LTKJava – the (hidden) Fosstrak module

December 9, 2009

I was checking the other day the download numbers of LTKJava, the Java implementation of a Codec for the LLRP protocol which the Fosstrak team contributed to the LLRP toolkit project. The Java implementation has been downloaded more than 600 times since we released the latest version at the end of July. The usage of LTKJava by major reader vendors and reader middleware such as Intermec and OatSystems underlines the contribution open source software can make to the field of RFID and the adoption of standardized protocols.

At Fosstrak, we are using LTKJava in our Fosstrak LLRP Commander, a tool to control and manage RFID readers via LLRP.

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Mark Roberti of the RFIDJournal writes about Fosstrak

November 5, 2009

Mark Roberti, editor of the RFIDJournal, writes about Fosstrak and the adoption of open source EPCIS on his blog.


New Feature of Fosstrak LLRP Commander: Log LLRP tag reads to SQL database

November 5, 2009

This is a quick post about a really cool feature Samuel, the Fosstrak lead on the LLRP Commander, added in the last release that allows users to specify the database to which LLRP messages are logged. Previously, we used a database that was built-in into the LLRP Commander. With the new feature, users can specify a (remote) SQL database server of their choice to which they want the data to be logged. This makes data analysis really trivial. Setup an open source database such MySQL or PostgresQL, install the Fosstrak LLRP Commander, connect to your reader or readers of choice and then analysis your data via SQL. The Fosstrak LLRP Commander logs all messages, but also parses the individual RO_ACCESS_REPORTs for TAG_REPORT_DATA on each tag read and lists each TAG_REPORT_DATA parameter as a new row in the SQL table.

This is great for data analysis purposes. No need to write any code to get RFID data such as IDs or RSSI values from one or more readers. At the MIT Auto-ID Lab, we are now using Matlab to query the database and visualize the data captured.


2000th download of Fosstrak EPCIS

October 30, 2009

We are very happen to announce that the Fosstrak open source EPCIS repository has just been downloaded for the 2000th time since the initial release¬† in 2007. This makes the Fosstrak EPCIS repository probably the most widely deployed implementation of the EPCglobal EPCIS standard. We’ve come along way from the initial alpha release back in 2007 to today’s EPCglobal certified version that is seeing significant use by a broad spectrum of users – both in academia and in industry.


RFID Journal writes about release of Fosstrak LLRP Commander

September 1, 2009

The RFIDJournal wrote a news item on the Fosstrak LLRP Commander, the latest open source Fosstrak tool that provides an intuitive interface to configure and control RFID readers that support EPCglobal‘s Low-Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) standard.¬† See here for the full RFIDJournal article.