HID Global adds mobile RFID readers to portfolio after acquisition of TSL


The acquisition of Technology Solutions (TSL) UK will allow HID Global to expand its RFID components offering, explains the company. TSL designs, develops and manufactures mobile RFID readers and other multi-technology, mobile device peripherals used to identify and track products and assets.

“The acquisition of TSL is a strategic fit for HID, which builds upon our leadership in identification technologies by adding proven handheld RFID readers to our robust portfolio of tags and Internet of Things enablement solutions,” said Björn Lidefelt, CEO of HID Global. “Expanding our RFID components business with TSL readers provides our customers a one-stop-shop for a complete RFID offering of hardware and integration tools – all through a shared distribution channel.”

TSL works with a worldwide network of distributors, OEMs and system integrators to offer mobile data capture solutions for a variety of applications, such as supply chain management, stock inventory control and ticketing. The TSL handheld readers are industry-agnostic for use in retail, hospitality, animal ID, waste management, industry and logistics and any vertical market or application where RFID tags are used. The reader portfolio is focused on RAIN® RFID ultra-high frequency (UHF) and also supports high-frequency (HF), low-frequency (LF), barcodes and QR codes for the broadest range of use cases.

With a core competency in designing reader units that are independent from display units, TSL products make it possible for customers to select their mobile device of choice for display and data processing, and upgrade to new phones and tablets as display devices over time. In addition, the range of handheld readers work with iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets, as well as other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

TSL also provides its own mobile apps and a developer platform with SDKs and APIs that are said to make it easy for third parties to develop across all major mobile operating systems, resulting in hundreds of apps supporting the readers to date. This is the latest in a series of acquisitions made by HID Global, which have included extending its mobile comms capabilities via KT Powertel, as well as acquiring Access-IS in the summer of 2020.