SYWARE at MEDC 2005 will present cooperation of Visual CE mobile database with RFIDMay 05, 2005 [General]
RFID technology is a succcessor to barcode scanning and since many Pocket PC and Windows CE devices are nowadays used also in industrial applications (not just in consumer market as Symbian), therefore it is good to learn that SYWARE will present RFID solution for such devices. Soon SQL Server Mobile edition will be embedded in each Windows Mobile device and then Syware may have problem competing with Microsoft's own mobile database, so they really need to innovate more and provide more features than Microsoft...
MEDC 2005 conference (that starts next Monday) is a big milestone in history of Microsoft Mobile devices - after all Windows Mobile 2005 (codename Magneto) will be presented there. However also we can expect news stories from several other companies too... here comes the first... Information from Syware follows.
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SYWARE to Display Mobile Database Software Interoperability with Socket Communications’ RFID Reader Card at Microsoft Mobile and Embedded DevCon Show
SYWARE, Inc., announced it will exhibit at the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded DevCon Show (MEDC 2005) to display interoperability between the company’s Visual CE mobile database software and Socket Communications’ CompactFlash RFID Reader Card. SYWARE rapidly mobilizes information between the enterprise and the field and rapidly converts paper-based or PC processes into mobile applications, without programming, that can be deployed on any Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Windows CE device. Socket’s RFID Reader Card allows users to add RFID capabilities for Pocket PC applications. Socket’s RFID Reader Card product reads and writes to all ISO 15693 and many proprietary 13.56Mhz RFID tags being used or deployed for asset tracking, access control, process control, healthcare, medical, pharmaceutical and other applications.
This news follows SYWARE’s previous announcement that the company’s customer, Reflex, successfully deployed SYWARE’s Visual CE to mobilize information, allowing Reflex representatives service Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Canadian Tire Corporation (TSX: CTR.NV), Rona, Inc. (TSX: RON) and others. Socket’s RFID Reader card is supported by SocketScan keyboard wedge software that sends the RFID tag ID to any Windows application as virtual keystrokes. An additional application allows reading and writing to the accessible tag memory blocks.
“We welcome the opportunity to continue our relationship with Socket as we believe a combination of SYWARE and Socket technology can address a booming RFID marketplace,” said Sy Danberg, President, SYWARE, Inc. Large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are reportedly making plans to require their suppliers to start equipping arriving pallets and cases with RFID devices soon. Venture Development Corporation (VDC), a market research and strategy firm specializing in the RFID industry, estimates that the RFID industry will grow at a five year compound annual growth rate of 22.6%, putting the market size at about $2.7 billion in 2007. The interest in RFID has reached an all-time high, and large retailers and CPG firms like Wal-Mart, Gillette, and Procter & Gamble are stepping up the timetable for broader adoption of the technology.
“Using Visual CE in conjunction with Socket’s RFID Reader Card enables companies to quickly implement cost-effective, easy-to-use mobile RFID scanning solutions,” said Jack Brandon, Senior Business Manager, Barcode & RFID Products, Socket Communications. “Our RFID Reader Card and Visual CE enables companies to significantly improve the speed and efficiency of all their mobile data entry processes, whether in inventory control, field force automation, logistics, transportation, or health care.”
Visual CE’s intuitive, drag-and-drop interface allows users to create powerful data collection and information access applications. When used in conjunction with Socket’s RFID Reader Card, customers now have a quick and convenient way to capture and access indispensable data.
Once RFID data is entered into Visual CE, reports can be created using SYWARE’s Report CE, the world’s only reporting writing tool for Pocket PCs. Report CE allows users to quickly design and share professional reports in exactly the format required. Reports can be emailed as text attachments, or displayed and printed in color, providing a professional look and feel for the end product. Visual CE can also be integrated with mEnable, SYWARE’s wireless architecture, extending Windows Mobile software applications with real-time, interactive access to server data allowing mobile devices to be easily integrated with business processes.
For more on Visual CE, visit http://www.syware.com/lp/visualce