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Partnerships Address End-User Needs

A number of software and hardware RFID vendors announced alliances and combined product offerings during RFID Journal LIVE! in Las Vegas this week.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
BEA Systems and T3Ci Teaming Up
Enterprise infrastructure software provider BEA Systems, and T3Ci are teaming to provide a new joint solution for companies seeking to comply with RFID mandates. T3Ci sells software applications and provides data analysis services to help companies gain internal business benefits from deploying RFID technology.
BEA is offering its WebLogic RFID Compliance Express, which provides basic middleware and a data repository allowing companies to initiate RFID tagging applications, packaged with T3Ci's new offering, On-Demand RFID Analytics. A scaled-back version of its primary data analysis offerings, On-Demand RFID Analytics provides users with basic information on where and when a company's customers received tagged shipments. It can also be used to monitor whether a retailer is following promotion dates for new products, based on when tagged promotional displays and accompanying products are brought to the sales floor.

"Suppliers want [tag read] feedback from retailers. We clean that data up and create derived data sets from that," says T3Ci's executive vice president, Peter Rieman. The joint BEA/T3Ci solution is generally available, with pricing information offered through BEA and T3Ci

Markem Partnering with ThingMagic
Markem, a provider of RFID labeling applications, says it has certified the ThingMagic Mercury4 RFID interrogator for use with the Markem 800 Series automatic smart label applicator. The company says the certification enhances Markem's automated and semi-automated tagging solutions. Solutions for RFID portal and interrogator deployments may be used. in which the Mercury4 interrogator reads a number of tag formats, including the UHF EPC Gen 2 protocol. Using the Mercury4 interrogator in combination with the 800 Series high-speed applicator enables users to encode and apply up to 100 RFID tags per minute, Markem says, automatically rejecting any nonfunctioning tags before they are applied. Markem also plans eventually to certify the Mercury5 interrogator, which ThingMagic announced this week (see ThingMagic Unveils Mercury5 RFID Reader). Information on pricing and availability is available from Markem.

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