for European Use
High-Tech Writers / Business Editors
EVERETT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2004
RFID equipment by Intermec Technologies Corp. today
became the first RFID (radio frequency identification) equipment to
comply with the new approved European standard for RFID at UHF. The
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is an
independent, non-profit organization officially responsible for
standardization of information and communication technologies within
Europe. Intermec's IF4 and IF5 RFID readers are compliant to ETSI
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, which permits higher RF power.
Based in Sophia Antipolis, France, ETSI unites 688 members from 55
countries inside and outside Europe, including manufacturers, network
operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and
users. The former ETSI standard allowed only one channel of operation,
which provided half the tag range compared to FCC regulations. The new
standard provides for ten channels of operation with tag read ranges
equivalent to FCC regulations.
"This standard has been developed with the widespread support of
the RFID industry," said ETSI Task Group Chairman John Falck. "By
introducing new concepts such as 'listen before talk' and 'frequency
agile' techniques, the standard permits optimum use of the available
spectrum. For the first time, it now will be possible in Europe for
RFID at UHF to meet the needs of end-users."
The IF5 currently is being used by METRO AG in Europe as a part of
its full-scale RFID rollout.
This achievement continues Intermec leadership in obtaining radio
approvals, which started in 1999 with the first Passive UHF RFID
Reader approved under FCC's Part 15 spread spectrum rules.
"RFID offers powerful capabilities for business process efficiency
when used from one end of a supply chain to the other," said Intermec
Vice President Scott Medford. "Intermec's commitment to global
interoperability means global trading partners can access the benefits
of RFID across territorial and frequency boundaries."
"This is more than an intent to design to radio standards," said
Intermec Chief Technologist Rene Martinez, who leads Intermec's RFID
reader design team. "Intermec equipment has successfully passed ETSI's
rigorous tests, which are conducted by an independent laboratory. Our
equipment now is authorized for sale in a growing list of European
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, Intellitag(R) 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,
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,
Intermec Corporate Communications
Jennette Seward, 425-356-1747
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