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Symbol RFID Technology to Be Deployed at United States Defense Logistics Agency's Distribution Cente
July 10, 2006

Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company(TM), today announced that it has been selected by ODIN technologies, the leader in the physics of RFID testing, software and deployment, to support its recent contract win with the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the United States Department of Defense's (DoD) logistics combat support agency that provides supplies and services to America's military forces worldwide.

Symbol's XR400 series of fixed readers and AN400 antennas were chosen by ODIN as part of a UHF RFID solution that will automatically indicate receipt of incoming RFID-tagged shipments from select DoD suppliers. ODIN's total value of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has an estimated total value of $14.2 million and calls for the deployment of passive UHF RFID equipment throughout 26 Defense Distribution Centers globally by the end of 2007. The DLA first used Symbol's RFID technology to improve operations in 2005 in support of a mandate for specific suppliers to tag cases and pallets of military supplies shipped to its two busiest distribution centers.

"We are excited to be able to expand our long-standing relationship with the United States government and serve as a strategic partner, helping the DLA to improve its operational efficiency," said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol's Wireless Infrastructure and RFID Divisions. "With this real-time solution, the DLA has immediate and secure access to information and is better able to manage its inventory while increasing data accuracy and reducing labor costs, ultimately accelerating supplies to the men and women on the front line."

"Military organizations feel a constant need to increase their efficiency and speed while continuing to provide better support to the warfighter," said Patrick J. Sweeney II, president and CEO, ODIN technologies. "We selected Symbol to support our contract win with the DLA because of its RFID market leadership, supply-chain experience and ability to interoperate with our industry best practice software for scaling RFID networks, EasyReader. EasyReader is critical for deploying highly accurate RFID networks very quickly and is optimized to work with Symbol's readers."