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Interview: OAT and Intel Team to Target Retailers
RFID software provider OATSystems and chip manufacturing giant Intel today announced the Retail RFID Leadership Initiative, a collaboration aimed at helping retailers deploy RFID across their supply chains.
May 25, 2005—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
May 25, 2005—RFID software provider OATSystems and chip manufacturing giant Intel today announced the Retail RFID Leadership Initiative, a collaboration aimed at helping retailers deploy RFID across their supply chains. OAT brings its Foundation Suite to the table, which Intel complements with integration and consulting services from the Intel Solution Services group. The idea behind the partnership is to offer a solution for the many retailers that want RFID but do not know where or how to begin. "There are a lot of retailers out there that understand the long-term benefit that RFID offers," Jon Karlen, OAT's director of product marketing, told RFID Update. "But a deployment is so daunting that they end up doing nothing."
The Retail RFID Leadership Initiative is the product of an already fruitful relationship between Intel and OAT. The companies had worked together successfully on a number of RFID deployments, and they wanted to codify and package the RFID software and services solution they jointly offer to the retail sector. "Together, we have the expertise that will show retailers where you need to look for that immediate benefit from RFID," said Karlen.
The collaboration is an important one for the industry. OAT is widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in the RFID software space whose client list reads like a who's-who of RFID first movers. Intel, of course, is a world-leading hardware manufacturer whose presence in RFID is gradually increasing. Last month, the company announced a partnership with Oracle to develop systems that manage data generated by RFID and sensors at the enterprise edge.
Read the release (PDF) at OATSystems
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