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Intermec unveils new fixed-position reader; AeroScout launches formal reseller program; Worldlabel.com offers custom label converting; Mind Commerce issues ZigBee report; NFC Forum holding innovation competition; epcSolutions, A2B offer DOD labeling solution.
By Andrew Price
Feb 09, 2007The following are news announcements made during the week of Feb. 5.

Intermec Unveils New Fixed-Position Reader
Intermec has announced a new UHF RFID passive tag interrogator, the IF30, which can read and encode EPC Gen 2 passive tags, as well as ISO 18000-6B, the Intermec Intellitag G2 and NXP Semiconductors 1.19 tags. The IF30 contains the IM5 Intermec RFID reader module, certified by EPCglobal to be compliant with the Gen 2 standard. The IM5 supports full dense-reader mode, a specification within the Gen 2 air-interface standard designed to make tags readable in an RF-noisy environment. The IF30 is capable of reading tags at conveyor speeds of up to 1,600 feet per minute, and from distances up to 15 feet (4.6 meters), according to Intermec. Chris Kelley, the company's director of RFID business development, says Intermec developed the IF30 as an alternative to the IF5 interrogator, which also uses the IM5 reader module but sports additional memory and processing power so end users can run such middleware functions as redundant tag filtering and business logic. He says that for end users who would rather keep middleware functions running on their networks rather than at the reader level, the IF30 offers a lower-cost choice with all of the same RF functions as the IF5. Another important difference between the two models is that the IF5 has a built-in Wi-Fi communication port, which the IF30 lacks. The IF30 is priced at $3,000, while the IF5 costs $3,500 or more, depending on memory allotment and other configurations.

AeroScout Launches Formal Reseller Program
Real-time location system (RTLS) vendor AeroScout launched a new partner program designed to strengthen its sales channel of about 150 value-added resellers, systems integrators and software providers around the world. AeroScout has always sold its RTLS system—which includes AeroScout T2 active RFID tags; AeroScout Exciters, which activate the tags; the AeroScout Engine, which calculates tag locations; and AeroScout's MobileView software—via such partners as Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, NEC Unified Solutions and Philips Medical Systems. The new program, AeroScout says, provides a more structured foundation on which the company can collaborate with existing partners and create new partnerships. The more formalized program includes "all the appropriate tools, training, collateral, as well as the right incentives our partners need to really go out there and sell our solution," says Josh Slobin. According to the company, there are three levels of AeroScout's partner program: the basic AeroScout Certified Partner; the AeroScout Silver Partner, designed for partners providing additional support and professional services; and the AeroScout Gold Partner, for those demonstrating an expert knowledge of AeroScout products and support and providing professional services and other capabilities.

Worldlabel.com Offers Custom Label Converting
RFID label converter Worldlabel.com has developed a label converting system called the Infinity V1 RFID Tag and Inlay embedding system, which can convert both HF and UHF inlays into custom label sizes outside of conventional dimensions. The converting system also includes an inlay testing function that marks non-functioning smart labels so they won't be applied to product. Worldlabel says its label converting system will benefit end users looking for custom-size smart labels for applications in consumer packaging, pharmaceuticals packaging and baggage tracking tags. Worldlabel jointly developed the converting machinery with TÜV SÜD, a German manufacturer. Worldlabel says the machine will be produced in Singapore, with a current lead time of approximately 12 weeks. The Infinity can either be modulated with current label converting lines or used stand-alone. Operators can key in the label dimensions needed using a touch pad. Pricing information for Worldlabel's custom smart label converting has not yet been released.

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