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RFID ticket provider FineLine Technologies acquires Consolidated Printing; Datamars launches integration software for self-deployed RFID laundry system; ViewTag chooses Powercast chipset for RFID-BLE bag tag; Telensa, LIGMAN provide smart street lighting, smart city sensing in APAC; Pulse Secure, Nozomi Networks team up for secure IIoT connectivity; IoT company KORE acquires Integron; IKEA joins Zigbee Alliance board of directors; Ergosense, Thingstream partner on IoT facility-management solution.
By Rich Handley
Dec 19, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: FineLine Technologies, Consolidated Printing; Datamars; ViewTag, Powercast; Telensa, LIGMAN; Pulse Secure, Nozomi Networks; KORE, Integron; IKEA, the Zigbee Alliance; Ergosense, and Thingstream.

RFID Ticket Provider FineLine Technologies Acquires Consolidated Printing

FineLine Technologies has announced that it has acquired Consolidated Printing Inc. (CPI), a provider of printed tickets for professional and collegiate sporting events and major entertainment and event venues throughout the United States.

This acquisition marks FineLine's entry into event management, enabling the company to leverage its data-management and RFID capabilities to improve ticketing processes. The company says it hopes to expand into additional industry vertical segments that require stringent data-management and reporting functionalities and are apt to undergo continued logistics optimization.

"The acquisition of CPI will allow FineLine to offer its advanced data-management and RFID production capabilities to the sports, entertainment and event-ticketing industries. Similar to other verticals, we see this industry moving rapidly from conventional printed tickets to RFID-enabled smart tickets, as evidenced by the NFL's recent decision to adopt RFID-enabled ticketing," said George Hoffman, FineLine's chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Since 1991, CPI has built an incredible business by providing high-quality tickets to more than half of the teams in the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA, as well as to some of the most famous events and venues in entertainment, including the Emmy Awards, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall."

Curtis Howells and William McKeever, CPI's co-CEOs, view FineLine as a partner to help the company grow its business. "Our customers are increasingly inquiring about smart ticketing and its ability to enhance fan engagement, reduce ticket fraud and improve security. We are proud to say that in 2019, we successfully transitioned more than half of the NFL teams from conventional paper tickets to RFID-enabled smart tickets," Howells said in the prepared statement. "FineLine shares our commitment to providing excellent customer service, rapid delivery and innovative solutions. We are excited to leverage FineLine's RFID capabilities and data-management solutions as we continue to grow our business."

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