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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

In the government sector, Metova intends to offer RFID solutions (including partners' tags and readers) that provide an alternative to tracking goods through the supply chain via bar codes. For schools, the company will offer solutions for monitoring students with RFID tags, such as those carried in a backpack. In this case, schools could utilize the technology to gather and manage attendance data.

In the commercial arena, meanwhile, the firm plans to provide solutions for tracking inventory and assets, Smith says. "With Chuck's leadership, we'll start down a path of providing RFID for our client base," he says, while also seeking out new customers.

Chuck Williams
Initially, Williams says, Metova will spend several months refreshing code and otherwise updating the RFID-based software that epcSolutions developed. The company will then begin creating projects and offerings for Metova's existing customers and potential users. In addition, Williams says he plans to re-establish connections with hardware providers with whom epcSolutions worked in the past. "I'm excited about re-igniting partnerships with old partners, like Zebra Technologies and Motorola," he adds, among other tag and reader manufacturers.

Although epcSolutions was unable to remain viable with its RFID software products, Smith says, Metova offers different types of software products (mobile apps and SaaS systems) that are growing in demand. "The mobile computing space is very exciting right now," he states, and as more companies seek applications that can be used on mobile devices, such as tablets and phones, RFID is a natural inclusion. This, he says, is because an RFID reading device attached to, or built into, phones or tablets will enable a more automated collection of data regarding which items or individuals are at a specific location.

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