings.
  3. Tap Configure Bluetooth.
  4. Reader Selection:
    1. Turn on the 1153 Reader by pressing the big yellow button.
  5. Tap Scan in android settings.
  6. Tap the 1153 Bluetooth ID from available devices to pair.
    1. For the 1153 it should read: XXX -1153.
    2. Tap the Settings button next to the 1153 name.
  7. Once paired, click the Return button to return to PointMan > Settings.
  8. From the Tag Reader drop-down in PointMan Settings, select the TSL 1153 Reader device.
  9. In the drop-down next to the Tag Reader field, select TSL.
  10. Tap Close.

 

Setup Bar Code Data

This step (setting up the Bar Code Data) must be completed before you attempt to write the Bar Code data to the actual RFID tag. The future workflow for this initial Bar Code data load is still To Be Determined (TBD). For now, users will need to manually load the Bar Code Data in order to prepare the system for the remainder of the intended work flow.

  1. Make sure you are logged into the QA\SemGroupTest environment/project.
  2. Tap the Menu button, then tap Search Reports.
  3. From the Report drop-down tap Tag Pipe Tally Report.
  4. Turn on the 1166, or 1153 Reader.
  5. Select the red colored barcode field to connect the reader.   
    If the reader was already on, opening the report may automatically connect the reader.
  6. When connected the barcode field will be colored blue.  
  7. Select New to add new record.
  8. Scan/Read a barcode to assign to the record.  
    1. Note: The 1166 Reader will read barcodes with a double pull of the trigger, or it will read RFID tags with a single pull of the trigger.  When a barcode read operation is triggered you will see a red laser cross appear on the barcode.  This cross should be centered on the barcode to increase the likelihood of a successful read operation.
    2. A successful read operation of a barcode will populate the barcode field and play the success chime.
  9. Fill out the rest of the record and then tap Save
    The record will close and you will return to the Tag Pipe Tally Report search results.
  10. Repeat until desired number of barcode records are created.

 

Write Bar Code Data to RFID Tags

  1. Open PointMan, go to Menu > Search Reports.
  2. From the first Report drop-down menu, select: Tag Pipe Tally Report.
  3. Connect 1166 or 1153 Reader as outlined above.
  4. On the Search page, read a barcode (use the reader to read an existing barcode that has already been added to the system). 
    The search will run and if a single existing record is found it will automatically open for editing.
  5. On the Edit page, read an RFID tag:

a.Point the reader antenna at the Tag, roughly 12 inches away.

b.Pull trigger once. 
The Found Tag – Continue? dialog displays: 
Press trigger to write record to the following Tag: XXXX

  1. This dialog displays any previously stored data on the read tag.
  2. New tags will generally just display the tag id.

c.Point the reader antenna at the tag and pull the trigger again (with the Found-Tag Continue? dialog is displayed). 
This will write the record contents to the tag.

d.Contents of the write can be verified by reading the tag a third time to display the write dialog again.

  1. Tap the Save button to save the record and update the new RFID Tag id in the database.

 

Notes on EchoRFID Functions

  1. If a search report contains a visible tag field it will try to connect to the configured Bluetooth reader.
  2. Tag fields in the unconnected state are colored red and connected tag fields are colored standard blue.
  3. Clicking an unconnected tag field will try to connect to the configured Bluetooth reader.
  4. Once the active reader is connected, pulling the trigger on the reader will populate the field with the first tag found.
  5. Tag fields do not distinguish between barcodes and RFID tags when accepting read ids.
  6. Tag fields accept input from the reader and initiate a search for the associated record.
  7. If a single record is found matching the search the found record will be selected.  
  8. Tag fields can also be configured to automatically edit found single records.  This is the configuration for the Tag Pipe Tally Report.