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What Is BizTalk RFID?

RFID (radio frequency identification) technology is expected to significantly transform the way an enterprise runs its business. The availability of real-time information provides many possibilities, and the number of areas where RFID could add value is continuously increasing.

Microsoft is addressing this critical area by providing a comprehensive RFID platform, Microsoft BizTalk RFID, to enable RFID-based applications across various business contexts. BizTalk RFID consists of a runtime engine, tools, and components to develop, deploy, and manage RFID solutions. Although the tag-and-ship mandates (putting an RFID label on a case just before it is shipped from a supplier's facility to a retailer's facility) of major retailers might be the most common scenario, several other scenarios are gaining momentum. These include:

  • Asset tracking

  • Inventory visibility

  • Point-of-sale analytics

  • Pedigree tracking

  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance

BizTalk RFID architecture is designed to help software developers and device-provider developers easily develop and deploy RFID solutions of varying degrees of complexity. It is integrated with the Microsoft Windows Server System and is supported on the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Vista SP2 operating system.

One of the important features of BizTalk RFID is that it can effectively interface with a broad range of software and hardware components from independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) to build enterprise applications. BizTalk RFID is an open platform that many IHVs, ISVs, and system integrators use.

Device Service Provider Interface

RFID-enabled devices can use BizTalk RFID through the Device Service Provider Interface (DSPI), which provides uniform device abstraction and enables BizTalk RFID to communicate and manage many different devices.

For more information, see RFID Provider Architecture.

RFID Programming Model and APIs

ISVs build RFID-based solutions in BizTalk RFID by using the RFID programming model and a rich set of application programming interfaces (APIs) for event processing.

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