Announcing RIFIDI® 3.6 Release –Key Feature: ALE Implementation – Further Connecting the Internet of Things with People.

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Transcends is proud to announce the RIFIDI® 3.6 public release, further “Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT) with People”. This release was made possible through client implementations, the RIFIDI open source community feedback, surveys, forums and our dedicated global engineering team.

The key focus of this release is to include the Application Level Events (ALE) GS1 standards as part of the Rifidi Edge Platform.  ALE provides a simple web service based interface for defining business events through pure configuration (no coding required) hiding many of the lower level details. An example implementation of this could be defining reader 1 and antenna 1 to 4 (of a 32 antenna reader) as a logic representation of the back dock door. Then subscribe to the logical reader definition to receive all tags arriving at the back dock door within a 10 second period of time and deliver the message to a MQTT message topic.

Another key feature of the release is extending the monitoring features by publishing real-time sensor and Rifidi application state changes to a MQTT message topic (with configurable end points). An example could be notifying in real-time that a sensor has disconnected which may mean the sensor has lost connectivity, hardware and/or network issues have occurred via a MQTT message.

Highlights of the new features in the RIFIDI® Edge Server release:

Client Reference Implementation Story: Nick Urban @ PMRS Inc 

RFID technology is frequently promoted as a process advantage which can revolutionize supply chain logistics. In the pharmaceutical industry, applications for RFID include track-and-trace and ePedigree systems, where RFID offers feature-rich electronic tracking. At PMRS, the promise of RFID’s competitive advantage has been realized through integration with the RIFIDI Edge Server.

To enable facility-wide RFID tracking, PMRS has created more than 50 RFID readzones at key processing and storage locations using over 200 RFID antennas. All materials are tracked using a unique EPC, integrated in a printable smart label generated by Zebra RFID printers. RIFIDI serves to provide advanced tag processing, such as RSSI filtering and readzone management, to supplement existing location-based business rules.

By using RIFIDI to interface with this RFID infrastructure, PMRS has seamlessly integrated RFID tag detection with existing inventory management systems. The location of all materials, from in-process to finished product, is automatically updated to reflect each object’s physical position in real-time as communicated by the RIFIDI Edge Server. This has enabled PMRS to offer significantly improved accuracy, efficiency, and visibility of vital business processes.

PMRS, Inc. is a full service ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 registered contract manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, handling everything from clinical supply and commercial scale manufacturing to warehousing and distribution.

Transcends Powered by Rifidi Product Roadmap

Transcends constantly improves, updates and enhances our robust, open source Rifidi product to better meet users’ needs. Candidate features for our next release, based on feedback from clients, community, projects, forums, collaborations and partnerships, include the following.

  • Transcends Mobile (IoS & Android) Inventory Control SaaS Cloud based solution
  • Floor plan/Google Map sensor management dashboard
  • Integration with visualizations/dashboards/analytic tools
  • Pure configurable Rifidi Apps (no coding required)
  • Rifidi App marketplace
  • Rifidi App provisioning enabled via OSGi P2 infrastructure 
  • Support for other Java IDEs such as NetBeans
  • Framework upgrades/additions (Spring, Maven and Provisioning)
  • Further security integration
  • Additional features based on suggestions from community

Accelerate your IoT adoption with RIFIDI®. Connect your RFID reader and sensor network. Analyze you sensor information in real-time and over time. Optimize your business processes. Integrate with the enterprise. Differentiate your products, solutions and organization. By utilizing the Power of RIFIDI®, the possibilities are boundless across many verticals (retail, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, recreational) from global enterprises to local small and medium sized businesses.

Transcends’ Current Products and Solutions

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continuing to work with the RFID community to bring innovative, valuable business solutions to the market.
Transcends Product Development Team
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Transcends named as one among the Top 10 Retail Security Solution Providers 2016 by Retail CIO Outlook

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Transcends named as one among the Top 10 Retail Security Solution Providers 2016 by Retail CIO Outlook

End-to-end Visibility for Retail Inventory Management
Article written by Retail CIO Outlook (Page 30)

The proliferation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Internet of Things (IoT) has started to exert a major influence in the retail arena, where each manufactured item passing through the conveyor is being tracked throughout their production and subsequent life cycle to record the inventory movement and readily identify the missing items. Retailers require an unprecedented collaboration, connectivity and coordination from each self-aware sensors, to have a complete visibility on the item level—how many products are being produced, what items are being shipped, what products are currently available and missing out in their warehouse and more. Applying the right security solutions at every level of retail supply chain, Transcends, a provider of sensor based software, connects the RFID reader and sensor network to analyze information in realtime, minimize inventory losses, improve customer satisfaction and increase sales. “At Transcends, our mission is to make RFID implementations simple for a variety of business uses, from manufacturing and work-in-progress, to asset tracking and inventory control,” says Brian Pause, VP of Business Development & Product Management, Transcends……Read the full article here.  Please forward the article on to any interested parties.

