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BEA Bags ConnecTerra

As users wrestle with the demands of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) deployments, BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) today snapped up middleware startup ConnecTerra to meet market demand for RFID control.

Keeping track of the masses of data generated by RFID devices poses a potential nightmare for data center managers. More users are looking to specialist software, known as middleware, to tie their disparate systems together and make sense of the imminent RFID data explosion. Middleware summarizes the data, and manages the RFID reader devices and tags.

ConnecTerra offers a range of software to collect and manage data from these devices.

Todays deal is hardly a surprise. BEA has talked about building RFID capabilities into its own portfolio of software products for some time now. (See Middleware Players Eye RFID.)

Speaking on a conference call this morning, Marge Breya, BEA’s chief marketing officer, promised that products based on ConnecTerra’s technology will be available in the fourth quarter.

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