Application Vendors – offer software ranging from RFID-enabled applications for warehouse and asset management to more robust RFID middleware solutions for reader coordination, data filtering, and business logic capabilities
Reader and device management: RFID middleware should allow users to configure, monitor, deploy, and issue commands directly to readers through a common interface.
Data management. Once RFID middleware captures EPC data from readers, it must be able to intelligently filter and route it to the appropriate destinations. This capability should include both low-level logic like filtering out duplicate reads and more complex algorithms like content-based routing
Process management and application development: Instead of just routing RFID data to business applications, sophisticated RFID middleware platforms will actually orchestrate RFID-related end-to-end processes that touch multiple applications and/or enterprises, like inventory replenishment. Key process management and composite application development features include workflow, role management, process automation, and UI development tools.
Packaged RFID content. RFID middleware platforms that include packaged routing logic, product data schemas, and integration with typical RFID-related applications and processes like shipping, receiving, and asset tracking are major assets
Architecture scalability and administration. This means that RFID middleware platforms must include features for dynamically balancing processing loads across multiple servers and automatically rerouting data upon server failure. These features should span all tiers of the architecture — even the edge devices
Manhattan Associates, OAT, and SAP lead with strong mandate solutions
Pure plays like GlobeRanger and ConnecTerra also offer viable solutions for early adopters. But unlike OATSystems, these vendor offer “pure” middleware solutions that provide strong reader integration capabilities and APIs for publishing RFID data to back-end applications and typically incorporate less packaged application logic like EPC track-and-trace tools.