TransCore achieves RFID, satellite communications milestones

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HARRISBURG, Penn. — TransCore has reached two impressive milestones, exceeding production of 150,000 satellite communications transceivers and 25 million RFID tags and 45,000 RFID readers worldwide. Annual production of the company’s eGo paper-thin windshield sticker tags also surpassed predecessor hard-case models, which officials said marks the shift towards newer more versatile RFID tags that can perform under the rigors of long-range and high-speed requirements for transportation applications.

TransCore’s RFID heritage traces back to the ’80s when five scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory developed RFID technology for two divisions of the federal government: the Department of Energy to track vehicles and nuclear materials and the Department of Agriculture to track cattle and monitor their health. In 1983, congress encouraged the national laboratories to transfer technology to the private sector so the public could benefit from the investment of research dollars. The development team left Los Alamos to commercialize the technology and founded Amtech, later acquired by TransCore. Of those original five, Dr. Jerry Landt, TransCore’s chief scientist and holder of 15 instrumental RFID patents in the United States, was honored during a ceremony at the company’s research, development and manufacturing center in Albuquerque, N.M.

“Going from five guys and a vision to transportation applications in 39 countries is humbling, Landt said. While this achievement was probably incomprehensible to us at the time, RFID’s sustained commercial success in transportation built a foundation for RFID developments we see today.”

“Reaching these milestones marks an accomplishment both in manufacturing efficiency and dedication to developing technology with a solid business case, said George McGraw, TransCore’s executive vice-president of operations.

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