Omni-ID to be acquired by HID Global, creating RFID powerhouse
Omni-ID brings to HID its extensive range of ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) devices, including passive hard tags and labels and a growing range of active devices that are used by world-leading companies to track and monitor manufacturing components, energy infrastructure, logistics containers, IT assets, and equipment on the International Space Station.
CEO Tony Kington, who was part of the team that founded Omni-ID when it was spun out of QinetiQ in 2007 commented, “Since Omni-ID started life as a dynamic and highly ambitious spin-out, we have been on a mission to provide our customers with a wide range of industry-leading passive and active UHF based hardware for a broad array of applications in the logistics, energy, manufacturing and IT sectors. HID Global provides the perfect platform to push our ambition even further, combining the RFID market leadership and structure of a major multinational organization with our renowned product development and agile engineering prowess”.
Omni-ID has developed original, patented technologies for on-metal tagging to enable a broad range of applications to improve asset tracking, inventory management and material flow management. Recently Omni-ID launched three new devices incorporating Quuppa’s highly accurate location technology, as well as its ‘OmniSphere’ middleware IoT platform, which simplifies data collection, storage, visualization and interpretation by delivering Sense data seamlessly to existing corporate systems, or customer applications.
OmniSphere provides a range of dashboards, to display various sensor data, including motion alarms, range measurement, push button alerts, temperature, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) coordinates and devices’ current and previous positions, which can be viewed on a configurable map.
The rules engine within OmniSphere enables alerts to be generated based on sensor data, for example, sending an email when a device enters or leaves a geofence, or notifying when a device’s temperature goes above or below a pre-configured threshold. The new middleware platform also enables rapid technology evaluation and proof-of-concept applications that involve Omni-ID Sense devices.
The collaboration between Omni-ID and Finnish real-time location specialist, Quuppa, led Omni-ID to develop a brand new Sense device that employs Quuppa. The Sense Shield is a highly accurate wearable device that tracks and records the movements of the user and can be configured to sound an alarm whenever it is located 2m or less from another device. The Sense Shield has a range of public health applications including infection control in care homes, schools, offices, public transport and sports venues. The addition of Quuppa compatibility makes Sense Shield one of the most accurate devices on the market, which will soon have added compatibility with Bluetooth low energy (BLE).
The three Quuppa-enabled devices are the latest additions to the Sense LoRa product range launched in January 2020, which can transmit signals up to 15km in flat, open space, or 3-4km in an urban setting. All of the Sense devices have a compact battery that lasts up to 5 years within harsh and remote operating environments: reducing the cost and time required to replace devices in the field. When using the GPS and accelerometer features, Sense LoRa devices will give positional accuracy of 3-5m upon movement.
Sense BLE products offer a communication distance of up to 200m and can link to WiFi, LAN or cellular networks, and to a cloud, or locally-hosted client application server.