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Interoperable real-time location systems for the monitoring & protection of people & assets

GuardRFID is a proven expert in interoperable real-time location systems (I-RTLS™) driving the next generation of security and compliance applications in healthcare, industrial, and commercial environments. With indoor and outdoor installations around the world, we deliver the most robust multi-purpose real-time location platform with superior flexibility, interoperability, and performance helping organizations achieve the protection, compliance, and efficiencies they require when it comes to their people and assets - today and tomorrow.

Real-time location and the Internet of Things (IoT)

RFID RTLSGuardRFID not only prides itself on delivering unparalleled real-time location technologies and solutions focusing on the monitoring and protection of people and assets but also on its delivery of a feature-rich IoT system. In reality, our Active RFID tags are battery-operated remote sensors that report data back to a remote server that can run either on premise or in the cloud – exactly what IoT is all about. That means as an RTLS solution provider for over a decade, we embraced IoT long ago. The difference is, we’ve added another element of usefulness… real-time location information for both assets and people.

So when you think RTLS or IoT, think GuardRFID.

The GuardRFID Management Team

GuardRFID was founded in 2007 by a group of highly experienced industry veterans with over 100 years combined experience in Active RFID technologies.


Zahir Abji Zahir Abji – Founder, President & CEO
Zahir has more than 30 years experience in business management, global operations management, product development, and senior engineering management. Prior to founding GuardRFID, he was the VP of Operations at Epic Data Inc., a developer of data collection systems for the aerospace, defense, and heavy equipment industries, and the President & COO of eXI Wireless Systems, a leading Active RFID solutions provider. While at eXI, he was responsible for its rapid growth between 1998 and 2002. Additionally, he spent 16 years at Motorola focused on wireless data solutions world-wide including the management of R&D and manufacturing operations teams in Japan, Singapore, and Europe. Zahir holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Bio-Medical Electronics from the University of Salford in the U.K.
Dalibor Pokrajac Dalibor Pokrajac – CTO & Vice President of Engineering
Dalibor has over 26 years of experience in the development of complex embedded systems and the management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams and manufacturing operations. Before joining GuardRFID in 2007, he was the VP of Engineering for eXI Wireless Systems where he developed and delivered Active RFID and RTLS technology solutions for the healthcare market. Dalibor is a member of the Standards Council of Canada as a Technical Expert within the Canadian Advisory Committee for ISO JTC/SC31. He has been active in various roles in developing RFID and RTLS standards within ISO (JTC1/SC31), IEEE (802.15.4 and P1847), and IHE (PCD) and single-handedly continues to push GuardRFID’s focus on interoperable RTLS solutions. He is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Electronics from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.
Doug Stevens Doug Stevens – Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Doug has over 20 years experience in sales and customer service management roles, specifically with Active RFID and sensor-based technology companies. He too was a former member of the eXI Wireless System team selling Active RFID-based RTLS solutions into the healthcare market before joining GuardRFID. Doug holds a Diploma of Technology in electrical/electronics.
Linda Soh

Linda Soh CPA, CGA - Financial Controller 
Linda joined GuardRFID in July 2011, after having consulted for the company for a few months. Before joining the GuardRFID family as a consultant, Linda held senior accounting/finance positions in various Manufacturing & High Technology companies, including Motorola, MDA Corporation, Epic Data & Creation Technology. Her collaborative, focused, customer-centric attitude has enabled her to motivate, mentor, and build strong teams. She has been instrumental in implementing & improving policies, processes, procedures & internal controls in the company, and has been instrumental in migrating GuardRFID’s basic financial system to a full-blown ERP system to improve cross-functional data capture, exchange, and collaboration, as well as support the rapid growth of the company. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Linda holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore. She enjoys working at Guard RFID; "a growing organization with great people. A company that truly values its customers and its employees."


James Topham James Topham
James is well known and revered in the British Columbia technology scene. Beyond his 20 years as an Audit Partner at KPMG’s Technology Group in Vancouver, he also founded and was a nine-year Board member of the B.C. Technology Industries Association (BCTIA), initiated the founding of the Clean Technology CEO Alliance and served on its Advisory Board, and served on the Boards for WINBC and the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. Additionally, he was a Founder and a 10-year Board member of Social Ventures Partners – Vancouver, a group contributing both time and money to local innovative charities. In 2009 James received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BCTIA and today, sits on the Boards of several public and private technology companies.
Gary Smith Gary Smith
Gary is the Founder and President of ColorID, a supplier of ID and security products to the healthcare, U.S. government, military, and education markets. Previous to that, he founded and held Director roles at HR information systems provider H2 Workforce and WorkWireless, the latter being acquired in June 2008. Gary was also the President & CEO of Glenayre Technologies growing annual sales from $5 million to over $400 million during his tenure. He studied Electrical Engineering at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia and is registered as a Professional Engineer. He also received business management training at Stanford University.
Dr. Norman Toms Dr. Norman Toms, Ph.D
Norman was the founding CEO of highly successful Sierra Wireless, a developer of wireless technologies, devices and solutions, where he was instrumental in the Company’s growth from a pre-revenue start-up in 1993 to a company with revenue in excess of US$200 million in 2004, the year retired. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University and has held various senior positions with Plessey (UK), Bell Northern Research, Scientific Atlanta, the Mobile Data Division of Motorola Inc. and MPR Teltech Ltd. He has been an active member of various national scientific committees, as well as technical committees within the Wireless Data Forum. In 1998, he was recognized by the Wireless Data Forum with an award for lifetime contribution to the industry.
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noun: “Interoperable real-time location systems”; a specific form of real-time location technology that places extra emphasis on the interoperability and integration with existing systems an organization may already have; includes at least three points of interop including standards compliance, integration with complementary systems, and API usability





“The incorporation of Active RFID tags makes it possible to turn your entire organization into an instant connected network of assets and people with real-time visibility of everything that’s happening and where it’s happening… in other words, into your own ‘Internet of Things’ (and people).”
Zahir Abji, Founder, President & CEO of GuardRFID

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