Virgin Atlantic Airways Pilots Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) with Oracle and Tata Consultancy Services

Oracle Corp. the world's largest enterprise software company, and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS), a leading global IT solutions organisation, today announced the commencement of an RFID pilot with Virgin Atlantic to RFID tag critical parts used in aircraft maintenance and repairs at its Heathrow Airport warehouse in the UK. The pilot will use the RFID and sensor-based solution to manage the accurate consignment, storage and dispatch of parts.

Virgin Atlantic Airways a long-standing Oracle and TCS customer, agreed the pilot to try and find a complete and easy to implement low risk solution. The proposed solution will be used along with process reviews and Virgin Atlantic's current materials management software, Ultramain, to enable Virgin Atlantic Engineering to reduce costs and increase efficiencies through improved visibility and accountability, and to gain better automated control of its engineering parts supply chain. The solution will be developed and implemented by Tata Consultancy Services on Oracle Fusion Middleware, RFID-enabled applications and Oracle Database 10g.

"Virgin Atlantic has made the decision to commission this pilot because as a company we are always looking for ways to take advantage of technological advancement. The aviation industry is gradually moving toward RFID standards, and we want to ensure that when these are agreed Virgin Atlantic will be well placed to take full advantage," said Terry Flynn, Strategic Development Manager - Engineering, Virgin Atlantic.

Nigel Woodland, RFID Director, Oracle said "This new and exciting collaboration with Virgin Atlantic Airways will enable us to significantly enhance and improve the airline's existing supply chain processes. Oracle has the most comprehensive middleware and software stack available for RFID-based implementations. This pilot will help Virgin Atlantic Airways further utilise its existing Oracle infrastructure to achieve even greater real-time visibility."

TS Rangarajan, Head TCS, RFID Solutions, said, 'TCS recognises the potential of RFID as a business transformational technology and continues to invest substantially in developing RFID-enabled business solutions. TCS welcomes the pioneering efforts of Virgin Atlantic to adopt RFID to increase efficiencies in a critical business process."

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