HID Global Achieves ATEX Certification That Enables Process Automation and Identification for Metal or Non-Metal Assets in Explosive Environments

IRVINE, Calif., July 24, 2012HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, today announced it has achieved ATEX Certification for its complete IN Tag portfolio of industrial radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, including the company’s new high frequency IN Tag™ 200 OM and 500 OM transponders that are designed to perform exceptionally well when mounted on metal assets. The company’s entire line of industrial Glass Tags has also earned ATEX certification. The certification enables process automation and identification for both metal and non-metal assets, ensuring safe tag use in potentially explosive environments.   

ATEX* certification validates that HID Global RFID tags operate without danger of directly causing or contributing to an explosion when used in flammable gas environments.  These environments include offshore drilling platforms, petrochemical plants, mines, flourmills and other process industries in which there is a mixture of gases, vapors, mists or dust in the air that can ignite at specific temperatures or under certain operating conditions. ATEX certification also validates that the company’s RFID tags perform while maintaining surface temperatures low enough to prevent the risk of ignition.

“HID Global’s RFID tag products help end customers optimize data accuracy, achieve compliance and optimize critical systems and meet the demands in a broad spectrum of industries and applications,” said Richard Aufreiter, director of product management for Identification Technologies with HID Global. “HID tags are vital components in our customers’ identification systems, and many customers have emphasized ATEX certification as an important feature in their applications since it reduces development time and expense as customers pursue certification for their broader systems.” 

HID Global’s ATEX Certified RFID Tags

  • New IN Tag 200 OM and 500 OM: Designed for exceptional performance when mounted on metal assets, the discs enable the use of high frequency (13.56 MHz) anti-collision technology with 1024-bit EEPROM. 
  • The entire field-proven IN Tag™ family:  Water-, chemical- and shock-resistant disc tags available in low frequency, high frequency and UHF. IN Tag discs come in a variety of sizes to match needs for mounting and read range performance.
  • Complete Industrial Glass Tag portfolio: Manufactured with HID patented direct-bonding technology, embeddable Glass Tags deliver exceptional size-to-performance ratios in both low frequency and high frequency applications.

For customers who do not require explosion protection in their applications, ATEX certification offers an additional endorsement of Genuine HIDÒ quality, reliability and trust.  HID Global will continue to pursue certification for a targeted set of its RFID industrial tags and products, and is expecting additional HID transponders to achieve certification soon.


ATEX Certified Glass Tag and IN Tag™ transponders are available immediately.

*ATEX: From the French Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères Explosives.  Translates as ‘equipment cleared for explosive environments’.


About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for secure identity solutions for millions of customers around the world. Recognized for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is the supplier of choice for OEMs, system integrators and application developers serving a variety of markets. These markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, LaserCard® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.

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