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Getting Started

The first step on the path to RFID-enabling your core business processes is to schedule a no-cost assessment from S3Edge. This assessment involves the following:

  • An on-site visit by S3Edge staff (typically full day visit).
  • The primary objective for this visit is for S3Edge to observe and understand the physical movement of items as they flow through the operation and to understand and quantify the business efficiency lost and costs resulting from the lack of visibility of asset movement events.
  • A follow-up report and demonstration will be developed that includes the following:
    1. Restatement of the key business problems observed and recommendation for how RFID technology can be applied to address those problems.
    2. Overview of the solution architecture proposed including software, hardware, RFID technology (readers & tags), customization/integration services, and enterprise system integration points.
    3. A parameterized cost estimate model for the solution will be developed and include software license fees, RFID reader and tag costs, customization/integration costs, and ongoing maintenance and support costs.
    4. A parameterized return on investment calculator that incorporates both the estimated cost of the system as well as its expected returns.
    5. Identification of any risk areas or areas where additional information is needed before a detailed quote can be provided.
    6. A set of recommended next steps
  • A demonstration of key workflows will also be provided upon the completion of the assessment using a light-weight customization of Spotlight Real Time Visibility and Control system to demonstrate how the system is envisioned to operate.

If risk areas or additional information is needed prior providing a detailed quote for a full system deployment, the recommendation will be to launch Phase-0 project with S3Edge.  This engagement will focus on resolving the risk areas and obtaining the missing information identified during the assessment phase and typically involves S3Edge performing the following activities:

  • Procure, calibrate and install a set of RFID readers and antenna at the client’s facility as needed for the Phase-0 project.  Typically this hardware is provided on an on-loan basis for the duration of the Phase-0 project.
  • Procure and provide a set of sample RFID tags to be used in the evaluation effort.
  • Install and configure evaluation copies of the S3Edge Spotlight and Microsoft platform software (SQL Server, BizTalk RFID Server, BizTalk RFID Mobile, Silverlight, etc.) on a server physically located at the client’s facility.
  • The primary focus of the Phase-0 effort is to deploy an observational system to monitor/confirm tag readability, monitor/confirm that the physical movement of items is well understood and that the proposed approach can be integrated easily within the existing operational workflows.
  • The observational system and tests will be run for a period of time which can range from several days to several months depending on the information need to confirm, characterize and resolve the risk areas identified in the assessment.
  • At the end of the Phase-0 project, a report is created which includes:
    1. A refinement of the material produced after the assessment phase - including a better quantification of the business problems an update and and solution architecture
    2. The parameterized return on investment calculator will also be updated to incorporate the new information captured during the Phase-0 engagement.
    3. A detailed cost quote for the full deployment including software licenses, RFID reader and tag costs, customization/integration services cost estimates, and ongoing maintenance and support costs will also be provided.
    4. Finely, a recommended phase deployment plan and first estimate of the project plan will be provided.

When you are ready for the full deployment S3Edge is there to be your single source provider for the end-to-end solution with the products and services including the following:

  • Package Software Licenses
    1. S3Edge SpotLight Software (Spotlight Server, Spotlight Mobile and Spotlight Synchronization Server)
    2. Imbedded Microsoft Runtime Licenses (BizTalk RFID & SQL  Server)
    3. Industry solution “starter applications” for selected markets
  • Professional Services
    1. Industry solution configuration, customization, and deployment services to extend the “starter application” with customer-specific business logic as needed
    2. Installation, integration and deployment services to deploy the application in the customers environment (legacy system integration services)
  • Annual Support
    1. Bug fixes, service packs, and feature releases
    2. Telephone hotline
    3. Hardware and software support
  • RFID Hardware and Tags (optional)
    1. Fixed, handheld, and vehicle mount RFID readers and accessories
    2. RFID tags
  • Hosting Services (optional)
    1. Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure
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We are extremely pleased to team up with S3Edge to put this exciting system development into the hands of our clients. Our unified, best-of-breed approach, which brings together Access Solutions’ deep domain expertise in the FME industry and S3Edge’s Spotlight technology for RFID-based asset tracking, as well as their systems integration bench strength and expertise, will deliver unparalleled levels of efficiencies across the enterprise

Kelvin Mann,
President  & CEO, Access Solutions

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S3 Edge’s unique capabilities and deep understanding of Microsoft’s Mobile RFID platform was crucial in deploying a turnkey solution at RiteCare pharmacy for warehouse visibility – their ability to go from design to fully operational in 60-90 days at the customer site is a testament of their abilities to show demonstrable ROI and lower the barrier to rapid solution deployment.

Judy Huang
Product Manager RFID
Unitech Electronics Co., LTD

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"The expertise and credibility of the S3Edge team made it an easy choice for us to engage with them to build out our device provider capabilities for the BizTalk RFID platform. In addition, their ability to deliver ‘80% done, 20% customizable’ software solutions via their rich RTVS solution framework is a much needed piece of the puzzle in enabling our integrators to deliver high-value, complex solutions in a repeatable cookie-cutter manner, with lesser custom code"

Sal Scafidi
Strategic Business Manager
Omron RFID Division
United Technologies

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The RFID system provided equivalent capabilities to those of IPR in terms of detecting and resolving process errors. It additionally provided the blood bank staff real-time visibility for blood products in transit from the hospital blood bank to the point-of-care and in remote storage in our emergency department.

