March 29, 2011 09:00 ET

Omni-ID and Extronics Sign RFID Global Partnership Agreement

Deal Expected to Accelerate Adoption of Passive UHF RFID Tags for Hazardous Environments

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Omni-ID, the leading supplier of high-performance, passive UHF RFID tags, and Extronics Ltd., a leading designer and manufacturer of intrinsically safe and explosion-proof equipment, today 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. "Omni-ID offers the value and high-quality we required to add lower-cost, passive UHF RFID tags to our active RFID solutions and to provide the safest, wireless infrastructures for mining, petrochemical, process manufacturing, and similar dangerous work."

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

"Extronics' expert certification, co-branding, and distribution of Omni-ID's innovative products ensures that industries challenged by harsh conditions, such as oil and gas, have the reliable tracking necessary to improve supply chain efficiency and asset visibility," said Tony Kington, Omni-ID's managing director. "We expect that this strategic partnership with Extronics will accelerate the adoption of our passive UHF RFID tags in hazardous environments around the world." 

About Omni-ID
Omni-ID is the leading supplier of passive, low profile UHF RFID solutions. Omni-ID's patent-pending technology enables a broad range of new applications to improve asset tracking, supply chain management and work-in-process. Omni-ID's family of versatile RFID tags works reliably in the harshest environments, including on, off, and near metal and liquids, and excels in solving tracking and identification challenges with unprecedented accuracy. For more information, visit

About Extronics
Formed in 1992, Extronics Ltd. is a leading global designer and manufacturer of intrinsically safe and explosion-proof equipment. From its U.K. headquarters, Extronics produces a range of products designed to increase worker safety and which are distributed by sales partners throughout the world. Extronics' unrivalled understanding of wireless networking enables companies in process industries to unlock vital data from hazardous areas.

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