German retailer METRO Group has carried out the
industry's first public demonstration of an EPC Generation 2
RFID (radio frequency identification) system at the retailer's
stand at the 2005 ECR Europe Conference and Marketplace.
During the demonstration, Intermec Intellitag Gen
2 smart labels were read by an RFID-enabled IF5 reader as an
RFID-tagged pallet of RFID-tagged cases was pushed through a
The public demonstration follows the first
successful use of an EPC Generation 2 RFID system at METRO
Group's RFID Innovation Centre in Neuss, Germany earlier this
month. The next step will be to equip Metro's RFID Innovation
Centre with Generation 2 technology to test system performance.
The companies also plan to update Metro's Future Store supply
chain with Gen 2 capabilities to test the technology under
"Generation 2 RFID is here now," days Dr. Gerd
Wolfram, executive project manager of the METRO Group Future
"This demonstration meets a key METRO Group
objective: we wanted to ensure that our existing RFID systems
would seamlessly migrate forward to the ISO-based Gen 2
"The demonstration of Gen 2 tags being read by
an Intermec IF5 reader, in production since last September, is a
significant step forward for the market," says Scott Medford,
Vice President of RFID at Intermec Technologies.
"It dispels the myth that Gen 2 is somewhere
in the distant future, if ever. It proves that properly designed
products can be deployed and then upgraded via software to
accommodate new features, standards, or regulations. And it
clearly demonstrates that several technology companies can work
together to create products that comply with international
standards in order to satisfy the requirements of a global
By the end of 2005, more than 100 METRO Group
suppliers are expected to migrate to Generation 2 RFID
technology for improved asset tracking and inventory control.
METRO Group, which has 2,300 stores in 30 countries around the
world, launched its first RFID pilot project in November 2004.
To date more than 100,000 pallets have been read using Metro's
current RFID system.
The system is the latest step in the
successful implementation of Intermec RFID equipment at METRO
Group's RFID Innovation Centre, its Future Store and at several
of its distribution centres. The company's largest and busiest
distribution centre, located in Unna, Germany, is equipped with
Intermec IF5 Intelligent RFID readers and Intellitag RFID tags.
One of the industry's first intelligent RFID
readers, the Intermec IF5 performs onboard decision-making é
similar to a server connected to an RFID reader é to filter
incoming RFID tag data.
By acting as an edge server running custom
applications, the IF5 can filter information from tags received
from up to four antennas, monitor external sensors and control
audible and visual indicators. In this way it acts as the heart
of a complete RFID reader system without the expense and
potential additional failure point of a separate server that is
often required by other RFID scanning solutions.
Premier demo public du RFID du monde
Mardi 03 Mai 2005 Version