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HID Global acquires RFID and IoT provider Omni-ID


August 18, 2021
By SP&T Staff

HID Global announced Wednesday it has acquired Omni-ID, a  manufacturer of RFID tags and industrial IoT hardware devices for passive and active tagging, tracking, monitoring and alerting applications.

“I am very pleased to welcome Omni-ID into the ASSA ABLOY Group and HID,” said Björn Lidefelt, EVP and head of HID Global in a company statement. “Omni-ID is a strategic technological addition to HID and reinforces our current RFID and IoT offering. Expanding our sales and manufacturing footprint in India and in China with Omni-ID will further enhance HID’s ability to serve customers locally, while extending our industrial IoT technology into emerging markets.”

Omni-ID was founded in 2007 and is based in Rochester, N.Y. with approximately 170 employees worldwide. The company provides passive, rugged long-range RAIN RFID ultra-high frequency (UHF) tags and labels in several form factors. The company focuses on organizations in the industrial, oil & gas, transportation and other markets that are looking for rugged UHF RFID solutions for use in challenging environmental conditions  such as high heat, wind, dirt, explosive and other difficult scenarios.

Additionally, Omni-ID brings passive UHF temperature sensing to the HID identification technologies portfolio.

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Active tags and solutions from Omni-ID are implemented with embedded technologies and protocols such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), LoRaWAN, GPS, Quuppa and Wirepas, which HID says complements its HID Location Services offerings.

“The acquisition of Omni-ID supports HID’s Identification Technologies business strategy to power trusted identities by optimizing our portfolio with a broader range of value-added RAIN RFID UHF components, active identification devices and more ways to deliver highly customized, feature-rich solutions to customers as a leading component supplier for RFID use cases and IoT applications,” said Marc Bielmann, SVP and Head of Identification Technologies, HID Global.

Omni-ID is now a Business Unit within HID’s Identification Technologies Business Area,  led by Bielmann.