Hewlett-Packard is opening a "noisy lab" in Omaha to drive development of radio frequency identification tagging technology.
The lab was described by HP as one of the most advanced in the fledgling RFID industry. It will simulate a real-world "noisy" manufacturing and distribution centre where HP, its customers and partners will be able to pilot and evaluate RFID technology.
IDCanalyst Richard Dean said, "This lab further underscores HP's commitment to providing the right products for supply-chain participants within the RFID and auto-sensing market."
Designed to test products for industry compliance, the lab will increase HP's range of RFID-compliant products from three to 40 in the near term, HPsaid.
The company is already selling some RFID tagging products, including two HP Photosmart printers and one HP Scanjet scanner, to retailers such as Wal-Mart.
- Sun is planning an RFID "industry solution architecture" to meet RFID requirements in sectors such as government, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and retail. The Sun Java System RFID Tag and Ship Solution is an entry-level product to help users address RFID compliance requests.