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HID Global to acquire RFID company LUX-Ident; AT&T certifies LTE-M/NB-IoT solution from Murata Electronics, Altair Semiconductor; Schneider Electric launches IoT platform for multiple industries; Solace, Boomi partner on integration platform for enterprise IoT applications; Semtech unveils indoor reference design for smart buildings, homes; LoRa Alliance announces LoRaWAN-IoT test houses in India.
By Rich Handley
Oct 10, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: HID Global, LUX-Ident; AT&T, Murata Electronics, Altair Semiconductor, NTT DOCOMO; Schneider Electric; Solace, Boomi; Semtech; the LoRa Alliance, TÜV Rheinland, and DEKRA.

HID Global to Acquire RFID Company LUX-IDent

HID Global, a provider of trusted-identity solutions, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire LUX-IDent, a provider of RFID components based in Lanskroun, Czech Republic.

"Our proven leadership in RFID technology positions HID as a premier source of components for a wide variety of RFID use cases and IoT applications. The acquisition of LUX-IDent further optimizes our portfolio with more ways to offer customization in both large and small volume projects," said Stefan Widing, HID Global's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Expanding our presence in Central and Eastern Europe with LUX-IDent will further enhance HID's ability to serve customers locally while extending our RFID technology into emerging markets."

LUX-IDent designs and manufactures RFID components such as inlays, prelaminates, smart labels, wristbands, key fobs, glass transponders and other finished tag products in the low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF), Near Field Communication (NFC) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) ranges. The company's customers include smart card manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators.

With its expanded RFID components portfolio, HID says it hopes to be able to better serve the RFID market, broaden its smart label offerings and address the growing Internet of Things (IoT) spectrum with new capabilities in RFID component design and flexible manufacturing. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, with the transaction expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2019. Following the close, LUX-IDent will become part of HID's Identification Technologies business area.

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