Who’s the best of the best when it comes to vendors of UHF RFID handheld readers? According to ABI Research, Motorola is king.
Motorola is ranked at the top of the latest Vendor Matrix — a worldwide evaluation of handheld reader vendors — released by ABI Research this morning. Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) and Psion Teklogix Inc. claimed the second and third spots. It should be noted that product performance benchmarking is not a focus of the Vendor Matrix, although it is taken into consideration. Rather, when it comes to innovation, ABI examined the vendor’s product offering mix and the overall designs of readers, GUI and/or user input configuration, and critical performance enhancements such as battery life expectancy, antenna design, and wireless connectivity options. Motorola’s industry leadership, influence, and knowledge transfer were evaluated, as well as perceived strength and innovation in engineering.
As for the implementation portion of ABI’s research, the firm scrutinized the vendors according to the following criteria: manufacturing capabilities and strategy; pricing strategy and perceived price-to-value quotient; overall market position, leadership, and strength; perceived strength within verticals and/or applications targeted/served; persistent market presence and experience; partner strategy, approach, and support capabilities; scope of distribution channels; and go-to-market strategy and approach
“Mobile computing, bar code scanning, and RFID are highly complementary technologies and major strengths for Motorola, helping drive handheld product innovation within the organization,” says Michael Liard, RFID Practice Director. “The company’s global reach, partner/customer support capabilities, installed base, and an approach to RFID that cuts across many industries while addressing the needs of verticals all helped bolster the overall implementation score relative to the competition.”
The Passive UHF RFID Handheld Reader Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of “innovation” and “implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.