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By Rich Handley

SDG Systems Announces Data-Collection Middleware, Partners With Swiftsure Group on IoT-based Reader Solution

SDG Systems, a provider of data-collection software, announced its Blue ID-Engine middleware solution for Android and Android Things. ID-Engine is a modular software framework that supports UHF RFID and bar-code scanning hardware from multiple vendors. A Java software developer's kit (SDK) can be integrated with Android Studio to quickly build and deploy intelligent automatic-identification and Internet of Things solutions.

"We built the ID-Engine software for Android for a couple of significant reasons. First, the Android support from RFID module and bar-code scanner manufacturers is often non-existent or difficult for developers to integrate with their software," said Todd Blumer, SDG Systems' CEO, in a prepared statement. "Additionally, we are seeing a noteworthy increase in the number of Android-based embedded solutions that require RFID, including gate proximity and control systems, inventory management, environmental sensing, and industrial equipment usage."

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One such Internet of Things solution is being implemented with RFID Ready and the Swiftsure Group. Together, the companies are helping a solution provider in the pharmaceutical industry to build an intelligent, cloud-based, inventory-management solution. "The Blue ID-Engine software allowed us to quickly address the needs of our customer," said Tim Buckley, the company's VP of sales for RFID, in the prepared statement. "We were able to provide them with a demonstration and sample source code in just a few days."

SDG Systems supports Android Things as a step toward giving IoT solution providers or hardware vendors the resources they need to quickly implement their solution. Supporting the hardware components with ID-Engine gives the solution provider the ability to focus on their customer solution rather than implementing support for RFID or bar-code readers. Using Android or Android Things on the endpoint, the company indicates, allows the solution provider to increase the intelligence and capabilities of the edge device.

Blue ID-Engine is a third-generation software product that replaces SDG Systems' previous two independent products, EPX-Barcode and EPX-RFID. The software can be extended to support other types of devices through its DeviceManager module. Blue ID-Engine is currently in beta testing for multiple projects, including an industrial Modbus TCP implementation for RFID. For bar-code scanning, ID-Engine can use a hardware scanner or the device's camera and a software decoder.

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