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RFID News for 8 June: Microsoft BizTalk RFID, Intermec, Alien, G2
[June 08, 2006]

RFID News for 8 June: Microsoft BizTalk RFID, Intermec, Alien, G2

TMCnet Contributing Editor
 

Microsoft (News - Alert) BizTalk RFID news announced recently:


Alien Technology Corporation has announced that it will collaborate with Microsoft Corporation on the implementation of enterprise-ready RFID solutions for mutual customers and industry participants at the recently opened RFID Solutions Center, Dayton.

Additionally, Microsoft will support the RFID Solutions Center, a division of Alien Technology, by equipping it with the latest versions of Microsoft BizTalk RFID software, designed to enable cost-effective, plug-and-play deployment of RFID capabilities and simplified management of RFID data across the enterprise.

Alien is currently a member of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council on RFID and Microsoft's support for the RFID Solutions Center, Dayton and the opportunities for collaboration it enables, extends and broadens the companies' existing relationship.

G2 Microsystems Inc., a developer of integrated circuits for the location and sensor network market, has announced that it has developed a device provider for Microsoft BizTalk RFID.

G2 officials say this will enable ultra low-power devices to monitor environmental data and report through a Wi-Fi access point to Microsoft BizTalk RFID.

By “taking advantage of the pervasive Wi-Fi networks and Windows-based technology,” company officials say, G2 Microsystems is “enabling a low-cost product for identifying, sensing and monitoring various conditions such as temperature, humidity, light, security, motion, pressure and location.”

Many telemetry applications today rely on proprietary or wired solutions that require significant expenditures on new infrastructure and back-office integration. G2 Microsystems is going after this market with what company officials consider an “ultra low-power system-on-a- chip that integrates Wi-Fi with RFID technology and sensors, allowing battery-backed devices to sense and report for up to five years with no incremental infrastructure cost.”

Intermec Inc. has announced support for Microsoft BizTalk RFID.

Intermec's RFID team worked with Microsoft to test and refine Microsoft BizTalk RFID, which has been designed to allow all users to “simply and easily incorporate RFID information and data into a variety of applications and end-to-end business processes,” according to Intermec officials.

The "plug and play" functionality in Microsoft BizTalk RFID makes it possible for RFID devices, such as Intermec readers and printers, to become fully compatible with the Microsoft platform and to integrate with third-party applications and processes.

David Sims is contributing editor for TMCnet. For more articles please visit David Sims’ columnist page.


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