• Tracking "High-Value Assets"

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Saturday, March 25, 2006 02:36:17
    Difital Angel's technology provides rapid and accurate
    identification, location tracking and condition monitoring
    of "high-value assets" when they swim past the RFID antenna
    system in a river ... it should be readily adapted to read
    such "assets" when they pass through turnstiles, boarding
    gates, checkouts etc, when the time comes.


    Press Release Source: Digital Angel Corporation

    Digital Angel Completes Landmark RFID Antenna Project at Bonneville Dam

    Thursday March 23, 9:00 am ET
    Massive Antenna to be Installed Today Will Track Salmon in Columbia
    River Basin

    SO. ST. PAUL, Minn., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Angel Corporation (Amex: DOC - News), an advanced technology company in the
    field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and
    condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that its
    16-foot by 16-foot RFID (Radiofrequency Identification) antenna designed
    to electronically track the salmon population in the Columbia River in
    Oregon will be installed today near the Bonneville Lock and Dam. The
    antenna, thought to be the world's largest RFID tower, was developed
    by Digital Angel in conjunction with the Bonneville Power
    Administration (BPA).

    The antenna will be placed in the Bonneville Corner Collector, a high-
    flow, multi-million dollar surface bypass route developed by the Army
    Corps of Engineers and the BPA to move fish safely past the Bonneville
    Lock and Dam. The antenna is capable of electronically detecting
    previously tagged fish in only 1/30th of a second. Digital Angel is
    a leader in developing microchips for tagging fish and large RFID
    antenna systems that, despite their size, can detect and read the
    standard fisheries encapsulated tags only 12 millimeters long.

    When salmon tagged with the passive integrated transponder (PIT)
    microchips pass through the antenna, the antenna turns on the PIT tag
    and the PIT tag in turn sends a unique identifying number to operators
    of the database where important information such as the species,
    journey origin and age of each fish is logged. Such information is
    critical for maintaining healthy ecosystems for the indigenous fish

    "This project demonstrates that our RFID technology has a wide variety
    of uses," said Kevin McGrath, President and CEO of Digital Angel. "In
    this case, our technology provides the most efficient and least
    invasive monitoring capabilities for sensitive objects such as salmon.
    This tower will help the local community protect a precious natural
    resource for generations to come."

    Since the early 1990s, Digital Angel has been developing,
    manufacturing and installing implantable passive integrated
    transponders and reader systems for the federal Columbia and Snake
    River hydroelectric projects. For the past two years, the Company has
    been working on the development of large antenna systems, specifically
    for the Bonneville Corner Collector.


    Source: Digital Angel Corporation http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060323/lath032.html?.v=52

    Cheers, Steve..

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