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Metova to Offer RFID Products

Having acquired epcSolutions' RFID assets, the company intends to offer RFID-based solutions for tracking inventory, assets and personnel.
By Claire Swedberg
Sep 05, 2014

Metova, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) and mobile-application company based in Tennessee, is forging into the radio frequency identification market, following its acquisition of assets from bankrupt RFID company epcSolutions. Metova has been selling cloud-based software solutions and mobile applications for the commercial, government and educational sectors since 2006. This week, the company announced its plans to offer solutions involving passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags and readers as part of its product offerings.

"This is our first venture into the RFID space," says Josh Smith, Metova's VP of product strategy and business development. The firm developed an interest in the technology, in part, because its own customers wanted to use or pilot RFID to track assets, inventory and personnel or other individuals, he explains.

Josh Smith
EpcSolutions, which made UHF EPC-based software and partnered with hardware providers to offer full solutions, filed for Chapter 7 in June 2013, around the same time that iGPS—which used epcSolutions' technology in conjunction with the RFID-tagged plastic pallets it manufactured—filed for bankruptcy and announced its own sale to an investment group. Chuck Williams, one of epcSolutions' co-founders, had been the firm's chief technology officer until April 2011. Following his former company's bankruptcy, Williams says he was contacted by the bankruptcy trustee (employed by epcSolutions' primary creditors), who hired him to serve as a consultant to help with the sale of the existing hardware (such as RFID-enabled printers, as well as fixed and handheld readers made by other RFID vendors), trademarks, patents and copyrights related to epcSolutions products: RFID TagManager, FixedAssetManager and TetraGate. Williams says he is unable to comment on the reasons for epcSolutions' bankruptcy.

Williams later began working with Metova, and has now been hired as a software engineer, though he intends to assist in the development of RFID solutions that could combine Metova's own software with hardware from the company's RFID partners. Metova completed its acquisition of epcSolutions' assets in early August, Smith reports.

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