As the part of sale of FS Technologies (FSTech) division of Federal Signal to 3M several senior and well-known toll systems people are being "let go."
In the last few weeks 3M has organized recruitment panels to interview FSTech staff after which each has either been invited to "transition on to" 3M, or they have been, in effect, terminated.
Federal Signal defeats Neology's US Court bid for preliminary injunction against its 6C tags ADDITIONSBy Peter Samuel on June 19, 2012
2012-06-19: Judge Mary Pat Thynge, in US District Court in Delaware in a patent suit has forcefully rejected Neology's claim for a preliminary injunction against Federal Signal Technologies (FSTech) and its Sirit unit. The judge's ruling leaves open for further review some of Neology's patent infringement claims but found no case for interim measures to restrain FSTech.
Federal Signal, Kapsch and TransCore, the three big suppliers of toll equipment in north America are all expected to announce three-way readers later this year. East coast tollers say three-mode readers would be a huge advance toward regional interoperability arrangements, and that the big three have each said they have such a product in development and are close to releasing the news.
A close look at the text of Neology's complaint against Federal Signal and subsidiary Sirit shows it not only challenges their right to sell their range of equipment for ISO 18000-6C (6C) tags and readers used in what has been regarded as open standard and non-proprietary electronic toll collection but also in its parking and supply chain RFID systems.
Federal Signal Technologies Group (FSTech) president Manfred Rietsch says Neology's suit alleging violations of a patent on 6C sticker tag-reader system is "baseless" and "frivolous." FSTech's Sirit subsidiary, also sued, was one of just a small group of companies that developed the ISO 18000 6C standard, he notes, and contributed technology to the US RFID consortium, Sisvel, which established 6C as open standard.read more »