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Newly Upgraded Intermec IF5 RFID Reader Named a Top Performer by ODIN Technologies

By Andrew Price
Feb 27, 2007NEWS RELEASE

Cathy Spencer

EVERETT, Wash., Mar. 1, 2007 – Intermec Inc. today announced that its newly upgraded IF5 Fixed RFID Reader was ranked the top performer in adjacent dock door use by U.S. RFID testing lab ODIN technologies.

Upgraded to read more tags per second and deliver increased radio frequency sensitivity and reliability, the IF5 was rated comparable or superior to top performing competitive readers, matched the read rate -- number of tags read per unit time -- of the fastest competitor and scored in the “highly sensitive” reader category.

The Intermec IF5 is a fixed “smart” reader that can run business intelligence and decision making processes at the point of activity, filter information from tags, monitor external sensors and control audible/visual indicators. Users implementing the reader avoid the expense and potential point of failure of a separate server “box” required by other RFID scanning solutions. As with all Intermec reader products, the IF5 both reads and writes to ISO and Gen 2 RFID tags.

“The new IF5 dense reader mode implementation performs exceptionally well,” said Christopher Fennig, Director, Professional Services, ODIN technologies. “Its leading performance in both the adjacent door and conveyor applications makes the new IF5 one of the best overall readers in its class. Intermec’s engineering investment in addressing the more stringent European environment is paying off.”

The Intermec IF5 reader is based on an EPCglobal Gen 2-certified radio module for operation within ETSI and FCC requirements -- the only module in its class to pass both EPC compatibility and interoperability tests. As a feature-rich Gen 2 network reader, the IF5 allows users to read tags from any manufacturer. Additionally, it can act as an edge server, performing on-board decision-making and data filtering and therefore does not overburden the host with redundant or unwanted data.

By leveraging its built-in device management system for reader configuration and delivery of firmware and applications, the IF5 can assist in scaling an enterprise’s RFID system.

About Intermec
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. For more information about Intermec, visit www.intermec.com or call 800-347-2636. Contact Intermec Investor Relations Director Kevin McCarty at kevin.mccarty@intermec.com, 425-265-2472.

About ODIN technologies
ODIN technologies is the leader in the physics of RFID solution design, deployment, and optimization software. RFID is all we do. Global corporations on four continents leverage ODIN technologies’ expert engineers and patented RFID optimization tools to achieve accuracy, speed and visibility for their RFID deployments. In addition to client deployment services, ODIN technologies is also the publisher of the RFID Benchmark Series™, the industry's first and most referenced head to head performance analysis of RFID equipment. ODIN’s RFID optimization software suite EasyRFID™ has been successfully used in dozens of sites to ensure accurate RFID implementations. ODIN's President and CEO, Patrick J. Sweeney II, is also the author of RFID for Dummies and CompTIA RFID+ study guide both published by John Wiley & Sons. ODIN serves clients from offices in Dulles, Virginia, USA, Tokyo, Japan and Budapest, Hungary. www.ODINrfid.com
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