RFID software links to sensor technology

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Sensor

Updated software can help companies leverage radio frequency
identification (RFID) technology and sensors to track products
through the supply chain, claims its developer.

Linking RFID with such devices as temperature sensors gives processors a means of tracking their products in real time, allowing them to determine if food safety has been breached. InSync Software said its Edgeware 3.2 software forms an application platform that leverages RFID and sensor technologies, including GPS, barcode and environmental measurement devices. It's what the company defines as "real-world aware" applications, composite systems that sense physical reality and take actions necessary to automate business activity. Edgeware 3.2 features an updated library of utilities and pre-defined workflows used to automate shipping and receiving, asset tracking and other common supply chain processes. Edgeware's tools can be used to configure composite applications across the company's operations, InSync stated. By using Edgeware 3.2's development platform in combination with InSync Solution Sets, implementation time in some applications has been reduced by up to 80 per cent, the company claimed. InSync Sets software includes item-level track and trace, asset management, and food traceability moducles. "Key challenges for RFID and sensory applications are making them simple to deploy and collaborate not just between the four walls but beyond,"​ said Louis Bianchin, senior analyst for Venture Development Corporation (VDC). Edgeware 3.2 also includes a new functionality for mobile devices, such as handheld RFID reader/writers. The function allows companies to use distributed computing with the capability for data acquisition and business logic functions in remote locations where processes may be disconnected from the network. Edgeware 3.2 was designed to address the main challenges of RFID adoption by zeroing in on reducing development and deployment times, and simplifying partner collaboration, said Ravi Panja, InSync's chief technology officer. "Our products are designed to get our customers and partner's applications up and running in a short amount of time, without sacrificing features, driving up costs, or hindering partner enablement,"​ he said. Edgeware 3.2 also features SensorNet, which allows customers to configure, monitor, and manage devices and activities using a internet browser-based interface. At each process step throughout the extended supply chain Edgeware 3.2 allows processors to use sensor infrastructure by acquiring real-time data and applying business parameters at the point of execution. The distributed logic with events management within an service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework allows for an extensible system that can manage many activities in parallel, the company claimed. "This eliminates the need for central processing, again cutting deployment time, and improving computing and network efficiencies,"​ InSync stated.

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