VeriChip and Austco Systems Introduce Infant Protection System in UK

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital, announced today that it has shipped its first Hugs infant protection system for use in the United Kingdom. The sale and installation of the Hugs system is being coordinated by VeriChip's international distributor, Australia-based Austco Communication Systems Pty, Ltd. VeriChip's Hugs infant protection system is designed to prevent mismatching and deter abduction of newborn infants from hospitals, and is part of VeriChip's portfolio of RFID healthcare security products.

"The entry of the Hugs system into the U.K. is another example of our commitment to develop the international healthcare security market," remarked Kevin McLaughlin, Chief Executive Officer of VeriChip Corporation.

Speaking for Austco Communication Systems, Robert E. Grey, President and CEO, commented, "The integration of the Hugs infant security system with Austco's MediCom staff and emergency call system is highly attractive to our worldwide hospital clients."

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