What is RAIN RFID?

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Editorial Team - everything RF

Mar 16, 2019

RAIN RFID is a passive (battery-free) wireless technology that connects devices with UHF RFID tags to the cloud/internet. RAIN an acronym of RAdio frequency IdentificatioN. This technology connects the UHF RFID devices to the cloud, so that RFID-based data can be stored, managed and shared via the Internet. A RAIN RFID solution comprises of tags, readers, and software. It uses a reader to read and write a tagged item, manage the data and transmit it to a server (local or in the cloud).

The technology is promoted by the RAIN RFID Alliance, which is a global alliance whos objective is to standardize the way RFID Data is transmitted to the cloud – It is similar to the Wi-Fi Alliance (for Wi-Fi), Bluetooth SIG and NFC Forum.

The RAIN RFID tags/readers operate at a frequency range from 860 MHz to 960 MHz (UHF) and can identify and locate up to 1,000 individual items per second.

The technology conforms to the GS1 EPC UHF Gen2 air interface protocol or to the ISO/IEC 18000-63 standard.