From the "What on Earth are you waiting for?" department:
Today IBM is announcing two new ETTK releases that highlight IBM's ongoing interest and commitment to RFID and RFID-related technologies. The RFID Device Development Kit (RFID-DDK) and the Application Level Events (ALE) Preview for RFID are the first RFID packages to be made available on the IBM alphaWorks site.
Here is a quick overview of these two RFID offerings, their unique qualities and their benefits. Both of these packages are available as part of the IBM Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK):
- Application Level Events (ALE) Preview for RFID is one of the first offerings to support the ALE standard ratified by EPCGlobal in September, which helps to filter raw EPC data genearated by RFID readers into only the most relevant and reduce data load on applications that process EPC data. This Preview also helps developers specify the filtering, collection and reporting requirements of EPC tags from RFID readers declaratively without constantly writing and re-writing code. It is also another example of IBM commitment to open, standards-based RFID solutions and infrastructure. The free download package is available at
- The RFID Device Development Kit (RFID-DDK) consists of an OSGi-based infrastructure, tooling and examples that together make up the core of IBM's RFID Edge-of-Network software solution. When integrated with IBM Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition, a complete development environment is provided that allows the user to explore the infrastructure, learn about the included technologies and APIs, and develop support for new devices. Extensive examples, simulators and tutorials are included that allow the user to write code to support new imaginary devices, or to interface with the real physical hardware without the need for a physical Premises server or Edge Controller. The infrastructure can also be extended by the user to modify its behavior to model solution-specific business processes and requirements. The free download package is available at http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/rfiddevice.
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