Committee To Help Guide Global Public Policy

EPCglobal Inc. and representatives of various industry sectors that are implementing RFID and electronic product code (EPC) technologies have formed the EPC Public Policy Steering Committee to foster open dialogue with key audiences around public policy and other important areas relative to EPC technologies and the EPCglobal Network.

The committee and its working groups will be comprised of representatives of industries and trade associations worldwide including healthcare, technology, food, consumer products, retail and others.

The EPC Public Policy Steering Committee has named Elizabeth Board as its executive director. She has experience in communications and public affairs, including executive positions in the White House, federal administration, network news and corporate communications. Board will work closely with EPC committee members to address public policy matters and inform industry leaders, consumers and legislators about the benefits of EPC technology.

“We are pleased to have someone with Elizabeth’s credentials heading up this important effort,” said Michael Di Yeso, interim president of EPCglobal Inc. and chief operating officer of the Uniform Code Council. “Elizabeth’s extensive background will serve us well in addressing public policy issues, communicating best practices and implementing this technology to benefit consumers and manufacturers alike.”

EPCglobal is the industry-choice to commercialize radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic product code (EPC) technologies in the global supply chain. Started in September of 2003, EPCglobal is developing standards for the deployment of RFID and EPC and currently has a subscriber base of over 200 companies representing a cross section of major global industries.

An EPC is a unique number that identifies one specific product from any other in the supply chain. EPC technology uses a silicon chip, an antenna and RFID. In response to a signal from a computer reader, the EPC tag communicates its number back to the reader and into the EPCglobal Network. Once in the network, valuable supply chain data such as date of manufacture, distribution and arrival can be captured.

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