Psion Teklogix Inc.

Psion Teklogix Inc.
SYS-TEC Corporation

CDO Technologies


September 13, 2005 09:00 ET

Psion Teklogix Rugged RFID Hand-Held Only One Tough Enough For DoD

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 13, 2005) -

Psion Teklogix partners - CDO Technologies, SYS-TEC and WFI Government Services Awarded Blanket Purchase Agreements to provide Psion Teklogix' 7535 EPC-compliant

RD7950 Integrated UHF RFID Reader as the sole hand-held reader for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agencies

Psion Teklogix (LSE:PON), a global provider of solutions for mobile computing, wireless data collection, imaging and RFID, today announced that its rugged EPC-compliant 7535 Hand-Held Computer with RD7950 Integrated UHF RFID Reader has been the only hand-held reader selected for use by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Coast Guard and several other federal agencies. Psion Teklogix partners CDO Technologies, SYS-TEC and WFI Government Services have each been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) from the Army Contracting Agency Information Technology, E-Commerce, and Commercial Contracting Center (ITEC4), for passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Electronic Product Code (EPC) -1 for Multi-protocol (Class 0 and 1) Hand-held Readers.

Under the agreement, winners of the Blanket Purchase Agreement can now be selected by the DLA, or any other agency within the Department of Defense or the U.S. Coast Guard, to integrate passive RFID infrastructure within their supply chain. Under the BPAs, each company can sell the Psion Teklogix 7535 RD7950 Integrated UHF RFID Reader, along with accessories and components such as holsters, batteries, and docking stations. The 7535 RD7950 Integrated UHF RFID Reader can read passive UHF EPC Class 0, 0+ and Class 1 tags and will be upgradeable to Gen2 compliance. Further, it can also be equipped to read 1-D and 2-D bar codes as well as take pictures with its robust imaging and laser bar code scanning capabilities.

"Having all three partners win this agreement is a testament to Psion Teklogix expertise in engineering high performance, rugged and flexible RFID hand-held devices that meet a wide range of data capture needs," said Rob Douglas, president, Psion Teklogix Americas. "We are excited to be working with our partners to deliver comprehensive RFID solutions to the Department of Defense. Psion Teklogix will continue to strengthen its expertise in the RFID market and is committed to developing a range of RFID devices that meets the needs of our customers around the world."

A major factor behind the win is the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) certification of the RD7950 Integrated UHF RFID Reader as non-incendive electrical equipment. Such equipment has been determined to be incapable, under normal operating circumstances, of igniting a flammable airborne gas or dust due to arcing or thermal means. Flexibility was another major factor in the win as the device possesses robust multimedia data capture capabilities comprising of RFID, imaging and laser bar code scanning.

"Psion Teklogix provided CDO Technologies with the award winning RFID hardware, and its team worked seamlessly with ours to perform throughout the demanding award submission process," said Al Wofford, president and CEO, CDO Technologies.

"We are very pleased to be awarded another BPA, this time for hand-held RFID scanners. The fact that Psion Teklogix' devices could operate in explosive environments was instrumental in our success," said Steve Roth, president, WFI Government Services, Inc. "RFID solutions are driving the automation of 'hands-free' supply chain management, however there will always be a need for exception-based scanning using hand-held RFID devices. Providing hand-held devices capable of reading tag type including the next generation, Gen 2, will be key in the success of the DoD as it strives to provide mobility to the soldier."

"The ability to leverage Psion Teklogix' vast RFID expertise in conjunction with our own was key in helping us win the BPA agreement for hand-held readers, "said Cyndi Meszaros, contract administrator, SYS-TEC. "We look forward to expanding our relationship with Psion Teklogix in the future."

Psion Teklogix has more than 400 government installations worldwide, and a Government Solutions Group supporting its Department of Defense and Federal Agency customer base. The Psion Teklogix GSA Schedules code is GS-35F-4620G.


Founded in 1991, SYS-TEC Corporation has been providing commercial, federal, state, and local government agencies with quality state-of-the-art Automated Information Technology (AIT) products and services. SYS-TEC is a full system and solution provider for automated data collection, warehouse management systems, and wireless networking technology. SYS-TEC's range of products and solutions include off-the-shelf applications, bar code equipment, professional services, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems, Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS), asset locating and tracking systems, labeling and media products, and custom software development. SYS-TEC's custom software is currently in use in the industrial, government, healthcare, and logistics industries around the world. SYS-TEC also offers infrastructure installation to include electrical, Cat-5, fiber, networking and wireless networking. For more information visit

About CDO Technologies

CDO Technologies is an information technology integrator and provider of RFID-EPC, bar code, and data collection solutions. CDO Technologies offers supply chain solutions that include systems integration, installation, hardware, software, and nationwide technical support. CDO Technologies also provides RFID compliance solutions for DoD and Wal-Mart suppliers. CDO Technologies is a member of AIM North America, the organization for Automatic Identification and Mobility, and a voting member of the following Standards Committees: Part Marking, Unique Identification (UID) Standards, and Radio Frequency Identification. For more information please visit

About WFI

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, WFI is an independent provider of systems engineering, network services and technical outsourcing for the world's largest wireless carriers, enterprise customers and for government agencies. The company provides the design, deployment, integration, and the overall management of wired and wireless networks which deliver voice and data communication, and which support advanced security systems. WFI has performed work in over 100 countries since its founding in 1994. News and information are available at (code: WFI-mb)

About Psion Teklogix

Psion Teklogix is a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection. The company's fully integrated mobile computing solutions include rugged hardware; secure wireless networks, robust software, professional services, and exceptional support programs. Psion Teklogix is committed to helping its customers reap the benefits of new and emerging technologies, including image capture and RFID. With over three decades of industry experience, Psion Teklogix has customers in more than 80 countries around the world, and over 36 sales and support offices in 17 countries. Psion Teklogix is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with additional corporate offices in America, Europe and Asia. Psion Teklogix is the operating business of Psion PLC, which is publicly listed in the London Stock Exchange (PON.L). For more information, visit

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