I received my Halo scanner in the mail yesterday, and played with it some, to see what it can do. In this video, the dude scans his xEM chip also - which, I assume, he left in 40-bit UID EM41xx mode.
So I tried to scan my own, non-DT, EM4200 implant. No matter how much I tried, the Halo reported nothing. I doubt very much it didn’t pick it up though, because my EM implant is oversized and usually has a pretty good read range. More likely, the Halo is very particular with what type of EM chip it supports, and really, REALLY wants a EM4102 and nothing else.
Anyhow, I looked at the scanner’s specs to try and figure out what it supports, and that page says “Reads all FDX-B 15 digit, FDX-A 10 digit and EM4102 (BME)chips”. Anybody knows what BME stands for? I’ve googled it up several times in different contexts, but nothing much turns up. The best guess I have is that it stands for “bio-medical equipment”, but that’s probably not it.
Side question about the Halo scanner - or rather, the Scanner Angel software that loads up a database of lost pets into the unit when you charge it with a Windows PC: anybody knows where that program stores the database?
Normally the pets’ statuses in it are supposed to be one of “lost”, “recovered” and a couple other statuses or something, and the Halo scanner is supposed to display it when it encounters a matching UID. I was goofing around with the idea of figuring out the format of the database, and if possible, patching it to make my Halo scanner displays my status as “fabulous” when it scans my xBT
Trouble is, I can’t find it. I only find a big, mostly empty file with a few phone numbers of shelters around the world and a dozen garbled entries. That can’t be it.