Los Angeles, Calif. – November 3, 2010 – Mojix® Inc today announced the completion of successful tests of the Mojix STAR™ system at METRO GROUP in which breakthrough levels of read rate performance for passive RFID tags were achieved across multiple use cases including RFID tagged fast moving goods and item level tagged apparel. The testing, conducted at the METRO GROUP RFID Innovation Center in Neuss, Germany, evaluated the performance of the Mojix STAR system utilizing the center’s rigorous test procedures developed over the past five years for passive RFID readers. Mojix, a 2010 Silver Future Store Initiative partner, worked jointly with the METRO GROUP to conduct the tests.
The STAR system was tested across multiple use cases, including case and pallet level use cases involving dock door portals as applicable in distribution centers and warehouses, and item level applications in retail stores. In the apparel test case, the Mojix STAR system achieved 99% read percentage of item level RFID tagged apparel in the Gerry Weber retail store setting inside the METRO GROUP RFID Innovation Center. The comprehensive testing replicated the environment of a typical apparel store with tagged items including various types of hanging and stacked garments and accessories. The accuracy achieved in the test with the Mojix STAR demonstrated the potential this highly automated method of inventory management can offer in a retail setting. Additional tests conducted at METRO GROUP examined read rate performance for a variety of RFID tagged goods including RFID challenging goods, as well as various pallet configurations including hundreds of items and mixed goods tagged at case level. In these tests, the Mojix STAR system achieved comparable and slightly better read performance than conventional passive RFID readers tested.
"In the Mojix system tests, we were able to achieve a new benchmark for read rate performance of passive RFID in area coverage applications, which is a key enabler for the truly reliable RFID performance essential in item level inventory management, as well as shipping and receiving operations involving fast moving and RFID challenging goods," said Dr. Christian Plenge, Head of Architecture, Integration & Innovation, METRO SYSTEMS. "New business insights and many operational process improvements can be empowered by this new generation of RFID technology."
"The METRO test analysis of the Mojix system provides the proof of truly reliable read performance with a wide variety of RFID tagged goods," said Roelof Koopmans, Managing Director Europe, Mojix Inc. "METRO GROUP’s leadership and industry stewardship in testing and evaluating new RFID technology is an essential force in development and adoption of passive RFID."
The Mojix STAR™ system is a revolutionary UHF passive RFID system that brings unprecedented levels of precision, scalability and return-on-investment to radio frequency identification applications. The Mojix STAR system uses advanced digital signal processing and a flexible new RFID systems architecture to deliver expanded utility and value to RFID deployments. The ability to read passive RFID tags over long range, determine tag location, and secure and authenticate tag data in one multi-faceted, multiple purpose system changes the economics of RFID. The Mojix system taps the performance features of active RFID with the more attractive economics of low cost passive RFID.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., Mojix, Inc. was founded in 2004 by a team of former JPL/NASA scientists and engineers with the vision of applying breakthroughs in deep space communications to exponentially refine the precision, reach and scope of RFID technology. The first in a game-changing new class of RFID systems, the Mojix STAR (SpaceTime Array Reader) system introduces capabilities orders of magnitude beyond conventional passive RFID offerings to enable economical, large-scale and high-volume RFID deployment. Mojix is privately held with funding from Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital. For more information, please visit www.mojix.com.
About METRO GROUP
METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. In 2009 the Group reached sales of around € 66 billion. The company has a headcount of some 290,000 employees and operates over 2,100 stores in 34 countries. The Group’s performance is based on the strength of its sales divisions which operate independently in their respective market segment: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn – European market leader in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores. More information at: www.metrogroup.de
About METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative
The METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative was founded in 2002 to push forward the modernisation process within the retail industry and develop practical concepts for tomorrow’s shopping experience. The initiative is made up of more than 90 partners from the IT, consumer goods, and service sectors as well as representatives from the world of science. Major partners include SAP, Intel, IBM, T-Systems and Cisco as well as a consortium comprising Fujitsu and Siemens. The central platform of the METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative is the real Future Store in Toenisvorst, which opened in May 2008. This hypermarket of tomorrow provides a real-life environment for initiative partners to test and develop new technologies and concepts until they are ready for wide-scale introduction onto the market.
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