ThingMagic, Inc., developer of radio frequency identification (RFID) sensing and embedded computing technologies, is supporting Sun Microsystems in an RFID demonstration at the JavaOne Developer Conference in San Francisco, with Sun Java System RFID Software running on Mercury4 RFID readers. ThingMagic Mercury4 RFID readers are being used along with the new Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) of the Sun Java System RFID Software to showcase how Java technology and RFID readers can act together to reduce complexity of RFID deployments.
The demonstration of the Mercury4 RFID reader, one of the leading RFID readers on the market today, coupled with Java ME and the Sun Java System RFID Software, shows how intelligent RFID readers can enable greater levels of sophistication in processing information. Intelligent readers support real-time processing at the edge of RFID networks -- reducing the need for expensive personal computers and multiple layers of middleware in RFID systems.
"Sun's leadership in Java technology for devices, combined with the Sun Java System RFID Software, enables a new class of RFID devices that help companies further reduce cost and complexity in their RFID deployments," said Sam Liu, Director of RFID Product Management at Sun. "This new platform enables higher levels of intelligence to be developed directly on the device, thereby pushing data processing further into the edge."
"This is great news for Java developers tasked with customizing RFID pilots and deployments, and for companies that have developed Java-based RFID middleware," said Kevin Ashton, VP Marketing for ThingMagic. "Java allows developers to shorten the development cycle, saving time and money by accelerating RFID system deployments. This enables enterprises to reap the rewards associated with supply chain, logistics and tracking that often increase competitive advantage."
"Launched in 2004, ThingMagic's Mercury4 was the world's first RFID reader with an operating system, and the first to allow open access to RFID developers," Ashton added. "ThingMagic has always embraced open development environments, which is why we chose to build our products on Linux. Now, through these demonstrations, we've shown we can add another layer of open functionality, to reduce costs and increase performance for RFID users everywhere."
In addition to Java ME, ThingMagic's Mercury4 RFID readers feature an advanced, Linux-based operating system (MercuryOS) that allows for third-party development, including projects that utilize the EPCglobal Generation 2 RFID standard. Mercury4 RFID readers also support multiple protocols and multiple antennas, and read any tag, with no compromise in performance. Mercury4 is the only RFID reader currently in volume production that is fully upgradeable to EPC Generation 2 using software alone.