Impinj augments ItemSense capabilities; debuts Monza RAIN RFID tag chip for automotive applications

Impinj improved its ItemSense software to ease the deployment, management and monitoring of RAIN RFID solutions, and debuted Monza 4i tag chip, targeted at automotive applications.

ItemSense software enables businesses to integrate ItemIntelligence, the identity, location and authenticity of everyday items, into enterprise applications. ItemSense software aggregates raw RAIN RFID data into real-time business-relevant events. ItemSense also centralizes and automates deployment, management and monitoring of RAIN RFID infrastructure including Impinj readers and gateways.

Impinj has now enabled digital life for more than 13 billion everyday items including apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, and more; it connects items and provides ItemIntelligence so businesses can make smarter business decisions, delight customers and drive sales.

Impinj has now streamlined RAIN RFID deployment and management through a new ItemSense Management Console (IMC). With the IMC, customers can automatically discover gateways and readers on their network and auto-set device configurations and recipes to streamline system setup. In addition, Impinj launched a developer website ( featuring documentation and tools to aid integrating RAIN RFID data into solutions.

With ItemSense, users can now automatically discover readers and gateways, preset reader configurations for common inventory and location scenarios, offers health monitoring and health API, view network connectivity and set alerts if gateways or readers disconnect, monitor reader/gateway memory utilization and process/thread operation, centralize deployment/management of reader infrastructure and firmware updates.

With location enhancements, partition monitored facilities into geographic regions or “zones” of any size or shape, locate and track items within and across zones, generate events based on item movement by distance or between zones. Its developer Portal offers documentation to help users deploy and use ItemSense, software integration support tools, and change log with recent software updates.

Impinj’s new Monza 4i chip offers 256-bit EPC memory and 480-bit user memory for applications that require extended serial numbers, such as Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs), coupled with large user memory. The large user memory supports data logging to track, monitor, time-stamp, and record item maintenance, component status and environmental conditions.

Monza 4i’s True3D feature allows omnidirectional readability, while its superior interference rejection ensures high performance in noisy industrial environments. Impinj optimized Monza 4i for automotive manufacturing control to offer quality checks for vehicle parts in assembly lines, with data written in every production step, and logistics that uses logged data to verify car parts like gearboxes, bumpers, airbags and dashboards.

“By using the Impinj Platform, you gain the Impinj advantage — high performing products and features to enhance your RAIN RFID solution,” said Chris Diorio, co-founder and CEO of Impinj. “Our customers know the Impinj Platform enables solutions with high performance, functionality and flexibility. Impinj was front-and-center in drafting the EPCglobal Gen2 V2 protocol and its products are not only compliant with, but take advantage of V2’s capabilities and benefits. Impinj’s recent Platform enhancements further ease and speed deployment, system management and health monitoring and expand Platform applicability.”

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