Linking RFID with EPC

AXCESS offers middleware to integrate radio frequency identification systems with retail supply chain solutions

AXCESS offers middleware to integrate radio frequency identification systems with retail supply chain solutions

Dallas — February 10, 2004 — AXCESS, a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) and digital video solutions for physical security and asset management has released its OnlineSupervisor software enhancement to make it easier to integrate RFID systems with retail supply chain solutions.

The provider said that the new middleware component will enable it to apply its experience in transportation, logistics, inventory management and physical security directly to retail supply solutions centered on the Electronic Product Code (EPC) standard. RFID tags on drivers, trucks, trailers and payloads are automatically linked together, tracked, controlled and protected to reduce loss, and improve efficiency and productivity.

The new OnlineSupervisor interface capability supports the EPC (Electronic Product Code) item identifier as well as other enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), warehouse management, and fleet and yard management systems.

OnlineSupervisor collects RFID tag transmissions from readers on the network and analyzes them against the various criteria needed for managing a business productively, according to AXCESS. The embedded integration middleware enables various data formats to be received, translated into another format and transmitted to the destination system.

The browser-based viewing "dashboard" is customizable by type of user, which can be useful for customized alerting when anomalies, such as improper movements, occur, the provider said. Alerts are linked automatically to a digital video clip of the transaction for immediate supervisory review.

"We bring a large portion of the RFID-based supply chain benefits immediately to the enterprise," said Allan Griebenow, president & CEO of AXCESS. "Customers will first implement the tagging of larger items in the supply chain from the container up to the truck level, while in parallel the industry works to reduce the cost of passive tags for item level tagging. We are able to bring immediate productivity improvements by tagging the payloads, trailers, trucks and drivers today."

"We were very impressed with how easy it was to interface AXCESS' RFID system with our automobile inventory control software package," said Mark Rankin, chief technology officer for AXCESS customer American Autoxchange. "In a matter of hours we were receiving dynamic RFID tag reads telling us where the cars were and linking that data to inventory counts and values."

AXCESS says its ActiveTag RFID system uses an embedded battery in the card sized, electronic "tag" for extra-long range identification. Tags are used for personnel, vehicles and inventory. Each tag transmits at UHF to palm-sized, network-based receivers from 18 inches up to 700 feet away depending upon the antenna used. Tags are automatically activated as they move through a gate or docking bay or into a parking/staging area. Tags also autonomously beacon at pre-set intervals for real-time inventory counts and location. Embedded sensors, such as temperature, regularly report data or are programmed to alarm when outside the norm.