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By Rich Handley

Smartrac Expands RFID Operations

Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for Ohio's eleven-county Columbus Region, has announced that Smartrac Technology Group, a provider of RFID products and IoT solutions, plans to expand its operations into that area. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, will invest a substantial amount of money, resulting in 30 new jobs during the next three years. Hiring for program and portfolio management, research and innovation, and solutions development positions will begin immediately, the organization reports; specific location within the Columbus Region has not yet been determined.

Smartrac, which operates in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, plans to strengthen its capabilities and workforce, and to provide its business customers with Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and software solutions for product digitization, authentication, sensing, tracking and consumer engagement, with integration to enterprise systems such as ERP and CRM.

"The Columbus Region offers a vibrant tech community, a startup ecosystem and access to excellent academic and research institutions such as Battelle, The Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art and Design. These characteristics provide the capabilities we're looking for and create a talent pipeline that can fulfill our needs," said Dinesh Dhamija, Smartrac's chief technology officer, in a prepared statement. "We looked for a place with a strong startup culture, and the Columbus Region was a standout choice as the emerging smart city leader and home of innovative software entrepreneurs."

Smartrac will primarily augment its software, solutions innovation and technology portfolio management functions in the Columbus Region, with support for other company operations. "Smartrac is well established in several U.S. locations, but it chose to build a new software development center here in the Columbus Region," said Ted Griffith, JobsOhio's managing director for information technology, in the prepared statement. "We and our partners at Columbus 2020 welcome the confidence in Ohio's strong IoT economy that this investment demonstrates, as well as the 30 new IT jobs Smartrac is bringing to the Region."

According to Columbus 2020, the Columbus Region has become an IoT and smart-city leader thanks to the D.O.T. Smart City Grant (which Columbus won in 2016), its IT ecosystem and the growth of local technology-based jobs. Columbus was ranked number one on SmartAsset's "The Best American Cities to Work in Tech in 2017" list.

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