Kathrein RFID

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Kronstaudener Weg 1

Bavaria 83071


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Kronstaudener Weg 1

Stephanskirchen , Bavaria 83071



Tel +49 8036 90831 20

Fax +49 8036 90831 69

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Company information

Kathrein RFID is the leading Auto ID Hardware and Solution Provider for:

  • Industrial Automation
  • Intra Logistic Solutions
  • ITS/AVI Vehicle Identification Solution
  • Retail Logistic Solution
  • 3D antenna / application simulation
  • 3D transponder development and measurement

Kathrein RFID

Kathrein RFID regards itself as a leading RFID-manufacturer who has been working in the RFID sector for more than 25 years. Their products are developed and produced in compliance with the strict automotive norm ISO TS 16949 and the DIN EN ISO 9001 guidelines. This guarantees their customers a high level of quality and a long service life. Their new cutting-edge Test and Application Center in Stephanskirchen provides more space for new challenges and for specific solutions designed to meet customer requirements.

Sites: Stephanskirchen, Mühlau | Production: Made in Germany

With their optimized circuit technology and intelligent software solutions, Kathrein RFID-systems can be run using significantly less energy input than comparable systems. The assistance in planning and analyzing UHF-RFID-based applications is one of Kathrein‘s fields of activity. In order to guarantee a customer-oriented support system, on-site support is also offered.

Automatic Vehicle Identification

Unlimited mobility is one of the key success factors for modern civil societies and economic systems. However, growing volumes of traffic in urban conurbations mean that new, innovative solutions are required to efficiently manage transportation systems and private transport. Modern smart city solutions integrate various Auto-ID technologies in an effective overall context, combining cloud and IT-based network services as needed.

Kathrein is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of RFID identification systems. We offer the very highest-quality tailor-made turnkey solutions including hardware and software for AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification), ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), ETC (Electronic Toll Collect) and EVR (Electronic Vehicle Registration).

Using cutting-edge passive security transponder solutions, we are able to handle small and medium-sized challenges as well as large-scale projects such as complex, high-level government solutions.

Industrial Automation

The development potential of modern production facilities derives from the technological innovation capacity and efficiency of complex industrial processes. Conventional CIM technologies no longer reflect the state of the art, so new solutions are in urgent demand. “Industry 4.0” and “Smart Factory” are the new visions of industrial automation, aspiring to maximum efficiency in terms of quality, cost and time as well as optimum total value of ownership.

Kathrein offers the solution expertise to meet any conceivable industrial challenge. We use UHF-RFID technology to turn products into smart objects. This enables efficiency-enhancing methods of self-configuration and self-optimization. In this way, we are able to offer companies attractive improvements in production monitoring, material flow control and workpiece tracking.
Users also benefit comprehensively from full identification of machines and production lines, improved workpiece positioning and optimized kanban systems. Production data capture is enabled by a portfolio of UHF-RFID reading devices and antennas that is both extensive and high-quality, as well as by our integration tool CrossTalk SW. These allow connection with Auto-ID devices, highly efficient real-time tracking of products and flexible control. Based on our longstanding experience we are able to create smart production environments with flexible, cost-optimized installations. In doing so we provide our customers with dedicated support during each phase – from project definition and selection of the right components through to putting the industrial facilities into operation.


The capacity to track products and goods along with increasing transparency and globalization requires companies to optimize their logistical processes on a lasting basis. However, simple identification systems such as barcodes are no longer sufficient to ensure seamless traceability along the entire supply chain. Today, more detailed information is required such as value added data and changes in object status. RFID technology makes it very simple to increase efficiency and automate processes.

With its RFID portfolio, Kathrein offers smart, integrated systems which successfully support real-time visibility and stock management. We provide companies with a full range of services to implement complex technologies. These include fully automatic direction recognition at loading bays by means of the ARU-CSB system, high capture rates using intelligent antenna systems with the patented ©KRAI technology and dynamically scalable software interface layers for fast and simple integration in diverse ERP systems.
Due to the worldwide availability of our systems and the high quality standards of our components and software architecture, we are able to significantly improve our customers’ supply chain management at minimum effort, cost and time. Kathrein provides a full range of support, from the development of blueprints right through to the final go-live.


