PervasID claims ‘world first’ RFID gamechanger
Cambridge UK startup PervasID has launched what it claims is a ‘world first’ near-100 per cent detection RFID ceiling tile reader that it says delivers hugely reduced cost to deploy wide area, real time inventory monitoring for retailers, healthcare and security sectors.
The nextgen flat ceiling tile antenna reader system is branded Space Ranger™ 9200.
PervasID, based at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge, says retailers, hospitals and other industries are now able to use the technology to see their stock throughout a store or building in real time.
Space Ranger™ 9200 uses a network of low profile flat ceiling tile antennas, each of which are located discretely at intervals across the shop floor or stockroom; reducing the required number antennas needed by 75 per cent as well as reducing the coaxial cabling requirement by 50 per cent.
This long-range ceiling tile antenna reader reduces costs, requires less space and simplifies installation. A threefold reduction in installed costs per sq metre should be achievable, says PervasID, whose technology is based on research within Cambridge University.
The solution is currently in trial with a number of leading retailers and is already on target to deliver an ROI of less than 12 months, according to the company.
PervasID says it has a number of RFID solutions in the portfolio to support all types of requirement including a highly accurate portal version. CEO, Sabesan Sithamparanathan, said: “Historically the adoption of RFID has not met industry expectation due to low detection rates combined with prohibitively high costs of reader system and deployment. All this has changed with our launch and we believe the benefits of RFID can now finally be realised cost effectively.
“Most overhead RFID readers, can read tags within a zone, but with less accuracy (typically only 80 per cent) compared to the Space Ranger at nearly 100 per cent. Our next generation solution resolves the issues of areas of low RF transmission where tags can easily be missed.”
PervasID RFID technology has developed from University of Cambridge research and is now launching into general distribution following several successful trials in retail, healthcare and security sectors. It is seeking global distribution partners to promote and implement the solution globally.