IBM Announces WebSphere RFID Information Center

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 12-15-2006 Print


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WebSphere RFID IC provides an RFID data repository that is based on internationally accepted standards, which ostensibly will improve the sharing of RFID data across different firewalls.

IBM is building on its existing WebSphere RFID middleware stack with the Dec. 15 introduction of its WebSphere RFID Information Center.

The new technology provides a standard way to collect the massive amounts of data that is expected to be created by sensors and RFID tags, and then links that data to existing processes, and pushes it out to partners.

While RFID proliferation in the supply chain hasn't reached quite the level that some analysts and industry watchers had expected, it is clear that the more companies implement RFID, the more that the data will proliferate.

The key with WebSphere RFID IC is that it provides a repository for RFID data that follows EPC Information Service standards put out by EPCglobal, pretty much the standards setting body for RFID.

The idea is that by basing the repository on internationally accepted standards, companies will be better able to share RFID data across their firewalls.

How it works is this: The RFID Information Center receives sensor data from the WebSphere RFID Premises Server, and then manages and shares the data with various applications, both in and across a business.

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