Oracle, Intel Ally to Optimize RFID Solutions

Partners looking to harness radio frequency identification, sensor-based solutions to enable the real-time enterprise

Partners looking to harness radio frequency identification, sensor-based solutions to enable the real-time enterprise

Chicago — April 13, 2005 — Joint Oracle-Intel development and technical teams are set to work together to further optimize radio frequency identification (RFID) and sensor-based solutions based on a common service-oriented enterprise (SOE) framework for ease of customer adoption and deployment, Oracle announced this week.

The companies will work to provide solutions that facilitate data management from the edge of the network into enterprise information systems and across trading communities, according to Oracle. "The collaboration allows better information management within the virtual enterprise, enabling companies to increase customer satisfaction, track profitability and ensure the flow of revenue," the solution provider said.

These solutions will integrate currently available products from Oracle and Intel, including Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Database 10g, Oracle E-Business Suite and Intel processor-based handheld (including use in RFID readers), PC, mobile, server and communications platforms.

"As companies deploy RFID and sensor networks, they need to be able to handle vast amounts of real-time data along with new business process if they want to realize the maximum [return on investment (ROI)]," said Tom Gibbs, director of strategy and planning for Intel Solutions Market Development Group. "We've joined with Oracle to give customers an information management solution based on an architectural framework called the Service Oriented Enterprise. The solution will help customers make sense of the raw data and turn it into relevant product information that they can act upon as events happen in real time. We believe this approach will allow customers to realize greater value from supply chains, product inventory and warehouse management systems."

The magnitude of data created from RFID networks each day requires significant data management capabilities and computing power. Maintaining and aggregating RFID data in an EPC information system (EPCIS), built on the joint Oracle and Intel service-oriented enterprise framework, can provide a scalable solution for retrieving information where and when companies need it, Oracle said.

"Our work with Intel allows us to help our customers further ease management of RFID and sensor information and leverage it to create new business processes," said Allyson Fryhoff, vice president of Oracle Sensor-Based Services. "Customers will be able to use the dynamic information captured in EPCIS to deepen collaboration with each trading partner. They'll also be able gain deeper visibility into their supply chain at the most granular of levels."

By combining Oracle and Intel technologies, customers can create a standards-based service-oriented enterprise that speeds implementation and helps achieve business value through powerful RFID solutions, Oracle concluded.

Additional Articles of Interest

— For more information on trends relating to radio frequency identification (RFID), follow this link for an extensive listing of articles, featuring the latest research findings on the RFID, including adoption, return on investment and barriers to implementation.

— For a contrary view of the future of the RFID market, see the article "The O'RFID Factor: A 'No Spin' Look at Where Radio Frequency Identification Is Headed," in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

  • More news from the 2005 RFID Journal LIVE! show in Chicago (April 10-12).

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