Sun Opens RFID Test Center to Help Companies Simulate RFID Deployments

5/6/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, opened its Dallas-based RFID Test Center. The Test Center, which allows companies to simulate (Radio Frequency IDentification) RFID deployments, is now operational and ready to perform full-scale RFID compliance testing. The Sun RFID Test Center is designed to provide a controlled environment that simulates the varying conditions of an actual distribution center or warehouse as specified by RFID mandates. Sun executives, along with partners and customers, will participate in today's grand opening event, from 1-6 p.m. CDT, at the center, which is located at 2080 McDaniel Drive in Carrollton, Texas.

The Sun RFID Test Center in Dallas includes the latest warehouse logistics and RFID equipment from Sun and its partners including: ADT Security Services, Alien Technology Ltd., Applied Wireless Identification Group Inc., i2, Matrics Inc., Nortel Networks, Printronix Inc., ProdexNet, Provia, SAMSys Technologies Inc., SeeBeyond, SupplyScape, Texas Instruments, Tibco, Tyco Fire & Security and Venture Research Inc. The facility will help enable customers to test and evaluate equipment and solutions before investing in them, thereby reducing customers' risks with RFID deployments in their own facilities.

With retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Target and Albertsons, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense and other organizations issuing requests for RFID compliance to their suppliers and members, Sun recognized the need to help its customers address RFID compliance-related issues. "Our goal with this Test Center is to provide customers with access to the technology and the systems needed to test their RFID implementations, and to reduce the time and overall cost required for customers to meet these mandates," said Larry Singer, senior vice president of global markets and strategies at Sun.

The Sun RFID Test Center will also be used to demonstrate how long-term business benefits can be achieved through the integration of RFID data with back-end systems. In order to demonstrate this end-to-end integration, Sun is partnering with a variety of companies that complement Sun's RFID offerings with components, such as: RFID tags, readers, printers, wireless infrastructure, enterprise application integration software, warehouse management software, enterprise information system software, and other management and application software.

"With our investment in the Dallas RFID Test Center, Sun is responding to clear and immediate customer demand for RFID compliance services," said Julie Sarbacker, director, Auto-ID, Sun Microsystems. "Sun also recognizes that customers are looking for a vision and a roadmap that can help them go beyond compliance toward achieving a positive return on investment. The Test Center is designed to leverage Sun services, software, hardware along with our best-of-breed partnerships to provide comprehensive solutions to customer issues."

The RFID Test Center in Dallas is the latest example of Sun's commitment to driving the evolution of RFID technology and standards. Sun has over three years of involvement as a leading member of and advisor to the Auto-ID Center. In addition, Sun is an active member of EPCglobal, working on the development of industry-driven standards for the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Network to support the use of RFID.

To see what Sun's best-of-breed partners are saying about Sun's vision and initiative for the RFID Test Center visit

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