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IBM AlphaWorks Releases RFID Tools

To help lessen the skills gap that exists with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, IBM has announced a trio of free tools and training resources available for developers, solution providers and consultants. Downloadable from AlphaWorks, IBM's online outlet for emerging technologies, the tools assist with the development, testing, deployment and management of RFID solutions.

"RFID can be daunting," says Chris Spencer, emerging technologies strategist at IBM AlphaWorks. "It's a bit of a conundrum for the [channel] community, trying to increase its skill set to stay on top of the growing demand. We packaged technologies together to accelerate the learning curve."

IBM's new offerings comprise:

  • The RFID Integrated Solution Enablement (RISE) tool, which allows developers to simulate how an RFID solution would function in a particular environment, using the Websphere graphical user interface. RISE also includes a testing component and resources to assist with deployment.
  • The RFID Device Development Toolkit, which incorporates a repository of more than 300 RFID-specific resources, technical articles and tutorials that detail the steps involved in the proper development of RFID applications. It also notes the constraints associated with developing to mobile devices, such as limited memory and proprietary operating systems.
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