Patent Number: 8,791,824

Title: Method for reading RFID tags using directional antennas

Abstract: A method and system for reading RFID tags in a high-density environment using a directional scanning antenna system is provided. The directional scanning antenna system consists of transmit and receive antennas having highly directional antenna patterns which work together to read and locate the tags. In operation both types of antennas are stepped in a circular fashion with respect to each other wherein the transmit antenna's antenna pattern pauses during rotation while the receive antenna pattern sweeps across the radiating antenna's path produced by the transmit antenna such that the antenna patterns produced from each isolate and determine the location of the tags.

Inventors: Hollister; Allen (La Habra, CA), Barta; Gary (Duarte, CA), Armstrong; John T. (Pasadena, CA)


International Classification: G08B 13/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018