BT and Microsoft team on RFID service
The companies announced the RFID service yesterday, which is geared to make it easier for European retailers and suppliers to adopt RFID technology for pilot or full-scale rollouts. "By offering RFID as a managed service, BT has greatly reduced the risks associated with the adoption of the technology," said Dilip Popat, Microsoft EMEA retail industry unit managing director, in a statement. Marks & Spencer chose BT in February to be the main contractor for its RFID trial in its clothing supply chain. By spring 2006, the retailer expects to extend its trail from 9 stores to about 50. For M&S' RFID rollout, BT Auto-ID Services will run on Microsoft's .NET application on Windows Server 2003 with SQL Server 2000.