Kathrein Presents New ARU 8500 RFID Antenna Reader at #WIOTtomorrow19

Optimal Shipping Control by Means of Precise RFID Direction Recognition

At the 2019, presents a new product, ARU 8500 reader from the ARU reader family.

The more complex the logistics processes become, the higher the demands for reliable and high-performance reading devices. The new ARU 8500 reader with an integrated circular switch-beam antenna enables precise detection of goods and their direction of movement. Ubiquity means the ability to be present everywhere.

However, it is also a requirement for industrial production or logistics processes that shipped goods or commodities are tracked at all times. The transitions between the production areas or individual parts in the supply chain are of central importance.

The device is characterised by a greater processing capacity and, therefore, a fast reading process as well as increased reading accuracy, even under difficult conditions.

Fast and Precise Identification

The core function of the ARU 8500 is a circular switch-beam antenna. In contrast to standard RFID antennas, the antenna beam here can be swivelled in three areas to track the direction of movement in a gantry or when the goods pass through a gate. The otherwise easily detected pass-through area is divided into three zones in order to reliably determine the direction of movement when the goods pass through the gate.

A crucial advantage here is the ability to distinguish between the transported goods that pass through all three reading zones and static readings that only take place in one zone. Therefore, only the goods that are moved are detected. This makes it possible to completely do without other sensors, such as light barriers. Thus, it is possible to reliably identify the flow of goods and control and optimise production or logistics processes.

Robust and High-Performance

The ARU 8500 reader has an extremely robust housing made of industry-standard aluminum injection mold with an attractive plastic hood for the circular switch-beam antenna. Therefore, it ensures long service life and optimal performance in all logistics and production environments. This powerful indoor reader ensures secure and reliable identification of goods.

Efficiency with LEDs

The ARU 8500 reader is equipped with four high-performance LEDs. This allows for a visualisation of the currently active antenna or a feedback of the read goods per antenna. The LEDs provide a steady and strong signal which can be flexibly adjusted in colour, intensity and flashing frequency.

CrossTalk IoT Software

The ARU 8500 reader expands the well-known ARU 3000 reader family and can be easily integrated into existing IT and ERP systems using the CrossTalk AutoID software suite.


The new ARU 8500 is the perfect solution for registering goods movement in the industrial, logistics and retail sectors. This feature is the ideal solution for dock doors to detect goods and their direction of movement, as well as an anti-theft system to check whether the goods have been paid for when customers leave the store.

The precise identification of your goods, vehicles and pallets will assist you in better managing and controlling your logistics processes.

Visit us at Europe’s largest event for RFID and wireless IoT technologies on Oct 29th & 30th in Darmstadt, Germany at Booth 22. Experience the digitalisation of industrial processes, IoT supply chain and real-time location systems at first hand.