MapPoint Partner Tracking "Mad Cows"
SOUTH ST. PAUL, MN – December 29 , 2003 – Digital Angel Corporation (AMEX: DOC), majority owned by Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX) stated today that its proprietary, microchip meat safety systems are specifically designed to completely fulfill the livestock tracking and tracing needs necessary to minimize the human and animal health effects of “mad cow” and other diseases that can threaten the nation’s estimated $50 billion beef industry. The Company, whose Destron Fearing division has been in the animal ID information business for almost six decades, also fully supports the efforts of politicians and national health advocates who have called for the immediate adoption of a comprehensive national cattle tracking and identification program.
Digital Angel’s electronic technology, including patented FDA-approved RFID (Radio Frequency Identication) implantable microchips, e.Tags?, scanning systems, biosensors and software for automated data collection, allows the animal production industry to capture detailed and reliable information about an animal’s origin, location and health status and assemble a biography of every animal as it moves through the various points of its lifecycle ultimately to the processing plant. Within 48 hours, any suspected animal could be isolated and its source of origin and all subsequent movements can be pinpointed.
The company’s implantable microchip, Bio-Thermo, measures the body temperature of animals. It is currently being used in field trials designed to evaluate the benefits of earlier detection of common health issues associated with the management of livestock. It is believed that earlier temperature detection will lead to improved treatment and significant economic savings for the industry.
In addition to being a food safety verification tool, the Digital Angel systems allow producers to automatically collect, report and store data on individual animals, personnel and husbandry practices. These systems help the producing and processing companies deal not only with safety issues, but also herd efficiency goals and the other information demands of consumer-branded meat products.
About Digital Angel Corporation
Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value mobile assets. Applications for the Company’s products include identification and monitoring of pets, fish and livestock through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature sensors. Digital Angel Corporation is majority-owned by Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSX).