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As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next?
Given the pressures on radio frequency identification (RFID) middleware vendors, pure-play middleware suppliers will likely either diversify or get absorbed by

ibm rfid middleware  a result, SAP , IBM , and other vendors are adding features that overlap with typical middleware functionality. Middleware functionality is also being incorporated into some reader devices. However, middleware players are also expanding their product footprints—into business intelligence (BI) and data analytics. Companies are coming into the RFID ecosystem, from all directions and from varied backgrounds. New entrants like Hewlett Packard , Texas Instruments , Philips , AT&T , NCR , and Cisco Systems

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) criteria cover tags and storage devices, readers, wireless hubs and servers, and the middleware necessary for evaluating an RFID system deployment. RFID systems are used in different situations that require the tracking of unique items. RFID tags, in the context of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, make items visible from manufacturing through distribution. RFID tags may be used to carry basic information such as an address, to more complex information used at different stages of an assembly line.  

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RFID Case Study: Gillette and Provia Part Two: Challenges and Lessons Learned


Compliance with the market RFID mandate has unfortunately preceded the achievements of applied physics and computer science. One of the main obstacles is the lack of integration, since there is a dearth of software tools from enterprise application integration vendors to get data from RFID tags and readers into existing business systems, meaning that companies are often forced to do expensive custom integration work.

ibm rfid middleware  like former PricewaterhouseCoopers (now IBM Global Services ), Deloitte Consulting , and smaller system integration services firms like former Digiterra (now ciber ), St. Onge , and Q4 Logistics . Lessons to Be Learned However, RFID compliance will mainly mean additional costs unless the holistic supply chain business processes are also modified in the process. Many enterprises can learn much from the Gillette's ViaWare WMS RFID deployment experience—like in the case of some other success stories (see Read More

RFID--A New Technology Set to Explode? Part Two: Early Adopters, Challenges, and User Recommendations


Radio frequency identification or RFID has a potential of becoming a new technology inflection point. It can be a missing piece in the long-lasting puzzle of squeezing excess inventory out of supply chains, but only when (and if) it reaches a critical mass of adoption and maturity over the next several years.

ibm rfid middleware  like Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Dell, Sun Microsystems , BEA Systems , HP , and so on, salivating at the opportunity that will require a highly scalable infrastructure. Still, at least two US states are drafting regulation that would demand the RFID tags be destroyed once the customer leaves the shop. Logically, this will be a far cry from a minor development project that can be completed in a few months or weeks. It will take months and years to asses how RFID will affect the manufacturing and Read More

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There are some indications that the main burden for RFID compliance will fall on suppliers, and not on retailers. Thus, these companies should start evaluating RFID technology soon as to avoid paying exorbitant compliance costs, in the nick of time or ensuing penalties due to their noncompliance after the deadline.

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RFID--A New Technology Set to Explode? Part One: RFID Technology


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IBM Taking on Sun in Web Infrastructure?


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