New Intermec IV7 Brings Customers Gen 2 RFID Forklift Reader

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Intermec Technologies has launched first-ever EPCglobal Generation 2 (Gen 2) RFID vehicle-mount reader.

As Intermec's first packaged forklift-mounted RFID reader system, the IV7 is designed for serial attachment to the Intermec CV60 vehicle mount computer. Both are built to withstand the rigours of harsh, industrial environments and carry IP65 ratings. The CV60, acting as the local host for the IV7, provides network management and security features that a simple serial reader cannot match. The IV7 can read multiple air interface protocols, even in mixed populations of tags, including EPC UHF Generation 2 (Gen 2), ISO 18000 6-B and EPC Class 1.

While portal mounted readers are capable of capturing pallet data and some carton data, the tagged items must be brought to the reader. Enterprises often need the flexibility to read RFID tags in certain and not-so-certain locations which may not be near the location of a fixed reader. Ideal for pick and put away applications, the IV7 not only delivers the flexibility of "read where you need," but also a cost advantage over portal reader systems wherever the number of dock doors is significantly larger than the number of fork trucks.

The CV60 can command the IV7, equipped with a location tag-sensing antenna, to scan for RFID tags when a pallet is picked up. The IV7 captures not only the location of the pallet pick up, but also through what doorway it passed, the path the forklift travelled and where the pallet will be placed.

The wireless capability of the CV60 combined with the fast reads of the IV7 mean that warehouse management systems are automatically updated with location status as the truck moves through tag-equipped zones, as well as with shelf location data when the pallet is dropped off or retrieved. The IV7 can be mounted in any position on the vehicle within 3.5 m (10 ft.) of the vehicle battery or power source such as a terminal strip. The communication to the CV60 is via RS232 cable and connection.

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