Intermec Provides RFID Migration Strategy to Customers Worldwide
Coordinated RFID migration strategy addresses technology, business costs and risk associated with RFID migrationEVERETT, Wash., May 3, 2004 - Intermec Technologies Corp. today announced an RFID migration strategy to help customers meet evolving RFID requirements. In 2004, while tags and labels conforming to final mandate requirements outlined by the world's leading retailers and the U.S. Department of Defense are in short supply, Intermec customers are able to begin pilots with current Intermec tag and readers that support EPC numbering of read/write technology, with the assurance they can make the switch to meet final requirements simply through field upgrades and software downloads. These will meet final standard requirements for both reader and tag technology and will allow companies to avoid short-lived equipment purchases. Companies run the risk that pilot equipment being evaluated today may perform quite differently from those that meet final requirements. Intermec offers customers a solution to reduce that risk. The world's leading retailers and others, including the U.S. Dept. of Defense, have outlined requirements for full read-write capability, global compliance, interoperability, and rapid read rates, in order to meet their inbound receiving and supply chain requirements. "Intermec's goal is to help customers receive a significant business value while dealing with developing RFID standards," said Intermec Vice President Mike Wills. "Instead of ripping and replacing obsolete systems that won't eventually meet a final RFID requirement, we offer a fluid, reliable migration strategy to maximize hardware usage, eliminate risk and eliminate down-time." 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. EPC UHF Generation 2 RFID technology adds the capability to change and update the information on each tag as it proceeds, providing new levels of up-to-date information for better decision making.About Intermec 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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