EPCglobal completes first RFID standards

Radio frequency identification (RFID) standards group EPCglobal has completed its first set of worldwide standards.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) standards group EPCglobal has completed its first set of worldwide standards.

The milestone will help bring certainty to organisations seeking to adopt RFID technologies in their supply chain operations.

Companies that want to implement the standards must become EPCglobal subscribers, the cost of which will depend on the company's revenue and the number of EPC codes it plans to use, according to a spokesman for the group.

The standards body said it would soon provide its subscribers with access to equipment interoperability tests and offer other compliance services later this year.

Retailers and suppliers have been slow to take on RFID because of a lack of global standards, but retail giants such as Wal-Mart and Tesco have been pushing product suppliers to adopt the technology, which is seen as key to improving the efficiency and transparency of their supply chains.

The technology involves placing tags containing an RFID chip with a small antenna onto product cases and pallets, which emit a unique product identifier code when passed near an RFID reader.

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