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SAP, Infineon partner on RFID offering

Posted: 28 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sap ag? infineon technologies ag? radio frequency identification? rfid? net-weaver technology platform?

SAP AG and Infineon Technologies AG announced a new radio frequency identification (RFID) offering to meet the needs of companies to connect and manage RFID hardware and software from multiple vendors.

Based on SAP's Net-Weaver technology platform and Infineon's RFID You-R OPEN (Operating Environment) device integration platform, the new offering will help companies deploy RFID hardware, devices, tags and software components for RFID-enabled business processes while accelerating return on investment and reducing integration costs and risks, the two companies said.

The platform can manage a full range of RFID implementations, from tags to enterprise applications, including RFID device management, related hardware and software products and services. According to a press release, companies will be able to undertake incremental roll-outs, beginning with basic compliance scenarios, scenarios relating to logistics, vendor-managed inventory and collaborative manufacturing and, as needs arise, moving to RFID industry solutions and full-scale RFID-enabled business processes.

"The combination of SAP's leading competence and outstanding customer base in business software solutions and Infineon's expertise in RFID technology, system integration as well as tailor-made applications will help to accelerate RFID implementations throughout various industries," commented Peter Bauer, Infineon's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. "The new scalable solution, which Infineon is already using within its own supply chains, is easy to implement and can grow with the RFID needs of our joint customers, from a simple pilot implementation to a full-scale RFID business process."

The two platforms behind it

Built on the open NetWeaver technology platform, the RFID offering includes SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure, SAP Event Management (SAP EM) and preconfigured EPC (Electronic Product Code) reports in SAP Business Information Warehouse and out-of-the-box integration into enterprise resource planning based supply chain execution and asset management processes. According to SAP, its open Auto-ID Infrastructure is the first of its kind. It helps customers automate their RFID implementations and incrementally implement RFID-enabled business processes with backend systems.

The You-R OPEN is an operating environment that links a company's existing non-RFID-based logistics IT infrastructure to its newly installed RFID-supported logistics infrastructure. This platform supports the entire RFID hardware landscape, including smart labels, readers, PLCs, automation devices, PCs, servers, hardware components and IT networks. You-R OPEN allows configuration, installation, operation and maintenance of a complete RFID infrastructure by offering a flexible device management interface for all existing RFID reader and printer devices, Infineon added.

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