Herdly can work with many RFID readers to scan tags on a mobile device. The following readers are currently supported:
Before you can set up or use an Allflex or Tru-Test reader with Herdly, it must be be paired and connected to your mobile device. Follow the directions in their documentation to do this. We've noticed that this is typically a one-time process with the Allflex readers and they generally remember their pairing and reconnect within a few seconds each time the reader is turned on. The Tru-Test readers usually need to be manually reconnected each time they are turned on by tapping the reader in the Bluetooth section of the phone's Settings app.
Readers connected using the BlueSnap Smart Bluetooth adapter and the CCA prototype reader don't need to be paired. Once set up the first time, they automatically connect as needed.
Before you can use a reader in Herdly, you must set it up. If needed for your reader, first make sure it is paired and connected to your mobile device. Then go to Settings > RFID Reader to get to the RFID Reader Settings screen. Tap the RFID Reader row to choose your reader from the list of supported readers and then tap the Back button.
Next, tap the Setup button. Herdly will attempt to connect to your reader and, if successful, will show a list of settings that are specific to that reader. Make any changes you need and then back out of the screen. If all went well, you can then begin using the reader. You shouldn't normally have to adjust these settings in the future unless you want to change them.
To use the reader, simply make sure the reader is turned on and, if necessary, connected to your mobile device. Then use Herdly in one of the following situations.
When entering a tag in an RFID field on a mobile device, the keyboard can be used to scan for a tag. If it isn't already, tap the RFID Reader button in the top left of the keyboard. The keyboard will automatically connect to any reader that is turned on. As soon as a tag is read, the keyboard is dismissed and the tag is entered into the field.
The keyboard also stores the last entered tag and will display that tag + 1. If you tap on the Use Stored Tag button, that tag will be entered in the field instead. This is useful when entering tags in order from a bag as Herdly can predict the next tag number.
If you are in a situation where you need to work with animals and can get to their RFID tags, you can use the reader to look up animals faster by scanning their tags. In the Animals tab on the device, tap the Scan button. Herdly will connect to the reader if it is on and start scanning. The Scanning screen will show you the total number of tags scanned as well as how many of them are recognized (ie. they are on animals in Herdly) and how many are unrecognized. You can pause and resume the scanning if you need. The scanning will continue even if you switch to another app temporarily (ex. to take a phone call).
Once you have scanned the animal (or animals) you want to deal with, tap the Done button. Normally at this point, you'll be show the Scanned Animals screen which will list all the scanned animals, pre-selected so you can simply choose an action to perform on those animals. However, there can be up to two additional steps, depending on the situation.
If any of the scanned tags are associated with more than one animal in Herdly, you will see the Duplicate Tags screen. For each such tag, a list of animals will be presented so you can choose which animal you actually scanned. Click the Done button when you are finished with the duplicate tags.
If any of the tags are not recognized by Herdly, you will see the Unrecognized Tags screen which will list all the unrecognized tags. Tap each one to decide what to do with it. Your choices will include adding it to an existing animal, creating a new animal, or ignoring it.
When you are done with the Scanned Animals screen, you can either tap Scan to scan some more animals or tap Return to Animals to return to the main list of animals.
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† Herdly is not commercially involved with Serialio, the company than sells the BlueSnap Smart Bluetooth adapter. We cannot offer support for this product. We simply found it to be a helpful device which makes it possible to use an older RFID reader wirelessly with mobile devices and decided to make Herdly work with it for those that want to use it. If you decide to purchase the adapter, make sure you get the male or female version as needed.