Oracle aims to make it easier and cheaper for companies to reap the benefits of integrating radio frequency identification and other sensor-based technology in their supply chains.
In a move timed to coincide with the RFID Journal Live conference in Chicago yesterday, Oracle announced its Sensor-Based Services tool kits and connectors. The tools and enhancements are designed to enable users to capture, manage, analyse and respond to RFID data.
The software is optimised to work with Oracle's next-generation 10g database and application server as well its 11i E-Business Suite. Oracle has already announced that the next version of its Warehouse Management will be RFID-enabled to boost inventory control.
Companies trying to comply with RFID mandates from customers are being forced to spend money on middleware and consultants, said Allyson Fryhoff, vice president of Oracle Sensor-Based Services. Oracle aims to enable its users to become RFID-ready by using their existing investments in its technology.
The products include a quickly deployable Compliance Package, which has adapters to support specific processes for specific customers for operations such as advanced shipping notification.
Oracle is also rolling out an RFID Pilot Kit for prototype testing. It comes with the necessary drivers and reporting and business intelligence capabilities so companies can analyse their business processes using the technology.
Both products are expected to ship this summer with the next version of the Oracle 10g family.
Steve Banker, service director of supply chain management at ARC Advisory Group, said that although companies may want to hold some RFID data locally, the preferred solution is to filter the data and turn it into business logic.
"By having this data across the supply chain you get a much clearer picture of variability around lead times and do a better job of supply chain optimisation."
Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld