June 20, 2008
Digital Angel Wins $885,000 in Contracts From Government Agencies
Digital Angel, a provider of animal identification and emergency identification solutions, has announced that its Destron Fearing unit has been awarded $885,000 in contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency under the US Department of Energy, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers, for passive integrated transponder technology.
One award, for $760,000, is for the initial development phase of a large antenna reader system for the Bonneville Dam, covering a nine-month period beginning July 1, 2008. The budget for this multi-phase project has a total of $2.5 million in funding, covering an estimated total 18-month period. The later phases of this project have not yet been awarded. The multiplex reader project award, for $125,000, is for reader systems for river applications.
In its work with the Bonneville Power Administration, Destron Fearing employs passive integrated transponder technology in conjunction with a radio frequency identification (RFID) antenna to monitor salmon movement in the dam passages in the Columbia and Snake River Basins in the US Pacific Northwest.
Joseph Grillo, CEOfficer of Digital Angel, said: "The Bonneville Dam project is for an antenna system even larger than the one delivered three years ago to this customer, where we designed and implemented what was then the world's largest RFID ISO FDXB antenna, measured at 17 feet by 17sqft. The new antenna system will measure 50 feet long by five feet wide."