RFID-Enabled Applications To Be Showcased in Microsoft's Partner Pavilion at EPC Connection 2007 Conference & Exhibition

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RFID Journal and EPCglobal North America announced today that Microsoft and its partners will demonstrate ready-to-deploy RFID-enabled applications in a special exhibit hall theatre pavilion at EPC Connection - the fourth annual EPCglobal North America Conference & Exhibition - October 2-4, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Chicago, IL.

RFID Journal, the world's leading media and events company covering radio frequency identification (RFID), and EPCglobal North America™, a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral, user-driven organization supporting the adoption of EPC technology, announced today that Microsoft and several of its key technology partners will demonstrate ready-to-deploy RFID-enabled applications built on Microsoft's in a special exhibit hall theatre pavilion at EPC Connection, October 2-4, at Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

"It's important for companies to understand that deploying RFID applications doesn't have to be complex and expensive," said Anush Kumar, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft BizTalk RFID. "With BizTalk RFID, companies can use a proven platform to extend visibility to the edge of their enterprises and across their supply chains. And our partners will be demonstrating ready-to-deploy RFID-enabled applications that leverage this capability today."

"With new capabilities, such as native support for electronic data interchange (EDI) and RFID, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 provides the ability to gather data from the edge of the enterprise, enabling real-time visibility needed to achieve new levels of efficiency across the supply chain. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 provides the infrastructure to connect existing applications (regardless of the platform) and to create and leverage new applications, Kumar said.

The Microsoft Partner Pavilion will feature live demonstrations of these applications:

Returnable Asset Tracking Solution: TCS/Motorola
Often, reusable assets are misplaced and the lack of visibility into their movement leads to substantial losses for companies. TCS (http://www.tcs.com/Solutions/RFID.html) has partnered with Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/business/rfidlanding.mspx) and Motorola (http://www.symbol.com/products/rfid-readers) to offer an asset tracking solution that allows companies to better manage their returnable assets with RFID. TCS' RFID-enabled asset tracking solution provides customers with an automated process with a web-based interface to track and monitor returnable assets movement across customer premises. It provides customers with information about assets that are due back from various trading partners. It also gives information about the status of returnable assets against the associated order number thereby providing enhanced levels of visibility of assets in the possession of different partners across the supply chain. The solution uses Microsoft's BizTalk-RFID platform for easy development, integration, installation and deployment.

Asset Management, Automated Goods Receipt: Xterprise
Xterprise (http://xterprise.com/index.html) enterprise applications are defining the High Definition Supply Chain™ for companies in a variety of markets around the world. The company uses RFID technology to enable process automation for material handling from supplier to manufacturer, across multiple markets. At EPC Connection, Xterprise will demonstrate XAM, its returnable transport item (RTI) management application, and TraX-AGR, its automated goods receipt application. Using BizTalk 2006 R2 and other Microsoft platform products, Xterprise has enabled real-time reusables management and seamless process integration between manufacturers and suppliers. Working within the context of an enterprise level SAP ERP, TraX AGR enables automated receipt and suggested put away of goods into SAP IM. Providing accurate, real-time availability of goods to the production line as they are received, eliminating receipt delays, reducing cycle times and required inventory levels

Track and Trace: Cactus Commerce
The Track and Trace solution by Cactus Commerce (http://www.cactuscommerce.com/home/default_e.asp) leverages data-capturing technologies commonly available today for product identification. Enabled by Avery Dennison, the Track and Trace solution produces smart labels by encoding RFID data and printing barcode and human readable labels out of the box. Organizations in such industries as government, retailing, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and health and life science can use Cactus's Track and Trace to configure both out-of-the-box or more complex custom business workflows and processes. Track and Trace is built on BizTalk Server 2006 R2, providing a hardware-agnostic layer with easy integration into disparate systems, including leveraging out-of-the-box EDI capabilities.

