• It sounds very interesting and would love to test it, if this system is affordable.

    Thank you
  • Beta Tester

    I suspect that system is not affordable and, to the best of my understanding, it won't perform the functions you would need anyway as it does not actually output tracking data but I figured that you might be able to look into sourcing or building a system that operates on similar principals as that system appears to meet most of your technical needs in terms of tracking multiple targets without consistent line of sight over a relatively large area.

  • Most rfid people are familiar with is passive. Range between reader and tags is up to about 3 inches

    You would need to use active rfid (the tag has its own power supply) to get the kind of range you need with rfid. There are various companies that do RTLS (real time location systems -using those kind of technologies to find position as well as identity). They often work on just locating which room something is in, but talk of doing positioning to 1ft accuracy. Suspect it will not be cheap.
    Quick google search throws up this page (not saying this will do what you need, but is moving towards it)

  • RFID-arduino-serial-isadora is technically possible. You will however have to have many receivers, because there is no (easy) way of measuring signal strength, only presence. So no triangulation.

    GPS maybe? If its accurate enough. Plenty of arduino GPS resources out there

  • I think that GPS is not accurate enough. I believe 30ft range.

    Today I will be contacting some Active RFID companies and will update. 

  • OK. Here is one idea for a system. Can someone please help me understand the last lines regarding the SDK. What I mean is, what additional info should I get regarding this and did anyone develop something like this before?

    I am working with Mac traditionally but if needs be, I can get a PC for this project. I want to get the data into Izzy.
    Is there anyone around NYC that I can hire on an artist salary, to write it for me?
    Thank you for contacting GAO RFID INC.

    As per our conversation today, please see the details below for our 433 MHz RFID tags and reader system,

    - 433 MHZ. RFID Small Asset Tag Active 124018: US$49/each

    - 433 MHZ. RFID Card Tag Active 124012: US$48/each


    - 433 MHz Active RFID Reader with Ethernet 214015: US$1050/each


    **I can give you . Net SDK free of charge with the reader. The reader can work with mac however we do not have any source codes or demo program for mac. You can use communications protocol to make an application for mac.**
    Let me know if interested? or have any questions.
    Thanks for choosing GAO RFID Best Regards,

  • sdk means software development kit - it means they have examples written in .net, a coding standard used alot with Microsoft.

    The reader will have details of how it transmits information over a network - this could be read on a mac, but they only have example code for doing it on pc.

    did you say you needed to track distance as well as get an ID number when talking with them ?

  • Yes. I need both. From what I gather I can get both because each card would have a unique ID.

    Do you know anyone who could write some code for me to translate the info?
    I saw that they have some SDKs for PC but I do not know if what they have already would translate into Izzy.

  • Dear David,

    One idea: use a PC to read the data, send it to Izzy on a Mac via OSC or serial communications. A cheap net book on the  PC side should be totally sufficient.

  • Hello everyone.

    Sad news. As in many of these projects, another one fell because of the lack of funding. 
    Well, if anyone is going to explore Active RFID's, I would be happy to share what I found.
    Thank you all for your comments.