IconNicholson, Symbol Partner on RFID Solutions

Incorporating Symbol reader into IconNicholson's Center of Excellence showcasing radio frequency technologies

Incorporating Symbol reader into IconNicholson's Center of Excellence showcasing radio frequency technologies

New York — July 29, 2005 — Radio frequency identification specialist IconNicholson has formally joined the Symbol PartnerSelect program as an RFID partner, and the two companies are currently incorporating Symbol's XR400 reader into IconNicholson's Center of Excellence, which showcases technologies for improving supply chain and customer-facing operations.

Symbol is among a select group of partners featured in the Center, where ongoing development aims to contribute to superior performance of the technologies and applications on display.

"Our Center is an important means of refining products and solutions based on real user feedback," says Christopher Enright, chief technology officer of IconNicholson, "With its ability to host custom applications and its interoperability, the XR400 allows us to architect more agile systems that meet client needs today."

The two companies said they will continue to develop new RFID products and solutions, aiming to offer their customers technologies that increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs and drive operational efficiencies.

IconNicholson and Symbol have previously collaborated on several real-world RFID deployments, including the first RFID-enabled beverage distribution center for Tibbett & Britten Americas (now Exel), a multinational logistics service provider. The two also combined their expertise to deliver a suite of item-level RFID applications and an opt-in attendee-tracking program for the National Retail Federation.

"Symbol has enjoyed a successful relationship with IconNicholson, and we expect to partner on many more solutions that put RFID to work for our clients," said John Bruno, senior vice president and general manager of RFID at Symbol Technologies. "Symbol and IconNicholson have the RFID industry expertise with real-world deployments under our belts to help clients get the most out of their RFID investment."

IconNicholson is an IT professional services firm. The company, in business since 1987, has worked with such clients as Prada, TowerGroup, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fujifilm and MasterCard International.

Additional Articles of Interest

— RFID technology has the potential to change the way supply chains are managed, but in order to be effective businesses need to take a holistic look at the deployment. Read more in the SDCExec.com article "Time for RFID: Applying RFID in the Supply Chain."

— For a contrary view of the future of the RFID market, see the article "The O'RFID Factor: A 'No Spin' Look at Where Radio Frequency Identification Is Headed," in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— For more information on trends relating to radio frequency identification (RFID), follow this link for an extensive listing of SDCExec.com articles, featuring the latest research findings on the RFID, including adoption, return on investment and barriers to implementation.