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Palo Alto, CA, United States, 2007/06/25 - Based on its recent analysis of the North American RFID middleware and software market, Frost & Sullivan has presented Omnitrol Networks with the 2007 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation.
The Award recognizes the OMNITROL, the company’s application network appliance solution that delivers real-time operational visibility and distributed asset tracking services managing wireless devices, RFID data and readers. The OMNITROL edgeware appliance further integrates secure WiFi LAN router and sensor network capability with a powerful business services application platform evolving the enterprise in to a real-time intelligent edge network.
"The OMNITROL was designed as a Telco-grade network appliance with as many applications and standard protocol options as possible, giving it unique versatility compared to other products in the market," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Brendon Ouimette.
While it incorporates RFID device, and data management, the OMNITROL appliance focuses on leveraging on multi-application networking. The OMNITROL has three significant value-adds for end users: ease of deployment, versatility, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). These features address three of the most critical challenges in RFID end-user adoption.
The appliance has the advantage of being easy to program with automatic application federation for scalability: once it has been configured, installing and deploying the solution across the enterprise is a quick and low-cost process. The solution can simultaneously manage a number of data sources from different wireless and sensor technologies applying real-time application intelligence and control from a single platform. These attributes and others help to lower the TCO by integrating a number of features in a single product, at a lower overall cost, by providing a common platform and services architecture that can correlate real-time events across a number of different applications.
With OMNITROL, end users will not have to upgrade their entire infrastructure to adapt to the latest technology change or workflow improvement. The OMNITROL encapsulates complete business services intelligence on the work-floor where business operations happen. The OMNITROL mitigates technology investment risk by minimizing integration with existing legacy systems; enabling customers to migrate at their own pace while still being "future-proofed".
"The Omnitrol EASE software platform is built to be able to create and manage business process applications and to be able to develop and implement new ones from a Web-based interface," stated Ouimette. "When new applications for RFID technology become available, the OMNITROL is capable of being quickly upgraded to meet these new business demands by virtue of its devices adaptation and services deployment software application layers and its panoply of I/O hardware interfaces."
One of the more restrictive elements of RFID implementation is the cost of changing business processes at the operational level. Part of what OMNITROL demonstrated with Boeing is that workflow changes can be deployed across a facility or enterprise very quickly.
The result of the pilot proved that the OMNITROL EASE software platform with its service execution building blocks, called "Edgelets" worked as designed. Boeing successfully deployed OMNITROL appliances in its facility, and simulated the deployment of other appliances for its suppliers. This proved that the appliance had the ability to manage Boeing’s supply chain and assets in real time.
Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the company that has released products that address the key needs of their target market. The recipient company has been chosen, partly because of its ability to address those needs, and partly as a result of its vision to integrate RFID with wireless networks.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
About Omnitrol Networks
Omnitrol Networks Inc. (omnitrol.com) is a leading provider of converged service-oriented edge platform solutions for the emerging wireless and sensor extended network ("X-Internet") deployment market. The company’s OMNITROL appliance and EASE™ edge application and services engine software have pioneered the market for "Always On" real-time operational visibility and automation solutions. The OMNITROL’s unique edge-centric solution architecture enables the industry’s most flexible and reliable means to deploy distributed application intelligent networks at the lowest total cost of ownership in the market. OMNITROL Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, California.
About Frost & Sullivan
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