SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, May 1, 2004

Identix contract challenged by losing bidder

MINNETONKA, Minn. - A $27 million Department of Homeland Security contract awarded to biometric technology company Identix is being contested by an unsuccessful bidder on the contract.

The latest protest marks the second time the unnamed company has complained about the contract award. Identix was awarded a five year Blanket Purchase Agreement by the DHS Sept. 30, 2003, to provide its TouchPrint 3000 line fingerprint biometric scan booking stations and desktop systems to the Citizenship and Immigration Services and other select departments in DHS.

As a result of the contract being contested, the DHS has issued a stop work order until the issue is resolved.
Linear continues on acquisition path

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Linear LLC has made another acquisition, but this time it has purchased a company whose products complement a number of Linear’s existing product brands.

The company, OmniMount Systems in Phoenix, makes audio and video equipment mounting products for the residential and commercial market. Its mounts are expected to work with products from Elan, SpeakerCraft, ChannelPlus, OpenHouse and Xantech – brands that are all part of Linear.

OmniMount’s acquisition by Linear comes after two years of steady growth, according to Geoff Miller, executive vice president of OmniMount.
Frost & Sullivan recognizes RFID firm

COLUMBIA, Md. - Consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan has selected Matrics Inc., designer and manufacturer of EPC-compliant Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems, as the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company for 2004.

This award is given each year to a company that demonstrates superior entrepreneurial ability in its industry.