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Symbol, IBM to create 'intelligent' RFID reader

Posted: 17 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Symbol Technologies? IBM? XR series? RFID? WebSphere?

Symbol Technologies Inc. and IBM announced that Symbol will embed IBM's WebSphere RFID Device Infrastructure (WRDI) on Symbol's XR series of fixed RFID readers, creating an "intelligent" RFID reader that automates the process of routing and managing incoming data from RFID tags, even from remote locations.

According to the press release, WRDI capabilities leverage application hosting on XR series RFID readers to deliver capabilities such as on-demand decision-making and reduced network traffic by filtering redundancies and sending only pertinent information to a company's application server. WRDI also provides Symbol's RFID readers with a platform to integrate and reconcile RFID information with data used in other areas of a business. Additionally, WRDI supports the control I/O on Symbol's XR series RFID readers to create solutions using other devices such as motion sensors and lights, to activate business processes in their supply and logistics chains.

"The real value of RFID is in the data collected, filtered and analyzed at the point of business activity," said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol's RFID and wireless infrastructure divisions. "By combining IBM's software with Symbol's XR series RFID readers, we can deliver valuable business intelligence out to managers on the front line."

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