Unified Group of Data Collection and RFID Industry Leaders Support Proposed EPC UHF Generation 2 RFID Standard
April 20, 2004 - Seattle, WA
Leading manufacturers and technology providers for data collection and RFID (radio frequency identification) have submitted an RFID protocol that paves the way for rapid adoption of a new worldwide RFID standard known as EPC UHF Generation 2. Companies supporting the protocol include Impinj, Inc., Intermec Technologies Corp. (a UNOVA, Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company), Q.E.D Systems, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), SAMSys Technologies (SMY:TSX-VEN), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), and UPM Rafsec, along with several others.
The proposed RFID protocol is currently in review by EPCglobal, Inc., an arm of EAN International and The Uniform Code Council charged with establishing the electronic product code (EPC) system. The proposed protocol meets user requirements outlined by the world's leading retailers and other organizations, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the companies said. The group's EPC UHF Generation 2 proposal fully meets user requirements, works worldwide, meets international standards, and provides a path to low-cost RFID tags and readers.
Together these companies represent multiple sources for every aspect of a fully implemented RFID system – chips, tags, and readers – as well as manufacturers of barcode and 2-D symbology equipment, wireless networks, mobile computers and terminals, software companies and RFID system manufacturers and integrators.
RFID is a complement to the industry's current bar code-based tracking systems, allowing companies to automatically track inventory throughout an entire supply chain. RFID automatic data collection typically does not require line of sight or manual scanning, as do most bar code-based systems. For example, information from a pallet of RFID-tagged cases can be read automatically using fixed, mobile or handheld readers rather than requiring individual bar code scanning. EPC UHF Generation 2 RFID technology adds the capability to change and update the information on each tag as it proceeds through the supply chain, providing new levels of up-to-date information for better decision making.
EPCglobal, Inc., a joint venture of the standards bodies EAN International and The Uniform Code Council, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and overseeing standards for the newly emerging Electronic Product Code. As part of that work, EPCglobal, Inc. participants are leading the development of standards for the use of RFID technology in a number of industries, including the retail supply chain.
Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.
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