IRVINE, Calif. and TAMPERE, Finland, September 1, 2010 – HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, and UPM Raflatac, a leading supplier of pressure sensitive label stock and manufacturer of RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and inlays, today announced a worldwide technology license agreement that enables UPM Raflatac to incorporate HID Global’s tamperproof and secure RFID sealing label technology and IP into their contactless product family. UPM Raflatac is the first company to offer HID’s secure RFID sealing solution worldwide.
“UPM Raflatac has pioneered the RFID retail and logistics market during the last ten years and has achieved a leading market position,” says Samuli Strömberg, Vice President of Marketing, RFID, at UPM Raflatac. “The worldwide licensing agreement with HID Global solidifies our commitment to offering world-class secure sealing solutions.”
“HID Global’s intellectual property portfolio continues to grow due to an increased emphasis on protecting our innovation as well as a number of mergers and acquisitions”, says Dr. Tam Hulusi, Senior Vice President, Strategic Innovation and Intellectual Property at HID Global. “As part of our Genuine HID™ mission to continually create and enhance customer value, HID extends technology licensing opportunities to partners assisting them in meeting and exceeding their customers’ evolving requirements.”
For HID Global, the licensing agreement is part of its ongoing general patent portfolio licensing and Genuine HID initiatives. In the first phase of the agreement, UPM Raflatac will incorporate the licensed technology into tamperproof RFID sealing tags for liquid containers. The RFID tags will be used to ensure the integrity and origin of the liquid in the container. These tags help prevent and identify the tampering and unauthorized refilling of containers by indicating when a container is opened or when attempts are made to remove the tag. In the second phase of the agreement, UPM Raflatac will extend HID’s technology to other fields of use also covered by the license agreement, including consumer electronics and components, pharmaceutical packaging and vehicle identification.
About HID Global
HID Global is a trusted leader in solutions that deliver secure identity for millions of customers around the world. Recognized for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is the supplier of choice for OEMs, system integrators and application developers serving a variety of markets, including physical and logical access control, card personalization, e-government, cashless payment and industry and logistics. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 1,500 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.
About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials and the world’s number one producer of HF and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 13 factories on five continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,600 people and made sales of approximately EUR 0.95 billion (USD 1.3 billion) in 2009. Further information is available at www.upmrfid.com.
HID Global Media Contact:
Director, Global Public Relations
UPM Raflatac Media Contact:
Vice President, Marketing, RFID
Tel. +358 2041 68116