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Introducing ThingMagic®RAIN RFID starter kit

October 30, 2019

New ThingMagic RAIN Starter Kit Provides Affordable and Accessible RAIN RFID Development

Developed by JADAK in collaboration with Impinj and RAIN RFID Alliance

Syracuse, N.Y. (July 30, 2019) – JADAK, a business unit of Novanta Corporation (“Novanta”), introduces its ThingMagic RAIN Starter Kit developed in collaboration with Impinj, Inc. and the RAIN RFID Alliance. The kit supports the RAIN Communication Interface (RCI) and will serve as an important tool to increase exposure and access to RAIN RFID, a wireless technology connecting billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate, and engage each item. The starter kit provides an easily accessible and affordable platform for students and hobbyists to use when learning to apply this technology, while also promoting best practices for using RAIN RFID.

“It’s important for JADAK to support the adoption of RAIN RFID by increasing access to the technology for students and non-professional developers who will become the future innovators of the Internet of Things,” said Harinath Reddy, senior director of research and development for ThingMagic RFID.

The ThingMagic RAIN Starter Kit consists of the ThingMagic RAIN reader and sample RAIN tags from RAIN RFID Alliance members. The starter kit delivers out-of-box item connectivity utilizing the Impinj Indy R500 RAIN RFID reader chip and sample tags enabled by Impinj Monza RAIN RFID tag chips. “We are excited to collaborate with JADAK and the RAIN RFID Alliance to introduce more engineers to the possibilities of RAIN technology for expanding the Internet’s reach to everyday items,” says Gahan Richardson, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Impinj.

JADAK’s ThingMagic RAIN Starter Kit offers functionality as per RAIN RFID Alliance developer community guidelines and is a budget-friendly solution for hobbyists and students looking to learn and experiment with RAIN RFID. For professional applications, JADAK’s ThingMagic EL6e Smart Module and Elara USB Plug-and-Play Reader provide a fuller set of features and higher levels of performance.

The ThingMagic RAIN Starter Kit will be available for sale in September and will be distributed by atlasRFIDstore.com, the leading, global distributor of RAIN RFID hardware.

The RAIN RFID Alliance is an organization supporting the universal adoption of RAIN UHF RFID technology. For more information, visit https://rainrfid.org/.

The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to wirelessly connect billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. For more information, visit www.impinj.com.


JADAK, a business unit of Novanta, is a market leader in machine vision, RFID, barcode, printing, and color and light measurement products and services for original equipment manufacturers. The business designs and manufactures detection and analysis solutions that help customers solve unique inspection, tracking, scanning and documenting challenges. JADAK is based in Syracuse, New York, with sales and technical locations across the globe.


Novanta is a trusted technology partner to OEMs in the medical and advanced industrial technology markets, with deep proprietary expertise in photonics, vision and precision motion technologies. For more information, visit www.novanta.com.