Week of 2/9/09

 

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Lead StoryDespite challenging financial times, Omni-ID has landed $15M in venture funding. Learn how they did it, and how the funds will be put to use.

Omni-ID pulls in $15M in VC funding;
Targets new markets, Asian growth full article

Money continues to flow into the RFID sector, with Omni-ID the latest recipient. The Foster City, Calif.-based firm announced its third round of funding today, securing $15 million from UK-based Cody Gate Ventures G.P. The funding marks Cody’s third investment in Omni-ID, and is triple the approximately $5 million it doled out in its first two rounds of funding.

Omni-ID, which provides passive ultra high frequency (UHF) RFID technology solutions, expects to use the funding to ramp up marketing efforts, penetrate new markets, increase manufacturing capacity and to move into Asian markets. The company expects to unveil a new global customer in the Asian marketplace sometime next month. To date, Omni-ID has successfully built a reputation as a UHF IT asset tagging manufacturer.

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Nearly 37% of RFID end-users
expect positive ROI within one year

A new study by ABI Research reveals user payback expectations for RFID deployments. ABI claims that the lack of adequate ROI data was the third-highest ranked reason for non-deployment.

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RFID Global Solution
names former IBM, ODIN exec as CEO

Diana Hage has been hired to lead new growth at RFID Global Solution, Inc., a provider of asset visibility solutions for defense, government and commercial firms.

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Hawaii extends RFID pilot
for produce traceability

The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Farm Bureau have announced a three-year pilot RFID initiative to track and trace fresh produce throughout the state’s food supply chain.

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Liaison Can/U.S. Courier
announces new RFID division

New RFID channel distributor will propel the growth of the RFID industry as the only technology distributor to focus on delivering RFID technology to value-added resellers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Jungheinrich unveils
RFID-enabled forklift

Jungheinrich released its new electric order picker/three-way stacker at the CeMAT show in Germany, and claims that the system could increase throughput efficiency by approximately 15 percent.

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