Participants : Laurence Duchien, Julien Ellart [ correspondant ] , Gabriel Hermosillo, Lionel Seinturier.
Today's companies are suffering changes in the way they deal with their inventories and the management of their whole supply chain. New technologies are emerging to help them adapt to these changes and keep a competitive status, but the adoption of such technologies is not always easy. Even though a lot of research has been done for RFID, there are still some areas that are being left aside, like the traceability aspect, which is one of the most important in the retail supply chain. We propose a service named TRASER (TRAceability SErvice for the Retail supply chain) that will help companies to adopt new technologies into their existing environments, dealing with persistence and traceability, and allowing users to manage their operation according to their business rules, workflows and historical data  . This service is part of the whole platform ICOM, which goal is the creation of a shared technical infrastructure which is generic, parametrized and capable of managing the communication of heterogeneous systems (RFID, bar codes, NFC, etc.), within them and with existing IT services, and so to help companies to exploit and benefit from the current technologies. TRASER uses OW2 Nova Bonita as a workflow engine. TRASER has been developped in the context of the ICOM project, funded by «Pôle de compétitivité» PICOM and the Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais and is published as a LGPL project in the INRIA Gforge repository.