Week of 08/16/10


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Police in Nottingham trial RFID
to track hundreds of Tasers
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Police forces in the UK are unique in that they are among the few in the world that do not regularly carry firearms. However, police officers now carry Tasers, and law enforcement agencies in the UK are using RFID technology to trace and track the weapons. Since legislation passed allowing police forces to carry Tasers at the beginning of this year, their use has skyrocketed. Therefore, the need for a technology solution to track and maintain them was critical.

RFID is being piloted at about 20 police stations in Nottingham, with wider usage anticipated by the end of the year. Each police department in Nottingham has deployed between 8 and 36 Tasers, depending on staff size, meaning that several hundred are being tagged in the pilot, which utilizes passive RFID tags that measure only 7.9 millimeters in diameter.

According to published reports, UK defense officials recently approved the eventual distribution of more than 10,000 Tasers to be used in England and Wales. Depending on the trial results, each weapon could eventually carry an RFID tag. The use of RFID to track firearms is not new. The Department of Defense has been utilizing RFID to track weapons for years, and ODIN technology announced a pilot at the University of Wisconsin earlier this year. The technology has been slower to catch on with individual police departments in the U.S., since states in the U.S. each have their own regulations to follow.

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XERAFY and Access Solutions partner to
reduce foreign object damage in airplanes

XERAFY’s strategic partnership with foreign material exclusion specialist Access Solutions, LLC will enable power generation and aviation organizations to track objects with real-time visibility data and prevent foreign object damage.

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Identive Group announces Q2 2010 results;
revenue of $21.2M up 93 percent from 2009

The year over year increase primarily was due to the inclusion of additional revenue from the acquired Hirsch, Bluehill ID and RockWest businesses, while sequential growth was driven by strong sales levels within the firm’s Identity Management Solutions & Services segment and the addition of RockWest.

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HID Global targets North American market
with expanded presence and portfolio

HID Global has expanded its presence in the North American RFID market with key recent additions to its product portfolio and the appointment of David Chose to manage a sales organization while expanding distribution and integrator channels focused specifically on the U.S. and Canada.

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Lockheed Martin’s Savi Technology
relocates HQ to Alexandria, Va.

Company officials say the move will allow Savi to be closer to its expanding base of public sector and commercial customers.

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Spectrum Health turns to RTLS
to track over 5,000 hospital assets

Spectrum Health will use a system powered by Awarepoint and Intelligent InSites to automatically track and manage over 5,300 hospital assets such as infusion pumps, wheelchairs and computers on wheels.

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Pramari extends growth in Asia with
new strategic partnership in UBIU

Pramari, LLC, a developer of open source RFID software solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with UbiU, a RFID solutions company, to bring cost effective and high value integrated RFID business solutions to the South Korean and Asian marketplace.

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GlobeRanger named a finalist in MTBC
10th Annual Tech Titans awards

The Metroplex Technology Business Council, the largest technology trade organization in Texas, has named GlobeRanger a finalist in the Emerging Company Horizon Award category as part of the 10th Annual Tech Titans and Titan Fast Tech. Winners will be announced on Aug. 27.

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