Alien Technology, an RFID label-maker and then some, is deep into its collaboration with Microsoft at its RFID Solutions Center in Dayton, Ohio. The point? To drive enterprise-ready applications of RFID technology for mutual customers – in the combined Microsoft BizTalk RFID Infrastructure and Alien hardware platform.
Said Burley Kawasaki, Group Product Manager, BizTalk Server Group, Microsoft Corporation: “Working closely with companies such as Alien and the other leading companies affiliated with the center will enhance our ability to drive customer value through the connection of RFID devices with back-end systems, data and business processes.”
Stay tuned for more Microsoft-friendly announcments from other RFID strongarms in the near-near future.
Alien Technology to Collaborate With Microsoft at the RFID Solutions Center, Dayton; Collaboration to Drive Enterprise-Ready Applications of RFID Technology Utilizing Microsoft BizTalk RFID Infrastructure and Alien Hardware Platform
MORGAN HILL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 6, 2006–Alien Technology Corporation today announced that it will collaborate with Microsoft Corporation on the implementation of enterprise-ready RFID solutions for mutual customers and industry participants at the recently opened RFID Solutions Center, Dayton. Additionally, Microsoft will support the RFID Solutions Center(SM), a division of Alien Technology, by equipping it with the latest versions of Microsoft BizTalk RFID software, designed to enable cost-effective, plug-and-play deployment of RFID capabilities and simplified management of RFID data across the enterprise.
Alien is currently a member of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council on RFID and Microsoft’s support for the RFID Solutions Center, Dayton and the opportunities for collaboration it enables, extends and broadens the companies’ existing relationship.
“The RFID Solutions Center, Dayton provides a showcase and real-world environment for advanced RFID solutions, and we’re pleased to be supporting this industry resource by making available both infrastructure software and expertise,” said Burley Kawasaki, Group Product Manager, BizTalk Server Group, Microsoft Corporation. “Working closely with companies such as Alien and the other leading companies affiliated with the center will enhance our ability to drive customer value through the connection of RFID devices with back-end systems, data and business processes.”
“We welcome Microsoft to the RFID Solutions Center’s ecosystem of collaborators and industry participants,” said Susan Pearson, VP Alliances, Alien Technology. “At the Center, organizations have the advantage of being able to explore and pilot applications built from industry-leading components across a wide range of realistic RFID scenarios. We look forward to working with Microsoft in realizing our mutual vision of affordable RFID deployment and in demonstrating the practical integration of RFID data with enterprise business systems and processes.”
About the RFID Solutions Center Dayton
The RFID Solutions Center Dayton, a division of Alien Technology, is dedicated to driving RFID technology innovation and adoption of RFID solutions worldwide through collaboration with RFID end-users, key participants in the RFID industry, and academic institutions focused on RFID research and application. Infrastructure and equipment at the center enable technical services and applications engineering teams to simulate key stages in “real world” supply chains, and work closely with RFID customers to evaluate, design, specify, and deploy RFID systems. The center’s simulated environment, which includes shipping dock doors, material handling equipment and conveyors, shipping stations, a store backroom and a retail store floor, offers a comprehensive engineering laboratory and educational RFID environment. More information regarding the RFID Solutions Center is available at www.rfidsolutionscenter.com.
About Alien Technology
Alien Technology Corporation is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products for global customers in government, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and other industries. Using its patented manufacturing process, Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA(R)), Alien manufactures EPC tags in very high-volumes and at low cost. The company provides a family of RFID readers for a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics, and anti-counterfeiting, to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Alien is an active member of EPCglobal. More information about Alien Technology Corporation can be found on the Company’s website at www.alientechnology.com.
Alien, Alien Technology, the Alien logo, RFID Solutions Center and FSA, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alien Technology Corporation in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.