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By Rich Handley

Paragon ID Invests in BW Bielomatik RFID Tag Production, Extends Partnership With Biolog-id for Health Product Traceability

RFID tag manufacturer Paragon ID, a provider of identification solutions for transport, electronic identification, traceability and brand protection, has announced that it has invested in BW Bielomatik's TagLiner chip-bonding concept for RFID tag production, which was launched earlier this year at RFID Journal LIVE! 2018 (see BW Bielomatik Unveils Chip-Bonding Concept for RFID Tag Production).

As a provider of RFID tags and contactless ticketing, with growing requirements from its customers and new contracts to fulfil, Paragon ID identified that it needed equipment that could deliver speed and increased capacity, while offering products operating in the UHF (traceability and retail) and HF (secure authentication and customer engagement) ranges.

The Tagliner has allowed Paragon ID to strengthen its global setup of centralized chip attachment, coupled with multiple converting sites in Romania, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, to serve the mass-transit, health, pharmaceutical, defense, automotive, retail and fast-moving consumer goods markets. This investment has proved beneficial to secure and support new contracts, the company reports, including the Hasbro Dropmix game (in partnership with NXP Semiconductors), new health and pharmaceutical projects (such as one with Biolog-id), and retail and automotive track-and-trace applications.

"Our strategy is to remain one step ahead of technological advancements," said Clem Garvey, Paragon ID's CFO and COO, in a prepared statement. "Investing in this equipment was part of our global strategy to serve our customers with growing requirements for contactless solutions. Our product and service offering is at the crossroad between security and digital including issuance, smartphone apps and security platforms."

In addition, Paragon ID has announced the extension of its collaboration with Biolog-id, a provider of connected-health solutions. Paragon ID and Biolog-id have extended their cooperation to consolidate their commercial strategies in that market.

Biolog-id offers a solution for the management and traceability of sensitive therapeutic products (red blood cell concentrates, platelets, plasma and chemotherapy preparations) based on RFID technology. This solution is intended to ensure that the correct product is administered to the right patient. It allows cost savings through the reduction of product losses and the optimization of the supply chain (a reduction of stock levels, remote management without manual intervention and so forth). In addition, it helps to improve the working conditions of health personnel by relieving them of time-consuming administrative and logistical tasks.

"Biolog-id needed a strong partner like Paragon ID to support its international development," said Pierre Parent, Biolog-id's president, in a prepared statement. "It is the ideal partner to produce our RFID tags with a very high level of performance: the quality of the products is exceptional, the punctuality is optimal and Paragon ID, because of its international locations, can accompany us in all the countries where we are present. Paragon ID is also a technology partner that is directly associated with our R&D efforts."

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