FREMONT. CA—July 28, 2016—Transcends has been selected as one of the Top 10 Retail Security Solution Providers 2016 by Retail CIO Outlook.

“It’s a great honor to announce Transcends as one of the Top 10 Retail Security Solution Providers 2016 as it helps enterprises to achieve successful RFID implementations by providing business solutions that deliver a solid return on investment,” said Katie William, Managing Editor of Retail CIO Outlook. “Transcends delivers RFID and sensor-based software, easy to deploy appliances, simple integration platforms and business solutions for manufacturing, research and development, retail and industrial enterprises.”

Retail CIO Outlook ranked Transcends based on its wide range of products such as RFID-enabled servers and appliances to help you develop and implement successful RFID solutions. RFID products, patterns and expertise can be applied not just to readers, but to other sensors like security cameras, WiFi and beacons. It integrates with existing data and retrieves information from product catalogs, customer master files, analytics, and consumer behavior or legacy systems. The RIFIDI® Edge Server connects the Internet of Things (RFID and sensors) with people who use handhelds, mobile devices, social media and the cloud. RIFIDI® Pi Embedded Appliance easily integrates with sensor solution and provides the benefits of a edge server with very low power consumption, it plugs into network either Ethernet or Wifi through optional USB adapter, and fully integrates with cloud & social media.

About Retail CIO Outlook
Published from Fremont, California, Retail CIO Outlook is a technology magazine, which gives information about new enterprise solutions that helps the technology, and business leaders to achieve business goals. A panel of experts and board members of Retail CIO Outlook magazine finalized the “Top 10 Retail Security Solution Providers 2016” and shortlisted the best vendors and consultants in the Retail industry. For more information visit: http://www.retailciooutlook.com/

Transcends Product Roadmap Update

Transcends constantly improves, updates and enhances our robust, open source Rifidi product to better meet users’ needs. Candidate features for our next release, based on feedback from clients, community, projects, forums, collaborations and partnerships, include the following.

  • Full support for ALE 1.1 (Application Level Events) interface
  • Floor plan/Google Map sensor management dashboard
  • Integration with visualizations/dashboards/analytic tools
  • Pure configurable Rifidi Apps (no coding required)
  • Rifidi App marketplace
  • Rifidi App provisioning enabled via OSGi P2 infrastructure 
  • Support for other Java IDEs such as NetBeans
  • Framework upgrades/additions (Spring, Maven and Provisioning)
  • Further security integration
  • Additional features based on suggestions from community

Accelerate your IoT adoption with RIFIDI®. Connect your RFID reader and sensor network. Analyze you sensor information in real-time and over time. Optimize your business processes. Integrate with the enterprise. Differentiate your products, solutions and organization. By utilizing the Power of RIFIDI®, the possibilities are boundless across many verticals (retail, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, recreational) from global enterprises to local small and medium sized businesses.

Transcends’ Current Products and Solutions

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continuing to work with the RFID community to bring innovative, valuable business solutions to the market.
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Announcing RIFIDI® 3.5 Release – Connecting the Internet of Things with People.

Transcends – Connecting the Internet of Things with People (Web, Cloud, Big Data, Analytics, Mobility) Enabling Smarter Sensors. Smarter Applications. Simpler Solutions.

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Transcends is proud to announce the RIFIDI® 3.5 public release, further “Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT) with People”. This release was made possible through client implementations, the RIFIDI open source community feedback, surveys, forums and our dedicated global engineering team.

The key focus of this release is to provide enhanced features for Transcends Asset Tracking Solution  in which a user can define read-zones and target events (for example asset arrived and/or departed a read-zone) to be delivered to a integration channel such as email, MQTT and database through pure configuration in the Enterprise Rifidi® Management Dashboard.  This also allows for easy integration with Cloud/SaaS Platforms like Amazon, Azure, & Salesforce.com and IoT Platforms such as AWS IoT,  ThingworxGE’s Predix &Ubidots.

Click here for a real life video on how Transcends Rifidi Edge Platform is leveraged in a Salesforce integration.

Transcends also provides further Rifidi appliance options on the Raspberry Pi3 & Intel NUC and additional out of the box support for more RFID sensors such as Thinkify TR-265, Zebra FX9500 & Honeywell IF2.

Highlights of the new features in the RIFIDI® Edge Server release:

 Details: Enterprise RifidiI®  Management Dashboard

As a reminder, in Rifidi 3.3 the Enterprise RifidiI®  Management Dashboard was added to replace and enhance many of the Rifidi Workbench features The dashboard user interface (UI) now enables end users to manage a collection of Rifidi Edge Server nodes throughout the enterprise along with associated sensor and Rifidi application configurations. The UI is foundational for providing sensor event mashups, analytic visualizations, integration with the physical world via Google Maps/floor plans and a Rifidi application marketplace. For more about how this dashboard works, see the “details” section below.

