Cloud RFID Event Handler enables uploading RFID TagReadEvents and TagListEvents to Azure storage.
The current version has 3 separate event handlers, one for each storage type, to support uploading RFID events to all 3 types of Azure storage: Blobs, Queues and Tables.
The basic concept is similar across all 3 event handlers: supply the event handler with a valid Azure account and the event handler will take care of the rest.
You can choose to use one of the event handlers or any combination of the three to achieve your specific business scenarios.
Once the events are uploaded to Azure storage, they will become available using the REST Storage Services API or custom code.
It is very important to note that all 3 event handlers return “TagReadEvent” so they can be used anywhere within the BizTalk RFID events pipeline.
The sky (Cloud) is the limit. Bringing the power of RFID with the ultimate visibility provided by the cloud opens the door for endless applications.
Open Supply Chain and Asset Visibility
RFID Journal states that the “EPCglobal Network ” will be used to “enable companies to share data in real time”. According to the article “When Company A ships a pallet full of soft drink, the tags on the cases and pallet are scanned as the shipment leaves, and software is used to automatically let Company B know the shipment has left the warehouse. Company B can look up data associated with the serial numbers on the shipment and learn what’s coming, when it will arrive and so on. When Company B receives the shipment, it scans the tags automatically, and a message can be immediately sent to Company A to let it know the shipment arrived”
The bold lines in the quote above can now be easily achieved by posting the RFID events to the cloud and thus enabling the open supply chain. The article then states that “The potential efficiencies created by this visibility are enormous. Companies would be able to reduce inventories while ensuring product is always in the right place at the right time”.
Security and Access Control
RFID has long been used as an electronic key to control who has access to office buildings or areas within office buildings. Many companies have the need to issue multiple cards to one employee since he needs access to multiple locations. Using the cloud event handles, companies can upload user id information to the cloud and centralize the authorization system.
Please see more documentation ,including installation and configuration, here.