DUSSELDORF, Germany --
Metro Group here has partnered with Checkpoint Systems, Thorofare, N.J., in a series of UHF RFID technology trials that resulted in 98.5% read rates at one of Metro Group‘s distribution centers near Hamm, Germany. The trials were designed to improve RFID tag read performance in high-density reader environments and to validate an RFID portal dock door solution in preparation for Metro's RFID rollout expansion plans scheduled for 2007, Checkpoint said. Pallets containing 62 individually tagged cases largely containing RFID-unfriendly materials (such as cans, liquids and metal-lined items) were simultaneously transported at warehouse speeds through 36 adjacent loading dock doors. The tests achieved a 98.5% read rate simultaneously from multiple pallets as they were wheeled through the dock doors. "The results represent a significant milestone in European RFID operational deployment," said Dr. Gerd Wolfram, managing director of Metro's Information Technology Group. The tests were supervised by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) task group 34 (TG34).