OATSystems has joined with IBM to market radio frequency identification (RFID) systems in Australia and New Zealand. The deal extends an existing global partnership, under which the two companies have collaborated on projects for a variety of industrial manufacturers, retailers and consumer goods companies. According to the partners, the arrangement will help Australian customers to deploy RFID technology in areas such as inventory availability, promotions execution and asset management. OATSystems and IBM have worked together since 2005 to market an integrated offering composed of OATSystems' RFID applications, IBM's RFID infrastructure, and strategic input from IBM Global Business Services on business-case development and system design. The partnership creates "a complete end-to-end RFID service," the companies said, from determining the business case for change to implementation, rollout and maintenance of software and hardware systems. The service also includes real-time process alerts and analytics. IBM said it has made a significant investment in developing RFID in Australia and New Zealand, drawing on experts from overseas while training engineers and consultants across the region.
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