SDG Systems Announces Blue ID-Engine Data Collection Middleware for Android and Android Things

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SDG Systems has announced its Blue ID-Engine RFID and Barcode Data Collection middleware for Android and Android Things. Blue ID-Engine provides software building blocks for quickly turning Android-based devices into intelligent IoT or mobile endpoints.

We are seeing a noteworthy increase in the number of Android-based embedded solutions that require RFID.

SDG Systems, a leader in data collection system software, has announced its Blue ID-Engine middleware solution for Android™ and Android Things™. ID-Engine is a modular software framework that supports UHF RFID and barcode scanning hardware from multiple vendors. A Java Software Developer Kit (SDK) integrates easily with Android Studio for quickly building and deploying intelligent Auto-ID and IoT solutions.

“We built the ID-Engine software for Android for a couple of significant reasons. First, the Android support from RFID module and barcode scanner manufacturers is often non-existent or difficult for developers to integrate with their software,” said Todd Blumer, CEO of SDG Systems. “Additionally, we are seeing a noteworthy increase in the number of Android-based embedded solutions that require RFID, including gate proximity and control systems, inventory management, environmental sensing, and industrial equipment usage.”

One such IoT solution is being implemented with RFID Ready and The Swiftsure Group. Together, the companies are helping a solution provider in the pharmaceutical industry build an intelligent, cloud-based, inventory management solution. “The Blue ID-Engine software allowed us to quickly address the needs of our customer,” said Tim Buckley, VP of Sales for RFID Ready. “We were able to provide them with a demonstration and sample source code in just a few days.”

SDG Systems is supporting Android Things as a step toward giving IoT solution providers or hardware vendors the resources they need to quickly implement their solution. Supporting the hardware components with ID-Engine gives the solution provider the ability to focus on their customer solution rather than implementing support for RFID or barcode readers. Using Android or Android Things on the endpoint allows the solution provider to significantly increase the intelligence and capabilities of the edge device at a low cost.

Blue ID-Engine is a third-generation software product that replaces SDG Systems’ previous two independent products, EPX-Barcode and EPX-RFID. The ID-Engine software can be extended to support other types of devices through its DeviceManager module. Blue ID-Engine is currently in beta testing for multiple projects, including an industrial Modbus TCP implementation for RFID. For barcode scanning, ID-Engine can use a hardware scanner or the device’s camera and a software decoder. To learn more about the ID-Engine software, contact the SDG Systems’ sales or technical support department.

Blue ID-Engine software is being demonstrated at RFID Journal Live 2017 at SDG Systems’ Booth (#938), May 9-11. Additional information may be obtained on SDG Systems’ website at https://sdgsystems.com/blue.

About SDG Systems
SDG Systems builds data collection software and offers professional software development services for Android. Other services include system integration, OS porting, application development and training. SDG is a leader in the implementation of Google Android solutions on rugged and embedded devices since 2009 and has been developing and supporting Linux system and application software since 2001.

Android and Android Things are trademarks of Google Inc.

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