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May 8, 2009 - West Chester, PA

Vanguard Wins ICMA Élan Award, RFID Badge – CompuWeigh

Vanguard ID Systems was recently awarded a prestigious ICMA Élan Award in the Access Control category for its design of an RFID badge for CompuWeigh, an industrial automation solution provider for the agricultural and biofuel industries. The Access Control category recognizes excellence in card design and technical innovation for access control applications. Vanguard received its award at the 2009 ICMA Élan Awards ceremony recently held during the International Card Manufacturers Association’s Card Manufacturing Expo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The award-winning badge designed and manufactured by Vanguard is a Teslin® card with an Alien Squiggle RFID inlay. Vanguard was commissioned by CompuWeigh to help foster automation of the materials intake process for a leading biofuel producer. The badges are a core component of CompuWeigh’s SmartTruck system installed at the facility. The installation allows the plant to eliminate data entry in its receiving operation as the badge automatically identifies the carrier and its cargo at every stage of the acceptance process.

To enable drivers to manage the entire process from the cab of their vehicle, the badges needed to be durable and readable from a distance of up to thirty feet. Vanguard’s RFID-embedded badge was able to accomplish all technical requirements. Vanguard also emblazoned the badges with a unique graphic design to put an attractive face on a functional item.

CompuWeigh was pleased to have their badge acknowledged for its excellence in design and quality by the premier awarding body in the tag manufacturing industry. The outstanding work done to deliver a complete customized solution for CompuWeigh’s clients has led them to rely on Vanguard as a source for high-performance RFID products.

As an early integrator of RFID technology into the printing process, Vanguard has grown into a premiere manufacturer of custom-made RFID cards, key tags, labels and bands in a variety of shapes and sizes and for a wide range of applications.

“Vanguard recognized early on that RFID offered tremendous potential for our industry and we committed ourselves to realizing those benefits for our clients,” said Rick Warther, President and CEO of Vanguard. “Receiving this honor from ICMA is testament to our commitment to excellence for our clients.”

Recognition from the Élan Awards is becoming an annual occurrence for Vanguard. In recent years, Vanguard has had multiple entries recognized in the Technical Achievement category. In 2008, Vanguard was the recipient of the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award given annually to the manufacturer whose entry deserves special acknowledgement in the eyes of the panel. The CompuWeigh badge also placed as a finalist in this year’s People’s Choice category, voted on by delegates attending the Expo.

About Vanguard ID Systems:
Since its founding in 1987, Vanguard ID Systems has pioneered the Auto ID card manufacturing industry, and after twenty years remains its leading innovator. Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Vanguard ID Systems serves an extensive national and international customer base in a variety of vertical markets. To date, Vanguard has produced and shipped more than 1 billion of the industry’s best-performing bar coded key tags to more than 38 countries.

coded, magnetic stripe and RFID cards and key tags. The Vanguard product line is backed with superior customer service, value-driven pricing and unparalleled data integrity. It is the only company in the industry that offers a five-year guarantee on its bar coded key tags. The company’s commitment to quality starts with Vanguard’s innovative product engineering process and continues on through manufacturing, customer service, end-user product experience, and the employee work environment. For more information, visit Vanguard’s Website at:

About Élan Awards:
In the global arena of world-class cards, the ICMA Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence are the pinnacle of design innovation and technical achievement. Past recipients have included leading manufacturers from around the globe. Winners of this prestigious competition tap the power of industry recognition and promotional opportunity.