Last week, Microsoft made available a private beta for Microsoft BizTalk RFID Mobile, with general availability expected in late this year. It is said to simplify development of mobile applications that expose real-time RFID-based business information. RFID, or radio frequency identification, seen widely as a bar code alternative, is a technology that uses radio frequency (RF) to uniquely identify an objects. RFID is coming into increasing use in industry as an alternative to the bar code.
Microsoft BizTalk RFID Mobile works with BizTalk Server 2006 R2, extending real-time business processes to Windows CE and Windows Mobile 5.0 applications. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 already included advancements for fixed RFID readers including device management, data filtering and business rules, electronic data interchange (EDI), and interoperability with line-of-business adapters for manufacturing, finance and healthcare.
“It’s only natural that Microsoft extends BizTalk RFID out to mobile devices, and it complements its mobile hardware partners’ very well,” said John Fontanella, vice president of Research at AMR Research Inc., in a statement. “The ability to operate at the edge in real time opens up opportunities that can only further enhance RFID’s value.”
Microsoft also announced the BizTalk RFID Standards Pack, for customers to integrate their RFID solutions with Electronic Product Code (EPC) global ratified standards, including Tag Data Translator (TDT) and Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) standards.
Customers and partners can participate in the BizTalk RFID Mobile Technology Adoption Program (TAP) by registering.