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EPCglobal Readies EPCIS Certification Program
The organization's Software Action Group has already submitted conformance requirements for EPCIS products. The program is expected to go live in mid-July.
IBM already offers a commercially available EPCIS product, the WebSphere RFID Information Center, launched in December 2006 (see IBM Launches Software for Sharing RFID Data). Based on the EPCIS candidate standard, the software is designed to facilitate the exchange of RFID data among trading partners, government agencies and other entities.
Asher says IBM will submit its software to the certification program as soon as the program is ready. He adds that the software's development has been closely aligned with the EPCIS standard's development, and has already been vetted in several pilots with AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and Unilever United States.
"At IBM, we feel that our implementation of the specification is very robust, and believe it will be very quickly certified," Asher says. "We've been incorporating information from the evolution of the specification and the pilots we've conducted involving preliminary versions of the specification."
Additionally, SAP will submit its software to the certification program, says Krish Mantripragada, SAP's global head of RFID and auto-ID solutions. In March, the company announced its Object Event Repository database software. Based on the EPCIS candidate standard, the Object Event Repository is designed to aggregate RFID, sensor and other identifying data from warehouse management systems and other software applications spread across an organization (see SAP Introduces Software for Product Tracking).
GlobeRanger has already tested its iMotion software in interoperability tests and "plans to be one of the first in the certification program once it is made available by EPCglobal," says GlobeRanger's VP of engineering and chief architect, Bryan Tracey, who also serves as cochair of EPCglobal's Software Action Group.
The company's iMotion middleware is designed for managing devices, networks, data and processes at the edge of the enterprise. Tracey says the EPCIS standard will enable iMotion to manage RFID and product events. "We've been creating a lot of these proprietary business observations, and now we have an opportunity to standardize the creation of these EPC events," he says. "This has been, personally, an extremely important and exciting ratification event."
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