SmartCAT Capture Support
SmartCAT Capture collects data from UHF RFID, NFC and Barcode tags and labels. The data can be emailed or exported as a CSV file and opened in a text editor such as Notepad or Microsoft Excel.
Connect to SmartCAT Forms
Read & Write NFC (Near )
Read & Write UHF (Ultra High Frequency) tags
Scan up to 10 different types of barcodes
I. Shopping Cart
– Opens the SmartCAT website where you can purchase software licenses, RFID tags and labels, as well as other accessories.
II. General Settings (Android)
– Turn the app’s sound on/off (Android)
– Change the data send default email address (Android)
1. Username & Password
– Switch the users within the app
2. NFC Settings
– Connects / disconnects your iOS NFC Reader and displays the reader’s information
Connect your iOS Reader
*Most Android devices contain a built in NFC Reader and do not require a standalone reader
1. Turn on your Bluetooth connectivity
2. Check to see that your RFID reader is turned on – switch the toggle on the top towards the bluetooth symbol
3. Find the reader through your device’s Bluetooth settings or the SmartCAT Capture app (Settings → NFC Settings → Connect)
*If you are connecting to an iOS device for the first time, you must connect through your device’s Bluetooth settings. The connection may take 45 seconds – 1 minute.
*If your device is picking up multiple iOS NFC Readers, the name of your iOS NFC Reader is the P/N found on the back of the reader.
3. UHF Settings
– Connects / disconnects your RF Prisma, turns the sound of the reader on / off, displays the reader’s information and allows you to change the power gain, offset and length of the reader’s readability.
Connecting your RF Prisma
1) Turn on your device’s Bluetooth connectivity
2) Check to see that your RF Prisma is turned on by holding down the small gray button on top of the RF Prisma. You should hear a sound and see a blinking light.
3) Find the reader through your device’s Bluetooth settings or the SmartCAT Capture app (Settings → UHF Settings → Connect). The RF Prisma will flash 2 stable lights once connected.
*If you are connecting to an iOS device for the first time, you must connect through your device’s Bluetooth settings. The connection may take 45 seconds – 1 minute. Once your device is paired with the RF Prisma start the SmartCAT Capture App, select UHF settings and then select connect and locate the your RF Prisma.
*If your device is picking up multiple RF Prismas, the name of your RF Prisma is the last 4 digits of the MAC number address under the battery.
Power Gain – Is related to the strength of the RF signal put out by the RF Prisma. Lower power is used to read from close read ranges or single tags while higher power is used to read further read ranges or multiple tags.
Offset – Is used during single tag reads and represents the number of hex characters (set of 4) from the front of the EPC that will be ignored.
Length – Is the number of hex characters (sets of 4) that will be read after the offset.
4. Barcode Settings
Scan types – GS1 DataBar, Code 39, Code 128, PDF 147, Code 25, Code 93, CodaBar, Code 11, MSI, and QR Code 2005
Effort level – Levels range from 1-5. Level 1 will work in most scenarios, but higher levels can read more difficult barcodes
5. Data Transfer
SmartCAT Capture exports data as a CSV file that can be opened in Notepad, Microsoft Excel, etc. When data has been saved, an envelope icon will appear in the taskbar across the top of the screen.
1. Tap the envelope in the taskbar to send the data via email
2. Select the recipients you want to send the data to.
*To change the default email address, go to Settings → General → Email.
Connecting your iOS NFC Reader – See 3. NFC Settings Above
Reading NFC Tags
1. Select Read Tag
2. Hold your Android device or iOS NFC Reader up to the RFID tag you want to read
3. Add comments if applicable
4. Click Confirm to save the data. A green checkmark will appear to verify the data capture.
Writing NFC Tags
1. Select “Write Tag”
2. Type the name/number you want associated with the tag
3. Hold your Android device or iOS NFC Reader up to the tag. A message will appear stating your write was successful.
Mobile devices are not capable of reading UHF RFID tags, an RF Prisma, a Bluetooth enabled RFID reader, is required.
Single UHF Tag Read
1. Select “Read Tag” → “Single Read”
2. Hold your RF Prisma up to the RFID tag you want to read
3. Press the large gray button on top of the RF Prisma
4. Add comments if applicable
5. Click “Confirm” to save the data. A green checkmark will appear to verify the data capture.
Multi UHF Tag Read
1. Select “Read Tag” → “Multiple Read”
2. Press the large gray button on top of your RF Prisma
3. To stop the scan, press the large gray button again
4. Select the tags you want to collect data from
5. Click “Confirm” to save the data. A green check will appear to verify the data capture.
Writing UHF Tags
1. Select “Write Tag”
2. Choose to write to the EPC or User memory
3. Type the name / number you want associated with the tag. *Data fields only accept characters A-F and 0-9.
4. Hold your RF Prisma up to the tag
5. Press the large gray button on top of the RF Prisma. A message will appear stating your write was successful.
Reading QR / Barcodes
1. Tap the Barcode icon on the home screen
2. Center the barcode within the screen
3. The camera will auto-focus and capture the QR or barcode
*Tips: Capture QR or barcodes in well-lit environments to avoid shadows and glare for easier and faster reads.