Wireless Applications

Omnitrol and BT Global Services to Collaborate

January 16, 2009

The strategic relationship will enable the delivery of real-time supply chain visibility solutions, including the next-generation GS1/EPC Global Application Network for work-in-process and global asset tracking.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Omnitrol Networks Inc., a leading provider of real-time application network platforms for business-process optimization and RFID-based asset track-and-trace solutions, announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with BT Global Services, a world leading provider of networked IT services.

The collaboration will enable BT Supply Chain Solutions to deliver enhanced and highly scalable real-time supply-chain, asset and operational visibility solutions using next-generation radio-frequency identification (RFID), wireless, and sensor technologies based on the Omnitrol Networks platform. The OMNITROL platform integrates a powerful Edge Application and Service Creation Engine (EASE) for delivering integrated real-time asset and work-in-process visibility solutions at a very competitive total cost of ownership.

"We are delighted to be working with Omnitrol as it will strengthen our existing capabilities within BT Supply Chain Solutions and enable us to better address our customers' requirements to improve the operational efficiency of their supply chains. The versatile OMNITROL platform allows BT Supply Chain Solutions to quickly customize solutions, and to meet individual customer needs," said Keith Sherry, GM, BT Supply Chain Solutions. "This will enable our customers to benefit from significant operational efficiency improvements, with the potential to reduce operating costs; improve real-time visibility of their products and reusable assets; and increase accuracy of order fulfillment resulting in improved customer service—all of which contribute to gaining and retaining competitive advantage."

The OMNITROL creates a secure peer-to-peer business application network across multi-site, multi-enterprise shop-floor operations into an integrated smart visibility infrastructure. The OMNITROL application network establishes a collaborative environment, with end-to-end real-time operational visibility between B2B partners. "In today's globally outsourced business climate, the demand for accurate planning through global operational visibility has become a critical priority for all organizations," added Sherry.

"The OMNITROL network appliance architecture lends itself very well to BT Global Services' network-based solutions and managed services strategy," said Raj Saksena, President and CEO of Omnitrol Networks. "We are privileged to be selected by BT Global Services, whose agile approach toward innovation is enabling the rapid adoption of global traceability services and solutions for tracking assets and supply chains, optimizing business performance, and improving overall customer satisfaction."

OMNITROL integrates seamlessly with passive and active RFID, ultra-wide band and Wi-Fi RTLS, mobile handhelds, PLCs, and sensors, providing automation and real-time analytics, visibility, and alerts directly from the shop floor without requiring any manual intervention or change to existing business processes. The OMNITROL Network removes middleware and back-end systems complexity by delivering a scalable real-time EPC-compliant asset tracking and pedigree capture infrastructure. The simple and versatile system is manageable from the shop floor and can substantially reduce the cost of ownership while providing powerful services, such as workflow service creation and emulation, and back-end integration, including Web-based device and service management.

About Omnitrol
Omnitrol Networks Inc. is a leading provider of complete EPC-based business application solutions for the wireless, RFID, and sensor automation market. The company's award-winning OMNITROL appliance and Edge Application and Services Engine (EASE) software have pioneered the market for "Always On" real-time operational visibility, traceability, and automation solutions. The OMNITROL's unique edge-centric solution architecture enables the industry's most flexible and reliable means to deploy scalable auto-ID application intelligent networks at the "lowest total cost of ownership in the market." Omnitrol Networks is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

About BT
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services, operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national, and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work, and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail, and BT Wholesale.

In the year ending March 31, 2008, BT Group's revenue was £20,704 million, with profit before taxation and specific items of £2,506 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.

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