October 22, 2005

Open Source RFID/Sensor Middleware M1 Release

Mason, Ohio U.S.A. (October 20, 2005) – i-Konect announced the first milestone release of Singularity 1.0, an open-source java-based platform that integrates Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and sensory data with enterprise applications as well as business partners. The Singularity architecture segments the functionality into two major components (Information Services and Middleware). It is designed to provide integrators and users the ability to more rapidly deploy RFID technology and significantly advance the realization of a return on investment.

Ron Rose, i-Konect's President, stated, “Singularity's M1 release is a significant milestone on the path to creating a robust , open, industry-standard RFID/Sensory integration platform that will be used globally as a foundation to enhance supply chain management and security.”

Singularity's M1 release focuses on the Middleware component that captures and filters RFID data. Complex event processing, coupled with business context and process control, integrates key information with existing enterprise systems (e.g., CRM, ERP, WMS), as well as new or customized user applications. Singularity also supports standards developed by EPCglobal ™ (e.g., ALE, EPC-IS).

The Information Services component is an Enterprise Service that would ultimately reside as a member of a company's Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). Although an ESB is not required, utilizing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a best practice approach for providing EPC event information to the enterprise as well as to external business partners via the EPCglobal Network™ or the DoD's Wide Area Workflow (WAWF). An SOA approach with Singularity's EPC-IS provides a federated deployment model that enables global Track and Trace visibility with the logical appearance of a single EPC-IS repository.

Singularity software distribution is provided by Sourceforge.net
( http://sourceforge.net/projects/singularity ). Those interested in the development RFID/Sensor middleware solutions are encouraged to participate. It is envisioned that Singularity will be used as the foundation for both integrators and users to layer additional functionality that ultimately will accelerate the utilization of RFID and the EPCglobal Network™."

Link: i-konect.com

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