Intermec Temporarily Suspends RFID IP Licensing Policy to Facilitate Adoption of EPCglobal Generation 2 RFID Standard
EVERETT, Wash. and LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2004- Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, and EPCglobal Inc(TM), a not-for-profit standards organization, announced today that Intermec has offered to temporarily suspend its recently announced RFID intellectual property RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing program for the EPCglobal Generation 2 RFID standard for 60 days to allow validation of the candidate specification.
The action clears the way for technology providers to submit UHF Generation 2 prototype chips, tags and readers for purposes of testing by EPCglobal without violating Intermec intellectual property rights.
"This spirit of collaboration is exactly what the EPCglobal community and marketplace needs," said Dick Cantwell, chairman of the EPCglobal board of governors. "The industry is eager for the release of a common specification that will drive this emerging market forward. Today's announcement confirms that the process is continuing, the issues are being addressed, and progress is being made."
The UHF Generation 2 standard is a foundational element in the continued build-out of the EPCglobal Network(TM), a network that combines RFID technology, the Internet and the EPC (electronic product code) to provide accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information throughout supply chains.
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag(R) RFID (radio frequency identification), mobile computing systems, bar code printers and label media. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service. For further information, visit www.intermec.com.
To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec's wireless technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at www.intermec.com. To learn more about UNOVA, visit www.unova.com.
About EPCglobal Inc
EPCglobal Inc, a joint venture between EAN International and the Uniform Code Council, Inc.(R), is a not-for-profit organization entrusted by industry to establish and support the EPCglobal Network as the global standard for real-time, automatic identification of information in the supply chain of any company, anywhere in the world.
EPCglobal US is an affiliate of EPCglobal Inc serving subscribers in the United States to help foster the adoption of the EPCglobal Network and related technology.
The EPCglobal Network combines radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, existing communications network infrastructure, and the Electronic Product Code(TM) (a number for uniquely identifying an item) to enable accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information in the supply chain. The end result helps organizations be more efficient, flexible, and responsive to customer needs. EPCglobal US is an affiliate of EPCglobal Inc., serving subscribers in the United States to help foster the adoption of the EPCglobal Network and related technology.
For more information about EPCglobal or EPCglobal US(TM), visit:
CONTACT: EPCglobal US
Jack Grasso, 609-620-4555
Intermec Technologies Corp.
Kathie Jackson Anderson, 425-348-2799