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
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"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.
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