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Startup Raves on RFID

Startup Reva Systems Corp. emerged from stealth today, pinning its hopes on the burgeoning market for radio frequency identification (RFID) products.

RFID has been much hyped as a tracking technology that's hardier, easier to implement, and more flexible than bar-code scanning. The technology is taking hold among retailers and manufacturers. Wal-Mart, for example, gave its top 100 suppliers a January 1st deadline for RFID compliance.

However, as more and more users look to deploy RFID, the amount of data generated by the RFID readers that are used to draw information from RFID-tagged items could place a major strain on servers and storage, as inventory movements potentially generate millions of transactions (see Middleware Players Eye RFID). Earlier this year, analyst firm IDC warned that the success of future RFID rollouts rests on the ability of enterprise networks to cope with the influx of data (see IDC: RFID Success Depends on Networks).

Enter Reva Systems, which plans to offer a specialized device positioned behind Ethernet switches connected to the RFID readers. Essentially, the box will collect, process, and store data, easing the strain on back-end servers, according to Reva CTO Dave Husak, who promised that the device will make its debut sometime later this year. We’re committed to launching the product within 60 to 90 days,” he says.

Husak refuses to explain exactly how the device will work, but he confirms that the box will have its own internal storage. Reva Systems is touting this technology approach as the Tag Acquisition Network (TAN), although Husak doesn't say what the new product will be called.

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