German retailer Metro Group has installed a fully functioningsecond generation radio frequency identification (RFID) system at its Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany.
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Metro is vying with Tesco for European RFID leadership. Last week the UK retailer complained red tape was holding back its RFID deployment.
IBM and Intermec Technologies upgraded Metro's Intermec first generation IF5 RFID readers within a two-week period. The readers integrate with IBM's RFID WebSphere Device Infrastructure and Premises Server middleware, and can read Gen 2 labels from different suppliers.
The IF5 reader uses WebSphere to collect and filter data, execute business processes and integrate RFID data with ERP and warehouse management applications.