The Sun Electronic Product Code (EPC) Initiative offers services,
software and hardware -- a complete package -- that distinguish it from
other solutions for EPC applications and for the EPC Network. The
package includes Savant software, a federated service architecture that
enables dynamic provisioning of software components at run time; the
SunTM ONE Integration Server (now Sun JavaTM System Integration Server), which acts as middleware between Savant
and other applications requiring Savant data; and, of course, the
SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS), along with the Linux OS.
Sun Microsystems was a member from the beginning of the Auto-ID Center
(now the EPCglobal organization), which has resulted in the expertise
necessary to assist customers requiring EPC solutions, whether they be
at the proof-of-concept stage or are ready for implementation.
Companies will need to know not only where their assets are, but also
need to share that information with their trading partners for
seamless, efficient and secure business transactions. The EPC Network
is designed to enable trading partners to track and trace items
automatically throughout the supply chain, providing businesses with an
unprecedented real-time view of their assets and inventories, wherever
they are in the supply chain, and resulting in added operational
efficiencies and enhanced brand protection efforts. The EPC Network is
concerned with far more than mere supply chain efficiencies and instead
enables safe and secure supply chains with applications that address
counterfeiting, tampering, terrorism and regulatory compliance, among
Sun is convinced that the course for EPC solutions lies in integrating
real-time inputs from the use of EPC technology with existing business
processes and enterprise assets. This direction puts Sun well ahead of
the field that is still focusing on the physics of RFID or, beyond
that, on the use of middleware to filter, aggregate and collate events
for the generation of basic reports.
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