Omni-ID/Extronics Partner on Passive RFID for Hazardous Environments

Omni-ID, supplier of passive UHF RFID tags, and Extronics Ltd., designer and manufacturer of intrinsically safe and explosion-proof equipment, announced a partnership agreement that will expand Extronics’ asset and personnel tracking solutions by certifying and co-branding Omni-ID’s products for hazardous work environments worldwide.

Extronics will certify Omni-ID’s entire range of products for compliance to safety and performance standards for ATEX in Europe, Class 1 Div 1 in the U.S., and IECEx worldwide.

“Recently, we have experienced a dramatic upsurge in inquiries from leading companies seeking effective tracking solutions for hazardous areas,” said John Hartley, Extronics’ managing director.

This deal enables Extronics to add lower-cost, passive UHF RFID tags to its active RFID offerings and add to wireless infrastructures for mining, petrochemical, process manufacturing, and similar dangerous work.

The first products of this agreement will be introduced in early April during the Hannover Messe 2011 trade show in Germany.

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