Sun, Aldata Help Retailers with Automatic Factory-To-Shelf Tracking

1/13/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), and Aldata Solution S.A., provider of G.O.L.D. supply chain software, announced a solution enabling enterprises to seamlessly link into the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Network to track goods through the supply chain.

The new solution further aligns Aldata's G.O.L.D software with Sun's enterprise-class RFID infrastructure software for managing EPC events. The first step of this alignment was successfully demonstrated in November 2003 with the delivery of a traceability and RFID proof-of-concept by a top European consortium of which Sun and Aldata are principal members. Specifically designed for the enterprise, Sun's RFID infrastructure software delivers a dynamically federated service architecture emphasizing reliability, availability and scalability, along with improved integration for Auto-ID deployments.

"Sun is clearly setting itself apart as a thought leader and expert in the RFID arena with the vision, technology and experience necessary to deliver value and innovation to retailers," said René Homeyer, Deputy CEO of Aldata Solution S.A. "Our strategic relationship with Sun positions Aldata as a leading provider of reliable RFID tracking and tracing capabilities for the retail market."

To stay competitive, retailers need to meet rapidly changing customer demands while controlling costs. Retailers have complex sourcing relationships that require coordination among suppliers, distributors and warehouses handling thousands of unique items simultaneously. Together, Aldata and Sun deliver supply chain solutions that allow retailers to bring headquarters, stores, distribution centers and suppliers into a seamless and powerful information network. Through RFID, retailers can overcome complex supply chain challenges while shortening time-to-market, cutting fulfillment costs and increasing customer responsiveness.

"Sun welcomes Aldata's compliance with next-generation Auto-ID standards. Through Sun's successful pilot program, we have gained invaluable knowledge and expertise that we can bring to retailers today," said Julie Sarbacker, director of the Auto-ID Business Unit at Sun Microsystems. "Together with Aldata, we will be providing the industry an open architecture coupled with business and technology expertise to deliver virtually unbreakable quality RFID solutions while helping to ensure a seamless customer experience."

The Aldata G.O.L.D. software consists of a suite of highly integrated modules that may be installed in phases, thus meeting retailers' needs to seamlessly incorporate new capabilities while integrating with existing IT environments and minimizing business disruptions. Together Sun's RFID infrastructure software with the Java Enterprise System platform provide a highly scalable and resilient infrastructure that will allow growth and ensure high availability for Aldata G.O.L.D. RFID business users. Sun's robust Solaris Operating System and dynamic UltraSPARC® III-based servers ensure maximum uptime as well as scalability to grow as RFID gains market momentum.

About Aldata Solution S.A.
Created in 1986, Aldata Solution S.A. develops G.O.L.D., a complete solution dedicated to supply chain optimization. Its strategy for the future is to evolve the G.O.L.D. software package with the development of new vertical modules and the incorporation of new technologies. With almost 300 employees and supported by 15 G.O.L.D. Partners, Aldata Solution S.A. with G.O.L.D. has deployed just under 10 500 sites in 36 countries. At group level, Aldata Solution is present in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, UK and the USA. Furthermore, Aldata Solution S.A. will continue to respond to regular market demands and enhance its G.O.L.D. solution for retailers, wholesalers, industrial groups and logistics service providers in their incessant search for supply chain optimization. More information about the G.O.L.D. solution is available at

About Sun Microsystems' Work With RFID
Sun Microsystems' industry-leading, standards-based, RFID solution is a comprehensive end-to-end offering that includes hardware, software, services and best-in-class partnerships. For over three years Sun has been working to make RFID technology an extension of web services and a seamless part of software infrastructure such as the Sun Java Enterprise System. Sun has been a leading member of and advisor to the MIT Auto-ID Center - the driving force for Auto-ID standards, and has participated in numerous successful pilots and deployments. Sun is opening RFID Test Centers around the world to help companies test their RFID implementations before they invest - from tagging products, integrating data into back-end systems and sharing this data with supply chain partners. For more information on Sun's leading role with RFID visit To start testing in a Sun RFID Test Center and learn how to get the competitive advantage necessary, email today.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris, and "The Network Is The Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. G.O.L.D., is a registered trademark of Aldata Solution S.A., in France and other countries.

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