With the takeover of the RFID specialist Invengo, HID International is increasing the vary of laundry administration expertise

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HID Global announced (March 3rd) that it has acquired the Invengo Textile Services business from Invengo Information Technology. The acquisition expands HID Global's industry-leading RFID portfolio to include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, readers, and cloud-based laundry inventory management services.

According to MarketsandMarkets, the global market for commercial laundry offerings, including tags, readers, software and system integrator services, is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of 12.9% between 2020 and 2025. This growth is being driven by the growing hotel market and hospitality industry, where everything from bed linens to medical staff's uniforms must be managed. The Covid-19 pandemic has also resulted in a sharp increase in the demand for clean and sanitized textiles, which has resulted in significant growth in the commercial laundry business worldwide.

"The acquisition of Invengo Textile Services Business further expands our range of identification technologies to meet the growing demand for loss prevention features, high-quality analytics and real-time inventory visibility that increase efficiency in commercial laundry management," said Björn Lidefelt, CEO of HID Global. "This addition to the HID family complements our existing business and capabilities in the RFID market and enables our partner community to develop robust solutions for this rapidly growing market."

In addition to healthcare and hospitality, optimized laundry and laundry management is also required for the uniform laundry of staff in industrial environments such as power and oil plants, transportation facilities, and mining, engineering, chemical, construction and utility companies.

The Invengo Textile Services line expands the portfolio of RFID and IoT enablement solutions from HID to meet today's dynamic market requirements. Invengo Textile Services include:

  • Durable LinTRAK® RAIN® RFID ultra-high frequency tags (UHF) that are OEKO-TEX® certified and optimized for integration into bed linen and other washed textile products.
  • Tiny and robust BluTAG radio frequency (HF) tags for industrial textile products.
  • Industrial HF and UHF readers, antennas, table stations, gates, cubicles and other hardware optimized for laundry use cases.
  • The highly scalable ACUITY software platform that enables real-time inventory availability and textile inventory visibility.

The Invengo Textile Services business, based in La Ciotat, France, is now part of HID's Identification Technologies division, led by Marc Bielmann, Senior Vice President and Head of iIdentification Technologies.

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