  • Edge Server Node Management – Let’s you monitor multiple Rifidi Edge server nodes across the enterprise to see connection states, properties, sensors and applications.
  • Sensor Management – Provides an interface to monitor sensors’ state, manage sensors’ properties and dynamically update sensors’ execution.
  • Rifidi Application Management – Allows you to monitor application states, manage sensor/reader read zones, and update both out-of-the-box business solutions and custom (via SDK) Rifidi sensor/IoT device properties, providing the foundation for a Rifidi Application marketplace.
Note: Workbench is planned to be sunset in the next release so plan on making the UI switch soon if you haven’t already.

Enterprise RifidiI®  Management Dashboard

 

Transcends constantly improves, updates and enhances our robust, open source Rifidi product to better meet users’ needs. Candidate features for our next release, based on feedback from clients, community, projects, forums, collaborations and partnerships, include the following.

  • Full support for ALE 1.1 (Application Level Events) interface
  • Floor plan/Google Map sensor management dashboard
  • Integration with visualizations/dashboards/analytic tools
  • Pure configurable Rifidi Apps (no coding required)
  • Rifidi App marketplace
  • Rifidi App provisioning enabled via OSGi P2 infrastructure 
  • Support for other Java IDEs such as NetBeans
  • Framework upgrades/additions (Spring, Maven and Provisioning)
  • Further security integration
  • Additional features based on suggestions from community

Accelerate your IoT adoption with RIFIDI®. Connect your RFID reader and sensor network. Analyze you sensor information in real-time and over time. Optimize your business processes. Integrate with the enterprise. Differentiate your products, solutions and organization. By utilizing the Power of RIFIDI®, the possibilities are boundless across many verticals (retail, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, recreational) from global enterprises to local small and medium sized businesses.

Transcends’ Current Products and Solutions

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continuing to work with the RFID community to bring innovative, valuable business solutions to the market.
Transcends Product Development Team
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Announcing RIFIDI® 3.4 Release – Connecting the Internet of Things with People.

Transcends – Connecting the Internet of Things with People (Web, Cloud, Big Data, Analytics, Mobility) Enabling Smarter Sensors. Smarter Applications. Simpler Solutions.

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Transcends is proud to announce the RIFIDI® 3.4 public release, further “Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT) with People”. This release was made possible through client implementations, the RIFIDI open source community feedback, surveys, forums and our dedicated global engineering team. The key focus of this release is to continue to extend integration options via REST, MQTT and Database, greater performance tuning options for R EST and CEP and update core platform framework components such as OSGI, REST and Spring to the latest production stable versions.

 

Highlights of the new features in the RIFIDI® Edge Server release:

  • Restlet – Update to use Jetty by default for greater performance tuning features
  • Database – Added PostgreSQL   – The world’s most advanced open source database
  • MQTT – Updated to latest version of Moquette .7 for full Websocket support
  • Extended Rifidi sensor management via Rest
  • Additional REST and Edge server logging
  • LLRP Updates
  • CEP (Complex Event Processing) – Updated to Esper 5.3 to resolve some performance issues with RSSI service
  • Framework updates  – OSGI Equinox version Mars, Restlet 2.3.5, Spring 3.2.5
  • A few key bug fixes
  • Backward compatibility with RIFIDI 1.3 and 2.x , 3.x applications & solutions
  • Full RIFIDI 3.4 release notes

 Details: Enterprise RifidiI®  Management Dashboard

As a reminder, in last release of Rifidi 3.3 the Enterprise RifidiI®  Management Dashboard was added to replace and enhance many of the Rifidi Workbench features. The dashboard user interface (UI) now enables end users to manage a collection of Rifidi Edge Server nodes throughout the enterprise along with associated sensor and Rifidi application configurations. The UI is foundational for providing sensor event mashups, analytic visualizations, integration with the physical world via Google Maps/floor plans and a Rifidi application marketplace. For more about how this dashboard works, see the “details” section below.

  • Edge Server Node Management – Let’s you monitor multiple Rifidi Edge server nodes across the enterprise to see connection states, properties, sensors and applications.
  • Sensor Management – Provides an interface to monitor sensors’ state, manage sensors’ properties and dynamically update sensors’ execution.
  • Rifidi Application Management – Allows you to monitor application states, manage sensor/reader read zones, and update both out-of-the-box business solutions and custom (via SDK) Rifidi sensor/IoT device properties, providing the foundation for a Rifidi Application marketplace.

Enterprise RifidiI®  Management Dashboard

 

Transcends constantly improves, updates and enhances our robust, open source Rifidi product to better meet users’ needs. Candidate features for our next release, based on feedback from clients, community, projects, forums, collaborations and partnerships, include the following.

