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At the recent National Retail Federation Convention in New York, Sun Microsystems announced the availability of the Sun Java System RFID Tag and Ship Solution and the Sun RFID Reference Architecture. Sun also announced its plans to create RFID Industry Solution Architectures (ISAs) to meet the unique RFID requirements of vertical markets including: government, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail. In addition, Sun and SeeBeyond outlined plans for the forthcoming RFID ISA for retail, which will offer complete, integrated RFID solution designed specifically for retailers.

The Sun Java System RFID Tag and Ship ISA Solution is a simple, entry-level RFID solution that enables customers to address specific RFID compliance requests, such as those from retailers including: Wal-Mart, Target and Albertsons, as well as the US Department of Defense and other organizations. According to the company, for customers looking to do more with RFID and integrate RFID data with back-end enterprise systems, the Sun RFID Reference Architecture provides essential guidelines through a designed, tested, tuned, and documented proof-of-concept deployment architecture. The Sun RFID ISAs will build on the foundation provided by the RFID Reference Architecture and leverage the expertise Sun has gained from working on customer deployments, to enable specific business benefits, such as improved process efficiencies, for customers in a particular industry.

“Sun realizes that our customers are looking at RFID technology in a variety of ways and we are leveraging our years of experience with RFID and Network Computing to provide programs and solutions to address their unique deployment needs. Our new RFID Tag and Ship Solution and RFID Reference Architecture, as well as our upcoming RFID Industry Solution Architectures are designed to help our customers manage RFID data across highly dynamic business environments and to maximize the efficiency of their RFID systems and resources. By using these solutions as a foundation for RFID deployment, customers can decrease their time to deployment and see increased levels of efficiencies and cost savings,” said Vijay Sarathy, director, RFID product marketing and strategy, Sun Microsystems.

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