RFID News Roundup

Mar 14, 2019—

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Honeywell; Smart Packaging Solutions; ADLINK Technology, Google Cloud; Packet, Microsoft; and C3.

Honeywell Launches Online Store to Streamline Access to Business-Critical Software

Honeywell has announced the launch of its Honeywell Marketplace, an online hub for enterprises to purchase software solutions, technologies and services to improve productivity and efficiency. The Honeywell Marketplace is an app store where independent software vendors can manage applications and solutions in one centralized location, enabling customers and partners to download solutions to meet their needs.

According to the company, several software apps from third-party developers take advantage of data captured from radio frequency identification, including asset-tracking software from CDO Technologies. RFID is a specific subcategory that users can search to locate compatible software or apps that take advantage of, or work with, this specific technology.

The Honeywell Marketplace enables customers to discover, evaluate and download business-critical software for a range of industries, the company explains, including distribution centers, health care, manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics. The site features solutions from Honeywell, as well as dozens of third-party software vendors. Software currently available includes asset tracking, point-of-sale (for retailers), push-to-talk communications, medical tracking (for hospitals) and password management (for mobile devices).

"In the past, IT managers would spend countless hours researching and evaluating specific enterprise software solutions to solve their business challenges," said Peter Howes, the president of Honeywell's Productivity Products business, in a prepared statement. "Today, we have streamlined that entire process—from searching to purchasing and deployment. Our customers want the same easy-to-use shopping and downloading options that they experience with consumer-focused mobile app stores."

Users can search for software by industry, application vendor, operating system or other key attributes, then download demos and browse screenshots of the available software. "A retailer, for example, may need different solutions for enabling customer checkout, tracking mobile devices, managing inventory, routing returned merchandise and communicating with store associates," Howes said in the prepared statement. "We're providing a single source, optimized for mobile devices, to find and purchase these solutions and more."

Available apps include Honeywell's Guided Work Solutions for voice-directed activities in distribution centers and the GoalPost labor-management system, which offers detailed analytics on worker performance. The Honeywell Marketplace also provides software vendors with a flexible approach to building applications and connecting with customers. Software vendors can conduct transactions directly through the online store to simplify ordering and deployment processes.