AT&T Offers RFID To Business Customers

AT&T Inc., through its subsidiary Sterling Commerce, will design and deploy RFID services and networks for business customers. Last week AT&T announced that its goal is to provide customers standardized RFID technology by accelerating the mass adoption of RFID through the evolution to universal sensor networks. AT&T is partnering with Intel, BEA Systems and Symbol Technologies.

AT&T and its partners are currently conducting customer trials, scheduled for completion by mid-2006, to devise network solutions that incorporate end-to-end services for RFID networks across diverse hardware platforms, operating systems, applications and databases.

"As RFID becomes more widely deployed, network reliability, security and data integrity become increasingly critical," said Eric Shepcaro, senior vice president, business development of AT&T. "And for most companies, the task of ensuring those three things will be overwhelming and complex, especially across multiple hardware platforms and configurations and diverse supplier and partner networks and databases. We're leveraging our investments and expertise in managing and securing networks, including Sterling Commerce supply chain solution that encompass warehouse management, multi-channel order management and, with the acquisition of Nistevo, transportation management solutions, to transform the way companies use RFID and sensor-based technology to manage their business."

AT&T and its partners are working with RFID standards groups including the Internet Engineering Task Force and EPCglobal US to improve the manageability and protocol support of RFID devices.


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