SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ – Blue Vector Systems today unveiled the first-of-its-kind RFID network infrastructure solution at DEMO 2004, the premier launch pad for emerging technologies. Blue Vector Systems’ X-3000 is the only product suite designed to address the enormous operational complexities of deploying RFID solutions from initial pilots to full nationwide supply chain implementations for Fortune 1000 companies.
For companies focused on deploying RFID solutions to solve key supply-chain problems such as out-of-stock items and shrinkage, X-3000 products provide a building-block approach to implementing an RFID system across vast and complex supply chains. The X-3000 enables central network management, control and retrieval of data about the status and movement of
goods. The X-3000 allows companies mandated to meet Wal-Mart and Department of Defense edicts to implement compliant solutions rapidly and improve operational efficiencies.
Blue Vector Systems’ X-3000 – a suite of distributed-computing appliances – consists of an RFIDrouter and an RFID Network Manager appliance (NMA) that create an RFID network infrastructure designed to enable companies to seamlessly scale their RFID implementations physically and logically to any size. This ubiquitous RFID network infrastructure allows companies to effectively manage even the largest supply-chain operations.
“Blue Vector Systems’ revolutionary network infrastructure approach to RFID implementations enables the market to leverage the benefits of real-time asset information and realize the promise of RFID technology,” said Chris Shipley executive producer of DEMO 2004.
At the core of Blue Vector Systems’ innovation is its patent-pending Aspect-Oriented processing engine and distributed router intelligence capabilities allowing Fortune 1000 companies to deploy large-scale, centrally-managed RFID networks to control their most important asset: real-time information about their physical assets and processes.
“DEMO 2004 showcases companies poised with the most influential products for the future,” said Anurag Mendhekar, CEO of Blue Vector Systems. “Blue Vector Systems is honored to launch the industry’s only RFID Network infrastructure at this prestigious event.”
For system integrators implementing large-scale RFID systems, Blue Vector Systems provides powerful infrastructure components with pre-configured RFID system functionality that can be replicated across supply chains and integrated seamlessly into existing ERP systems. This approach yields consistency across an entire nation-wide implementation unlike ad hoc implementations associated with pure software or middleware solutions.
Blue Vector Systems’ appliance-based design lends itself to ease of deployment and fault tolerant operation given its pre-configured embedded functionality. The configuration system has an intuitive interface that allows users to manipulate objects like dock doors and shelves that are part of the existing business process and to visualize their transformations into intelligent RFID reader enabled entities. The NMA’s network operations dashboard provides single screen hierarchical views of the entire network down to a reader connected to the RFIDrouter monitoring a specific dock door in a given distribution center. The dashboard also allows users to carry out complex queries on RFID network elements to access real-time data to track and trace pallets/cases in the supply chain.
The X-3000 NMA can facilitate a range of pre-integrated functionality offering potential partners a powerful platform with which to extend new applications and managed services. One such functionality is ONS (Object Naming Service) and EPCIS (EPC Information Services) that are integrated within the X-3000 NMA. This functionality allows instant click and connect to EPCglobal’s ONS and a prototype EPCIS solution from VeriSign, without the need for ad hoc configuration and testing per installation.
“With the deployment of the ONS and the EPC Network, companies can extend the benefits of a RFID network infrastructure beyond the four walls of their enterprise to other members of the supply chain,” said Jon Brendsel, director of EPC Network Services at VeriSign. VeriSign recently was selected by EPCglobal to operate the ONS root directory for the EPC Network.
The advantages of an appliance with pre-integrated functionality lends itself to ease of deployment and lower cost of implementation. These capabilities coupled with X-3000 functionality create a robust full-solutions offering to the RFID market.
Blue Vector Systems’ solution provides the core value of a true networked-RFID system to provide ongoing operational efficiencies and visibility that only a network can provide. This “RFID Network” provides a real-time centralized view of RFID implementations in a manner similar to computer networks, allowing businesses to access and analyze data about the flow of their physical assets to reduce inventories and immediately respond to fluctuations in consumer demand.