Leading RFID technology company PervasID says it has achieved a breakthrough.

This week the company announced that its Space Ranger™ 9200 solution can “deliver the world’s first near-100 per cent accurate wide-area passive RFID detection in real time”.

A spokesperson said the system is in trial with a number of leading retailers and is already on target to deliver an ROI of less than 12 months.

PervasID is calling Space Ranger 9200 “the next generation flat ceiling tile antenna reader system”.

While RFID systems with tags and readers have been hailed as a gold standard for store security, up to now their antennae have had less than complete monitoring capabilities.

This is one reason, besides the expense and the risk that criminals can deactivate the RFID using foil lined booster bags or detaggers, why many large retailers are still on the sidelines reviewing the technology.

Sabesan Sithamparanathan, CEO of PervasID said this week: “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 announcement 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%) compared with the Space Ranger™ at nearly 100%,” he said, adding “our next generation solution resolves the issues of areas of low RF transmission where tags can easily be missed. Our unique distributed antenna system improves tag reading accuracy to near 100% making it a really viable solution for any business needing better insight into stock movements.”

The company says Space Ranger™ 9200 uses a network of low profile flat ceiling tile antennas, each of which are located discreetly at intervals across a shop floor or stockroom; reducing the required number antennas needed by three quarters as well as reducing the coaxial cabling requirement by 50%.

This long-range ceiling tile antenna reader reduces costs, requires less space and simplifies installation, it states, so that a threefold reduction in installed costs per sq metre should be achievable.

PervasID has a number of RFID solutions in its portfolio, aimed at supplying real time tracking of inventory, assets and people…

PervasID RFID technology was developed from research at the UK’s University of Cambridge. The company says it is now launching into general distribution following several successful trials in retail, healthcare and security sectors.

It is looking for global distribution partners “to promote and implement this lower cost RFID solution around the world in addition to direct end customers who want to trial the solution and benefit from its accuracy and lower implementation costs”.