The U.S. Department of the Army recently awarded Intermec Technologies a five-year contract worth as much as $238 million for advanced mobile computing, automatic identification systems and wireless networking services.

Although administered by the Army, the contract calls for Intermec to supply equipment, systems and services to all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense as part of the DOD’s automatic identification initiative to give the department greater visibility of its assets.

Separately, Intermec this week announced it has teamed with FedEx Express to develop a new dispatch system known as GPRS-Dispatch that is designed to capture real-time information about package pickup and delivery operation using Intermec handheld computers with integrated GPRS radios.

In addition, Intermec this week announced that its radio frequency identification (RFID) systems are being used by European retailer METRO Group in the METRO Group Innovation Center that opened on Wednesday.