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Ohio University Automatic Identification Center receives RFID software

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2005) -- The leading provider of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and mobility software solutions has provided a software platform to the Ohio University Center for Automatic Identification, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

The center is the nation's first university-based research center devoted solely to the study of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC). AIDC includes bar coding, magnetic stripe and radio frequency identification, and voice data entry technologies.

The software was provided by GlobeRanger Corporation, a Richardson, Texas-based company providing software products for the RFID market, as part of a strategic partnership. GlobeRanger's "iMotion" platform will be used in the center's classes and hands-on labs, as well as in training programs for business executives.

"Ohio University has a well established center for the study of auto ID technologies (AIDC), and we are excited that they have chosen to use GlobeRanger's iMotion platform in their courses, lab and workshops," said George Brody, founder and chief technology officer at GlobeRanger.

iMotion provides a critical infrastructure layer for managing devices, networks, data and processes, enabling real-time response. It will enable the center to study how to rapidly develop, deploy, and manage RFID and mobile solutions.

"This partnership will not only enable us to perform more research but also to teach our students using cutting-edge software," said James Fales, director and founder of the center.

At least one professor is already planning courses and hands-on labs using the software this academic year. "We'll also use iMotion technology during our annual Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technical Institute (AIDCTI) and upcoming seminars to model workflows and show infrastructure and data management examples for enterprise-wide, multi-site, global deployments," said Todd D. Myers, RFID researcher at the center.

The AIDCTI, co-sponsored by AIM, Inc. and the GS1, is held yearly at the Center for Automatic Identification, in Athens. Ohio. The center will conduct a RFID workshop for business and IT managers on Dec. 8-9 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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