Assa Abloy, a leader in ID management and RFID components, has merged five of its companies into a new organization called Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG). Its cards, tags, reader modules and complete readers production will allow the new company to better handle the needs of system integrators in areas such as public transport, government ID cards, financial transactions and access and security.
Merger creates a world leader in identification technologies
Walluf (Germany)–Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG), one of the world’s leading suppliers of ID management and RFID components, announced its new organization. Through the merger of ACG Identification Technologies, Novacard do Brasil, Omnikey, Sokymat Group and VisionCard under the umbrella of Assa Abloy ITG, a world leader in providing products and services for secure identification is being formed. With the broad offering and combined know-how, the new company will be able to better meet system integrators’ future needs with regards to interoperability, flexibility, convergence, reliability and standards. The company will showcase the new portfolio in November 2006 at Cartes in Paris.
Assa Abloy ITG has one of the most comprehensive offers of contactless components such as cards, tags, reader modules and complete readers. Within seven business segments the products and services will be bundled with regard to distinct solutions and markets. The business segments and offering include:
Government: Inlays and readers for governments worldwide planning to roll-out eDocument programs such as ePassports, eNational ID cards and eDriver’s licences
Public Transport: Contactless cards and readers for system integrators who need to develop forward-looking public transport solutions based on RFID technology
Financial Transactions: Cards, customized form factors and reader components for contactless and/or EMV compliant payment applications
IT & Corporate ID: Smart card readers for contact and contactless cards as well as chip sets and reader boards for OEM in the corporate security market, paired with support in the area of ‘
Access & Security: Printed or white cards, prelaminates, key fobs, labels, and wristbands for loyalty, POS, leisure & pleasure, and access control applications
Industry & Logistics: Wide range of RFID transponders for track & trace in the industrial and logistics business, as well as general advice on e.g. customization and readers
Food & Animal: RFID transponders for embedding into animals or food items to enable identification and tracking systems
The newly formed company employs over 800 people worldwide, drives innovation in three R&D centers and manufactures components in global manufacturing sites in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
“Our customers, which are predominantly system integrators, will benefit from the bundled components and services in order to reach an easy and quick integration in an one-stop shop”, said Juan Garcia, President & CEO of Assa Abloy ITG. “This will be even more so in the future when we can leverage our combined R&D capabilities to be at the forefront of upcoming technologies in the dynamic ID and RFID markets.”
“I am delighted to see that Assa Abloy ITG has initiated the necessary steps to form one strong partner in the RFID and smart card market”, commented Joe Grillo, Executive Vice President of Assa Abloy and President of the Global Technologies Division (GTD). “The combined competences of the individual companies will enable Assa Abloy ITG to be first choice in a market that is driven by convergence and interoperability.”
About Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG)
Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG) is a leader within the ID management and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) markets. The company develops, manufactures and markets RFID components, products, and services typically deployed within national ID and e-passport programs, corporate access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, financial transactions, transport and various industrial or manufacturing solutions. Assa Abloy ITG is a merger of ACG Identification Technologies, Novacard do Brazil, OMNIKEY, Sokymat and Schwab & Partner.
Assa Abloy ITG has over 800 employees and 25 sales offices in all continents. The group’s headquarters are located in Walluf, Germany. ITG is part of the Global Technologies Division of the ASSA ABLOY Group.
For more information, please visit www.assaabloyITG.com.