Early details

By Jacqueline Emigh  |  Posted 2005-03-10 Print this article Print

Initially, the kit will be aimed at SMBs that havent moved to bar-code technology and are still collecting and managing product information largely or exclusively on paper. The first release of the product will include two handheld terminals with built-in 802.11 RF radios and scanners; a wireless access point; a bar-code printer; hardware peripherals such as chargers; EasyADC software; and built-in interfaces to Business One.
Once the "compliance" downloads become available, users will be able to replace the bar-code printer, for example, with an RFID printer, according to the Intermec executive.
Intermecs upcoming EasyADC software is designed to automate data collection, along with label printing, and inventory tracking, shipping and receiving. According to Johnson, the wizard-driven interface will be aimed at ease of use, so that help from outside consultants wont generally be required. "Youll be able to install EasyADC pretty much as youd install any PC software," Johnson said. In his view, hardware management has been simplified, too. "If the blue light [on the PC screen] is solid, it means [the hardware] is connected. If the light is flashing, it isnt connected. If you double-click on the blue light, you can find out what you should do." Johnson said he expects users of EasyADC for Business One will go beyond "slap-and-ship" and start instituting RFID for "internal use" within the next 12 to 24 months. Yet at first, Johnson doesnt anticipate seeing much tagging of individual items, except on large-ticket items such as refrigerators or cars. Click here to read more about SAP and Intel Corp.s plans to work together to encourage companies to adopt RFID technology. "If an RFID tag costs 50 cents, it really doesnt make any sense to place it on an item priced at 50 cents," he said. But SAPs Business One is a very different product from the enterprise-oriented mySAP, according to SAPs Kraus. "To many SMBs, enterprise resource planning is still kind of a foreign concept," said Kraus. Specifically, BusinessOne is designed to build on accounting capabilities—often the first area of a company to be automated—with integrated functionality in related areas such as sales; receiving; CRM (customer relationship management); and "basic MRP" (manufacturing resource planning). On the other hand, BusinessOne is already tightly integrated with mySAP, according to Kraus. SAP also plans to provide interested enterprises with direct systems integration services for using data from EasyADC inside of mySAP, Kraus told eweek.com. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.


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