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Patent Granted on RFID Tag-Location Information Technology

RF Controls LLC, a provider of radio frequency identification smart antenna hardware and software, has received a foundational patent for its technology capable of tracking UHF passive RFID tags with accuracy within 12 inches.

The company's Intelligent Tracking and Control System (ITCS) is a bi-directional, electronically steerable phased array antenna technology for the long-range tracking of such tags. ITCS is based on sophisticated military tracking technology and "smart antennas" which deliver precise three-dimensional tag location information. RF Controls achieves tag location accuracy with an operating range up to 350 feet, depending on which product and the type of tag used. The company says ITCS solves the fundamental business process problem of automatically and accurately locating arbitrarily placed items with passive RFID tags, which is crucial to efficient inventory and asset management.

"The ITCS technology is significant because it makes expensive active tags, hand-held readers, portals, distributed systems and cumbersome short-range architecture obsolete," said RF Controls' CEO, Tom Ellinwood. "It acts as a permanent infrastructure to monitor wide area zones, eliminating human intervention and much of the time and cost involved in managing inventory as it moves through the supply chain."

Although RF Controls' technology has a variety of uses across multiple industries, the company's initial focus is on supply chain management where it sees enormous potential to reduce labor costs, inventory and eliminate capital expenditures.

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The company's Intelligent Tracking and Control System (ITCS) is a bi-directional, electronically steerable phased array antenna technology for the long-range tracking of such tags. ITCS is based on sophisticated military tracking technology and "smart antennas" which deliver precise three-dimensional tag location information. RF Controls achieves tag location accuracy with an operating range up to 350 feet, depending on which product and the type of tag used. The company says ITCS solves the fundamental business process problem of automatically and accurately locating arbitrarily placed items with passive RFID tags, which is crucial to efficient inventory and asset management.

"The ITCS technology is significant because it makes expensive active tags, hand-held readers, portals, distributed systems and cumbersome short-range architecture obsolete," said RF Controls' CEO, Tom Ellinwood. "It acts as a permanent infrastructure to monitor wide area zones, eliminating human intervention and much of the time and cost involved in managing inventory as it moves through the supply chain."

Although RF Controls' technology has a variety of uses across multiple industries, the company's initial focus is on supply chain management where it sees enormous potential to reduce labor costs, inventory and eliminate capital expenditures.

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