VeriChip makes first sale of integrated system for infant protection, wander prevention, staff duress and asset protection

Delray Beach 23 August 2006VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital, has made its first sale of a fully integrated approximately $750.000 system for infant protection, wander prevention, staff duress and asset protection. These VeriChip radio frequency (RF) locating technologies will be installed in the new, state-of-the-art Brampton Civic Hospital, in Brampton, Ontario, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2007. The project is being managed by Electro-Systems Alliance, a dealer for VeriChip's distribution partner Austco Communication Systems. Brampton Civic Hospital is owned and operated by William Osler Health Centre.

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The VeriChip systems will reside on the new VeriChip platform, which is designed to support multiple applications for facilities of any scale. Inter-connection to the Austco nurse call system will enable staff to receive notification remotely of all events, whether from the VeriChip systems or the nurse call system, via any text-enabled device, including PDAs and wireless phones.

Commenting on this event, Kevin McLaughlin, Chief Executive Officer of VeriChip, stated: "VeriChip has the potential to play a significant role in providing RFID solutions for people. Our experience in delivering RF locating applications in areas such as infant protection, wander prevention, etc. has enabled us to develop an advanced platform supporting implementation on an enterprise basis."

"This installation represents the future of RF locating for the protection of individuals and assets", stated Dean Carr, Vice President of Austco Communication Systems. "The health care market is demanding an all-in-one solution like this that is seamlessly integrated into other systems for security and nurse call."

Electro-Systems Alliance (ESA) Inc., based in Mississauga, Ontario, is specialized in Healthcare Communications Integration. Since its inception in 1998, ESA has consistently maintained its leadership position delivering first class solutions to the health care, corporate and transportation industries.

In addition, VeriChip Corporation has made the first sales of its Hugs infant protection system and MyCall emergency response system in Australia. In partnership with Austco Communication Systems, its dealer outside North America for these products, VeriChip will install Hugs systems at St. John of God Hospital, in Berwick, Victoria and Gympie Hospital, in Gympie, Queensland; and MyCall systems at Alice Springs Hospital, in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and for the Uniting Care group in Sydney, New South Wales.

"We are very pleased with the rapid adoption of Hugs and MyCall in Australia, with four major system sales in the space of only a few months", stated VeriChip's Kevin McLaughlin. "This is a clear sign that the features and ease-of-use that have made Hugs a leading infant protection system in North America are just as compelling in international markets."

The Hugs system provides hospitals with protection against infant abduction and mother/infant mismatches, while the MyCall system offers staff the means to call for assistance from anywhere within the system coverage area.

Speaking for Austco Communication Systems, Robert E. Grey, President and CEO, commented: "Our Australian health care customers are demanding cutting-edge solutions to protect their infants and staff. The Hugs and MyCall systems deliver the value and security they require. We expect more sales of these products in the coming months."

Australian-based Austco Communication Systems has been an expert since 1986 in the highly specialized field of electronic communications for health care and secure accommodation environments. Austco designs and manufactures dedicated microprocessor-based and computer-based nurse call systems for the hospital, long-term care, and dementia care markets. There are over 4200 Austco call systems installed throughout 47 countries worldwide.

VeriChip Corporation, headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, develops, markets and sells radio frequency identification, or RFID, systems used to identify, locate and protect people and assets. VeriChip's goal is to become the leading provider of RFID systems for people in the health care industry. VeriChip sells passive RFID systems for identification purposes and active RFID systems for local-area location and identification purposes.

VeriChip recently began to market its VeriMed Patient Identification System which is used to rapidly and accurately identify people who arrive in an emergency room and are unable to communicate. This system uses the first human-implantable passive RFID microchip, the implantable VeriChip, cleared for medical use in October 2004 by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Applied Digital develops innovative identification and security products for consumer, commercial, and government sectors worldwide. The company's unique and often proprietary products provide identification and security systems for people, animals, the food supply, government/military arena, and commercial assets. Included in this diversified product line are RFID applications, end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications, and telecomm and security infrastructure, positioning Applied Digital as an expert in identification technology. Applied Digital is the owner of a majority position in Digital Angel Corporation.

More VeriChip news is available in the VMW September 2005 article VeriChip expands hospital infrastructure with VeriChip system for patient identification.


Leslie Versweyveld

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