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Intermec embeds IBM RFID software into IF5 RFID reader


ARMONK, N.Y. and EVERETT, Wash. – IBM and Intermec Technologies Corp. have announced that 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.

The new WRDI capabilities, available immediately, give IF5 readers edge-server capabilities including the ability to perform on-board decision-making, reducing network traffic by filtering incoming data from external RFID tags and sending only the most pertinent information upstream to a company’s application server. WRDI also provides the readers with a platform that can easily integrate and reconcile RFID information with data used in other parts of the business.

“As the proliferation of RFID deployments continue, the amount of data that flows between RFID tags and readers expands exponentially,” said Intermec Vice President Mike Wills. “Yet the benefits of RFID are only as good as the data that streams into the system. The combination of the IF5 and IBM’s powerful middleware provides companies with an intuitive solution that turns the flow of data into business-critical information.”

“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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