Sun, Sybase, IBM Tackle RFID

In the budding radio-frequency identification industry, several top-tier IT providers are jockeying to become the RFID infrastructure leader.

Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM and Sybase Inc. are each developing architectures or middleware that will provide a standardized method for moving data from an RFID tag reader into a back-office ERP (enterprise resource planning) system, where it is processed and analyzed.

“All RFID is, is data collection … a way to take a set of products that have numbers and location [associated with them] and, through RFID, scan those tags and … then a summary is moved up into ERP,” said Jim Jackson, CIO at Montreal-based Intertape Polymer Group Inc. Jackson is working with vendors and customers to identify applications for RFID.

News source: eWeek

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