Wireless Applications

OATSystems and Cisco to Collaborate

May 29, 2008

The partnership will integrate OATindustrial RFID applications with Cisco's Context-Aware Mobility Software, which will reduce deployment time for RFID systems by integrating flexible, standards-based applications more tightly with existing business processes.


WALTHAM, MA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- OATSystems Inc. announced that it is collaborating with Cisco to integrate Cisco's just announced Context-Aware Mobility Solution with its own OATindustrial radio-frequency identification (RFID) applications, including its asset tracking and work-in-process solutions.

The combination will enable OAT customers to seamlessly run their mission-critical RFID applications over the Cisco Unified Wireless Network today and virtually any wireless network in the future.

OAT pioneered the use of RFID in industrial applications with packaged solutions that increase productivity, decrease labor costs, and reduce inventory requirements while improving forecasting and planning. These proven, packaged applications enable organizations to deploy solutions in less time, with less risk and lower cost.

OATindustrial solutions track parts and assemblies through the production cycle, integrating with existing systems and processes yet requiring little or no retooling. With them, organizations gain a new level of control over manufacturing operations and significantly reduce operating costs. OAT's asset tracking solution tracks the movement of assets or reusable containers from suppliers to warehouses and through all key production stages, covering an enterprise's entire value chain. Its work-in-process solution streamlines operations and accelerates output in a manufacturing environment.

Cisco Context-Aware Software captures contextual information from a full range of sensors, mobile devices, and RFID tags over the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, allowing companies to move beyond basic location tracking to gather detailed asset information, such as location, temperature, and availability. Many of OAT's customers track work-in-process and finished products with OATSystems RFID solutions, using large-scale networks to obtain enterprisewide visibility across their supply chains. Today, OAT supports heterogeneous or multi-modal asset tracking, where customers can use barcodes; passive, active, and WiFi RFID technologies; or any combination thereof. Cisco's Context-Aware Mobility Solution with its open API running on the Mobility Services Engine will help OAT integrate more tightly with its customers' networks and needs. This integration further strengthens OAT's value proposition, enabling its customers to use OAT's RFID solutions in virtually any RFID or wireless environment.

"Cisco and OATSystems are the respective leaders in the enterprise WLAN and RFID segments," said Venkat Krishnamurthy, Chief Technology Officer for OATSystems. "Our collaboration will reduce the time to deploy RFID solutions by integrating flexible, standards-based RFID applications more tightly with existing business processes."

"Cisco's Context-Aware Software and OATSystems' RFID applications deliver tightly-integrated applications over large-scale networks, tracking work-in-process and finished products across an enterprise's supply chain," said Ben Gibson, Cisco's Senior Director of Mobility Solutions.

About OATSystems
OATSystems Inc. is a recognized RFID-solution leader, with software that empowers businesses to achieve competitive advantage and ROI from RFID-enabled applications. As a pioneer in developing RFID technology, OAT has been setting the standards in RFID for over half a decade and is responsible for industry firsts that include the "largest scale and largest scope of deployments, as well as the most innovative approaches to providing enterprisewide RFID solutions." OAT's multinational client base consists of over 100 customers in retail, CPG, consumer electronics, manufacturing, life sciences, aerospace, and defense. OAT is headquartered in Waltham, MA, and has a development office in Bangalore and various direct sales offices and resellers around the globe.


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