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RFID acquisition

The ID product firm HID Global has acquired the French firm, Invengo Textile Services Business of Invengo Information Technology Co., Ltd. HID says that the acquisition adds radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, readers and cloud-based inventory management services for linen and laundry management to HID Global’s RFID portfolio.

According to MarketsandMarkets, the global market for commercial laundry offerings, including tags, readers, software and system integrator services, is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 12.9 percent from 2020-2025. This growth is driven by the expanding hospitality market and health care facilities requiring management of everything from bedsheets to medical staff uniforms. Covid-19 has also led to a steep rise in the demand for clean and sanitised textiles, driving significant growth in the commercial laundry business worldwide.

Björn Lidefelt, CEO of HID Global says: “The acquisition of the Invengo Textile Services Business further extends our identification technologies offering to meet the escalating demand for loss prevention capabilities, high-value analytics and real-time inventory visibility that increase efficiency in commercial laundry management. This addition to the HID family complements our existing business and capabilities in the RFID market, enabling our partner community to create robust solutions for this fast-growing market.”

Beyond healthcare and hospitality sectors, streamlined linen and laundry management is also necessary for staff uniform laundry in industrial settings, such as power and oil plants, transport facilities, and mining, engineering, chemical, construction and utility companies, the ID firm adds. Invengo Textile Services include: LinTRAK RAIN RFID ultra-high-frequency (UHF) tags that are OEKO-TEX certified and optimized for integration into linens and other laundered textile products; BluTAG high-frequency (HF) tags designed for industrial textile products; industrial-grade HF and UHF readers, antennas, tabletop stations, gates, cabins and other hardware optimised for laundry use cases; and ACUITY software platform that enables real-time inventory availability and visibility of textile assets.

The Invengo Textile Services Business is now part of HID’s Identification Technologies Business Area led by Marc Bielmann, Senior Vice President and Head of Identification Technologies. Visit www.hidglobal.com.


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