Motorola to release new XR450 fixed RFID reader

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The Enterprise Mobility business of Motorola Inc. announced the new Motorola XR450, an industrial-class fixed radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader featuring both bi- and mono-static antenna ports on one platform to help protect RFID investments and decrease deployment complexities. This new two-in-one solution provides a high-performance RFID reader for both item-level tracking and more demanding supply chain applications, the company says. The reader is expected to ship beginning in July 2008.

The XR450 is Motorola’s latest version of its XR family of RFID fixed reader products and includes new management software and enhanced security features such as SSH and SSL support to help protect information as it moves across external network interfaces. Additionally, custom applications can be built and hosted on the device, offering the flexibility customers need to accurately read RFID tags in varying environments. The XR family of fixed RFID readers currently supports deployments around the world, including in many countries throughout the European Union, North and South America and Asia. With the release of the XR450, Motorola now adds certification and country support for both China and South Korea.

“From the retail store to airline baggage carousels and within closed-loop warehouse environments, Motorola’s versatile XR450 fixed RFID reader is an ideal platform to gain inventory visibility and recognize business process efficiencies across the entire supply chain,” says Joe White, vice president of business development and marketing for RFID, Motorola Enterprise Mobility business.

The XR450 RFID reader is certified to run on both Microsoft Biz Talk Server 2006 R2 and IBM Premises Websphere 6.0 and 6.1. It also supports Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 for hosting customer applications directly on the reader. “By using Biz Talk Server in conjunction with the Motorola XR450 fixed RFID reader, it will be easier than ever for customers to connect real-time business processes that include RFID data,” says Steve Sloan, lead product manager for Microsoft Corp. “Together, these products will play a key role in enabling the continued growth and broad adoption of RFID solutions.”