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BEA Acquires RFID Pioneer

ConnecTerra To Play Role in Evolving SOA Strategy

“RFID is a top initiative within Finland Post as we look to optimize the utilization of high-value assets,” said Heljä Salomaa, logistics director for Finland Post, the national postal operator for Finland. “Over the past year we have worked closely with BEA and ConnecTerra as part of our successful RFID-enabled asset track and trace implementation. We are anticipating millions of dollars of saving and are very excited about the combination of their infrastructure expertise which will allow us to achieve a significant ROI.”

ConnecTerra's RFID infrastructure software is designed to provide the core communications, security, policy and device management services which can be used to integrate devices into a wide range of applications. This includes software at the “edge” for filtering and device management at the local store, manufacturing plant or distribution center level; enterprise level software for centralized RFID data management; and compliance software to address RFID retail and defense mandates.

BEA can augment ConnecTerra’s RFID software with its industry-leading infrastructure components to help provide a complete solution for customers looking to build new RFID enabled business processes. ConnecTerra and BEA have already worked together successfully over the past year with key customers to create market-specific solution bundles for pallet and case tracking applications in retail as well as mobile asset tracking in transportation.

“RFID can enable a fundamental step change in supply chain visibility and many companies are connecting RFID hardware into existing IT assets,” said Wai Wong, executive vice president of products, BEA Systems, Inc. “RFID is also generating a flood of new data at the edge. To leverage this enhanced visibility, enterprises need to establish the right architecture to filter and translate RFID data into business relevant events, and then to use these events to create and automate new RFID-enabled business processes. The acquisition of ConnecTerra helps boost our portfolio to help those customers leverage their enterprise assets in a unified way, from the edge all the way to the data center.”

BEA and ConnecTerra are continuing to work closely with key RFID business partners, including major systems integrators, software vendors and hardware platform providers.

“Intel has invested heavily in RFID through our R&D investments internally, through our ongoing work in Auto-ID labs with EPCglobal and through solution development with innovative end users and global partners,” said Tom Gibbs, Director of Solution Strategy and Architecture with Intel. “Customers are seeing ROI demonstrated through the early pilots that turn into real value as solutions are being deployed with key partners like ConnecTerra and BEA. I look forward to our increased efforts with this relationship to help customers get up and running with less effort.”

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Anonymous 10/15/05 03:37:30 PM EDT

Chuang is grasping for straws here - he sounds like he is a wannabe Larry Ellison and is trying to mirror him.

As someone who IS in the RFID space, this is a non-news item and anyone who gives it any more press should seriously have his/her head examined.

BEA is DOA -- just shoot it and put it out of its misery already!

WebLogic News Desk 10/12/05 02:58:17 PM EDT

BEA Acquires RFID Pioneer. BEA Chairman and CEO Alfred Chuang characterizes the company's ConnecTerra acquisition as a logical development in a market in which many customers already use the respective companies' technologies in unison to solve business problems. With the acquisition, BEA is expected to bolster its approach to SOA deployments in an increasingly competitive space.

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