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Project Reference: GHS/054/04
Project Title: RFID Enablement Middleware for Enterprise Applications
Hosting Institution: The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Abstract: Technological and market forces have driven enterprises to reassess and reinvent their supply-chains. Leading edge global retailers and manufacturers are increasingly leveraging exciting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to reach superior supply chain efficiency.

To remain competitive, Hong Kong and PRD stakeholders must take steps to facilitate the adoption of RFID technology by industry. However, there is a little recognized yet critical predicament for companies, particularly SMEs and SIs, to implement RFID systems which has yet to be addressed. That is, for companies to cost effectively tackle the integration challenges between their RFID equipment (e.g. RFID readers, edge server or savant) and backend systems (e.g. ERP), which is necessary to enjoy the full benefits of RFID technology. This integration work is currently prohibitively expensive for companies in Hong Kong and the PRD region. To tackle this challenge, flexible middleware is required to help companies integrate their RFID systems with legacy systems at minimal cost.

The proposed project will address this vital challenge with flexible middleware. The latter will provide a practical solution, and will accommodate international standards such as EPC, EDI and DTTN. In addition, the proposed middleware by connecting with the RFID information infrastructures, such as a global EPC network, will contribute to solving typical supply chain management problems including track & trace, automated process monitoring, security, and anti-counterfeiting.
Project Coordinator: Mr. Edward Wong
Approved Funding Amount: HK$10.50M
Project Period: 1 Apr 2005 - 31 Dec 2006
 
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