PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has entered a distribution agreement with SMARTRAC N.V., a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC) transponders, tags and inlays. The distribution agreement focuses on NFC and ultra-high frequency (UHF) products – market segments with particularly strong growth potential driven by the development of NFC-enabled cellphones, tablets and e-readers.
NFC uses short-range wireless technologies to enable connections to transmit information or complete transactions with one simple wave or touch. Avnet now offers SMARTRAC’s solutions used in access control, contactless payment cards, automated fare collection, border control, RFID-based car immobilizers, asset tracking, baggage handling, industry and manufacturing, inventory management, logistics, supply chain management and more. Avnet and SMARTRAC will also collaborate on offering design-in support and services as well as develop customized solutions for customers.