The lightweight portable RFID reader, model 223004, is compatible with 13.56 MHz tags compliant with various standards including ISO 14443, Mifare Type A, Philips ICODE I and ISO15693. It communicates with a computer via a USB interface for data exchange. The smart reader boasts a maximum read distance of 12 cm and offers data rates of 26 kbps when tags are compliant with ISO 15693 standard and 106 kbps when tags are compliant with ISO 14443 standard. It can be readily integrated with wireless handheld PDAs, Microsoft Windows applications by using ActiveX controls and can be used together with Bluetooth GPS location devices for asset mapping. The reader has an IP64 protection rating and is encapsulated within a high impact plastic case to withstand harsh environments.