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Digital tracking really gets under the skin
16 Feb 2000, News

US company Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) has acquired the patent rights to a miniature digital transceiver - dubbed 'Digital Angel' - that it claims can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing a tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-business security, locating lost or missing individuals, tracking the location of valuable property and monitoring the medical conditions of at-risk patients.

According to the company, the implantable transceiver sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by GPS (global positioning satellite) technology. The transceiver's power supply and actuation system are unlike anything ever created. When implanted within a body, the device is powered electromechanically through the movement of muscles and it can be activated either by the 'wearer' or by the monitoring facility. A novel sensation feedback feature will even allow the wearer to control the device to some degree, says ADS. The 'smart' device is also small enough to be hidden inconspicuously on or within valuable personal belongings and priceless works of art.

Says Richard Sullivan, CEO of Applied Digital Solutions: "We believe its potential for improving individual and e-business security and enhancing the quality of life for millions of people is virtually limitless. Although we're in the early developmental phase, we expect to come forward with applications in many different areas, from medical monitoring to law enforcement. However, in keeping with our core strengths in the e-business to business arena, we plan to focus our initial development efforts on the growing field of e-commerce security and user ID verification."

In a recently signed agreement, ADS acquired the right to develop the product itself for all of its applications or to sublicence the development of specific applications to other entities. Sullivan added that the multi-purpose technology would enable ADS to tap into a vast global market, through licensing and other commercial arrangements.

"The e-business to business security market alone could reach as high as $10 to $12 billion in the near future," Sullivan added. ADS is actively seeking joint venture partners to help develop and market the unique technology. The company expects to create a working prototype by the end of next year.

For further information about Applied Digital Solutions see www.adsx.com


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