Revenue for the second quarter of 2021 was $24 million, an increase of 26% from $19.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. Revenues in the Identity segment grew 27% year-over-year to $14.8 million from $11.6 million, primarily due to higher sales of RFID products. Revenues in the Premises segment grew 23% year-over-year to $9.2 million from $7.5 million with revenue from our core systems and software sales up 29%.
GAAP gross margin was 37% in the second quarter of 2021, compared to 35% in the prior quarter and 40% in the second quarter of 2020, temporarily compressed due to continued near-term investments in technology and manufacturing processes and systems as well as by the mix of products within and across both business segments.
Identiv exited the second quarter of 2021 with backlog for Q3 2021 of $14.6 million, up 46% sequentially; total company backlog for all future shipments was up 26% year-over-year.
Identiv completed prototype designs for auto-injector project, now in customer qualification, and increased breadth and pace of RFID design wins with a wide range of companies.
“In the second quarter of 2021, our growth momentum accelerated as we expected,” said Identiv CEO Steven Humphreys. “We grew total revenue by 26%, our Identity business by 27%, and our RFID business by 39% year-over-year. Identiv’s key growth driver continues to be RFID, where we maintained our 100% customer retention rate. In addition, we achieved meaningful milestones in our RFID projects with a major mobile device provider, auto-injector client, and in the cannabis industry. We also broadened our base of customers integrating NFC-based RFID into their products. We continue to move new designs through the production cycle, serving all use cases as we expand our leadership position in the fast-growing RFID market.
“Our Premises business also had a strong quarter, with sales up 23% year-over-year. Federal government sales were particularly robust, with 34% growth year-over-year. We’re also seeing a rebound in commercial sales across multiple verticals, including retail, banking, and even travel. We expect to see continued growth in Premises through the second half of 2021 as demand for our highly secure platform, subscription and full cloud offerings, as well as with our newly launched video intelligence system, remains strong.
“Our primary areas of focus – growing our RFID business and solidifying our position as an industry leader, delivering on the great demand strength of the federal market, and increasing our revenue predictability with customer retention, expanded use of consumables, and recurring revenues – all made progress in Q2. We remain on track to hit our growth projections with potential upsides in the near-term and into 2022.”
Identiv also announced that CFO Sandra Wallach will step down from her current position. With support from the Board of Directors and other members of the management team, Identiv has initiated a search process with a nationally recognized executive search firm for a new CFO to execute on the company’s long-term growth plans.
“I’d like to thank Sandra for her financial leadership as we’ve built Identiv into a strong growth company. She’s been a great partner over the past four years,” said Humphreys. “We’ll miss her and wish her the very best as she goes to other challenges.”