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Sun boosts RFID offering

Antony Savvas

Sun Microsystems has introduced the Sun Java System radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and ship solution and the Sun RFID reference architecture.

Sun has also announced a plan to create RFID industry solution architectures (ISAs) to meet unique RFID requirements in vertical markets such as government, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and retail.

The Sun Java System RFID tag and ship solution is a simple entry-level RFID solution that enables customers to address specific RFID compliance requests, such as those from retailers like Wal-Mart.

For customers looking to do more with RFID and integrate RFID data with their back-end enterprise systems, Sun said the Sun RFID reference architecture "provides essential guidelines through a designed, tested, tuned, and documented proof-of-concept deployment architecture".

The Sun RFID ISAs build on the RFID reference architecture and use knowledge gained by Sun from working on customer deployments. The first ISA will be available for the retail market, said Sun.

"Sun realises that our customers are looking at RFID technology in a variety of ways and we are leveraging our years' of experience with RFID and network computing," said Vijay Sarathy, Sun director of RFID product marketing and strategy.

Earlier this week Hewlett-Packard said it was opening a new RFID research lab to speed the development of industry compliant RFID solutions.


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