Nokia Embraces RFID

By Dennis Callaghan  |  Posted 2004-03-17 Print this article Print

Nokia Corp. announced the addition of RFID capabilities to one of its GSM mobile phones at the CeBIT show, in Hannover, Germany.

HANNOVER, GERMANY—Nokia Corp. announced the addition of RFID capabilities to one of its GSM mobile phones here on Wednesday at the CeBIT show. The company launched the Nokia Mobile RFID Kit, which will integrate with its 5140 model global system for mobile communications mobile phone. The kit includes two Xpress-on radio frequency identification Reader Shells compatible with the 5140, application software for the phone and 20 RFID tags. Nokia is targeting the kit to field-force personnel, who would use it to read the content of RFID tags and translate that content into action, such as launching a phone browser or dialing and sending messages automatically, Nokia officials said.
The phone also can be used to collect meter data for utility companies or to record time and attendance, officials said.
The Nokia Mobile RFID Kit will be included as part of the Nokia Field Force Solution. It will operate in the 13.56MHz frequency range and will use the ISO-14443A standard. The kit is due to ship in the middle part of this year. Nokia, like Siemens AGs mobile division, also announced its first megapixel camera phone at the show, the 7610. Siemens officials announced the S65 megapixel camera phone earlier Wednesday. Check out eWEEKs Mobile & Wireless Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our mobile and wireless news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

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