RF Controls LLC
St. Louis, MO 63104-4430, US
Information Technology Services
RF Controls is uniquely positioned to usher in the Internet of Everything era. Founded in 2006 in St. Louis, the company’s revolutionary antenna technology allows for previously unforeseen advances in RFID technology by eliminating barriers to end user adoption while reducing infrastructure costs.
RF Controls’ smart antenna hardware and software enables application of passive ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID in real time location systems (RTLS). RF Controls’ bi-directional electronic steerable phased array antennas, which are core components of its Intelligent Tracking and Control System (ITCS®), use patented antenna technology to send a signal to a passive RFID tag, excite the tag (wake it up), and capture and read data from the tag. RF Controls real-time location systems are the only products in the world capable of tracking UHF passive RFID tags in real time, with accuracy of 12 inches.
RF Controls has been awarded a foundational patent for its Intelligent Tracking and Control System. ITCS is best classified as a wide area RTLS because ITCS provides much more than just tag identification data. By installing ITCS “smart antennas,” end users can illuminate an area (or volume) in which tagged items move or are stored, and achieve real-time, perpetual monitoring of an entire warehouse or retail floor. ITCS solves the fundamental business process problem of automatically and accurately locating arbitrarily placed tagged items without the spurious read problems inherent to other RFID systems.
RF Controls recently announced a joint venture with Stanley Black & Decker, View Technologies LLC. Stanley Black & Decker is providing manufacturing, sales, marketing, installation, software and administrative services to the joint venture while RF Controls, in addition to ongoing scientific development, is providing an exclusive global license to its suite of groundbreaking bi-directional, steerable phased array fixed antenna systems.
Products / Services
Intelligent Tracking and Control System (ITCS®)
Intelligent Tracking and Control System (ITCS®) is a standards-based, real-time location system which locates and tracks passive UHF tags by processing three-dimensional data delivering unprecedented accuracy. Companies can use ITCS to easily perform and monitor complex tasks like pallet operation validation, confirmation of dispatch, inventory location, promotions monitoring, capital asset management, RFID-based loss prevention and more.
RF Controls’ ITCS is unique in being the only “next generation” system to employ bidirectional electronically steerable phased array (BESPA™) antenna technology to achieve zonal coverage of an area. This allows for arbitrary placement of tagged items, and gives the end user the ability to accurately locate tags in three dimensions. ITCS yields high fidelity, realtime data by time-stamping tag location data in the system’s cloud deployed database.
Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Tom Ellinwood is an experienced business leader with an exceptional track record. Tom has twelve years experience in the aerospace and military aircraft industry; seven years as a pilot and instructor, over twenty-five years in leadership positions in various industries and was responsible for a $1 billion portfolio of businesses at Pillsbury including consumer packaged goods brands, bakeries and printing companies. Tom led the $100 million spin-off of Van de Kamp’s seafood business from Pillsbury, which through internal growth, strategic acquisitions and partnerships, he built into a $500 million business later acquired by Aurora Foods.
Chief Technology Officer
Co-Founder, Graham Bloy has extensive experience in developing sophisticated military tracking technology. Graham has 30 years of experience in guidance and encryption systems, tracking and radio frequency identification, radar and satellite communications including development of the world’s first 2-piece “fly-by-wire” system. Graham holds numerous U.S. patents in RF and related fields, and has been responsible for producing over 35 products.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul has previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Cardinal Brands and has 12 years of commercial lending experience focused on LBO financing.