LXE, Intel and Sirit to Collaborate on Forklift-Mounted RFID Data Collection Solutions

LXE is pleased to announce it is working with Intel and Sirit to produce the first robust, forklift-mounted RFID data collection solutions for use in warehousing and distribution. This effort will produce solutions that will enable customers to garner the benefits of RFID throughout their warehouse, beyond simple compliance.

As the lead in this development, LXE will bring 35+ years of experience in developing wireless products and solutions, extensive antenna engineering talent through its sister divisions in EMS Technologies, and a customer base including most the top companies implementing RFID in their Supply Chain operations today.

The new systems will utilize the Intel IXP4XX product line of network processors for application processing and network transmission. The processors are based on high- performance, low-power Intel XScale technology, enabling implementation in a variety of form factors.

Sirit brings its leading RFID design capabilities and will provide the RFID expertise and RFID reader module components supporting EPCglobal Class 0, Class 0+, Class 1 and UHF Gen2 protocols. The reader will leverage Sirit's existing technology collaboration with Intel to produce standards-based building block technology for RFID readers.

"LXE has always excelled in delivering products and solutions for mobile data collection," says Jim Childress, LXE President and General Manager. "Our history illustrates the value of real-time mobile data capture, versus static or batch. Now LXE extends that value to RFID-based data collection."

"As companies move beyond pure compliance operations, it becomes evident that a robust, reliable implementation for forklift-based operations is required," adds Dick Sorenson, LXE Director of Product Management. "With a mutual commitment to open standards, we've got the right teammates in Sirit and Intel with complementary skills to meet the challenge."

"Intel provides a wide range of computing and communications building blocks to support the growing RFID infrastructure," said Doug Davis, Intel's vice president, Digital Enterprise Group and general manager, Infrastructure Processor Division. "This development effort can help customers use that infrastructure to rapidly realize cost-savings at the warehouse."

"Sirit is delighted to build on the very successful relationship we've enjoyed over the past three years with industry leader LXE," states William Staudt, President and CEO of Sirit. "In particular, we look forward to following the success of a mobile, standards-based solution such as LXE's MX3-RFID with a forklift solution as Supply Chain customers move beyond compliance to reap benefits of RFID internally."

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