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As IP battles continue to rage, a startup has released middleware under an open source software license, meaning anyone — including competitors — can use or alter the product. It also means that, if properly supported and developed, it could become a viable platform for a number of smaller, service-based providers. Also in this issue, Manhattan Associates talks about its new product, the TSA launches an ambitious vehicle and cargo tracking prototype, and an interview with an analyst skeptical of cross-industry progress.
Manhattan Associates released a third version of their EPC Manager earlier this month to meet the needs of the steadily evolving industry. With refinements to enterprise features, validation enhancements, and serial redundancy checks, the product will likely continue to drive the company’s success. RFID News’ Andy Williams talks to Greg Gilbert about the new system.
Dennis Gaughan of AMR Research made headlines at RFID Journal LIVE! stating the RFID industry is at a standstill. He joins RFID News this month to clarify his position and offer some suggestions to cross-industry RFID users.
Startup i-Konect has taken a cue from some of the world’s largest software vendors and released the source code for its marquee product, Singularity under the liberal Apache 2.0 license. RFID News talks to CEO Ron Rose about his company’s business model, competitors and the role of open source software in an IP-centric industry.
The Transportation Security Administration has funded an ambitious project to develop an EPC-compliant vehicle mounted cargo tracking system and a similar standalone system for cargo containers. The TSA hired two well known names in the industry, I.D. Systems and Symbol Technologies, to colloborate on the project. I.D. Systems’ president Ken Ehrmane explains how ‘distributed intelligence’ will solve some of the issues inherent to this large-scale system.