Simple and quick handling at the checkout. Supply from the back stores to the front stores. Goods supply to the back stores. Effective goods distribution and interim storage in hubs. Networking of all stores within a retail chain. And regular inventories: all these are challenges that the clothing manufacturer faces on a day-to-day basis. Clever solutions are required to achieve transparency in the supply chains - from production right through to the POS.
Kathrein starts with the logistics process. Our RFID portfolio addresses all retailers’ needs - right down to the last detail. Our intelligent technologies identify whether goods are being taken from the back store to the front store or vice versa, for example. If a customer leaves the shop with an article of clothing that has not been paid for, the system is able to detect this attempted theft. Antennas integrated in the checkout counters significantly accelerate payment of goods. Intelligent shelves automatically trigger orders as soon as items are sold and networked stores carry out inventories on an ongoing basis.

We use our expertise and service awareness to optimize our customers’ value creation chains. Our measures are based on the very highest quality standards and a holistic understanding of processes.

Company information

Headquarters location Kronstaudener Weg 1
Bavaria 83071
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Founded in
Founded by

Anton Kathrein

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Recent projects

  • RFID UHF AVI Infrastructure at Munich Airport

Munich Airport

Munich Airport


  • Access and Exit Control Systems
  • Access Control
  • Architectural Supplies
  • Automatic Parking Systems
  • AVI / Radio Systems
  • Car Park Management Systems
  • Card Access Systems
  • Consulting Services - Equipment Specific
  • ePayment Solutions
  • Event Parking Services
  • License Plate Inventory
  • License Plate Recognition Systems
  • Mechanical Parking Systems
  • Parking Guidance Systems
  • Radio Systems
  • RFID
  • RFID Cards
  • Transponder Card Systems
  • Wireless Information Systems

Product information






RFID-UHF-Products 2016

RFID-UHF-Products 2016


ARU-CSB reader system with integrated switch beam antenna


The ARU-CSB RFID System allows to detect fully automatically moving goods with the integrated 3 high selective read zones. For the first time it is possible to link raw RFID read data with positioning information which is directly provided from the system by using the high performing circular switch beam technology.

  • Complete UHF system with reader and integrated circular switch beam antenna
  • “Out of the Box” direction detection
  • Embedded 1GHz iPC with industrial Linux
  • Allows to process up to 4000 tag read events per direction movement
  • TAG-phase and RSSI-function for even more efficient and rich data analysis

AutoID solutionsAutoID

noFilis CrossTalk is the most advanced software suite for IoT integration and Track & Trace visualiza¬tion. CrossTalk DeviceManagement delivers plug & play integration for AutoID devices and backend systems on the market. The AppCenter provides many visual track & trace business scenarios out of the box. With the modular approach, it’s highly configurable and customizable apps allows CrossTalk to use in any scenario.

Kathrein-RFID Antenna Interface © KRAI

With the new © KRAI product series Kathrein has introduced a revolutionary RFID system.

Key Features and benefits


  • By using Kathrein © KRAI antennas, reading rates can be increased by 33 % compared to simple circular antennas.
  • The Kathrein-RFID Antenna Interface © KRAI consists of a digital control bus, which enable connection between the RFID reader and the RFID antennas in order to Kathrein RFIDallow control and regulation tasks in remote antennas.
  • The phase control elements integrated in the © KRAI antennas enable static or 
  • dynamic adjustment of antenna characteristics.
  • Due to this, four different polarizations can be selected for the new 70° Wide Range antenna (type 52010193 WiRa-70- KRAI-ETSI): RHCP/LHCP/horizontal linear/vertical linear One can choose between static polarization and automatic switch-over. As the Kathrein-RFID Antenna Interface © KRAI is transmitted over the standard antenna cable, no additional lead or connection is required to control the new antenna types.

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