SATO GL4e printers support Microsoft BizTalk RFID and enable more supply-chain operators meet RFID mandate requirements

2/2/2009

Singapore, February 02, 2009 – SATO, a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and a leader in barcode printing, labelling, and EPC/RFID solutions announced that it has added GL4e RFID-ready industrial printer series to products that support Microsoft BizTalk RFID.

The GL4e series is SATO’s industrial-grade fully network-manageable printer with field-upgradeable ultra-high frequency ( UHF) RFID option. Ideally suited for global EPC Class 1 Gen 2 applications, it has successfully established itself as a solution for highly-demanding RFID UHF application requirements in the supply chain. Synchronized with Microsoft's BizTalk RFID technology, the GL4e encodes and prints RFID tags and labels to meet global supply chain operators' retail, government-led and other supply-chain compliance mandates. The RFID printing solution is also ideal for closed-loop UHF applications.

In line with Microsoft’s approach to a uniform way to help manage RFID devices on the Microsoft® Windows® platform, SATO has developed a Device Service Provider Interface (DSPI) that allows plug and play connection of the GL4e RFID-ready printer with BizTalk RFID.

“ SATO continues to invest in making its RFID printing solutions compatible with the broadest range of users’ systems and IT platforms. We are constantly working closely with our partners, developers and systems integrators, to offer solutions that overcome current integration challenges." said Kaz Matsuyama, Managing Director of SATO International.

“We want to enable our partners to develop cost effective RFID-based solutions that span organizational and geographic boundaries,” said Paul Sanford, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, “Investing in BizTalk Server’s RFID platform will enable SATO to more efficiently meet their customers’ global supply chain needs.”

Microsoft BizTalk Server RFID is an end-to-end RFID platform included with Microsoft BizTalk Server. It provides a uniform way to manage RFID devices on Microsoft® Windows®, such as SATO’s RFID printers.

To learn more about SATO RFID Device Service Provider software and how it fits in the Microsoft RFID Service Framework, please visit the following link:

http://www.satoworldwide.com/software/msRFID.html


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About SATO
SATO is a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and the inventor of the world’s first electronic thermal transfer barcode printer. It revolutionised the barcoding industry by introducing the Data Collection System (DCS) & Labelling concept – a total barcode and labelling solution providing high quality barcode printers, scanners/hand-held terminals, label design software and consumables. SATO is one of the first in the industry to introduce a complete, multi-protocol EPC-compliant, UHF RFID solution.

SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has worldwide offices in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and China. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, it reported revenues of US$767 million.

About SATO International
SATO’s international global headquarters, SATO International Pte. Ltd is located in Singapore. Previously an international division, it was incorporated as a holding company in Singapore in 2001 to oversee the sales, marketing and customer services activities of all its Group Member Companies. More information about SATO International can be found at www.satoworldwide.com

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1US Dollar = 114.43 Japanese Yen.

Contact:
Chee Shin Yee (Ms)
Communications Manager,
Corporate Planning
SATO International PTE. LTD.
438A, Alexandra Road #05-01/04
Alexandra Technopark
Singapore 119967
Tel: (65) 6271-2122
Fax: (65) 6271-2151
Email: communications@sato-int.com

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