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SAP and Cisco invest millions in RFID start-up

Cisco Systems and SAP have ploughed millions of dollars into emerging radio frequency identification (RFID) supplier Reva Systems.

Cisco and SAP have joined venture capitalists in putting a total of $13.5m (£7.3m) into Reva, with Cisco intending to work on RFID standards with Reva, and SAP entering a strategic relationship with the firm.

Reva is developing an RFID appliance to support network management and scalability challenges “that the RFID community now recognises as the key to widespread RFID deployment”, said Reva.

Ashley Stephenson, Reva chairman and co-founder, said, “Reva’s approach to RFID system management through a network appliance is being embraced because it is easier to deploy and maintain, especially in large-scale applications that sprawl across multiple facilities and locations.”

He said, “It is an approach that will become the standard model for managing readers and collecting data across any RFID implementation.”

Reva is helping to develop industry standards to help define network-to-reader protocols and other standards that will streamline RFID network integration.

Reva was one of the first RFID suppliers to deliver certified integration with SAP’s Enterprise Services Auto ID Infrastructure (SAP AII) solution, launched last year.


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