Two systems integration partnersCaptech Technologies and R. Moroz Ltd.are assisting Delfour in sourcing RFID products for the labs. But Delfour will also be accepting inquiries direct from vendors, either solicited or unsolicited, through the end of October. Delfour plans to test RFID technology ranging from software to RFID tags, antennae and reader hardware, Couto said. Vendors already signed up include Tech Logic Corp., Hopewell Logistics, PNO Cold Logic and Vocollect, a specialist in RF (radio frequency) wireless and voice. Another expected participant, whom Couto doesnt wish to identify yet, is "a German-based manufacturer with very neat RFID tag technology."Meanwhile, IBM has established its own series of eight RFID test labs at points around the globe. With mandates under way from the U.S. Department of Defense and several major retailers, a number of other players have also gotten active in the RFID testing arena, including Sun Microsystems Inc. and systems integrators SIS Technologies and ODIN Technologies. For its part, Delfour will work with partners to test various RFID technologies at ambient temperatures, as well as in refrigerated and frozen food environments, according to Couto. "I predict that some of the vendors will decide to pick their territoriesthat theyll begin to focus on just one or two of these environments," he said. Testing at Delfours two RFID labs will be confined to "public warehousing," in which products from multiple clients are stored in the same location, as opposed to "contract warehousing." "Well also be checking into whether RFID has any potential side effects on food products. Chances are that it doesnt, but anything that touches food needs to be thoroughly examined," Couto told eWEEK.com. Check out eWEEK.coms Mobile & Wireless Center for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
IBMwhich supplied a keynote speaker at Delfours recent user conferencehas also been invited to take part in the testing, Couto said.