1. Mr. Jakšík, is there another reason for ultra-thin antennas besides saving space?
Yes, there are aesthetic motivations. Many antennas look very industrial. It certainly doesn't stand out in warehouses or in military units. However, the number of RFID applications in offices, libraries, retail stores and healthcare projects is increasing, and a different aesthetic is needed for these areas. Our antennas bring this innately.
The antennas are flat and stylish, and the surfaces are smooth. With their smooth surfaces, the SFR3 and SFR4 antenna families can also be seamlessly and discreetly blended into the room by applying a wood pattern or the color of the wall on which the antenna will be installed.
2. Does FlexiRay offer a standard product range or customized products?
I would say both. We offer our antennas in three designs. The first is the SF2 line, which is very thin at three millimeters. We developed it for desktop reader setups and for cabinets. Second is the SFR3, which is 14 millimeters thick and has a robust housing for indoor and outdoor installation in production and logistics projects. And thirdly, there is the SFR4, which has slightly better parameters than the SFR3 and a different design.
We manufacture all these antennas in four lengths ranging from 10 centimeters to one meter. Which length is the right one depends largely on the customer's project. If the antennas are needed in North America, they are FCC-compliant, for Europe, they are ETSI-compliant. All in all, we have quite a lot of variants. We can also make concrete customer-specific adaptations for connectors and cables.
3. How about about readers; does FlexiRay offer one?
In addition to the portfolio of thin antennas, we actually offer a reader and a portal. The reader with the antenna SFX enables the creation of RFID reading zones at entrances and exits, hallways, doors and gates. It is IP65 rated and can be used indoors or outdoors. Again, the design is appealing and aesthetically valuable.
Furthermore, we have also recently started to offer an RFID portal. It features a sleek design and a small footprint, and is ideal for tracking assets, devices, documents, files and people indoors. The portal is available in three variants: with a left-facing antenna, a right-facing antenna and with two antennas for two reading zones.
4. Will there be anything new from FlexiRay soon?
We are currently preparing the launch of the new SF5/SFR5 line, which can replace parts of the SF2/SFR3 antennas. The wave field will be more homogeneous, the polarization will be circular and we will gain 8 dBi. We are really looking forward to this. In 2023/24, we also want to further expand our dealer network.