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Ohio University collaborates with Dayton RFID Technology Center

ATHENS, Ohio (March 3, 2006) -- Ohio University's Center for Automatic Identification, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, recently announced it is collaborating with the RFID Solutions Center Dayton, a division of Alien Technology Corporation to develop and execute programs for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology education, research, and development. Ohio University and the RFID Solutions Center will collaborate on developing RFID curriculums; promoting and enhancing RFID studies, including student internships at the Solutions Center; and facilitating faculty consulting engagements at the center, among other potential joint projects.

"This partnership will benefit Ohio University students by providing them an opportunity to visit a state-of-the-art facility working in one of today's hot topics," said Kevin Berisso, executive director of the Center for Automatic Identification. "Faculty will benefit from the potential research opportunities, and engineering and business graduate students will be able to work on real-world issues, not just abstract ideas."

According to Damon Bramble, general manager of the RFID Solutions Center, the partnership exemplifies how the RFID Solutions Center can work with institutions of higher learning. "A state with a rich history of technology innovation, Ohio boasts some of the nation's most highly regarded technical education resources," said Damon Bramble. "From guest instruction and consulting to research and development, many opportunities exist that will benefit both the educational and RFID user communities."

Dedicated to RFID discovery, innovation and successful implementation, the 23,000-square-foot Dayton center encompasses sophisticated technical labs, and extensive test and piloting facilities, as well as the capital equipment needed to simulate a wide range of "real-world" RFID situations for supply chains in the consumer packaged goods, retail, transportation, defense, and pharmaceuticals industries. With its breath of physical facilities, consulting and educational resources, including the Alien RFID Academy, the Solutions Center is designed to help organizations address the totality of RFID in the global supply chain.

About the Center for Automatic Identification

Providing focused, unbiased research and education, Ohio University's Center for Automatic Identification is the nation's first university-based research center devoted solely to the study of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC). AIDC includes radio frequency identification, bar coding, magnetic stripe, biometrics, smart cards, and voice data entry technologies. Current research and educational efforts include radio frequency identification (RFID), direct part marking (DPM), "nano-codes," and "invisible bar codes." Educational services include speaking at conferences and symposiums, workshops, customized on-site training sessions, and the center's flagship educational effort, the annual Automatic Identification and Data Collection Technical Institute (AIDCTI). For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/aidc/.

About the RFID Solutions Center Dayton

Centrally located in Dayton, Ohio, the RFID Solutions Center Dayton is a division of Alien Technology Corporation, reflecting Alien's commitment to RFID users, their partners and the RFID industry. Staffed by industry experts and housing the most advanced hardware, software, and infrastructure equipment, the center is dedicated to driving RFID technology innovation and accelerating the adoption of RFID solutions worldwide. More information on the RFID Solutions Center can be found at www.rfidsolutionscenter.com/.

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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