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Company Overview of Alien Technology Corporation

Company Overview

Alien Technology Corporation manufactures ultra high frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) products and services for customers in retail, consumer packaged goods, apparel, manufacturing, government and defense, corporate, universities, item level tagging, life-sciences, transportation, airports and cargo logistics, pharmaceuticals, and other industries. Its products include RFID tags and labels, RFID readers, and RFID integrated chips. The company also offers professional services, such as technical consulting, program and project management, site survey and spectrum analysis, physical architecture review services, product packaging and tag placement services, system configuration ...

18220 Butterfield Boulevard

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

United States

Founded in 1994

241 Employees





Key Executives for Alien Technology Corporation

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
Age: 66
Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Business Development
Age: 47
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Alien Technology Corporation Key Developments

Alien Technology Unveils Two New UHF Passive RFID Tags

Alien Technology has unveiled Wonder Dog ALN-9768 and Higgs4 IC, the company's new ultra high frequency, or UHF, passive radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. The Wonder Dog ALN-9768 is a high-performance, no compromise tag where size (3.3 x 0.9" /86 x 23mm) is less of an issue than the desire for optimal read sensitivity with high levels of backscatter. At the other extreme, Alien also announced a Higgs4 IC near-field tag (0.47 x 0.35" /12 x 9mm) that targets applications requiring short read distances and where space is constrained. The Wonder Dog is truly a general purpose, high-performance inlay. While this tag can be used on most surfaces, the tag provides unusually good read and write performance for a standard thickness inlay when mounted close to radio frequency (RF) reflective surfaces such as metals.

Alien Technology(R) Launches European Commercial 4-Port Fixed UHF Reader for Volume RFID Applications

Alien Technology introduced the Alien(R) ALR-9680-EMA commercial-grade UHF RFID reader that provides European customers enterprise grade 4-port flexibility with Alien's reader "intelligence," ease-of-use and robustness. Housed in a slim-height metal chassis, the rugged reader is built to survive in rough environments that may also require low height clearance. Many ALR-9680 features are geared to lowering the cost of set-up and system implementation, including: 4 monostatic-antenna ports that lend themselves to low-cost antenna systems; Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) that takes power from any existing ethernet infrastructure, eliminating the need for external power supplies; and Autonomous mode of operation that reduces network traffic and minimizes central processing, helping make large roll-outs more scalable. The ALR-9680 is suitable for small, cost-sensitive roll-outs or, due to the on-reader processing, the reader can be used in large-scale implementations seeking to minimize the amount of central processing consumed by each reader. This local-processing allows for increased scalability and reduced central compute infrastructure and cost. The inclusion of PoE with this form-factor also allows the reader to be used in tight areas with no power supply.

Alien Technology Introduces Miniature, Long-Range Inlay for Jewelry and Cosmetics Tagging

Alien Technology, introduced Glint(TM) ALN-9715, a small footprint 27 millimeters (mm) x 10mm (1.06 x 0.38) Higgs(TM) 4 IC-based tag for jewelry, cosmetics and other small or metallic-coated products. Despite its diminutive size, the Glint tag includes a long-range UHF antenna enabling tag interrogation up to 3 feet (1 meter) away. This highly compact antenna is unusually narrow and dense, enabling long-range access when affixed above metallic coated plastic surfaces. The Higgs 4 IC provides optional pre-encoded serialization and additional user memory that many competitive solutions lack. The Glint tag is available for volume ordering and will be exhibited at RFID Journal LIVE April 8-10, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., at the Alien Booth (#620).

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