IBM has launched a free set of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) software tools and training resources.
The move is aimed at speeding the adoption of RFID technology by addressing a key barrier – businesses’ shortage of RFID skills.
IBM has been stepping up its involvement in RFID technology, developing a new Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard with partner T3Ci aimed at helping companies share information through the supply chain.
It has also developed a “clipped tag” system to limit the distance a RFID tag can transmit information, in a bid to address consumers’ privacy concerns.
IBM’s new launch includes an educational toolkit aimed at increasing developers’ understanding of how RFID works, how to develop RFID enabled applications and best practice.
The computer giant is also offering a graphical tool that allows developers to simulate how an actual RFID project could help their business, and a tool to help create applications that interact with RFID systems.
The new materials are available through IBM’s alphaWorks emerging technologies website.
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