Zebra and Checkpoint Systems have entered into a cooperative relationship and licensing agreement. While the exact terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the relationship does bring together Zebra’s active location solutions with Checkpoint division OATSystems’ passive RFID, auto-ID and sensor capabilities.
The agreement also provides Zebra with an OEM software license for OATxpress, which is part of the most widely deployed RFID middleware platform, OAT Foundation Suite. This software platform is designed specifically for capturing, filtering and managing high volumes of auto-ID and sensor data from a single facility to an enterprise deployment across hundreds of locations.
The OAT Foundation Suite provides supports for a broad range of auto-ID technologies in a scalable framework, making it easy to add more device types and technologies to the platform in future phases.
The partnership extends increased enterprise visibility offerings into industries including retail, industrial manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, process industries such as oil and gas, government and maritime.
In the coming months, Zebra will announce details around its first product with the capability to implement applications that combine both active and passive RFID. Zebra and Checkpoint will hold briefings at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference from January 15-18, 2012, to discuss the partnership.