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November 17, 2005

Intermec to use IBM software in RFID reader

Intermec has embedded IBM's WebSphere RFID Device Infrastructure (WRDI) into the Intermec IF5 RFID reader, creating an "intelligent" RFID reader that automates the process of routing and managing incoming data from RFID tags, even from remote locations.

By CBR Staff Writer

The new WRDI capabilities have the ability to filter incoming data from external RFID tags and transmit only the most pertinent information to a company’s application server. WRDI also provides for easy integration and reconciliation of RFID information with data used in other parts of the business.

Embedded into the IF5 reader, the platform allows the reader to route data to an IBM RFID WebSphere Premises Server, as well as control RFID printers, such as the Intermec PM4i. Also integrated into the WRDI framework is IBM’s WebSphere Everyplace Device Manager, which provides connectivity to the IBM Tivoli Systems Management suite to enable centralized device management and the ability to download new RFID applications or device software updates to readers installed in remote locations.

Thanks to this the new software, RFID network administrators possess instant and enhanced visibility into RFID-tagged pallets and products. That information then can be shared across an integrated retail or consumer supply chain resulting in obvious cost reductions, less traffic and increased control of inventory levels.

This new offering with Intermec is the latest example of IBM’s continued commitment to partner with the world’s leading providers of RFID hardware solutions and to foster the adoption of RFID technologies worldwide, said Robert Mayberry, vice president of sensor and actuator solutions, IBM. The creation of intelligent readers that are able to optimize the benefits of industry-leading, open-standard middleware solutions will provide companies a lens into their supply chain never seen before.

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