DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND RFID READER-PRINTER
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-10
Data Acquisition System and RFID Reader-Printer
Background of the Invention
1) Field of the Invention
The invention is related to a data acquisition system and network connected end user equipment for the system. More particularly, the data acquisition system is useful as a lead retrieval application, for example at trade shows. A radio frequency identification transponder (RFID) reader-printer of the system operates as a wireless reader for attendee badges having attendee identifying data stored in a badge embedded RFID. The RFID reader-printer generates a network record of the data as well as an immediate local print-out of the RFID data usable, for example, as an attendee identifying template for further sales/marketing activities.
2) Description of Related Art
Prior data acquisition systems used in trade show environments have used bar codes to identify an attendee. An attendee’s bar-coded badge could be scanned using a bar code reader and the attendees identifying data gathered for later processing and or marketing follow-up. However, on the spot lead generation has typically been performed using a separate vendor specific system, manual notation of the attendee’s contact data by hand or through collection of business cards that are then attached to notes. Sophistication and automation of the systems varied with the expertise, budget and motivation of each vendor. Individual vendors typically each developed and self-supported their own unique systems which attendees would meet anew upon visiting each successive vendor at the trade show, slowing their progress through the show.
Although printers capable of reading and or writing to individual RFIDs associated with labels or other media passing through the media path of the printer exist, prior proximity readers for already printed individual RFID media, for example the event badges described herein, have been separate devices without on-demand printing functionality, requiring a separate printer with a second processor, network link to a host computer, power supply, enclosure and interconnecting cabling. The duplicated components increasing the resulting system complexity and cost. Further, the resulting systems required computer savvy end user system operators and or a significant training expense.
Therefore, it is an object of the invention to provide an apparatus that overcomes deficiencies in the prior art.
In one embodiment, the invention may be used at an event. The event may be, example, a trade show, convention, meeting or other gathering with multiple entities at a shared location. The entities may be different vendors each with their own display space, booth or “station”. Attendees at the event are able to move freely between the stations, stopping to learn more about any entity they are interested in.
Attendee specific information storage and transfer at the event utilizes RFID tag technology. An RFID tag, for example as...