Engineers at Los Angeles-based Mojix, a newcomer in the world of RFID, say the have developed a way enhance the range of low-cost passive RFID tags, potentially cutting the costs of large-scale tracking systems up to 25%.
Their Mojix STAR system claims to redefine the performance parameters of passive RFID, delivering 100,000 times the indoor receiver sensitivity of past systems, with a read range of 600 feet and a coverage area of up to 250,000 square feet with non line-of-sight capabilities.
Networks with similar capabilities today typically require RFID tags that can cost anywhere from $4 to over $1000, according ot industry analysts. Mojix says its hardware uses simpler tags that cost as little as 10 cents each.
Some Mojix engineers worked previously at NASA on technology used in long-range communications to spacecraft. They are applying concepts from that experience to RFID.