Week of 10/25/10


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tags for aerospace and automotive markets
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When ThingMagic got its start in a garage in Somerville, Mass., 10 years ago, the firm's co-founders probably never considered that the company would be scooped up a decade later by a billion-dollar buyer.

That's exactly what happened yesterday when ThingMagic, in the midst of a year-long 10th anniversary celebration, was quietly acquired by Trimble, a California firm that specializes in making field and mobile workers more productive through wireless technologies like GPS, lasers and optics -- and now -- RFID technology.

No purchase price has been announced, but several sources indicate that ThingMagic is enjoying its best year, which could translate to a fair to high multiple. ThingMagic was not in the position of needing to sell, and CEO Tom Grant likely negotiated mostly out of a position of strength.

"Tom didn't have to sell," says an industry insider. "They were having a pretty good year, so I can imagine that the multiple was pretty good."

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RFID tags deployed to ensure
fair elections in Costa Rica

PowerID's labels will provide accurate, real time information and minimize errors in Costa Rica's upcoming local government elections.

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Qantas signs deal with Unisys for
RFID-based baggage system

Unisys to enable Qantas to offer Australia's first self-service baggage check-in to reduce queues and improve security as part of the airline's "next generation check-in" experience.

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Checkpoint unveils RFID-based
Merchandise Visibility Solutions

Newly created division will focus on the growing use by retail and apparel companies of radio frequency identification (RFID) for merchandise visibility applications.

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Fujitsu and Crystal IT deliver
authentication & access control solution

The joint solution combines biometrics and RFID technologies to deliver unmatched endpoint security for individual workstations, preventing unauthorized user access and protecting proprietary information.

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