TraxxID allows the model railroader to automate train operations by using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. RFID readers and Near Field Communication (NFC) tags are used to identify locations of layout rolling stock in the various city, sidings and industries.
NFC is a wireless technology that allows for the transfer of data such as text or numbers between two NFC enabled devices. NFC tags, which can be set on stickers, contain small microchips with small aerials that can store a small amount of information for transfer to another NFC device, such as a NFC tag reader.
Our 8mm NFC Tags are usually placed at the lowest point feasible on the railcar, which we have found 90% of the time, to be located on the trucks.
Sticking an ID tag onto your trucks not only hide the tags from the view of any user, it also allows the reader to easily and efficiently read the data from tag. The tag can be pulled off and put back in place without any issues.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track the NFC tags. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID readers interrogating radio waves.
The MFRC522 Reader is used to read the NFC tags that will be attached underneath the railcar or locomotive. The reader is installed underneath the rail track. The user can determine the number of readers needed based on the number of industries (spurs), sidings and switch yards.
The reader is placed underneath the track midpoint. As the locomotives and railcars roll over the reader, the data from the tags are captured and reported back to the online database.
The readers will also work very well covered with non metallic ballast, keeping your scenery fully in tact.
If you can install track on your layout, you can install Traxx ID. It is very simple and comes with a step-by-step manual for installation and instructions on all of the pre-configured components.
Components are powered by the accessories 12vdc power bus that sits underneath your layout. All installation materials and power supplies are provided with the RFID component package, with the exception of your bus wire.
Our roadmap has our RFID Hardware interoperating with the JMRI applications in a future releases.