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What is the RFID Site Monitor - BizTalk Edition?

The RFID Site Monitor is a remote diagnostic agent which proactively monitors Microsoft BizTalk RFID devices, providers and business processes. Collecting data from multiple sources, the RFID Site Monitor normalizes event information into a common data structure and generates notifications. Based on the type of notification and error level, administrators can configure the system to generate alerts.

Notifications are informational only while Alerts require a resolution in order to be cleared. In some situations, such as an offline device, alerts can automatically be resolved by the system when the device returns to an online state. Other situations require alerts to be manually resolved by an administrator. Alerts that remain unresolved for an extended period of time can automatically be escalated.

Notifications and Alerts form the foundation for remote monitoring. Notifications allow the sequence of events leading to an alert to be reconstructed while alerts are the basis for Incident Management and Resolution Tracking. Notifications and alerts are available in real time and offline. In order to limit data storage requirements, administrators can control the amount of notification and alert history that is retained.

The RFID Site Monitor contains a proactive device monitor which allows the system to determine the status and availability of devices. An advanced scheduling algorithm allows administrators to throttle the device monitor, limiting the amount of bandwidth used and minimizing the impact on network performance. In addition, administrators can control how the device monitor generates status change notifications and alerts when devices become unavailable.

The RFID Site Monitor was designed to be easily installed, configured and used. Microsoft BizTalk RFID and SQL 2005 Express are the only dependencies. No additional software is necessary if the RFID Site Monitor is installed on the same machine as BizTalk RFID Server. This minimizes the level of expertise required to install and administer the system while eliminating the expense associated with purchasing additional hardware or software licenses.

The RFID Site Monitor was designed with a Service Oriented Architecture which allows it to be configured, administered and accessed, remotely and securely over the internet. Its complete feature set is exposed programmatically via a Software Development Kit (SDK) which is included as part of the package. The SDK defines the necessary data structures used by the system as well as encapsulates the details of communicating asynchronously and securely with the server. The SDK reduces the skill set required to develop custom applications or integrate with third party Incident Management and Resolution Tracking systems. The client application that ships with the system was built on top of this SDK. All functionality demonstrated in the client application is available programmatically via the SDK.

From inception, the RFID Site Monitor was designed to scale. The system works equally well for small organizations with a single site and a handful of devices as it does for large organizations with multiple sites and many devices. For customers who offer remote monitoring services, the system has the ability to independently collect and monitor data from multiple sites across multiple organizations.