Sun plans to open a European radio frequency identification test centre in Scotland to help companies ensure that they are compliant with regulatory standards and provide adequate privacy.
The 12,000 square-foot test centre in Linlithgow, along with another Sun site in the US, will help firms with RFID testing Ð from tagging products, to integrating information with back-office systems.
The test centre will be powered by the Solaris operating system and use Sun Java Enterprise System software. It is due to open in February 2004.
Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software at Sun, said, "RFID extends network connectivity from the things we interact with directly to a broad range of objects."
RFID is increasingly popular in the UK, with retailers such as Tesco, Woolworths and Marks & Spencer conducting trials.
The technology received a boost earlier this year when Wal-Mart, the worldÕs largest retailer, made it mandatory for its top 100 suppliers to be using RFID by 2005.