TRUSTED IDENTITY solutions developer HID Global has acquired Omni-ID, a leading manufacturer of RFID tags and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) hardware devices for passive and active tagging, tracking, monitoring and alerting applications. The acquisition extends HID’s market leadership in the field of RFID technology and strengthens its presence in India and China.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Omni-ID into the ASSA ABLOY Group and HID Global,” said Björn Lidefelt, executive vice-president and head of HID Global. “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 China with Omni-ID will further enhance HID’s ability to serve customers locally, while at the same time extending our industrial IoT technology into emerging markets.”
Omni-ID provides passive, rugged long-range RAIN RFID ultra-high frequency tags and labels in several form factors for an array of identification requirements. The company focuses on organisations in the industrial, oil and gas, transportation and other markets who are seeking rugged ultra-high frequency RFID solutions for use in challenging environmental conditions (ie where there’s high heat and dirt).
Additionally, Omni-ID brings passive ultra-high frequency temperature sensing to the HID identification technologies portfolio and fortifies HID’s deep expertise and capabilities in custom RFID design and personalisation.
Active tags and solutions from Omni-ID are implemented with embedded technologies and protocols such as Bluetooth Low Energy, LoRaWAN, GPS, Quuppa and Wirepas, which complement HID’s Location Services offer.
Business strategy support
“The acquisition of Omni-ID supports HID’s Identification Technologies business strategy to power trusted identities by optimising our portfolio with a broader range of value-added RAIN RFID UHF components, active identification devices and more ways in which to deliver highly customised, feature-rich solutions as a leading component supplier for RFID use cases and IoT applications,” explained Marc Bielmann, senior vice-president and head of identification technologies at HID Global.
With a history of innovation in RAIN RFID solutions, Omni-ID adds engineers and key staff with over 15 years of RFID expertise to HID’s team of industry veterans. Omni-ID was founded in 2007. Based in Rochester, New York, the business employs approximately 170 colleagues worldwide.
Omni-ID is now a business unit within HID’s identification technologies-focused business area.