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November 16, 2005

Intermec embeds IBM stack into RFID reader

One of the leading RFID hardware and services vendors in the US, Intermec Technologies Corp, today will announce it has embedded IBM's WebSphere middleware into one of its RFID readers.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM’s WebSphere Device Infrastructure middleware gives the Intermec IF5 RFID reader the ability to make on-board decisions.

In other words, the reader can automatically route and managing incoming data from RFID tags, including those from remote locations.

And by essentially giving the reader edge-server capabilities, the companies said it promises to reduce network traffic.

Data that is collected and processed on the reader also can integrate with RFID information platforms used elsewhere in the enterprise, as well as enterprise applications.

As the proliferation of RFID deployments continue, the amount of data that flows between RFID tags and readers expands exponentially, said Mike Wills, VP of Everett, Washington-based Intermec. Yet the benefits of RFID are only as good as the data that streams into the system.

The first RFID reader to be embedded with IBM’s middleware was from Alien Technology Corp in early August.

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