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By Beth Bacheldor

NeWave's Wave RFID Antenna Evolved from New Horizons Technology

The images of Pluto that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s New Horizons spacecraft is relaying back to Earth are being transmitted via antennas based on technology that led to the development of NeWave Sensor Solutions' RFID antennas.

New Horizons' high-gain dish antenna was partially enhanced, tested and calibrated by researchers a decade ago at the Ohio State University (OSU) ElectroScience Laboratory, which at the time was directed by Den Burnside, now NeWave's CTO and the inventor of the company's Wave RFID antenna.

"The knowledge and experience used in developing the New Horizons satellite was also used to develop our unique Wave antenna that is designed specifically for RFID item level applications," Burnside said in a prepared statement. "This antenna is also incorporated in our portal, Smart Shelf and SIMS products. So many of today's RFID antennas are oriented to long distance reading and we sensed a real need as RFID item-level applications expanded."

High-gain antennas provide focused and narrow radio wave beam widths, allowing for more precise targeting of radio signals. Unlike a patch antenna that radiates a single beam in a given direction, the company explains, NeWave's antennas are designed to uniformly illuminate a volume of space (see NeWave Sensor Solutions Unveils Smart Shelf to Track High-Volume, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods).

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