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RFID Technology Companies Team for Product Development

Global RF and satellite product manufacturer MTI is teaming with California startup SensThys to provide RFID solutions using products built at MTI's facilities with hardware from both companies.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 08, 2019

Technology startup SensThys has joined with wireless communication technology manufacturer Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) to create a series of new products, under the SensThys brand, that incorporate hardware and engineering from both companies. The SensThys reader devices will include modules from MTI and will be manufactured at MTI's factories. The companies plan to release the first products during this year's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, to be held on Apr. 2-4 at Arizona's Phoenix Convention Center.

MTI and SensThys have declined to describe the products in specifics, but claim they will outperform existing RFID readers and antennas, and will include wireless and sensor technologies beyond UHF RFID. The partnership leverages engineering and software knowledge from the Silicon Valley company, with the resources and manufacturing capacity of the global Taiwanese technology manufacturer. The partners intend to build products with new capabilities that they say will provide performance not previously seen in traditional RFID readers. "We wanted to start pushing the boundaries of what readers can do," says Jo Major, SensThys's CEO.

SensThys's Jo Major
SensThys is a Cupertino, Ca. firm that designs and manufactures networked sensor systems (see SensThys Releases $49 RFID Antenna). The firm sells its SensArray integrated reader and antenna, as well as low-cost SensRF antennas, and acquired Digame Systems in July 2018. MTI, a 36-year-old Taiwan-based company that makes RF and microwave solutions, manufactures UHF RFID technologies, including readers and antennas, according to Darryn Prince, MTI's RFID business unit head.

The genesis of this partnership, Major says, was SensThys's commitment to offering what it calls world-class RFID reader performance. Approximately a year ago, the company sought to raise the performance level of its products to make them the best available, and it began testing its competitors' existing solutions. "We were benchmarking every reader we could lay our hands on," he says, "and one of the things we found was that MTI [offered] good reader technology," as well as having similar development visions on the part of the company's leadership and engineers.

Part of that shared vision was to find ways in which to provide solutions to obstacles that typical RFID installations may experience, including high costs and stray-read issues. As a result of those efforts, Major states, "Our products combine the collective wisdom of the two companies." Prince adds, "What we have is integration of current MTI modules and products into SensThys readers and solutions."

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