Intermec, that Everett, Wash., company known for its RFID readers, printers, tags, and similar whatnots, is donating a slew of mobile hardware to the University of Arkansas’ RFID Research Center.
The newly formed university is focused on the retail, manufacturing, and transportation domains – students and burgeoning RFID experts examine the use of RFID and its effects on business and society.
Intermec’s donation includes the company’s 761 ruggedized mobile computer and IP4 portable RFID reader along with a custom Intermec RFID application.
Intermec donates hardware to Univ of Arkansas RFID Research Center
EVERETT, Wash., December 20, 2006 – Intermec Inc. today announced the donation of mobile RFID hardware to the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center. Part of the Information Technology Research Institute in the university’s Sam M. Walton College of Business, the center works primarily in the retail, manufacturing and transportation domains to examine the use of RFID (radio frequency identification), its effects on business and society and how best to use the technology within the supply chain.
A recognized innovator in RFID technology, Intermec’s donation includes the company’s 761 ruggedized mobile computer and IP4 portable RFID reader along with a custom Intermec RFID application. Designed for global use, the Intermec products support RFID EPC Gen 2, ISO 180006b and 6c industry standards, and meet ETSI and FCC RF certifications. The products also are certified to be compatible with IBM, SAP, Oracle, Sun and Microsoft enterprise software for seamless integration.
“Through this donation, Intermec is helping the University of Arkansas create innovative supply-chain process improvements and advance the adoption and awareness of RFID,” said Dr. Bill Hardgrave, director of the RFID Research Center. “Intermec technology is a valued addition to our advanced research capabilities.”
Uniquely and strategically positioned at the forefront of RFID research, the center is a multidisciplinary neutral, third-party facility located near several major RFID leaders including the world’s largest retailer (Wal-Mart), the world’s largest producer of protein products (Tyson Foods, Inc.) and the second largest truckload carrier in the United States (J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.). The 8,000 square-foot lab models a production warehouse environment and is available for tours, as well as RFID testing and training.
Intermec RFID hardware works in conjunction with Microsoft BizTalk RFID, also featured at the lab. Microsoft BizTalk RFID allows RFID devices such as Intermec readers and printers to become fully compatible with the Microsoft platform and integrate with third-party applications and processes.
Intermec 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 the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center Laboratory
The University of Arkansas RFID Research Center spans many disciplines including retail, supply chain, industrial engineering, and computer science, among others. The center’s base of operations is an 8000 sq. ft. lab which models a production warehouse environment. The laboratory passed accreditation criteria established by EPCglobal Inc., a global not-for-profit standards organization commercializing the Electronic Product CodeTM (EPC) and RFID worldwide. The UA lab is one of the first EPC/RFID research laboratories worldwide to receive the EPCglobal Performance Test Center accreditation.