  • Full support for ALE 1.1 (Application Level Events) interface
  • Floor plan/Google Map sensor management dashboard
  • Integration with visualizations/dashboards/analytic tools
  • Pure configurable Rifidi Apps (no coding required)
  • Rifidi App marketplace
  • Rifidi App provisioning enabled via OSGi P2 infrastructure 
  • Support for other Java IDEs such as NetBeans
  • Framework upgrades/additions (Spring, Maven and Provisioning)
  • Further security integration
  • Additional features based on suggestions from community

Accelerate your IoT adoption with RIFIDI®. Connect your RFID reader and sensor network. Analyze you sensor information in real-time and over time. Optimize your business processes. Integrate with the enterprise. Differentiate your products, solutions and organization. By utilizing the Power of RIFIDI®, the possibilities are boundless across many verticals (retail, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, recreational) from global enterprises to local small and medium sized businesses.

Transcends’ Current Products and Solutions

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continuing to work with the RFID community to bring innovative, valuable business solutions to the market.
Transcends Product Development Team

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The Internet Of Things And Role Transcends Powered By Rifidi Plays

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The Internet of Things and Role Transcends Powered by Rifidi Plays

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to evolve and mature, we at Transcends have learned more about how our solutions and the Rifidi platform add value to end users. Out of the box (based on our Radio Frequency IDentification roots) we provide a way for users to capture and interpret business data.

Our RFID edge processing/middleware product filters and translates RFID reader information into users’ sensor driven infrastructure, interpreting business events according to user specified criteria. Transcends solutions can provide notification when an asset arrives or departs from a specified sensor “read zone,” which can help users locate valuable equipment in manufacturing or R&D settings, or prevent shoplifting in retail settings.

Leveraging our platform, which is flexible and extensible, the same framework can be applied to other sensors for a wide variety of business purposes. Here are a few key areas where Transcends solutions and our Rifidi platform add value. Already widely utilized in the RFID industry, the same platform can address similar Internet of Things solutions.

Tailor Precisely for Security Concerns

Our products provide users with flexibility and a choice about the appropriate level of exposure risk for their sensor data. The edge boundary could be in the cloud, on the premises, or even within a specific area like a shelf or desktop. The location of the “edge” is defined by the end user’s concerns about where the relevant events occur and how responsive they should be. Users determine the benefits versus the risks, and users choose the security exposure threshold that fits their business needs.

Leveraging the Internet of Things is of value only if users are able to respond to sensor events in a reliable, precise manner. For example, there is little value in automating the security of retail assets if store security personnel aren’t alerted and the shoplifter leaves the store. With Transcends’ solutions, users can tailor the response according to the amount of precision required by the business case. As an example, patterns of retail asset behavior such as several items leaving a shelf within a few seconds can be used to more precisely predict shoplifting.

Address the Skill Set Gap Affordably

Users who are new to the Internet of Things and need to implement a solution fast, without a steep learning curve, value Transcends’ Rifidi platform because it significantly accelerates time to market. In addition, it provides common implementation patterns across IoT uses, lowering maintenance costs and freeing up resources to focus on higher level business functionality.

  • The Rifidi platform provides a common interface for all sensors or readers used in developing business solutions (application program interface/API.) 
  • Rifidi emulates RFID readers in software, so there’s no longer a need to purchase physical devices for learning or for developing solutions – which means faster, more cost effective training.
  • Transcends and its Rifidi platform are part of a mature community with a repeatable, trusted and reliable way to deliver sensor driven solutions.
  • Being open source and building on open industry standards reduces the learning curve, eliminating the need to have specialized, hard to find and sometimes very expense skill sets – providing access to a larger, global talent pool.

Ensure User Solutions Stay Current

Scalability, adaptability, maintainability and flexibility are key words in the software development world, and particularly in the fast-changing Internet of Things. Transcends’ products provide users with the ability to scale a business solution over time, as the volume of sensors grows. This brings solutions to market faster and maximizes return on investment. Transcends builds on open software and IoT industry standards to ensure users can adapt quickly to changing business needs and opportunities. As IoT continues to evolve, Transcends customers aren’t locked into a black box proprietary solution.

Thanks to Transcends lightweight platform approach, Rifidi products can be deployed across a wide spectrum of appliances, from embedded devices, to enterprise class servers, to the cloud. Transcends also ensures backward compatibility between versions, so users’ solutions will not be quickly outdated or need expensive, time consuming replacements. Transcends platform architecture takes a building block approach, below. This ensures that user needs are met today, while providing the foundation to further evolve and adapt as business needs change.

Transcends’ Current Products and Solutions

Thank you for all the contributions and support.  We look forward to continuing to work with the RFID community to bring innovative, valuable business solutions to the market.

 
Transcends Product Development Team