SATO America Inc., a provider of barcode printing, has introduced a multi-protocol EPC-compliant RFID solutions service offerings for customer pilots and beta tests. SATO now delivers complete EPC-compliant RFID solutions including pre-planning consultation, on-site survey, pilot planning and implementation, and post-pilot consultation and customer service.
SATO also fully supports the Uniform Code Council's (UCC) Electronic Product Code (EPC) initiatives and the recent Wal-Mart mandate, requiring their Top 100 suppliers to embed RFID tags at the case and pallet level by 2005. The SATO EPC Class 1-compliant RFID printing solution is now running in the Wal-Mart RFID testing and development lab located in Bentonville, Ark.
The complete SATO RFID solutions include the new CL408e and CL412e UHF RFID printers, utilizing multi-protocol RFID read/write technology, which supports EPC Class 1, ISO18000, and EM Marin protocols, (more popular in Europe). Also, the CL408e and CL412e RFID printers can be upgraded as new standards and protocols are established for new generations of RFID tags such as EPC Class 1 Generation 2. Utilizing multi-frequency technology compliant with FCC (902-928 MHz), ETSI - Europe (868 MHz), SATO's CL408e and CL412e RFID printers are designed to ensure compatibility today, and as new RFID tags and protocols evolve tomorrow.
To support SATO's complete solution offerings, it has established an alliance with SAMSys Technologies Inc., an international provider of RFID hardware solutions, to manufacture RFID readers for SATO's RFID printers. With SAMSys, SATO will provide users a convenient way to produce RFID labels and tags.