Intermec and Newham College Bridge the UK Skills Gap with RFID Discovery Lab

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Intermec and Newham College in east London have announced the launch of the Discovery Lab, which will provide training courses in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology.

The Discovery Lab aims to be the UK's best resource for providing RFID training and promoting uptake of the technology.  Intermec will be one of the vendors showcasing current and future uses of RFID, with interactive demonstrations to promote general awareness and understanding of the technology.

The Discovery Lab training facility is based at Newham College in Stratford, London and will offer RFID+ courses and certifications accredited by CompTIA.  RFID is already transforming the way business is done in virtually every industry, and for this reason it is crucial for the UK economy that businesses receive awareness and technical training in the technology. Unfortunately, the UK has until now been lagging behind other developed countries in RFID uptake and this represents a threat to competitiveness. The Discovery Lab will provide an interactive environment with which to inform organisations about the possibilities of RFID technology and deliver training in its implementation.

Martin Tolhurst, principal and chief executive of the college, summed up his aspirations for the lab, saying: "Whilst any major new training facility in this hugely important technology would be significant, the unique nature of the Discovery Lab makes its launch especially exciting. We expect the Discovery Lab to be the UK's premier training resource for RFID technology in the UK."

"As a leading manufacturer of RFID tagging and scanning equipment, Intermec is proud to be involved in the UK's first training facility dedicated to this increasingly important area of technology," said Ian Davies, Channel Development Manager EMEA at Intermec.  "Intermec will be providing the latest technology for fixed and mobile UHF Passive RFID reading, RFID Tag Printing and Encoding as well as some of our tag technology including the Rigid Tags ideally suited for harsh or robust environments."

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Competitiveness stated: "RFID is an exciting new technology with the potential to revolutionise many areas of our daily lives.  I am delighted that Newham College is taking a lead in showcasing the possibilities to the business community."


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. Intermec offers a complete RFID product suite including readers, printers, tags, labels and inlays supported by RFID implementation services to guarantee system performance, all from a single source.

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