9/30/2004 - Intermec Technologies Corp. introduced one of the industry’s first intelligent RFID (radio frequency identification) readers certified for use by customers around the world. Intelligent readers perform on-board decision-making – similar to a server connected to an RFID reader – to filter incoming RFID tag data. This eliminates both the need for extra servers and potential points of failure in the system, removing risk and extra cost for users.
Intermec’s IF5 is compliant to ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institutue) radio standards for operation in Europe; both under the lower power 0.5W erp (EN300 220) standard and the newly established 2.0W erp (EN302 208) RFID standard that permits higher RF power. Intermec is the first manufacturer to complete compliance requirements.
“Intermec is committed to compliance with radio regulations and standards, both in the U.S. and globally,” said Intermec Vice President Scott Medford. “Our IF5 Intelligent reader is the first to meet the ETSI 302 208 standard and gives our European customers RFID read ranges that are equal to those of our customers in the U.S.”
Intermec’s IF5 Intelligent RFID reader is enclosed in a rugged industrial housing and connects via several mechanisms, including RS-232, wired Ethernet and wireless 802.11g. It controls and supplies power to external indicators or devices, and it executes third-party programs with Linux and Java VM platforms, giving users the ability to run programs inside the reader and to interface to warehouse management and enterprise resource planning systems. This execution, combined with its on-board decision-making capabilities lowers overall systems costs, enhances reliability, reduces traffic on IT networks and provides device management. The IF5 has listen-before-talk, duty cycle management, and adjacent channel selectivity capabilities. The new reader’s air interface is software-upgradeable, providing a clear path to emerging EPCglobal UHF Generation 2 capabilities.
The IF5 is a member of Intermec’s family of RFID products that include fixed, mobile and handheld readers as well as RFID printers and labels.
RFID is a complement to industry’s current bar code-based tracking systems, allowing companies to automatically track inventory throughout an entire supply chain. RFID automatic data collection typically does not require line of sight or manual scanning as do most bar code-based systems. For example, information from RFID-tagged cases on a pallet can be read automatically using fixed, mobile or handheld readers rather than requiring individual bar code scanning. Read/write RFID tags and labels can be reprogrammed to update the information on each tag as it proceeds through manufacturing and supply chain processes, providing new levels of up-to-date information for timely decision making.
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, 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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