i-Konect announced the formation of Singularity, an open-source initiative for a complete Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Supply Chain Solution that includes RFID Edgeware and Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPC-IS). This software is designed to provide integrators and users the ability to more rapidly deploy RFID technology and significantly advance the realization of a return on investment.
Ron Rose, i-Konects President and CEO, stated, With the backdrop of rapidly expanding RFID supply chain initiatives and evolving standardization driven by some of the worlds largest retailers, the Singularity architecture can help companies quickly extend and enhance utilization of the EPCglobal Network to their advantage while supporting industry standards.
From an operational and design standpoint, Singularitys Edgeware component contains the RFID device management as well as the Process Management modules that publish the Application Level Events (ALE). The EPC-IS component is an Enterprise Service that would ultimately reside as a member of a companys Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), although an ESB is not required. It provides EPC event information to the enterprise as well as to external business partners via the EPCglobal Network through an EPC-IS web services interface. An enhanced feature of the Singularity EPC-IS is a distributed, dynamic runtime-defined query that can span multiple EPC-IS for supporting Track and Trace functionality.
The Singularity project is initially focused on the development of the EPC-IS component and is now on Sourceforce.net (https://sourceforge.net/projects/singularity.) Those interested in the development of EPCglobal compliant middleware solutions are welcomed to participate. It is envisioned that Singularity will be used as the foundation for both integrators and users to layer additional functionality that ultimately will accelerate the utilization of the EPCglobal Network.