Starport licenses KU technology

Kansas City,MO (06-16-2008)

From Kansas City Business Journal
By Staff

Starport Technologies LLC has licensed manufacturing rights for a University of Kansas technology that can be used in applications such as supply chain or asset management.

The new Agility technology, from KU's Information and Telecommunications Technology Center, creates better-performing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, according to a Monday release. Kansas City-based Starport is a provider of RFID technologies, which automatically read digital data encoded in RFID tags on objects to help track them.

"There is conventional wisdom in the industry that tag performance degrades when the tag is near metal and that's just the way it is," Daniel Deavours, KU principal investigator and ITTC research assistant professor, said in the release. "Conventional wisdom is wrong: You can make tags so they work well in air and on metal."

Information about the price of the licensing agreement was not immediately available.

The new technology offers the performance of high-end tags at the price of foam-attached tags, the release said. Agility tags have a unique antenna design that enables read ranges at least three times farther than other foam tags on metal, plus better performance on other materials.

The Orion Tag, which uses Agility technology, should be available commercially by August, the release said.

"The performance of the Orion Tag using Agility technology is outstanding. We have measured read ranges up to 25 feet on metal," Jeff Nedblake, principal and managing partner of Starport Technologies, said in the release. "While foam tags have been around for some time, the Orion easily outperforms them."

Currently available foam tags, which are thicker than Agility tags, have a read distance of less than 6 feet on metal, the release said. Agility tag read distances are comparable to those of high-end tags, the release said.

For more information, contact ITTC.

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