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Axcess Integrates Micro-Wireless into Microsoft BizTalk Server Environment

Provides a solution that allows organizations to more easily connect disparate systems

Axcess International has announced that it successfully implemented its patented Micro-Wireless system into the Microsoft BizTalk Server platform. BizTalk Server 2009 provides a solution that allows organizations to more easily connect disparate systems, and then process the composite of information through pre-defined rules to automate new areas of business operations. The collaboration between Axcess and Microsoft Corp. will enable the collection of previously unavailable real-time business activity information through Axcess’ “active” RFID system which wirelessly enables assets, personnel and sensors. The strategic relationship results in an expanded set of tools that customers can use to drive productivity. BizTalk Server is used by ninety percent of the Global 100, including the majority of retailers, hotel chains and the largest U.S. companies in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, railroads, telecommunications and aerospace and defense, opening additional sales avenues to Axcess.

Including over 25 multi-platform adapters and a robust messaging infrastructure, BizTalk Server provides connectivity between core systems inside and outside your organization. In addition to integration functionality, BizTalk Server also provides strong durable messaging, a rules engine, EDI connectivity, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), RFID capabilities and IBM Host/Mainframe connectivity. BizTalk Server 2009 helps organizations meet the challenges of integrating diverse systems. Most organizations have a multitude of systems and technologies that are required for their daily operations. By bringing these technologies together in an agile and scalable way, BizTalk Server 2009 can help unleash the potential of your existing infrastructure.

Axcess’ systems for business and government use specialized Micro-Wireless technology to wirelessly enable “things” for real time business activity automation solutions. The systems directly increase productivity, security, safety and offer short term ROI’s in traditional industries. Via its Micro-Wireless communications, Axcess transforms common manual identification products into wireless devices capable of automated identification, tracking and sensing. Axcess turns manual property labels, bar codes, etc. into wireless asset tags capable of automating enterprise asset management. Axcess has numerous reference solutions in automatic asset inventory, locating, tracking and protection. Axcess turns manual access control badges into wireless personnel credentials for advanced workforce management, safety and security. These include such applications as contractor time and attendance data collection, visitor tracking for security and compliance, safety tracking and compliance reporting, and workforce time and motion data collection and productivity management. Systems are also used for advanced worker location determination and emergency evacuation management.

“Microsoft BizTalk Server provides a simple, consistent interface into enterprise systems to enable customers to more easily unleash new business productivity automation solutions,” said Allan Griebenow, President and CEO of Axcess International. “Micro-Wireless technology opens a whole new horizon of automation opportunities.”

Micro-Wireless communications has been proven to represent the technological sweet spot where autonomous wireless identification and data transfer are best enabled in very small, low cost battery-powered devices. Regardless of their hardware platform or form factor, devices or tags commonly called Dots, operate in their own wireless frequency. This unlicensed frequency is characterized by the FCC for “remote control devices,” yet it is recognized as a standard frequency worldwide. Dot message formats, air data transmission protocol and receiver infrastructure are designed specifically for the unique need, independent from interference and unobtrusive to backbone networks.

The unique aspect of Axcess’ Micro-Wireless technology is that the powered wireless devices attached to assets and personnel autonomously collect their exact location ID and status that can be provided directly to Microsoft BizTalk Server without a central processing element required by RFID and RTLS systems. Micro-Wireless also eclipses other wireless technologies such as cell phones, EPC-RFID, Ultra-Wideband (UWB), Zig-Bee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which are not suited to the automated monitoring of personnel and assets in the enterprise because of unacceptable cost, size, reliability, infrastructure and power consumption constraints.

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