RFID Software Considerations
What companies are currently developing RFID software? Is it all customised or are there off-the-shelf solutions?
Numerous start-up and established software providers—including those who provide ERP software—have developed applications to deal with RFID reader and printer/encoder management, plus "tag data capture event" management. As with most business applications software, packages are typically customised to meet customers' requirements rather than being ready to go "off the shelf."
EDI messages contain data about business transactions. While the format of an EDI message may change to accommodate "new data" (such as an EPC by comparison with a GTIN), fundamentally EDI message processors are unaware of the source of the data contained in messages. So there should be no reason that RFID cannot integrate with EDI software, provided the data structures are fundamentally the same. However, one area of difference is that many EDI systems typically deliver data in periodic batch mode; in contrast, the strength of RFID is its ability to deliver real-time data, so systems are up-to-the-minute.