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One of the most common applications that is used for writing to NFC tags is NXP TagWriter which is supplied free on Android. Please find a link here to their online manual for this application: https://inspire.nxp.com/tagwriter/tag-writer-user-manual.pdfRead More
So the iPhone 7 and 7+ have been launched and unfortunately Apple still have not added the ability for the device to use NFC tags to automate tasks on their mobile. It is a real shame but not a surprise as their current focus is making sure that Apple Pay is 100% robust and that is where the money is for them.
We know of so many companies that are waiting to add NFC functionality to existing IOS applications in the same way that they have on Android and Windows so you have to assume that Apple will eventually make it available.
The reality is that biggest frustration with the lack of NFC on the iPhone is when trying to use NFC for marketing purposes or providing information to customers. Currently it is necessary to adopt a dual strategy of NFC and QR or maybe Beacons. Where ever NFC is used for internal purposes such as security and healthcare they have control over the devices used so will enforce Android or Windows so the lack of iPhone adoption is not such a problem.
Apple will have to adopt it eventually as NFC tags are not going to go away and they are currently losing a share of the market due to it and their apps are missing a key way of starting off an engagement with iPhone users.
We have started to add detailed specification to each product that are provided by the manufactuers of each Chip used in our products. We hiope this will help you when identifying the right product and chip type to use.
We have already added this to the NXP NTAG213 / NTAG215 and NTAG216 chip types. You can find the link to these PDF sheets in the Specification section under Specification.
Your PROX IoT mPOD comes with 3 separate parts as follows:
- The white mPOD case with our Bluetooth technology inside
- A CR2477 Panasonic battery
- Sticky pad that can be used to secure the beacon on most surfaces
- Lid has been enabled with an NXP NTAG213 NFC chip
For the mPOD to work you will need to take apart the white casing and insert the battery into the Bluetooth module. To do this you will need to prise the lid from the body using a fingernail or thin flat object. Once open you will have 4 parts as in this picture including the battery.
The battery should be placed with the engraved Panasonic label against the bottom of the metal frame and not against the board, as it does not work that way around.
Now just place Bluetooth module in the case by positioning holes on the board with the two prongs on lid and push it together and then add the the base. You will find on one side of the lid two clips and on the base two holes for them, so line them up and push together so that the lid clicks into place.
You now have a beacon ready to be used.
The NFC lid is blank so you can write anything to it you wish for your project using any NFC writer such as an Android or Windows application or USB NFC writer. Just place your phone or writer over the PROX IoT logo to access NFC in the lid.
Please download the PROX Beacon application to enable management of the beacon and to change its settings.
iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/prox-beacon/id1056292858?mt=8
Online documentation: http://www.proxiot.com/beacons-documentation/
Video of how to activate the mPOD beacon can be found here: https://vimeo.com/159067171
Please note the following important information:
Please note the default password for the PROX IoT mPOD beacon is: PROXIoTSetup
If you need to reset the mPOD beacon back to factory settings please follow these steps:
- Press the black button in for 10 seconds on the PCB board with the battery still in place
- Remove the battery for 30 seconds and place back in
- That's it - the beacon has been reset to factory settings
We are always happy to help provide support for our products. Contact us here: Support
In most cases NFC stickers are your best choice as they are very light, strong and flexible so can be used on slightly curved surfaces and it is easier to find the right position for them.
However - we are often asked questions such as
- just how hard wearing are they are?
- can they be knifed?
- are they waterproof?
- are they dustproof?
- what would happen if hit by a hammer?
If any of these are included in your requirements then please read on...Read More
Due to our client demand for different size and shape requirements we have increased our range of anti-metal / on-metal NFC stickers and tags to the shop. Over time we have produced all sorts of shapes and sizes of NFC items for clients that are suitable for use on metal surfaces and now we have added some of these as stock items.
Many times you are limited by space and as such size does matter so we now stock the a white PVC square anti-metal sticker that is just 19mm x 19mm and less then a 0.2mm thick! We achieve this by using the thinnest ferrite layer available that is only 0.15mm thick but really effective in protecting the NFC antenna and chip from the metal surface.
Other times you are not limited by space but you need a good reading distance between the mobile and the tag that is situated on the metal surface. In this case we have introduced the 38mm Bullseye anti-metal sticker.
What about those times when you want to have a NFC tag that is hardwearing and completely waterproof. In this case we have introduced the 28mm HARD PVC anti-metal disc that is only 1mm thick and really tough.
If your business is in a EU country and not the UK then please follow these steps to gain a 0 VAT status:
1: Register yourself on the shop with full details
2: Send us an email with your business and VAT registration details
3: We will set you up as VAT exempt and confirm via email that you are now set up correctly
You will now see no VAT added when you add items to your basket.
You can email us here for more information if required: Support
We are pleased to announce that we have started to stock NFC Laundry Tags in our store. We have started with the small 14mm version and a mid sized 20mm version.
The NFC laundry tag is made from very hardwearing PPS plastic that can withstand high temperatures and strong detergents. It is typically used within clothing that will be washed by hand or washing machines. They are completely waterproof and will withstand any normal washing temperatures.
We have had many RapidNFC clients start using our services over the last 4 months since RapidNFC made the decision to stop trading and we wanted to reassure you that we provide the same services, with the same quality and at very competative pricing. Until RapidNFC closed there doors they were recomending us to their clients rather than having no solution when clients called them and we were and are very pleased to help.
Servicing our clients is key to us becoming your long term NFC business partner so that is something very important to us and it has been built into the company from the ground up as both the main partners come from 30+ years in the technology service businesses. We fully appreciate that when you have built up a trusted relationship with a supplier it is hard to move to another, but we can make this as painless as possible with our 4+ years experience of working with NFC and our ability to match products produced by RapidNFC to the same standards and specifications including logos if required.
We have the same phylosophy of carrying large amounts of stock and allow for the purchase of 1 to 100,000's depending on your requirements. For volumes of 5000 or less we can encode the stickers and tags locally from stock before they are delivered whether that is a simple URL and text or random encoding using CSV files. For emergencies we can do more, but if time permits for larger volumes we will normally encode at the time of manufacturing.
NFC and how it is perceived by users is all down to the performance and quality of the antenna and we make sure that all our NFC stickers and tags maintain the best possible reading distance for the size of tag. Even our 22mm and 25mm tags produce a reading distance of 2CM or more, where as the 38mm Bullseye will work at 3CM or more. When any of our stickers are used with dedicated NFC reader/writers you can see distances of 4-5CM typically.
Having manufactured for clients for over 4 years we have proved that printing at the time of manufature even if just a serial number on the front produces a much better quality than any local printing alternatives. The main reason for this when you are printing on a completed card, sticker or label the chip even if very thin does cause different surface levels, where as printing on a completely flat surface before adding the NFC chip will produce a much better quality finish.
Whether you are using NFC as care in the community, security, marketing or any other reason we can assure you we have the products for you and most likely in stock for immediate delivery. If you do not see the right item in the shop please contact us as we can manufacture effectively anything with any chip - including RFID lower frequency types.
We are now stocking large volumes of other quality manufactured stickers to complement our own range and as such we have now added the SMARTRAC 22mm Circus sticker and the SMARTRAC 38mm Bullseye. Both are high quality products that have have exceptional reading distances and performance.