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Zebra Technologies completes acquisition of Motorola Solutions' enterprise business ••• PDC Healthcare partners with MEPS Real-Time to sell Intelliguard system ••• EPC Solutions Taiwan adds Farsens RFID sensors to data-center solution ••• Tageos signs RFID licensing agreement with Round Rock Research ••• M2M Spectrum Networks, GlobeRanger prepare pilot project with Texan sheriff office ••• NC State professor studying ways to reduce RFID chip costs.
By Beth Bacheldor
Oct 30, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Zebra Technologies, Motorola Solutions; PDC Healthcare, MEPS Real-Time; EPC Solutions Taiwan, Farsens; Tageos, Round Rock Research; M2M Spectrum Networks, GlobeRanger; and North Carolina State University.

Zebra Technologies Completes Acquisition of Motorola Solutions' RFID Business

Zebra Technologies and Motorola Solutions have announced that Zebra has completed the acquisition of Motorola Solutions' enterprise division, including its RFID product line, for $3.45 billion in cash. First announced in April 2014 (see Zebra Buys Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business), the acquisition was funded with $200 million of cash on hand and $3.25 billion in new debt, according to the two companies.

As part of the sale, approximately 4,500 Motorola Solutions employees from locations throughout the world will transfer to Zebra. All of Motorola Solutions' RFID products will eventually be rebranded as Zebra products, according to a Zebra spokesperson, with the changes taking full effect in 2015. For the time being, in order to obtain information about Zebra's newly acquired RFID product line, customers will need to visit Motorola Solutions' RFID product website. Zebra is working on phased updates to integrate all of Motorola Solutions' RFID products into Zebra's website, the company spokesperson reports. These updates are currently in process, and are expected to be completed sometime during the next few months.

Zebra reports that the acquisition expands and strengthens its product portfolio, geographic reach, go-to-market channels and industries served. The combined organization has about 20,000 channel partners within more than 100 countries, and approximately 4,300 U.S. and international patents issued or pending.

"This transformative acquisition creates one company with unparalleled capabilities and leading global brands in our industry," said Anders Gustafsson, Zebra's CEO, in a prepared statement, adding that the deal positions Zebra in a better position to provide businesses with solutions and services that can help them achieve greater visibility for improved enterprise asset intelligence. This, he explained, will enable the company to provide "the building blocks of Internet of Things solutions, as customers worldwide increasingly take advantage of data analytics and mobility to improve business performance."

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