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RFID News Roundup

Smart Label Solutions, Newave Sensor Solutions, Wistron NeWeb Corp. partner to develop Asia-Pacific RFID market; Sigfox, Alps Alpine ally to boost IoT market innovation; Altair Semiconductor receives SoftBank NB-IoT validation for cellular IoT chipset; Nexxt Solutions, Microsoft, Tuya collaborate on smart homes and home automation; CTIA approves Intertek as authorized testing lab for IoT cybersecurity certification; ITL Group launches RFID podcast.
By Rich Handley
Sep 05, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Smart Label Solutions, Newave Sensor Solutions, Wistron NeWeb Corp.; Sigfox, Alps Alpine; Altair Semiconductor, SoftBank; Nexxt Solutions, Microsoft, Tuya; CTIA, Intertek; and ITL Group.

Smart Label Solutions, Newave Sensor Solutions, Wistron NeWeb Corp. Partner to Develop Asia-Pacific RFID Market

Newave Sensor Solutions has announced that an agreement with Smart Label Solutions (SLS) and Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) has been completed to jointly develop RFID business in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, with RFID portals as the initial market entry. NSS and SLS have agreed that WNC shall be their business partner and exclusive manufacturer to commercially develop portal products in APAC, inclusive of an SLS license to their proprietary software integration system to WNC.

NSS, the co-owner with WNC of intellectual property rights for a patented wave antenna, offers RFID solution designs, product development and quality control testing expertise. SLS has an expansive customer base with global reach and proprietary software integration expertise. WNC features laboratory testing capability, APAC commercial capability and a global infrastructure. WNC will provide APAC portal manufacturing for SLS, as well as for to WNC's global customer base.

"By mid-2020, we expect to have completed nearly 10,000 portal installations in North America," said Jeff Hudson, Smart Label Solutions' CEO, in a prepared statement. "Together with NSS and WNC, we have an excellent opportunity to leverage our North American success and customer base to their Asian divisions. We are very excited about this new venture and we share the objective of becoming the leading global provider of RFID portals within the next decade."

"Newave and SLS have had an incredibly successful partnership over the last six or more years, and with WNC's APAC market knowledge, infrastructure, technical capability and extensive customer base, we together as partners expect to become the leading global portal provider over the next decade," added Barry Burnside, a founder and board member of Newave, in the prepared statement. "What SLS and NSS have accomplished in North America is an incredible success story. This success and the deep expertise and synergy brought together by these three companies is a very formidable combination."

Jeffrey Gau, WNC's president and CEO, said in the prepared statement: "We are delighted to partner with SLS and NSS to explore business opportunities in an expanding APAC RFID market. With our proven track record in RFID antenna design and manufacturing for a wide range of products; our global customer base; and our top-notch testing facilities, WNC will continue to offer critical technical expertise in support of our mutual objective: providing leadership for the RFID portal industry, now and in the foreseeable future."

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