IDVelocity Introduces ADC Version 5.0

Upgrade offers platform for the creation, deployment and management of automatic data collection, RFID-enabled solutions

Upgrade offers platform for the creation, deployment and management of data collection, RFID-enabled solutions

Dallas — March 2, 2005 — IDVelocity, a developer of auto-ID and enterprise mobility software, this week released the fifth iteration of its flagship automated data capture product, adding features to help users more quickly and easily design, draw and deploy traditional data collection and radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled business solutions.

Deployed in sites worldwide since 1997, the IDVelocity ADC platform provides a process development environment that connects users and machines to business processes and user and machine data to real-time business applications, the solution provider said.

"Turning data into useful information — delivering it to the right person at the right time, regardless of enabling technology, hardware device or operating platform — is what separates us from the mass of companies seeking to establish themselves in this arena," said Ken Hamlin, CEO of IDVelocity. "With the introduction of ADC 5.0, users now have access to a truly technology-agnostic platform, enabling them to minimize software customization and proprietary integration, substantially lowering their total cost of ownership."

ADC is utilized to deploy auto-ID processes crossing multiple technologies, including RFID, barcodes, sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), scales, WIFI, cellular and the Internet. "ADC provides a single platform to design, integrate and manage supply chain and mobile computing applications including inventory management, asset tracking, shipping and receiving, event notification, vendor managed inventory (VMI) and sales force automation," IDVelocity said in its announcement.

Version 5.0 introduces graphical process modeling (GPM), a new feature designed to enable the development of business processes in a graphical environment that facilitates the definition by business analysts and other professionals with non-programming backgrounds. GPM is incorporated into Script Development Studio (SDS).

In addition, ADC interfaces with RFID technologies from such hardware vendors as Alien, Symbol, Intermec and SAMSys, among others, delivering this technology to the operational practices of manufacturing and distribution organizations. ADC supports the main tag formats (SGTIN, SSCC, SGLN, for example) and standards (Class 0, 0+ and 1) required by such organizations as Wal-Mart, the Defense Department, Target and Albertsons, IDVelocity said.

This functionality of ADC makes compliance with RFID mandates easier and provides an environment for exploring new process innovations and return-on-investment scenarios, according to the solution provider.

The solution also offers multiple deployment options, with the Script Execution Server, the runtime component of ADC, redesigned to promote portability. Now Auto-ID business processes, executed by SES, can be deployed in Windows, Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) and Linux (Red Hat) environments. New enhancements to the ADC Server Manager provide ease of administration of SES sessions, messages, configuration and database connections, configuration and database parameters, as well as Database Posting Server (DPS) status, in a single view and from a remote administration portal.

All ADC runtime servers deployed on Windows can now run as services, including SES, DPS and ADC Proxy. This new feature allows system administrators to set the server components as Services on Windows Win32 platforms.

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.

For more information on trends relating to radio frequency identification, 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.