Paratek Microwave Inc. received a $1.99 million contract from the Defense of MicroElectronics Activity, a U.S. Department of Defense contractor, to develop state-of-the-art concepts for military radio frequency identification, or RFID, antennas.

“This program will go a long way toward realization of the military's mandate for 100% accuracy reading RFID tags,“ said Steve Shaefer, senior vice president and general manager of Paratek's government operations unit.

Paratek will couple development of electronic scanning, near field focused, phased array RFID antenna technology with investigation of circular polarized and electronically scanning RF beams to significantly improve tag read rates.