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Alien Technology, Oracle, and Intel Unveil End-to-End RFID System

October 23, 2006

The newly developed solution targets cold chain management, work-in-progress monitoring, and asset-tracking applications.

ARCwire -- Alien Technology Corp. announced that it has collaborated with Oracle and Intel Corp. in developing an integrated, end-to-end radio frequency identification (RFID) business solution for the transportation, automotive, and aerospace industries. Architected for rapid, low-risk deployment and fast time-to-value, the preconfigured solution will be available at the RFID Solutions Center Dayton for customer evaluation and proof-of-concept.

The new combined solution consists of best-of-breed, standards-based hardware and software components from Alien, Oracle, and Intel to address the entire RFID data cycle, from data capture and management to seamless integration of RFID data with enterprise systems for real-time analysis, access, and response. In addition to the solution components, customers can leverage the combined RFID implementation expertise and global services and support capabilities of the three companies to further reduce deployment and operational risk and accelerate their return on investment.

Alien, Oracle, and Intel each have a history of advancing the state of the art of RFID technology and of developing RFID-enabled solutions for key industries. The new combined solution leverages each of the companies' key strengths, including Alien's leadership in enterprise-ready RFID readers and low-cost RFID tags; Oracle's strengths in data management, business insight, and vertical market applications; and Intel's expertise in scalable infrastructures and in integrating RFID solutions with enterprise data architectures. Customer-specific implementations include such components as the Alien ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID Reader and Enterprise RFID Platform; Oracle Sensor Edge Server, Business Intelligence, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database 10g, and other RFID-enabled software offerings; Oracle tools for transportation, automotive, and aerospace applications; embedded Intel XScale technology; and Intel-powered servers, PCs, notebooks, and handheld devices.

Target customers for the solution include trucking and shipping operations and integrated carriers with freight tracking and cold chain management requirements. Also targeted are automotive and aerospace manufacturers and suppliers with supply chain management, work-in-progress, and asset-tracking needs; and airlines, airports, and government entities with requirements for baggage handling and airport security.

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