EPCglobal Publishes New Report Detailing the Framework for the EPCglobal Network

EPCglobal Inc today announced the release of a report entitled The EPCglobal Architecture Framework, which broadly defines the principles, standards, and components necessary to successfully develop and implement the EPCglobal Network, upon which trading partners will be able to manage their supply chain and operate their businesses more efficiently.

EPCglobal Inc is part of GS1, a not-for-profit standards organisation whose mission is to drive the global adoption of Electronic Product Code (EPC) technology and the EPCglobal Network.

The report defines and describes the EPCglobal Network Architecture Framework: a collection of interrelated standards for hardware, software, information exchange, and core services that will enable the automatic identification of objects as they move through the supply chain. Automatic identification in the supply chain can save organizations time, money and improve the customer experience by providing more timely and dependable data on their products in the supply chain, resulting in fresher produce, safer drugs and limited loss through theft or inefficiencies in the global supply chain.

The report was authored by the EPCglobal Architectural Review Committee, a group of leading technical experts who serve as the authoritative source for the oversight and coherence of the EPCglobal standards.

The report was developed with input from trading partners, solution providers, and representatives from GS1 Member Organisations, including: Applied Wireless ID (AWID), CVS, BEA Systems (formerly ConnecTerra), Kraft, MIT, Oat Systems, Procter & Gamble, Tesco, GS1, GS1 Hong Kong, and GS1 US. It is available to subscribers at http://www.epcglobalinc.org.

Standards developed by the EPCglobal community are foundational elements in the continuing build-out of the EPCglobal Network, which combines RFID technology, existing network infrastructure and the Electronic Product Code to provide accurate, cost-efficient visibility of product information throughout supply chains. The EPCglobal community is made up of more than 600 companies globally, representing some of the largest manufacturers, retailers and solution providers in the world. The EPCglobal community works collectively to identify key business needs that can be solved through the use of EPC technology and the EPCglobal Network. Once these needs are identified, the community then works together to develop business and technical standards to address each need.

Building on Class 0 and Class 1 foundational elements, ratified by the Auto ID Center in September 2003, the EPCglobal community has published four royalty-free standards, including UHF Generation 2, Tag Data Standards (TDS), Application Level Events (ALE) and Object Naming Service (ONS). Royalty-free standards are a primary goal of EPCglobal, and will aid in the rapid creation of standards-based, interoperable products and the widespread deployment of EPC technology. As more hardware and software are developed to the standards, prices will fall and further fuel implementation. Evidence of this can already be seen as RFID tag prices have fallen by more than 70 percent from 2003 to estimated prices established for the first quarter of 2006.

We expect that this framework document will serve end users and technology providers as a roadmap for the continuous expansion of the EPCglobal Network, said Chris Adcock, President, EPCglobal Inc. Coupled with EPCglobals recently approved software standards, which enable system designers to develop products that will fuel even greater efficiencies throughout the Network, we anticipate an exciting mix of growth and innovation over the coming months and years.

EPCglobal Inc part of GS1 (formerly EAN International and the Uniform Code Council). GS1 is a leading global organisation dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve efficiency and visibility in supply and demand chains. GS1 US is a not-for-profit member organisation of GS1 and is dedicated to the development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions.

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