Videx, Inc., of Corvallis, Oregon, has introduced the iBR9000 iButton reader. Small and lightweight, the miniature device reads the company’s iButtons. This collector measures 2 3/4 inches in length, weighs less than two ounces, and easily fits on a key ring. Built for demanding applications such as security guard tours, jail cell checks, and inmate tracking in correctional institutions, the fiberglass-reinforced nylon case and stainless steel read head withstand the impact of six-foot drops. The device provides an audible tone and its LED light flashes when it reads an iButton successfully. The memory allows users to store at least 9,000 reads before downloading data is needed. Powered by a standard three-volt lithium battery, the unit operates for a year or 75,000 reads between battery changes.