AXCESS Inc. Middleware Links RFID With EPC Retail Supply Chain Systems

Tuesday 10 February 2004 00:10 CET | News

AXCESS has released its OnlineSupervisor software enhancement to make it easier to integrate RFID systems with retail supply chain solutions.

The new middleware component enables the Company to apply its success in transportation, logistics, inventory management, and physical security directly to retail supply solutions centered on the EPC standard. RFID tags on drivers, trucks, trailers, and payloads are automatically linked together, tracked, controlled, and protected to reduce loss, and improve efficiency and productivity. The new OnlineSupervisor interface capability supports the EPC (Electronic Product Code) item identifier as well as other enterprise systems such as ERP (enterprise resource planning), warehouse management, and fleet and yard management. OnlineSupervisor is a highly versatile software product that collects RFID tag transmissions from readers on the network, and analyzes them against the various criteria needed for managing a business productively. The embedded integration middleware enables virtually any data format to be received, translated into another, and transmitted to the destination system. The browser-based viewing dashboard is customizable by type of user, particularly useful for customized alerting when anomalies, such as improper movements occur. Alerts are linked automatically to a digital video clip of the transaction for immediate supervisory review. Much like a cyber traffic cop, OnlineSupervisor takes relevant data in and delivers it where it is required. Along the way, intelligence is programmed into the software to automate a variety of routine checks normally performed by people. Reporting is automated and exception-based events are presented to the appropriate personnel for response. In the normal course of business, entire shipments including the driver, tractor, trailer and the payload are automatically identified, counted, checked, tracked, and released so they never leave the facility improperly. The same is true for arriving shipments, where trucks are automatically identified and given hands-free authorized access to the facility. AXCESS patented ActiveTag RFID system uses an embedded battery in the card sized, electronic tag for extra-long range identification. Tags are used for personnel, vehicles and inventory. Each tag transmits at UHF to palm-sized, network-based receivers from 18 inches up to 700 feet away depending upon the antenna used. Tags are automatically activated as they move through a gate or docking bay or into a parking/staging area. Tags also autonomously beacon at pre-set intervals for real-time inventory counts and location. Embedded sensors, such as temperature, regularly report data or are programmed to alarm when outside the norm. The ActiveTag system is sold through system integrators. The system is available for sale immediately. More information on the AXCESS is available from the Companys Web site at

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