SAP, Infineon Introduce Solution to Ease RFID Integration

Companies say offering to help retail, manufacturing, aerospace and high-tech companies

San Diego and Munich, Germany — October 6, 2004 — SAP AG and Infineon Technologies AG today announced a new radio frequency identification (RFID) for companies to connect and manage RFID hardware and software from multiple vendors.

Based on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform and Infineon's RFID You-R OPEN (OPerating ENvironment) device integration platform, the new offering is said to help companies deploy RFID hardware, devices, tags and software components for RFID-enabled business processes.

Due to the rapidly growing and changing RFID solutions market, companies are facing the challenge of selecting, integrating and deploying a heterogeneous collection of RFID hardware and software components. SAP and Infineon said their platform is designed to accelerate deployment and reduce the costs and risks associated with managing RFID components from multiple sources.

The platform can manage a full range of RFID implementations, according to the providers, from tags to enterprise applications, including RFID device management, related hardware and software products and services. SAP and Infineon will be offering the platform for pilot implementations in retail organizations as well as more complex installations in the industrial manufacturing, high-tech and aerospace industries.

The solution should also help companies meet current RFID mandates and scale to support future RFID-enabled business processes, according to the companies. In addition, users will be able to undertake incremental roll-outs, beginning with basic compliance scenarios, scenarios relating to logistics, vendor-managed inventory and collaborative manufacturing and, as needs arise, moving to RFID industry solutions and full-scale RFID-enabled business processes.

The announcement was made at SAP TechEd 2004, SAP's largest developer education conference of the year taking place in San Diego, Calif., from October 5 to 8 at the San Diego Convention Center, and at the RFID & Contactless Technology Forum of Silicon Trust, an Infineon partnership program, being held on October 5, at the Marriott Hotel in Munich, Germany.

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