TIBCO Software, Alien Technology to Deliver RFID Integration Solution

1/13/2004 - TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX), a leading enabler of real-time business and the world’s largest independent business integration software company, as demonstrated by market share and analyst reports, and Alien Technology, the leading provider of reliable, high-volume, low-cost Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products, announced a technology partnership to provide business context to RFID information.

Raw RFID data, abstracted to the appropriate level and linked to business processes by TIBCO® business integration and business optimization software, will help companies track and trace inventory and shorten order fulfillment processes across systems and organizations. Correlating business processes with RFID generated events can improve inventory and asset visibility and improve the speed and agility with which organizations can identify and react to problems or opportunities.

“As customers are installing RFID products in their operations, they are achieving business benefits with all members of their supply chain,” said Keith Scott, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Alien Technology. “TIBCO integration and event management software will help companies realize the business value and potential of RFID throughout their supply chain. Alien Technology is pleased to partner with TIBCO on this endeavor.”

TIBCO and Alien Technology are working together to develop RFID solutions that integrate real-time events generated by Alien’s hardware with the entire enterprise via TIBCO business integration software. TIBCO business integration and business optimization products will provide visibility and analysis of RFID events, enabling organizations to react more quickly to changing business conditions. As part of the agreement, Alien Technology has joined TIBCO’s Alliance Program (TAP).

TIBCO has been a technology board member of EPCglobal, the international standards body for RFID technology, since April 2003 and is helping to drive these important standards. Tom Laffey, vice president at TIBCO Software, is a technology board member and chair for the Software Action Group of EPCglobal’s EPC Information Service.

“Many of TIBCO’s world class customers are adopting Alien’s high-performance, low-cost tags and readers,” said Tom Laffey. “TIBCO’s robust infrastructure will enable our customers to take advantage of the large volume of data provided by Alien’s RFID technology and integrate it seamlessly with the rest of their enterprise applications.”

TIBCO and Alien Technology recently demonstrated the RFID solution at the EPCglobal conference for Wal-Mart top suppliers. TIBCO and Alien expect to release the joint RFID solution in the first half of 2004.

About Alien Technology
Alien Technology is the leading provider of reliable, high-volume low cost Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products. Using Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA), a patented manufacturing process, Alien manufactures electronic product code (EPC) tags used in a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics operations and anti-counterfeiting to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Our EPC Class 1 products provide the range, speed and robustness required for supply chain and logistics at the price points that deliver return on investment. We are working with over 35 partners on labels, antennas, readers, handhelds, printers, integration software and services to provide a complete RFID solution. With manufacturing capacity of 1 billion tags in Morgan Hill, California and an expansion facility with 20 billion tag capacity in Fargo, North Dakota in 2005, we are able to meet industry demand for EPC Class 1 RFID tags.

About EPCglobal
EPCglobal is industry’s trusted partner for driving the global adoption and implementation of the EPC Network across industry sectors. Our mission is to make organizations more effective by enabling true visibility of information about items in the supply chain. To that end, EPCglobal develops and oversees standards for the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Network. As a joint-venture between EAN International and the Uniform Code Council (UCC), EPCglobal leverages a nearly thirty year heritage of successfully partnering with industry. EPCglobal is a neutral, consensus-based, not-for-profit standards organization.

About TIBCO Software Inc.
TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ:TIBX) is the leading independent business integration software company in the world, demonstrated by market share and analyst reports. In addition, TIBCO is a leading enabler of Real-Time Business, helping companies become more cost-effective, more agile and more efficient. TIBCO has delivered the value of Real-Time Business, what TIBCO calls The Power of Now®, to over 2,000 customers around the world and in a wide variety of industries. For more information on TIBCO's proven business integration, business optimization, and enterprise backbone solutions, TIBCO can be reached at +1 650-846-1000 or on the Web at www.tibco.com. TIBCO is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

TIBCO, the TIBCO logo, The Power of Now and TIBCO Software are trademarks or registered trademarks of TIBCO Software Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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