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OAT Systems starts Bangalore operations

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US based OAT Systems, a RFID framework provider, has opened its product

develop-ment center in Bangalore. The 12,000 sq ft facility currently houses 20

engineers and would focus on product development, services and support of RFID

software.

Speaking at the launch of operations, OAT Systems CTO Dr Sanjay Sarma, who is

widely acknowledged as the "Father of RFID", said, " We are

strongly focused on product develop-ment and we expect the Bangalore center

headcount to exceed that of the US R&D team some years down the line."

He informed that with the emphasis being on product development, the company was

not focused on increasing the number of employees as much as adding value.

About the investment into the center, he said that a por-tion of the $11.5

million fund-ing that the company received from VCs-Matrix Partners and Greylock

would be pumped into the new facility. The com-pany currently employs 90 people

spread across its Walt-ham, Massachusetts, Chicago, London and Bangalore

offices.

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OAT Systems has a suite of RFID software called the OAT Foundation suite that

caters to more than 40 Global 500 clie-nts including Tesco, Gillette and HP. OAT

Systems has also announced that it would partner with Infosys to leve-rage its

RFID practice to iden-tify business opportunities across multiple vertical mar-kets.

"Infosys would help in deploying OAT Systems' RFID Software and both

companies would follow a joint go-to-market strategy," Sarma said.

He added that the Indian center would play a strategic role in terms of

extending the company's reach to Asia and the European Union in terms of

services and support. "By the end of the year, we expect around 30 odd

deployments in Asia alone," he said.

The company is optimistic about growth potential from India. "While

India is still behind in retailing, RFID could find use in areas like defense,

oil and gas and the pharma industry," Sarma said.

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