Talking RFID: BizTalk-compatible solutions could spur wider use of RFID
SATO, a supplier of automatic data collection technology, including bar-code printing and labeling applications, is hoping to enable wider use of RFID by offering solutions that work with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2.<br/>
SATO , a supplier of automatic data collection technology, including bar-code printing and labeling applications, is hoping to enable wider use of RFID by offering solutions that work with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 .
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 enables integration with legacy systems and line-of-business applications with the building blocks software developers need to develop plug-and-play vertical applications—e.g., track & trace, asset tracking, and inventory control.
The SATO-developed Device Service Provider Interface makes use of the abstract classes in BizTalk Server to allow users to easily find, communicate with, and configure SATO printers on a Windows platform. SATO also is working to extend the BizTalk RFID capabilities to its other RFID printers, including the recently launched GL series.
"Compliance mandates from large retailers are putting RFID high on the agenda, but we are still wrestling with numerous barriers—such as the lack of industry standards—that hamper wider adoption of RFID technologies," says Brian Lang, senior manager of SATO International. "SATO's field-proven experience in complex RFID deployments places the responsibility on us to lead the initiative to eliminate the barriers that prevent customers from connecting to and managing their RFID printers. Microsoft has created scalable, flexible RFID-enabled solutions that align with customers’ needs—a seamlessly integrated solution from printer to back-end device."
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