newave wave logo.png - Proven to be the Most Unique and Highest Performing RFID Antenna ™

The wave’s unique and patented design was developed by the World-Class Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory under the direction of newave’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The wave is well proven in the real-world to provide consistently superior:

  • Accuracy - A patented multi-beam illumination pattern delivers 99+% tag read rates within an optimal user defined read zone while minimizing extraneous tag reads outside the zone.
  • Versatility - Wave’s numerous form factors enable the widest variety of RFID solutions: shelving, portals (any choke point), in-transit, embedded in numerous materials, etc.
  • Efficiency - Uses less hardware, easily installed with little adjustment (plug and play), wireless and can be retrofitted into existing fixtures. Delivers a positive ROI in months.

The wave Secret - Uniquely Generates Five Beams with Multiple Polarizations

Only the wave antenna embodies a radically new and patented concept in RFID antenna design. Traditional far-field Patch antennas radiate a single main beam in a given direction to a distance. The wave antenna generates five beams with multiple polarizations to uniformly illuminate an optimal zone along the length of the antenna.

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The wave antenna in it's rugged ABS container.

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The wave radiating element. 

The wave antenna’s 5 beams (above) follow a principle similar to bar code scanning (below) in a fixed scanner.

The wave® antenna is ideally suited for item-level zone coverage with a minimum number of antennas. It makes use of distributed radiation as shown below versus a patch’s single beam radiation.  The wave’s vertical radiation pattern remains constant along the full length of the antenna regardless of the power setting creating a horizontal coverage zone from 3 ft to 10 ft.



How Does a wave solution Compare to a patch antenna solution?

The Patch:
Traditional RFID antennas, the ubiquitous patch, were designed over 40 years ago for long-range communications resulting in a far-reaching illumination pattern. This causes tag reads outside the intended read zone and produces inconsistent tag reads in close proximity.

Patches produce one main beam and behave like a flashlight, illuminating in a conical pattern well beyond an optimal RFID Zone.

The patented wave:
It has been documented that when using Patch antennas “Tags must be facing the reader (antenna), and a direct line must exist between tag and reader unobstructed by any metallic or liquid object, or other tags” . This tag alignment problem (or polarization) has resulted in less than optimal tag read rates. A Wave antenna solves this problem by generating five beams with multiple polarizations to uniformly illuminate an optimal Zone along the entire length of the antenna.

Like a fluorescent light, the Wave creates a cylindrical illumination pattern

The Wave is well proven to read 99+% of RFID tags in an optimal, user defined RFID Zone while minimizing reading extraneous tags outside the zone.

The wave - Superior in Head to Head Studies

The wave has been studied in head to head comparisons versus the patch. The Ohio State University’s Electro Science Laboratory (OSU/ESL) study concluded that “The experiments comparing the performance of the newave RFID antennas with patch antennas have shown that the wave antenna is more efficient and robust than a patch antenna for an item-level RFID system with metal shelves”. The study also concluded: “from a cost perspective, it is expected that twice as many patch antennas are needed to cover a metal shelving unit with the same performance as wave antennas."

The wave antenna has proven to be superior in real-world use, as well, for logistics, in-transit, healthcare and in high volume food, drug and mass merchandise stores. In a head to head real-world hotel test with tightly stacked wet laundry, the Wave read 99+% of the tagged items in seconds versus the Patch’s 75% read rate that took several minutes to achieve.