EID Hardware Overview
Basic requirements/characteristics of (AIN) Animal
Identification Number tags
AIN tags are designed for one time use (tamper
AIN tags are Imprinted with the AIN (15 digit
number starting with 840 if going into American born animals)
These Tags will have:
USDA NAIS endorses the use of technology standards
by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
11784 and 11785, which would establish a radio frequency identirfication
(RFID) technology standard for
producers or service providers who elect to use radio frequency
technology in the NAIS. These tags operate at the frequency
of 134.2 kHz (either full or half duplex).
The following are some tags currently commercially available:
Depending on the intended use, EID Readers can vary from battery
powered hand held units to stationary panel readers.
Hand-held readers are used in chute-side or alleyways. These
readers are fairly inexpensive ($400-$1200 each). The read range
will vary depending upon environment and battery strength. Most
hand-held readers have read ranges from 4-10 inches. Hand-held
readers communicate to a PC or hand-held PDA via serial cables,
direct connections or over a Bluetooth wireless connection.
Panel readers are usually permanently mounted in a chute or alleyway. For optimum performance
these readers require tuning. In ideal environments, tags can be read automatically from as far
as 3 feet, unattended. Panel reading systems can cost from $1000 - $10,000+.