Dr. Thomas J. Raife,
MD, Clinical Professor & Medical Director,
UIHC DeGowin Blood Center

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Our strategic partnership with S3Edge allows Microsoft BizTalk RFID users to exploit the Speedway® reader’s advanced capabilities and performance. I highly recommend S3Edge as a partner to work with in building end-to-end solutions on the Microsoft RFID platform.

Daniel Bowman
Sr. Marketing Manager, Impinj, Inc

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"We selected S3Edge after evaluating solution providers based on their experience, and ability to deliver a mission-critical, large-scale enterprise application focused on the operator and the flow of work in our existing processes. Thanks to this approach and S3Edge's focus on delivering to commitments, the project benefits were realized within three months of launch with little to no re-engineering required. The system has been running live in a high velocity, dynamic manufacturing environment for over a year with no issues"

Balaji Suresh
Materials Manager, and project sponsor
United Technologies

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"S3Edge's commitment to quality, flexibility, and RFID domain expertise in deploying enterprise-ready software in an operationally challenging environment using a variety of devices, is second to none. Their approach to deploying a scalable Real-Time Visibility & Control System has allowed us to take a complex, emerging technology and convert it into a competitive advantage for our business and customers"

James Chan
General Manager

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"S3Edge is a key partner in developing packaged solutions that fully utilize the capabilities of the Microsoft BizTalk RFID platforms to address real-world customer need. Their Spotlight product is a good example of how partners are innovating to deliver complete end-to-end solutions for customers on the Microsoft Application Platform, across the globe"

Sudhir Hasbe

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S3Edge continues to raise the bar in the area of software innovation to address customer needs. The support for Android-based devices for our transfusion medicine RFID applications will give healthcare professionals in our field an easy, well-understand interface to quickly adopt a new set of auto-ID applications aimed at cutting costs and eliminating errors in the blood supply chain. This new-paradigm is going to be the game-changer in the adoption of RFID based applications in Healthcare.

Clive Hohberger
RFID Systems Architect,
Blood Center of Wisconsin

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We are extremely pleased to team up with S3Edge to design, and develop this innovative application for the transfusion medicine industry. Our collaborative, best-of-breed approach, which brings together the domain expertise in Transfusion Medicine practices and S3Edge's software strength, will deliver unparalleled levels of efficiencies for blood centers and hospitals across their supply chain operations


Rodeina Davis
Vice-President & CIO, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

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The S3Edge's RTVS based WiP (work in process) solution delivered on the promise of real visibility, real time in record time to enable GKB (Carl Zeiss Vision JV partner) to continue to raise the bar in the level of service .The WIP solution was delivered at ZEISS Brand Lab at Goa (a Carl Zeiss "Star One" accredited lab). In addition to enabling fewer delayed orders, and a multi-fold increase in customer satisfaction with a RFID based solution on the manufacturing floor, S3 is also closely working with us on designing innovative solution for our retail stores in India to further increase our customer value.

Manish Soni
General Manager
GKB Hi-Tech Lenses Pvt. Ltd.

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S3Edge's packaged asset tracking software has enabled us to go from assessing technical feasibility to building out a set of applications that address the operational needs of blood centers and hospitals in a relatively short period of time. Their technical abilities and experience in deploying enterprise-ready applications has helped the consortium deliver on the promise of a packaged mission critical solution to improve the safety and efficiency of our nation's blood supply


Tina Chang
CEO, SysLogic Inc.

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S3Edge has helped Motorola take our partnership with Microsoft BizTalk RFID to the next level.

Matt Eschbach
Global Strategic Alliance Manager
Motorola Enterprise Mobility Business

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Thanks to the outstanding work of the entire consortium team, we have successfully piloted the new system to track blood products as they move from fixed and mobile donation sites, through the blood center and to distribution. After 24 weeks of running the system in a pilot mode here at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, we have seen process efficiency and traceability gains, as well as marked improvements in reconciliation

Lynne Briggs
Vice President and
Chief Information Officer,
Blood Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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S3 Edge's RTVS capabilities enabled RiteCare Pharmacy to envision, design and implement game-changing business processes. The S3 Edge RTVS software built on Microsoft BizTalk platform has enabled us to cut down our cycle times to ship by 50%, eliminate errors due to mis-ships, and double our throughput times. This innovative real-time visibility platform for warehouse ensures RiteCare can now scale rapidly in the future to fulfill our promise of a quality pharmacy in every neighborhood with wide variety of medicines.

Seshu Guddanti
Managing Director of RiteCare

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S3 Edge is our most preferred RFID technical partner

Kian NG
SOA, Process Platform & RFID Solutions Sales - ASIA Lead
Microsoft Asia Pacific

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  Spotlight based RFID Software provides an automated method of identifying the movement of assets across various locations by deploying a packaged inventory-tracking solution across various devices, that can then be customized for specific business-process workflows.