|Industry||Consumer Applications, Mobile Games & Communications Equipment|
|Headquarters||New London, Connecticut, US|
|Key people||L. Michael Haller, Joseph J. Grillo, Daniel E. Penni|
Digital Angel, Corp. (OTCQB: DIGA) is a developer and publisher of consumer applications and mobile games designed for tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as a distributor of two-way communications equipment in the U.K.
The company was incorporated in Delaware in 1981 as Medical Advisory Systems, Inc. to provide medical assistance and technical products and services. On March 27, 2002, the company completed a merger and the former Digital Angel Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Advisory Systems, and was renamed "Digital Angel Technology Corporation", and Medical Advisory Systems was renamed "Digital Angel Corporation". Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. contributed to Medical Advisory Systems all of its stock in Timely Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary, and Signature Industries Limited, then an 85%-owned subsidiary. The two subsidiaries, along with Digital Angel Corporation, comprised Applied Digital’s Advanced Wireless Group (AWG). In 2004 and 2005, the company acquired their wholly owned subsidiaries, OuterLink Corporation and DSD Holdings A/S, respectively.
The company formerly developed Global Positioning System (GPS) and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology products for consumer, commercial, and government sectors. The company manufactured tracking devices for people, animals, the food supply, government/military arena, and commercial assets. Included in this product line were RFID applications, end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications, and telecommunication, security infrastructure and the controversial Verichip human implant, a product which has caused concern among advocates of civil liberties.
Digital Angel has also researched and developed GPS Search and Rescue Transponders that integrated geosynchronous communications for use by the military and the private sector to track aircraft, ships and other high value assets.
Digital Angel formerly owned a minority position (49%) in VeriChip, but divested itself of the stake in 2008. VeriChip Corporation and Steel Vault Corporate later merged to form PositiveID, and in 2010 PositiveID attempted a friendly acquisition of Digital Angel, but the bid was unanimously rejected by its board of directors.
The animal identification products subsidiary Destron Fearing was sold to Allflex USA, in July, 2011, for $25 million.
Digital Angel owns and operates Signature Communications, a distributor of two-way communications equipment in the U.K. Products offered range from conventional radio systems used by the majority of its customers, for example, for safety and security uses and construction and manufacturing site monitoring, to trunked radio systems for large-scale users, such as local authorities and public utilities.
Chief executive officer
- L. Michael Haller Appointed CEO on August 23, 2012.
- Daniel E. Penni Appointed "Interim CEO" on 1 February 2012.
- Joseph J. Grillo Former CEO of Digital Angel, beginning on January 2, 2008. Succeeding Kevin McGrath. Mr. Grillo is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Technologies Division of Assa Abloy. Randy Geissler was CEO from 2000 to 2003.
- "Digital Angel Rejects Inadequate Acquisition Proposal". BusinessWire. 2010-09-28.
- "That Human-Cow Microchip Implant Merger Is Not Going Smoothly". CBS News. 2010-09-29.
- "Allflex USA acquires Destron Fearing for $25 Million". SecureIDNews. 2011-05-10.
- Digital Angel Press Releases
- Corporate governance web page, Digital Angel Corporation, retrieved 28 March 2012.