Intermec Technologies Corp. said this week that its IF5 radio frequency identification reader has become the first RFID device to be designated as interoperable with Cisco Systems’ RFID solution.

The compatibility enables companies to place the IF5 reader into their Cisco infrastructure without any manual configuration. The network recognizes the IF5 as an RFID device and then configures it to the correct personality based on its location, allowing it to begin operating immediately, Intermec said.

The IF5 is factory-configurable for use within a range of frequencies, reads and filters information from RFID tags, monitors external sensors, and controls audible and visual indicators without a separate server, which reduces costs and eliminates a potential failure point, according to Intermec. It also writes to RFID tags.