Oracle Unleashes RFID Middleware

Sensor-Based Services aim to help companies make the most of RFID data, drawing on the 10g database and application server to provide business-intelligence and integration tools.

To help companies better respond to data from sensor-based tools such as RFID (radio frequency identification) tags, Oracle Corp. on Tuesday announced its namesake Sensor-Based Services, which draw on capabilities of its 10g database and application server.

The 10g databases business-intelligence features provide embedded-location, network and trend-modeling capabilities for the new services, while analysis tools offer routing and predictive capabilities. The Application Server 10g provides integration tools to help companies import sensor-based information into their back-end systems.

Earlier this year, Oracle of Redwood Shores, Calif., announced that the next version of its Warehouse Management software will include RFID capabilities. While additional RFID-enabled E-Business Suite applications are expected soon, Tuesdays SBS initiative strikes more at the infrastructure level.

The next release of Oracle Application Server 10g, due this summer, for example, will offer out-of-the-box integration and device management for RFID readers. At the same time, new edge services within the companys 10g database help users capture and filter data from readers and sensors before its passed to a data store, officials said.

Further boosting its RFID strategy, Oracle on Tuesday announced its Compliance Assistance Package (CAP)—including prebuilt adapters to Wal-Mart, Target and Albertsons—which helps users develop compliance solutions and integrate them into their back-end systems, according to Jacob Christfort, vice president and chief technological officer of advanced technologies in Oracles Server Technology Division.

An RFID Pilot Kit, also released Tuesday, is geared toward helping companies prototype and test RFID initiatives. The kit comes with software tools for RFID readers, as well as reporting and business-intelligence capabilities.

"The key is that companies can start small and grow with the technology," Christfort said in Redwood Shores. "There are base-level reports built [into SBS], data warehousing and event-driven capabilities."

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