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BizTalk RFID Provider Development

Plug and Play RFID, BizTalk style

Microsoft BizTalk RFID with its consistent device experience has the potential to change the game for the reach and ubiquity of RFID & sensor solutions in a manner that no other RFID middleware platform in the market can today. The Microsoft device experience is enabled through a framework, called the Device Service Provider Interface [DSPI]. S3Edge is uniquely positioned to assist device manufacturers in creating high quality implementations of the DSPI. The following information describes the unique value proposition of S3Edge to build and deliver these device providers both for fixed and mobile reader vendors, and our approach to integrating devices with BizTalk RFID.

Philosophy: It just works. BizTalk RFID without providers is like windows without drivers. The driver analogy is actually an accurate way to think about a DSPI provider. It is a system level component that is responsible for the "last mile" interaction with devices. It requires the same attention to detail that a driver does, stability issues at the DSPI layer affect the entire application stack above. "It just works", is the best way to describe great driver implementations, and would apply to the DSPI provider too.

 
 

A comprehensive device integration strategy for your devices and sensors

Below is a snapshot of the services provided by S3Edge for turnkey development of device providers:

Functional providers (end to end provider, suitable for use in POCs and small engagements):

  • On demand tag command operations
  • Autonomous tag operations
  • Basic RFID Manager Integration and support for standard DSPI properties
  • Application-level configuration settings [power level, enable/disable antennas]
  • On demand tag printing support
  • Basic metadata support and provider configuration
  • Manual discovery of devices
  • Installer / cab package for easy installation and upgrades using ClickOnce
  • Support for one wire-protocol / family of devices with similar capabilities
  • Testing on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003
  • Manual DSPI provider certification requirements and IHV toolkit


Production Ready Providers (enterprise-ready provider, with all features in the functional category and the following additional features):

  • Automatic discovery of devices [assuming device supports it]
  • GPIO functionality
  • Custom properties exposed by the reader
  • Custom events exposed by the reader
  • Device reboot and reset to factory settings
  • Support for DSPI and custom management events
  • Microsoft DSPI simulator plug-in implementation
  • Automated DSPI provider certification requirements [requires plug-in above]
  • Additional hardware innovations that need to be surfaced as DSPI vendor extensions
  • Support for multiple wire protocols and model-specific features


Provider Support Services (turnkey development for additional tools for a great out of box experience and scalable deployment):

  • Tools for automatic configuration of providers and devices
  • Sample solution kits to enable developers to get started with device features
  • Troubleshooting tools and workflows
  • Localization
  • IPV6 Support
  • Firmware management
  • Support for additional platforms [XP Embedded, specific versions of windows CE]


End to end solutions (end to end solutions that showcase the hardware integration):

  • Hardware partner provides solution specification
  • Turnkey software engagement to define or re-platform the solution to work over BizTalk RFID
  • Implement all provider features required by the solution
  • End to end testing of the provider in the context of the solution


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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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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 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 is our most preferred RFID technical partner

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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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"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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"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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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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"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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"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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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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