Software provides EPCIS-compliant central repository.

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WebLogic® RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 enables central management and coordination of RFID data collected at edge of enterprise, i.e. inside retail store, warehouse, or data center. Supporting SOA, software features customizable, pre-defined templates for commonly used types of master data and provides insight into RFID event data through web-based reports. Software enables data exchange with trading partners over variety of protocols.



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BEA Strengthens RFID Infrastructure Software for Enterprise-Grade Deployments



BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 Implements Latest EPCIS Industry Standards, Enhances Feature Set to Help Service-Enable RFID Events and Maximize ROI from RFID Data Collected At the Edge

Core News Facts
1. BEA Systems is announcing the forthcoming general availability of BEA WebLogic® RFID Enterprise Server 2.0; the product is scheduled to be available for download on Oct. 12, 2006. For more information, visit bea.com/rfid.
2. BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 provides a suite of six services, including four new ones, that are designed to help customers manage and coordinate RFID data and edge operations globally and can help them derive business value more quickly from RFID data collected at the edge.
3. Further demonstrating its commitment to open standards, BEA, together with T3Ci, a leading RFID and analytics and applications company, recently completed successful interoperability testing of EPCIS.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 10 -- BEAWORLD 2006 -- BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the forthcoming general availability of BEA WebLogic® RFID Enterprise Server 2.0.

A core component of the BEA WebLogic® RFID product family, BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server is designed to help enable central management of RFID data collected at the "edge" of an enterprise, i.e. inside a retail store, warehouse or data center. With enhanced support for industry standards and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), the 2.0 release of BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server provides a suite of six services that can help manage and coordinate RFID data and edge operations globally. BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 complements the BEA WebLogic® Edge Server and BEA WebLogic® Compliance Express products, and is designed to make it easier to bridge the gaps between people, processes, applications and systems across enterprise and trading partners. BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 can provide customers unprecedented visibility into product movement data, and is designed to help enable them to derive business value more quickly from RFID data collected at the edge.

"Enterprises with large multi-location RFID deployments can face complex management and coordination challenges, such as a retailer with stores and distribution centers across the United States," said Peter Rieman, executive vice president, T3Ci. "BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 will be one of the first released products based upon the draft EPCIS standard, and is a critical piece of infrastructure software that can help alleviate those challenges by enabling customers to centralize the management of all RFID events, increasing visibility and reducing overall costs."

"The promise of RFID is to help companies increase visibility within their businesses, generating value in myriad ways from helping manufacturers improve supply chain execution to enabling retailers to increase revenue by reducing out of stocks to helping companies of all kinds cut costs through improved asset management," said Ken Traub, chief technology officer of RFID and Edge Server Technologies at BEA Systems. "The enhancements in BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 are designed to help users capitalize on their enterprise assets from the network edge back to the data center with superior reliability, scalability and performance."

BEA WebLogic RFID product family is key component of the BEA SOA 360 platform. Announced last month at BEAWorld 2006 San Francisco, the BEA SOA 360 platform is designed to deliver the industry's most unified SOA platform and spans all three of BEA's product families, AquaLogic, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the company's newest product initiative, BEA Workspace 360. (See Sept. 19, 2006, press release titled "BEA Announces SOA 360; Industry's most unified SOA Platform to transform and optimize business.")

BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0: Support for EPCIS Standards and SOA

The modular structure of BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 can help enable organizations to select which capabilities are most important to use within their environment, and can help ease integration of the RFID solution with an existing SOA infrastructure. Its enhanced functionality is designed to give users greater operational process visibility and control as well as provide secure, highly-reliable enterprise-grade performance.

New and enhanced services include:

o Enhanced RFID event repository that complies with latest Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standards: A central repository for RFID event data collected across the enterprise. Further demonstrating its commitment to open standards, BEA, together with T3Ci, a leading RFID and analytics and applications company, recently completed successful interoperability testing of EPCIS. Added Dr. Richard Swan, Chief Technical Officer, T3Ci, "During the month of July, T3Ci and BEA performed extensive interoperability testing, including queries across both web services and AS2, both with and without security. We are pleased to report that BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server, performed perfectly as specified and is designed to be fully interoperable with T3Ci using the candidate specification of EPCglobal EPCIS standards."

o Master data service: Designed to deliver out-of-the-box pre-defined templates for commonly used types of master data that are customizable to the needs of each customer's business.

o Reporting service: Designed to provide instant insight into RFID event data through easy-to-use Web-based reports, including event history, last location seen, missing assets, dwell time, and transit time

o Data exchange with trading partners: Data can be sent to and received from trading partners. The data exchange service is fully compliant with the emerging EPCIS standard, and can provide transport over a variety of protocols including secure transmission via Applicability Statement 2 (AS2), an IETF standard

Availability and Pricing

BEA WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server 2.0 is expected to become available for download beginning Oct. 12, 2006. For information on pricing, please contact your local BEA sales representative. For more information about the BEA WebLogic RFID product family, please visit bea.com/rfid. To see the BEA WebLogic RFID products and solutions in action, register today for BEAWorld 2006 at bea.com/beaworld .

About BEAWorld

BEAWorld is the premier event for SOA thought leadership and is taking place in three strategic world markets spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia. The conference is designed to provide critical insights, hands on instruction, best practice strategies and opportunities for interaction with like-minded professionals, industry leaders, visionaries and expert practitioners.

In addition to working to help make SOA a successful reality, BEAWorld is the place to find the latest information on BEA's infrastructure technologies including BEA Tuxedo®, BEA WebLogic AND BEA AquaLogic, and BEA SOA 360. This year's show will also include a Partner Showcase, highlighting the latest and most innovative developments from the extensive BEA partner community.

The second of three planned worldwide events is scheduled to begin today, Oct. 10 in Prague. The first took place at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco last month. One additional event is scheduled in Beijing (Dec. 13-14). Visit bea.com/beaworld to register today.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. BEA's SOA 360 platform is the industry's most unified SOA platform for business transformation and optimization, in order to improve cost structures and grow new revenue streams. Information about how BEA is enabling customers to achieve Business LiquidITy(TM) can be found at bea.com. For more Information

Source: BEA Systems, Inc.

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BEA Systems, Inc.
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