Kathrein Solutions

New Kathrein RAIN RFID Reader With Innovative Connection Concept

Press Releases | By Kathrein | 22 October 2018

Quick and easy installation

With the new ARU 2400, Kathrein Solutions is launching a RAIN RFID reader on the market that is as easy to install as it is to operate!

With its slim, smart design, durability and functionality, the reader can be used in a variety of applications. The powerful RAIN RFID interface known from Kathrein and the robust design are also present in this 27-dBm class reader.

The ARU 2400 offers new mounting and connection options. The housing of the ARU 2400 can easily be installed in existing shelves using the mounting points for the so-called ITEM profiles. The plugs and sockets are just as easy to operate. For both the power supply and the terminal block of the digital inputs and outputs, a terminal strip with screw terminals – which allow direct cable installation – is installed.

Come and see the new ARU 2400 at the Kathrein Solutions booth at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2018 on October 30 & 31 in Darmstadt near Frankfurt, Germany!

The ARU 2400 has antenna connections in accordance with the FAKRA standard. These antenna connectors known from the automotive industry are robust and vibration-resistant. The coded connectors lock in place with a click and are connected in seconds, which makes installation in large rollout projects considerably easier and also reduces hardware costs.

Performance in the 27-dBm class

Kathrein enthuses with the ARU 2400 reader with the innovative FAKRA connection technology and relies on the well-known, powerful RAIN RFID front end. This enables a secure reading of RAIN RFID transponders in the range of up to 3 meters.

The integrated SMSH HG antenna system with an opening angle of 60°/60° enables extremely selective detection of the transponders in the desired reading field.

Furthermore, the reader has the Kathren antenna interface @KRAI at its 3 external antenna terminals to be able to control dynamic and intelligent antennas. This way, depending on power requirements, it is possible to control up to 8 antennas in a cascade per FAKRA port. This reduces costs by up to 40%, particularly in applications with multiple reading points, such as KanBan shelves.

Due to the additional position information of the individual antennas, it is easy to locate the load carriers. The built-in digital inputs and outputs enable an easy control of external sensors or actuators.

The integrated Linux industrial PC can run independently with applications, such as AccessManager or TagBlower. In this case, no additional application software is required. Due to the built-in PoE interface, which is accessed via a standard RJ45 connector, it is possible to easily integrate the reader into a network. 4 freely programmable LEDs, which are perfectly visible at daylight, enable a customisable visualisation of the individual process steps and informs an employee about the status of the device.


The new ARU 2400 is ideally suited for all simple AutoID applications in industry, intralogistics and healthcare areas. Due to its innovative connection and functional concept, the reader meets all requirements for digitisation of the existing production and logistics processes in a cost-effective and flexible way.

Come and meet Kathrein Solutions at booth 22 at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2018 on October 30 & 31 in Darmstadt near Frankfurt, Germany!

We are sponsor and partner of Europe's largest event for RFID and wireless IoT technologies and applications since 2011! In 2018, Kathrein Solutions will not only present the latest hardware and services for innovative IoT applications in the exhibition, but will also bring application and technology know-how to the conference in two presentations. Listen to the keynote speeches by our Kathrein experts Berthold Fabian in forum "Automotive" on User Day and Michael Kaiser in forum "AIDC: Standardization, Markets, & Challenges" on Developer Day. Share your RFID and IoT projects with us.

Last modified on Monday, 22 October 2018 07:41
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