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iPad: RFID Bluetooth reader disables keyboard

Question asked by bpanhuyzen on Jan 29, 2015
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2015 by pjreagan

I'm deploying a solution for someone doing inspections in the field. They use a Bluetooth RFID reader to scan asset tags on equipment and enter them into the solution – however, when the RFID reader is connected, in behaves as a Bluetooth keyboard, which means the iPad's own keyboard is disabled. The client must enable Bluetooth to read a tag, then disable it again to enter data from the iPad keyboard. (Compare behaviour on a laptop, in which the mechanical keyboard remains active when a Bluetooth keyboard device like the reader is connected.)


Anyone have a suggestion for a way around this, either via hardware or software?


It would be nice if Apple would enable RFID in devices, to eliminate the whole extra (expensive) piece of hardware to read the tags. I understand the iPhone 6 has an RFID reader, but it is only enabled for Apple Pay. FileMaker Go should also be able to access this hardware, dontcha think?


Thanks everyone!