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Alien Technology® Opens World’s Most Advanced UHF RFID Tag Manufacturing Facility in North Dakota

Uh. Hradiste, 26.10.2006

Alien® Manufacturing Center, Fargo to provide capacity to produce up to 10 billion low-cost, high-quality RFID tags per year

Alien Technology Corporation opened its 48,000-square foot Alien Manufacturing Center in Fargo, North Dakota, the world’s most advanced and sophisticated UHF RFID tag manufacturing facility. With the current capacity to manufacture up to 2 billion RFID tags per year, and 10 billion tags per year in the future when fully equipped, Alien’s Fargo facility represents a milestone in the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) industry’s ability to produce high volumes of affordable, high-quality tags, and will be instrumental in extending Alien’s long-standing price/performance leadership.

"The wide-spread availability of low-cost RFID tags is vital to the continued rapid adoption of this truly transformative technology," said Bob Eulau, acting CEO, Executive VP, and CFO, Alien Technology. "The result of six years of RFID manufacturing R&D and expertise, the Alien Fargo Manufacturing Center greatly enhances our ability to meet the mounting demand for affordable high-quality tags and to help drive further RFID market growth worldwide."

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About Alien Technology
Alien Technology Corporation is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products for global customers in government, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and other industries. Using its patented manufacturing process, Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA(R)), Alien manufactures EPC tags in very high-volumes and at low cost. The company provides a family of RFID readers for a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics, and anti-counterfeiting, to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Alien is an active member of EPCglobal. More information about Alien Technology Corporation can be found on the Company's website at www.alientechnology.com

About RFID technology
RFID is an abbreviation that stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID is a contactless identification serving for data transfer and storage using electromagnetic waves.  The basic RFID components for information storage and transfer include a chip (tag), located on a plastic support and connected to a spiral antenna, by means of which it communicates with a scanner EPC kód (Electronic Product Code), uniquely identifying a given tag, or a product or transport package, sensor with antenna, electronic device responsible for mediation of communication with tags via the antenna and for reading of the EPC code and middleware, which filters and submits data for use within the information system. The reader can be in a form of for example RFID gate or it can be mobile in the form of data terminal/scanner. The role of standardization commission is played by the EPCglobal association. EPCglobal members now include hundreds of renowned world firms out of numerous business companies, product manufacturers and technological companies. EPCglobal is represented in the Czech Republic by the GS1 Czech Republic association.




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