7/22/2004 - Companies that currently use wireless networks from Intermec Technologies Corp. now can obtain a 15 percent discount on evaluation of system performance and security from the company’s Professional Services organization. The discount is available through September 24 to customers who have an Intermec 802.11 a, b, or g network installed.
“The environment in which a wireless network is installed is almost guaranteed to change over time,” said Intermec Vice President and General Manager Mike Wills, who leads the company’s global service organization. “Increased or decreased network usage, building modifications, external interference or equipment changes all can result in network inefficiency. That’s why companies need to consider Site Performance Assessments – periodic system health checks that can help uncover issues that can degrade network performance.”
For example, companies considering adding RFID capabilities to their operations may wish to consider a site assessment to ensure that their wireless network infrastructure is sufficient to support anticipated increases in network traffic.
“Many companies are exploring RFID now, whether it’s to comply with a mandate or to find the most effective way to incorporate the technology into their own supply chain operations,” said Chris Kelley, Intermec director of RFID consulting services. “An assessment of the network’s bandwidth, speed and performance characteristics is a good starting point to help determine what additional capabilities may be required to handle the increased data flow that may result from an RFID implementation.”
A wireless Site Security Assessment also is available. This service is designed to evaluate an existing wireless network for compliance with a company’s current security policy or in preparation for implementing a new security policy to help companies avoid hacking by hostile or unauthorized wireless users.
A trained and experienced Intermec analyst measures signal leakage – how far the signal propagates beyond the perimeter of the physical premises – to assess the risk for unauthorized access. In addition, the analyst examines existing network security policies and procedures, access point and client device configurations, as well as conducts searches for rogue access points. The findings from the perimeter assessment and vulnerability studies are then analyzed. Clients receive a written report of findings and recommendations to improve security levels using the available features of the system.
“Reducing or preventing system downtime is critical to preserving the productivity enhancements delivered through mobile computing,” said Mike Lovelace, Intermec director of business development and service engineering. “Conducting a periodic environmental and security survey helps companies increase the return on their investments in wireless networks and devices.”
For more information or to request a Site Performance or Site Security Assessment, visit www.intermec.com/ProfessionalServices or call 1-800-755-5505, option 4.
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag® RFID (radio frequency identification), mobile computing systems, bar code printers and label media. The company s products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service. For further information, visit www.intermec.com.
To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec’s wireless technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at www.intermec.com. To learn more about UNOVA, visit www.unova.com
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