Oracle and Sybase Throwing their hat into the RFID Ring
Oracle and Sybase have announced that they are throwing their hat into
the RFID industry. This doesn't surprise many industry insiders since Sybase
acquired Xcellenet which is a remote management based software vendor.
Sybase has used the technology they acquired to build RFID middleware.
According to Sybase it was called RFID Anywhere. This has the ability to
scan store shelves and read the contents. This hasn't exactly worked as
planned but it is getting better. Sometimes you could scan a shelf many
times and get many different readings.
RFID Anywhere also monitors the RFID network itself to make sure everything
is in fine working order and allows supervision to download firmware
updates. This makes it easy for software management among many computers.
RFID enterprise is the integration layer that takes the RFID data from the
RFID reader and sends it into enterprise applications and makes it easy
to read in a human readable format.
Oracle is joining the
RFID solutions industry when they announced that they are partnering with Intel to develop something
they are calling "service-oriented enterprise" or "SOE framework" so they
can deploy RFID within the enterprise.
Since Oracle is a leader when it comes to databases and database
applications this is another huge step forward for RFID.