Supply Chain Execution: 3M and HighJump
HighJump Software (http://www.highjumpsoftware.com/), a 3M Company, is leveraging BizTalk RFID to further optimize supply chain effectiveness for their customers. RFID is longer just for compliance applications; it can be used throughout business applications to provide additional business process efficiencies. HighJump has partnered with Microsoft to leverage the RFID framework for RF and RFID applications, linking the capability at a platform level to allow for adoption throughout their suite of supply chain execution solutions.

RFID Enabled Retail Store Accelerator on BizTalk RFID
Wipro's Retail Store Accelerator is envisaged to operate like an accelerator/framework that provides a platform to enable various apparel store level use cases at ease. In addition, the extent of automation the technology provides enables store and warehouse personnel to focus on improving operations and business facilities in addition to tracking of various item movements in the store. The solution is built on BizTalk Server 2006 R2, which provides an RFID/Integration infrastructure with SQL Server 2005 providing Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities.

Solutions for Common RFID Challenges
In this session by Victor Vega, an educator of more than 2,000 RFID professionals at the Alien RFID Academy, Mr. Vega highlights solutions to common RFID implementation challenges for demanding applications

Real-World RFID Solutions for Small and Medium-size Businesses
Unisys will be demonstrating real-world RFID solutions for the small and medium business space through the integration of BizTalk RFID with Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft's SMB enterprise resource planning solution. Specifically, Unisys will be showcasing supply chain scenarios, such as shipping and receiving, with Dynamics Axapta integrating to RFID events through BizTalk RFID.

How the Intel UHF RFID Transceiver R1000 is Changing the Way RFID is Deployed
The Intel UHF RFID Transceiver R1000 chip is a highly integrated, high-performance UHF reader radio chip that brings unprecedented capabilities and cost effectiveness to UHF readers. Intel will demonstrate how the R1000 benefits end users by providing:

  • Performance and flexibility: The Intel® R1000 has all of the performance and flexibility needed to enable the full range of UHF RFID applications and reader form factors, all based on a common Intel R1000 platform.
  • Simplicity and cost: High integration lowers design complexity, reduces reader size, and cuts manufacturing costs.
  • Support for worldwide standards: Transceiver and firmware support EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C specifications, regional regulatory requirements and the full 840-960 MHz band.
  • Ease of deployment: Transceiver and software enable low-level diagnostics, remote management and provisioning, and easy integration.
  • Breakthrough development tools: Protocol firmware, programming tools, radio drivers and schematics all enable quick time-to-market.

Customer Case Study: An RFID Success Story
Avery Dennison, one of the world's leading suppliers of RFID solutions, will showcase the successful deployment by one of its key customers.

"Microsoft's decision to move into the RFID market in a big way with its technology partners heralds a new stage in the evolution of RFID, where the focus is more on the software that uses data to drive value than on the ability to gather data with the hardware," said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal. "We're very excited that attendees at EPC Connection will be able to see several ready-to-deploy applications that can deliver a quick ROI."

EPC Connection features four educational tracks--Supply Chain/Inventory Management, IT/Infrastructure, Manufacturing, and Distribution/Logistics. It will also feature three preconference seminars: EPC Essentials, RFID in Packaging, and the sixth RFID Academic Convocation, highlighting the latest research on RFID applications.

In addition, EPC Connection 2007 will offer new case studies and objective end-user presentations from such companies as Ahold, AmerisourceBergen, Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Cephalon, Coca-Cola, Dean Foods, Dow Corning, Excel, Kimberly-Clark, Jungheinrich Lift Truck, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Rolls-Royce, Schiff Nutrition, Shaw Industries, Technicolor, Wal-Mart and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Companies interested in attending EPC Connection can register online by going to http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/EPCconnection/
About RFID Journal
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information about radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision-makers worldwide--in print, online and at face-to-face events. http://www.rfidjournal.com

EPCglobal North America™ serves subscribers in the United States and Canada fostering the adoption of the EPCglobal Network®, and related technologies. The EPCglobal Network combines Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, existing communications network infrastructure, and the Electronic Product Code (EPC), the number used for uniquely identifying an item that enables accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information in the supply chain. The end result helps organizations to be more efficient, flexible, and responsive to customer needs. For more information, please visit http://www.EPCglobalNA.org

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