Stratum Global and Intermec help community college create RFID Program

  • February 01, 2007
  • Intermec Technologies Corporation
  • News
State-of-the-art RFID portal prepares students for opportunities in the workplaceEVERETT, Wash., Feb. 1, 2007 - Stratum Global along with Intermec and other industry leaders have helped create an RFID (radio frequency identification) program at Oakton Community College. Based in Des Plaines, Ill., Oakton's RFID program provides hands-on experience in a simulated industrial warehouse environment to prepare students for opportunities in the workplace.Intermec provided its IF5 RFID readers with 700 series mobile computers and portal antennas. Stratum Global, an RFID software provider and Intermec Honours Partner, was lead on the project and provided its TagNet(TM) RFID software solution suite.The Oakton RFID lab is designed to emulate a factory portal where workers move tagged boxes or pallets through the passageway allowing inventory processing to occur automatically. The curricula will prepare students for managerial and technical positions within the transportation, warehousing and logistics industries. In addition to gaining RFID technical expertise, the program will teach students how to measure and communicate the business value of RFID implementations to non-technical managers. "As RFID adoption grows, businesses will need employees skilled in its design and operation," said Robert Sompolski, dean of mathematics and technologies at Oakton Community College. "Our objective was to partner closely with RFID industry leaders, like Intermec and Stratum Global, to create a lab that will give our students experience working directly with RFID software, hardware and infrastructure so they will gain the knowledge that will enable them to implement real-world RFID systems. Without the donations of time and equipment from the industry, this could not have happened so quickly."The program was partially funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act Initiative grant provided through the Illinois Community College Board."When industries have access to a workforce that is already educated about RFID, it makes advancing the technology that much easier," said Stratum Global Chief Operating Officer Bill Hood. "The Oakton Community College RFID Center creates a bridge between the education and the industrial community to accelerate the adoption of RFID technology.About IntermecIntermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. Intermec offers a complete RFID product suite including readers, printers, tags, labels and inlays supported by RFID implementation services to guarantee system performance, all from a single source. About Stratum GlobalStratum Global is a software solutions company that develops and markets TagNet, a release supported, platform agnostic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solution suite. Stratum Global's sole business is RFID. Our customers are realizing the benefits today of complete RFID enabled solutions for Closed-Loop, Asset Management and Compliance. Stratum Global delivers best-in-class RFID business solutions with a solid understanding of industry key issues, current trends and recognizing that each customer has unique needs and complex requirements. We provide complete implementation services including site surveys, hardware installation, enterprise integration, tags, services and education to support the total RFID solution. Regardless of your RFID initiatives, Stratum Global has a solution that can bring immediate value to most organizations. Invest incrementally - scale your RFID solution as your business needs to. "Start Small, Think Big." Learn More

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