EPCglobal recently announced that Microsoft BizTalk RFID has been certified and is fully compliant with the organization's EPCIS standard for event generation.
Designed to provide a scalable, extensible platform for development, deployment, and management of rich RFID and sensor solutions, Microsoft BizTalk RFID is an innovative device management and event processing platform at the edge of the enterprise. In conformance with the EPCIS standard, it harmonizes internal auto-ID serialization with auto-ID event information from external trading and regulatory partners, leveraging a scalable and proven real-time, event-driven engine.
EPCIS allows for the seamless, secure capture and exchange of data at every point in the lifecycle of goods and services. By providing a standard set of interfaces for EPC data, EPCIS enables a single way to capture and share information, while still allowing the flexibility for industry and organization-specific implementations. EPCIS supports powerful business cases and consumer benefits such as container tracking, product authentication, promotions management, baggage tracking, electronic proof of delivery, chain of custody, returns management and operations management.
"Microsoft has been a leader in adopting open standards in its RFID application platform," said Nicholas Fergusson, Director of the Certification Program at EPCglobal Inc. "Microsoft BizTalk RFID object event generation complies fully with the EPCIS standard, which means it can be used by enterprises to securely and efficiently capture event data which can then be shared with trading partners who are also using EPCIS-compliant solutions."
"Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 provides a low cost, enterprise ready, scaleable RFID application platform that spans from mobile devices to personal computers to servers," said Sudhir Hasbe, Senior Product Manager of BizTalk Server at Microsoft Corporation "With EPCIS certification and compliance, companies of all sizes are now able to participate in sharing auto-ID information across organizational boundaries."
"With more than 8,000 successful deployments of Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft is now capable of enabling whole industries to rapidly adopt global supply chain standards such as EPCIS and significantly improve collaboration and realized value" said John Keogh, Senior Vice-President of EPCglobal Canada.
The EPCIS standard was ratified in April 2007 and conformance testing began in September 2007. To be certified as EPCIS-compliant, a solution must pass a battery of tests that target a set of interfaces defined in the EPCIS standard. These tests include HTTP Capture Application, HTTP Capture Server, Query Control over HTTP, Query Callback to HTTP, and HTTPs destinations. Testing is conducted on EPCglobal's behalf by an independent company, MetLabs.
EPCglobal is a subsidiary of the global not-for-profit supply chain standards organization GS1. For more information about the EPCglobal Software Certification Program, please visit http://www.epcglobalinc.org/certification.