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 in most cases can be placed 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.
A RFID Reader installed below the rail track reads the RFID tags attached underneath the railcar or locomotive. TrainTraxx hardware can be deployed in a variety of ways, but the common usage is to place RFID readers at the 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. TrainTraxx has included clear plastic covers to protect for an ballast conductivity.
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 can be powered by using the members existing 12V DC accessory bus with a 12V DC to 5V DC converter (included with our standard kits and expansion packs) or any USB powered hub (sold separately). All installation materials and power supplies are provided with the RFID component package, with the exception of your bus wire.