KP-8018 Keyboard Probe

The Keyboard Probes are handheld electronic systems for reading the IMI code in BMDS™ transponders. The Probes are small in size and are designed to be connected directly to a computing device’s USB port where it is detected as a keyboard (HID) input. Full wireless operation is also available.

Availability: In stock
The KP-8018 reads IMI transponders. A critical design element is the 1/2 size reader scan head. This new head, while naturally reducing the overall bulk and size of the reader, also offers a more focused read zone. The unit includes a built-in low voltage charging circuit so that the unit can be recharged and operated directly via its USB plug connection. The battery is a single 18650 lithium-ion battery that may be replaced by the user. The unit has a membrane keypad and LED scanning status and setup indication.
The Keyboard Probe has usage in common with a handheld barcode scanner, which, with the aid of a keyboard or touchscreen, is typically used to enter read ID and associated data into a real-time, field-based, computer application. In such a setup, a device display is not required, since the user sees the data immediately on the computer or tablet screen.

Distinctive characteristics:

  • Small size – making it a good match for handheld tablets and portable computers.
  • Portable operation via internal, rechargeable, Lithium-Ion battery
  • Auto read mode for non-portable, stand-mounted, continuous read, applications.
  • Powered directly off a tablet or computer’s USB port without the need for a separate interface system or a separate power supply.
  • Ability to directly connect to a USB port and be recognized as a keyboard HID output.
  • Ability to link as a wireless keyboard output to Bluetooth equipped devices.

Data I/O:

Built-in Keyboard Out via Full-Size USB Connector
Built-in Keyboard Configured Wireless Bluetooth


2.14” Wide by 1.61” High by 8.53” Long
Polycarbonate ABS Alloy Housing
Chemical Resistant Polyester Control Panel

Transponder Compatibillity

IMI-400 with the KP-8018
IMI-500 with the KP-8018
IMI-1000 with the KP-8018
  • BMDS™ Lowest Cost Reader with display
  • Beep & Scan Operation
  • Small Hybrid Scan Head for easier orientation 
  • Ability to Store and Download about 500 IDs
  • Powered via Single Lithium 18650 battery
  • Recharge via unit’s USB Data Port
  • Compact Size and Light Weight
  • Sequencing Scan LEDs
  • Menu Selectable Display Orientation
  • Large Scan Button with Instant Double Press ON
  • Button Control of Auto Scan Mode

Optional Accessories

  • USB Data Cable
  • USB Power Supply
  • USB Data Cable
  • Replacement Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • DASHost Software
  • Reader Stand
Spec Sheets

Download KP-8018 specification sheet here.