In a move designed to accelerate the global adoption of passive RFID technology, RF Controls and Stanley Black & Decker have entered into a joint venture to market RF Controls’ fixed antenna systems.
The new venture, called View Technologies, LLC, will serve as the exclusive licensing partner for the patented, game changing RF Controls suite of products. Stanley Black & Decker will provide the operational know how and global scalability required to market the fixed antenna solutions and bring the Internet of Things to life.
Graham Bloy, CTO and chief scientist at RF Controls, says that having Stanley Black and Decker as a global distribution partner underscores the joint commitment to build out the Internet of Things with RF Controls’ extensive patent library of zonal RFID technology, which it hopes will serve as the foundation for wide scale IoT deployments.
“These systems uniquely track parts, tools, apparel, electronics, household goods, merchandise and other assets in real time with precise 3D location accuracy at distances previously considered unobtainable,” says Bloy, a holder of numerous U.S. patents.
RF Controls, which last week unveiled a key contract with Lockheed Martin, has been working on its patented reader technology for nearly 10 years. Its technology is expected to fundamentally change the way Lockheed tracks and manages assets while reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and allowing it to embrace Internet of Things workflow. RF Controls’ ceiling-mounted scanning antenna readers allow users to communicate with assets without the need to deploy dozens or even hundreds of handheld readers and portals.
The joint venture is the latest move by Stanley to embrace the RFID market. The company purchased the CribMaster tool management system in 2011, and acquired AeroScout in 2012.
Larry Harper, who served as president of CribMaster, will serve as CEO of the newly formed View Technologies.
“View Technologies will offer a suite of software products that provide rich real time visual representations of tagged items in free space, including associated analytics that interface to a customer’s legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) and point of sale (POS) systems either via the cloud or local area networks,” says Harper.
RF Controls CEO Tom Ellinwood says that the joint venture will transform the passive RFID market by providing real time location visibility of tagged items with accuracy levels of 99 percent and higher.
“This product offering will fundamentally change the way assets of all kinds are counted, monitored and managed while reducing cost, increasing efficiencies and revolutionizing supply chain visibility,” he says. “This truly becomes the enabling foundation of the global Internet of Things.”
RF Controls was founded by Bloy – well known for his development of encryption technologies, robotics, secure telcom, target acquisition systems, steerable phased array, magnetics and advanced scientific research — and Ellinwood, in 2006.
The company had sales of $1 million in 2013, and expects to reach $2 million this year.