Sun expands RFID portfolio

Sun Microsystems has expanded its RFID portfolio with the release of a new version of the Sun Java System RFID software, which is designed to help enterprises to reduce reliance on middleware in RFID systems.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  July 14, 2005

Sun Microsystems has expanded its RFID portfolio with the release of a new version of the Sun Java System RFID software, which is designed to help enterprises to reduce reliance on middleware in RFID systems. Through support for the Java platform, the software will allow RFID devices, such as readers and appliances, to intelligently process information directly, instead of relying on external middleware for data processing. The software allows Java technology-enabled devices to intelligently process and filter data directly on the device. This delivers advantages such as shielding the network and end user from the potential avalanche of information that can be generated in large-scale deployments and simplifies network management by reducing the number of network components needed. Sun's RFID software is available now for Java SE technology and will be available in early access for Java ME technology in Q305. Sun is working with a number of RFID reader and device companies including; Intermec, SIS Technologies and ThingMagic to help create “a next generation of smart RFID readers and devices”. “The ability to run the Sun Java System RFID Software directly on SIS appliances is key to helping us simplify our customer's RFID infrastructure needs while increasing their ability to support and maintain the environments. As RFID networks expand, so too does the cost of supporting the RFID infrastructure,” says Sean Clark, director of RFID Solutions at SIS Technologies. “Sun's multi-platform Java technology-based RFID software combined with our Mustang appliance, creates a self-healing network where downtime is virtually eliminated, leading to a more significant return on investment (ROI),” he adds. Large companies and governments worldwide are expected to spend US$6 billion on RFID hardware, software and services by 2010, according to Datamonitor. Additionally, Venture Development Corporation says the device market alone will be worth US$700 million in 2005. Sun says Java technology is poised to play a significant role in this market, having already been installed on more than two billion embedded devices, up by 14% since June 2004. “We view RFID as a disruptive technology that will revolutionize the network and the way companies do business," says Sam Liu, director of RFID product management, Sun Microsystems. “Our latest offering helps customers unlock their network's potential and achieve competitive advantage by providing a clear picture of their business and by accelerating decision making from the edge to the enterprise,” he adds.

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