Digital Angel Corporation Electronic RFID Microchip Selected for Special International Canine Search/Rescue Team Need for Complete Canine History Prompts Use of Microchips; 'Chipped' Team

Deployed in Afghanistan, Pakistan



    SO. ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Angel
 Corporation (Amex:   DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid
 and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of
 high-value assets, announced today that the United Network for Worldwide
 Disaster Aid (UNWDA), an internationally-known, EU-based team of experts
 deployed at catastrophic events throughout the world, has selected the
 Company's implanted electronic RFID microchips for its specially-trained
 canine search and rescue teams based in diverse countries.  To date, a total
 of 49 of the group's 178 dogs have been implanted with the Digital Angel
 microchip and many of the "chipped" dogs have recently been deployed in
 emergency aid areas including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caribbean and China.
     The UNWDA organization, which has canine units connected to 22 countries
 around the world and has deployed dogs to catastrophes of the magnitude of the
 New York 9/11 disaster and last year's tsunami in Asia, had previously used
 tattoos to identify their dogs.  UNWDA switched to the implanted microchips
 because of the need for access to a variety of information about the
 individual animals, said Dr. S. Eynn, spokesperson for the organization's
 coordination center in Brussels.  The Digital Angel microchip was selected
 after a careful review of other similar microchips available on the
 international market, she added.
     "These dogs are typically deployed under extremely harsh conditions and we
 noticed that the chips worked well without encountering any kind of damage,"
 said Dr. Eynn, adding that the Digital Angel chips' BioBond(R) anti-migration
 cap prevented the chips from migrating in an animal's body.  "We also found
 very practical the Digital Angel syringe design and the fact that the company
 has global distribution.  Perhaps most importantly, we also wanted a company
 that is continuing to research and develop new products and we are confident
 that Digital Angel will maintain its edge in technology into the future."
     The implanted microchip allows a handler access to the identification of
 the dog as well as such critical details as its age, medical information
 (vaccinations, wounds, surgical history), and other data such as training,
 previous missions, tendencies in behavior, the types of environments it
 prefers, how it reacts to emotional or physical rewards and even its
 psychological profile.  "This is invaluable information to a handler who needs
 access to it at crucial moments," Dr. Eynn emphasized.
     Digital Angel CEO Kevin McGrath said the use of the microchips in the
 canine units is another demonstration of the value of noninvasive,
 implantable, electronic devices for identification, quick data access,
 clinical history and a variety of medical uses.
     "One of the significant values of these implantable chips lies in their
 unique ability to provide easy access to critical information anytime, but
 particularly in times of crisis," McGrath said.  "Being selected by this
 organization is another validation of our technology and the faith the world
 has in our products and service.  We look forward to working closely with the
 UNWDA and will continue to develop innovative, next generation products that
 will help them do the incredible work they do."
 
     About the United Network for Worldwide Disaster Aid
     Worldwide Disaster Aid, an international aid organization headquartered in
 Sweden, has its Worldwide Operations Coordination Center in Geneva,
 Switzerland and Resources Coordination Center in Brussels, Belgium.  It
 operates the United Network for Worldwide Disaster Aid, a global network
 connecting and coordinating global, local and regional resources with the
 added support of international special missions, all with the sole purpose of
 preventing and assisting in any situation in which a large quantity of lives
 may be at risk, following the motto branded on the doors of the UNWDA Center
 for Missions Coordination: "At any place, at any time...".
     Since 2001, the United Network for Worldwide Disaster Aid has been
 integrated into the United Network for Universal Aid (UNNET) together with
 other international aid organizations.
 
     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 assets.  Applications for the Company's
 products include identification and monitoring of humans, pets, fish, poultry
 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 Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   ADSX).  For more information about Digital Angel, please visit
 www.DigitalAngelCorp.com.
 
     The statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, are
 "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the
 Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by these sections.
 The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and the
 actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from these
 forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties, including, but
 not limited to, that the Company's majority stockholder, Applied Digital Inc.
 owns 55.4% of the Company's common stock; that new accounting pronouncements
 may impact the Company's future results of operation; that the Company may
 continue to incur losses, that infringements by third parties on the Company's
 intellectual property or development of substantially equivalent proprietary
 technology by the Company's competitors could negatively affect the Company's
 business; that domestic and foreign government regulation and other factors
 could impair the Company's ability to develop and sell the Company's products
 in certain markets; that the Company relies on sales to government contractors
 of its animal identification products, and any decline in the demand by these
 customers for the Company's products could negatively affect the Company's
 business; that the Company depends on a single production arrangement for its
 patented syringe-injectable microchips; that the Company depends on principal
 customers; that the Company competes with other companies and the products
 sold by the Company's competitors could become more popular than the Company's
 products or render the Company's products as obsolete; that the Company's
 earnings will decline if the Company must write-off goodwill and other
 intangible assets; that the exercise of options and warrants outstanding and
 available for issuance may adversely affect the market price of the Company's
 common stock; that currency exchange rate fluctuations could have an adverse
 effect on the Company's sales and financial results; and that the Company
 depends on a small team of senior management and the Company may have
 difficulty attracting and retaining additional personnel.  A detailed
 statement of risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's reports to
 the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in particular the Company's
 Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004.  Investors and
 stockholders are urged to read this document carefully.  The Company can offer
 no assurances that any projections, assumptions or forecasts made or discussed
 in this release will be met, and investors should understand the risks of
 investing solely due to such projections.  The Company undertakes no
 obligation to revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events
 or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.
 
     Contact:   Allen & Caron Inc
                Michael Lucarelli (investors)     Brian Kennedy (media)
                212-691-8087                      212-691-8087
                m.lucarelli@allencaron.com        brian@allencaron.com
 
 

SOURCE Digital Angel Corporation

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