Symbol Technologies RFID Readers Receive Certification from EPCglobal for Gen 2 Compliance

Symbol Technologies RFID Readers Receive Certification from EPCglobal for Gen 2 Compliance

Certification Paves Way for Gen 2 Product Offering

2005-09-14 ATLANTA (EPCglobal US Conference)

Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), The Enterprise Mobility Company™, today announced that its XR400 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader has been certified for Generation 2 (Gen 2) compliance by EPCglobal Inc., an international, not-for-profit standards organization. Certified by testing group MET Laboratories, the XR400 RFID reader also offers dense reader mode performance, which reduces interference between the XR400 and other readers operating in close proximity, and is a required function for Gen 2 readers.

"A key issue for customers migrating from Gen 1 to Gen 2 protocols will be how the reader performs near multiple readers," said John Bruno, senior vice president and general manager of RFID at Symbol Technologies. "As a leading company putting RFID to work in the marketplace, Symbol is proud to offer customers the promise of minimal interference and investment protection with the multi-protocol XR400 reader."

Testing was conducted by MET Laboratories, an independent testing laboratory, under conditions that comply with rules set forth by the EPCglobal Hardware Certification Program. New customers deploying the XR400 reader will now see the EPCglobal Hardware Certification Mark, indicating that the product has been rigorously tested and will work according to EPCglobal standards, such as the UHF Generation 2 Air Interface Protocol standard ratified in December 2004.

Symbol's Windows® CE-powered XR400 reader is currently deployed in a range of application scenarios, including inventory management in retail warehouses and outlets; baggage tracking in airports; and "build-to-order" manufacturing processes that correspond with data routed from the reader.

About Symbol Technologies

Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company™, is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world's leading companies.

About the EPCglobal Inc.

EPCglobal Inc is a joint venture between GS1, (formerly EAN International) and GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council). It is a neutral, not-for-profit standards organization consisting of manufacturers, technology solution providers and retailers that are driving the global, multi-industry adoption of the EPCglobal Network of technologies. The EPCglobal Network allows trading partners to more easily exchange valuable supply-chain information about goods as they move through the supply chain, helping organizations become more effective and efficient by reducing counterfeiting, theft, and other drains on productivity and profitability. Industries that are currently participating include consumer products, retail, healthcare, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, defense and logistics. EPCglobal US is an affiliate of EPCglobal Inc, and responsible for driving EPCglobal Network adoption in the United States. For more information, visit

About the EPCglobal Hardware Certification Program

The EPCglobal Hardware Certification Program is a standards-based compliance testing program, developed by the EPCglobal community to provide a neutral and authoritative source for testing hardware products and providing information regarding certified products, and the vendors who manufacture them. The purpose of this program is to enable end-users to easily access reliable information regarding EPC hardware (RFID silicon chips, readers, reader modules, and printer/encoders with embedded reader modules) and have confidence that the hardware products which they implement, will work in predictable ways as defined by EPCglobal Standards, such as the UHF Gen 2 Air Interface Protocol Standard. More information available at

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