Tesco is the third largest retailer in the world with operations spanning the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />UK, Europe and Asia. This contract is the largest publicly announced single order of EPC RFID readers, and it follows the successful completion of an RFID pilot programme with Tesco.

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The first phase of the contract involves the provision of over 4,000 readers and 16,000 antennae by spring 2005 for the dock doors and merchandise receipt points at approximately 1,300 Tesco stores and 35 distribution centres across the UK, with further deployment planned, this may potentially include the international Tesco business.

This solution will be a key enabler of Tesco’s Radio Barcode and Secure Supply Chain programmes, which promote increased product availability, reduced prices and improved customer service. This initiative supports the goals of EPCglobal* for worldwide adoption of a universal standard for the retail supply chain.

Colin Cobain, IT Director, Tesco Plc said: “At Tesco, we continually look at ways in which we can make life better for our Customers. Radio Barcodes is a technology that we believe can help us do this.

“ADT successfully came up with the solution that meets the specific requirements of our supply chain and we have been extremely impressed with the trials run to date. Their pan-European capabilities are key to meeting our ambitious roll-out plans.”

Stevan Ristic, Business Development Manager, Emerging Technologies, Australia added: “We have a long history of partnering with major retailers across Europe and Australasia and our experience in Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and RFID technology is unrivalled.

“Our source tagging programmes, highly reliable systems and unparalleled service provide customers with leading-edge solutions. We support Tesco’s business strategy for implementing RFID and this reflects our strategy in seeking to lead EPC implementation.”

Dave Robinson, President of Tyco Fire & Security, said: “We applaud Tesco’s vision and thank them for their leadership in driving the RFID initiative. We believe that Tesco’s decision to name us as their exclusive provider of EPC RFID readers can be attributed to the global reach of Tyco, the depth and breadth of ADT services, and our 35-year history of technological leadership in providing supply chain solutions.”