RFID Crazy Golf

One of a family of PCB antennas designed for use with our Pepper C1 MUX modules. Antenna dimensions 80mm x 80mm. PCB dimensions 90mm x 90mm. Cable length of 800mm.

Project

At the start of the course, users are issued with golf clubs with embedded RFID tags which are tapped against the start of each hole. The number of shots taken by each player is then automatically recorded and the score is kept by the computer. When the golf ball is successfully put into the hole at the end of each whole the player’s score is automatically logged thanks to the RFID technology and a running score is kept. Special animations and advertisements can be played depending on how the play unfolds on each hole, for example points can be assigned for the golf ball taking particular paths and bonus sounds can be triggered for a “hole in one.” This is all made possible through the automated over the air connectivity of our Wi-Fi / Bluetooth enabled RFID multiplexer devices.

Product

The Pepper C1 MUX a multiplexed IoT RFID reader allowing up to 8 external antennas to be connected at the same time. The Pepper C1 MUX is one of Eccel’s first products with wireless connectivity capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocols. Wirelessly connectivity enables the user to implement custom firmware and easily enact changes to future-proof the product without having to wire up the device for firmware updates. This has the massive advantage the products can be updated “in-situ” without the need for expensive down-time whilst maintenance works are carried out to replace reader hardware and re-program. Updates can all be done over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as well as through traditional serial port connections. As with all our readers, the multiplexer range provides a “straight out of the box” ready to use device for many applications. In standalone mode, the module can also send a tag UID over MQTT or WebSocket’s for fast and easy integration with existing IoT systems.

Our multiplexer antennas have a customizable cable length of up to 800mm to suit the client’s application. Further modification to PCBA size to fit space constraints is also available. As with our golfing client the PCB was cut down to have a hole through the middle of the PCB antenna and accommodate the client’s metalwork and electronics within their application. This is a key USP for all our PCB antenna products.

The parameters such as the dimensions or shape of the coil or its inductance can be altered. So, we have customized this by cutting out the middle the middle section out to meet client requirements. Typically, our Mux antennas – can achieve a read range of around up to 70mm and this range can be maximized through hardware and tuning changes in certain environments to more than 100mm. with the standard MIFARE Classic 1k ISO card.

For more information

Eccel’s technology helps transform the average mini golf course to increase engagement and fun.

Look out for the RFID symbol coming to a crazy golf course near you!

If you would like to embed RFID solutions with custom designed and bespoke products, please contact sales@eccel.co.uk for a quote.

To see a demonstration on how the MUX ANT 1356 connects to the reader see below.

 

 

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