BT and Siemens have inked an agreement to provide a range of end-to-end supply chain services to the retail, food and beverage, aerospace and defence sectors.
The offerings will take advantage of existing auto-identification technology as well as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and sensor networks, to provide scalable asset management and product tracking.
They will be available to customers across Europe and the companies claim they are “high powered data management solutions”.
In the retail and food manufacturing sectors, the offerings will be designed to offer visibility across the supply chain, enabling optimisation of distribution channels and speedier deployment of logistics processes.
In the defence sector, the aim is to enable speedy compliance to mandates, such as those now in force from the US Department of Defence, as well as offering improved operational effectiveness.
A range of services will be available, from off the shelf to bespoke or fully managed, and integrate a variety of data-acquisition technologies, including electronic (RFID) and optical (vision) which will be integrated into flexible data management solutions.
Patrick McCormick, retail account director at Siemens, said: “In the accelerating global market for RFID, customers now want to combine best-of-breed hardware, software and services into integrated track and trace solutions that add operational value – without the need to become experts in a new technology.
“We are confident that this agreement will offer customers easy access to affordable track and trace solutions.”