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  • 1. Integrating RFID with your Mainframe November 2004
  • 2. Agenda
    • RFID Review
    • Integrating RFID
    • The Lightyear Solution
    • Demonstration
  • 3. RFID Timeline |_____________________________________|_____________| 1940’s Jun 2003 Jan 2005 RFID developed in WWII to uniquely identify aircraft Wal-Mart declares that top 100 suppliers must prepare to implement RFID Top suppliers of Wal-Mart and DoD must now use RFID
  • 4. What is RFID?
    • Radio Frequency Identification
      • Tag (with an antenna)
      • Reader
      • Host computer
    • Tag is programmed with information
    • Reader automatically picks up the information when the tag is within range
  • 5. Tag Classes
    • Class 0 – Read only, 96 bit
    • Class 1 – Read/Write, 96 bit
    • Class 2 – Read/Write, 256 bit
    • Class 3 – Read/Write, with battery
    • Class 4 – Read/Write, active transmitter
  • 6. EPC Code
    • Electronic Product Code
    • Global standard
    • Example of Type 1, 96 bit (as required by Wal-Mart)
      • Header (2 bits)
      • EPC Manager (28 bits)
      • Object Class (24 bits)
      • Serial Number (36 bits)
  • 7. RFID Impact
    • 70% of large companies with at least $5 billion in annual sales will begin RFID timelines and initiatives within the next 18 months
    • 25% of those will spend between $500,000 and $10 million on RFID adoption in 2004 (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu)
    • RFID will generate a large volume of new transactions
    • It must be integrated with existing supply chain and other critical business applications as part of a complete end-to-end solution
    • Some customers have a perception that it will be difficult to integrate RFID with mainframe legacy systems.
  • 8. Integration is the Key
    • Without integration RFID will create another vertical silo that impedes the flow of information within an organization.
    • “ An enterprise whose business processes - integrated end-to-end across the company and with key partners, suppliers and customers - can respond with speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external threat.”
    • — Sam Palmisano
  • 9. Comprehensive Integration
    • Any RFID device to any backend system.
    Any Backend CICS, DB2, IMS Linux/Unix/AIX AS/400 Windows Any RFID Device Handheld (Palm or Windows CE) Fixed Any Communication Format XML, ECI,Text …
  • 10. Lightyear’s Strengths
    • Lightyear’s work with RFID builds upon our significant experience with;
      • Mainframe software including CICS, IMS, DB2 and MQ
      • Wireless technologies and wireless connectivity to the mainframe
      • Integration of data and applications across multiple platforms
  • 11. Architecture (Development) Mapping Database Designer (Workbench) CICS End user CICS Connector runtime and mapping database on handheld devices CICS application information (Copybook) Database Synchronization
  • 12. Architecture (Runtime) Mapping Database CICS (CTG on z/OS) CTG on a distributed platform End user CICS Connector runtime and mapping database on handheld devices Wireless communication
  • 13. V2.1 Enhancements Mapping Database Copybook Workbench Database Synchronization (HotSync) Wireless application Generation Palm OS LCWC Runtime Module Mapping Database in Palm DB Smart Label
  • 14. Features and Requirements
    • No programming required on the handheld device
      • Map and transaction attributes will be generated by the workbench
    • Communicate with CICS Transaction Gateway
      • CICS Transaction Gateway is used to communicate with CICS
      • TS 2.2 customers have the option to run ECI over TCP/IP
    • No modifications to the server applications
    • No additional S/W on the handheld device
      • communication security (SSL, VPN) is provided on the handheld OS
    • User authentication and authorization can be handled on the runtime module
    • Mapping database is reusable for the various handheld devices
      • no need to regenerate for each different device (Palm, PocketPC ...)
    • Supports various devices
      • RFID reader, Barcode scanner, MS card reader
  • 15. Product Packaging
    • Map Workbench (Designer)
      • Runs on any Java platform
      • Currently Java stand-alone application (Java SDK V1.4 required)
      • WSAD Plug-in is in development (4Q 04)
      • Build map tables and ship them to the user
    • Runtime (User)
      • Consists of data synchronization module and handheld application
      • Palm device Available now Contains runtime and utilities
      • Windows CE device Under development now (4Q 04)
  • 16. Workbench - Features
    • Map generation utility
      • Create, manage, and export
    • GUI interface
      • Focus on usability, reusability, efficiency
      • Designer can create the menu navigation
    • Wizard driven
      • COPYBOOK parsing
    • Can define input sources (Bar code, RFID,...)
    • Tool designed for a map designer
    • Most platforms are supported
    • Independent of LCWC runtime
  • 17. Runtime - Palm Device
    • Consists of Palm application and Conduit
    • Emulate maps using Palm UI elements on the fly
    • No additional S/W required
      • Uses Palm database
      • Security S/W based on customer requirements
    • Provides local user authentication (optional)
    • Features
      • Input save and automatic retrieve
      • Screen save with or without the data
      • Create menu navigation based on the designer definition
      • Provides exit code to handle exceptions
      • Can modify host connection information
      • Can select external devices such as Bar Code, RFID devices
  • 18. RFID interface RFID device platform LCWC runtime RFID driver
    • Define a RFID device
    • Define RFID fields
    • Define a Host Message (Copybook)
    • Read EPC data
    • Send EPC data to Mainframe
    RFID reader or controller Mapping Database
  • 19. Utilities
    • Install/Remove utility
      • Standard windows installer
      • Prepare Hotsync for the runtime module and sample database
      • Requires HotSync twice for the module and sample data
    • User set up utility
      • Sets up a LCWC environment for the user
      • Transparent
        • Specify a user
    • Table Copy utility
      • Pushes table data (database) to the HotSync folder of the selected user
      • Transparent Specify location of table source and a user Then HotSync to refresh the database in the Palm device
  • 20. Utilities User Setup Utility Table Copy Utility Setup Utility
  • 21. Customer Scenario
    • Distribution company is implementing RFID
    • Mission critical CICS inventory application on z/OS
    • Additional important applications on AIX and AS/400 platforms
    • Plan to use hand-held readers to scan incoming pallets at the receiving dock
    • Need to integrate the information captured by RFID with the existing CICS application
  • 22. Demonstration
    • Development
      • Define relationship between RFID and CICS
        • Automatically parse I/O messages using Cobol Copybook
      • Create GUI objects for the RFID device
      • Export the database
    • Runtime
      • Demonstrate the RFID reader connecting to the CICS backend
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  • 31. Next Steps
    • Analysts recommend a 2 phase plan;
      • Start simple and address a single requirement
      • Leverage your success by enabling additional applications and extending the integration
  • 32. Pilot Projects
    • Lightyear can help you implement a pilot project to evaluate RFID connectivity to your mainframe or other backend systems
    • You may be a candidate to participate in our beta program to evaluate and help set the direction for our RFID tools ... ask us how you can take part in this exciting opportunity
  • 33. Conclusions
    • RFID will have a major impact
    • For some customers it will be a necessity, for others it represents an opportunity to improve efficiencies and reduce costs
    • Integration is the key to a successful RFID implementation
    • Lightyear has the tools and experience to help you
  • 34. To Contact Us
    • Brian Lee (403) 208-6415
      • [email_address]
    • Steve Hunn (480) 515-1498
      • [email_address]