EPCglobal UHF Gen2 Air Interface Protocol Accepted

EPCglobal Inc. (Brussels, Belgium), the not-for-profit standards organization dedicated to driving global adoption of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) for supply chain excellence, announced that its UHF Generation 2 air interface protocol has been incorporated into the ISO/IEC 18000-6 Amendment 1 as Type C on UHF RFID by the International Standards Organization.

The amended standard was recently approved by ISO and published for distribution.

Incorporation in the ISO standard comes just 18 months after it was ratified as a hardware standard by EPCglobal in December of 2004. More than a dozen RFID readers, tags and integrated circuits have been certified as Gen2 compliant by EPCglobal and are commercially available today. The protocol was submitted to ISO last year for consideration as an ISO global standard.

“This is a significant milestone because it provides recognition of the work that the EPCglobal community is doing to build user-driven technical standards to advance the adoption of EPC/RFID technologies in supply chains throughout the world.” said Chris Adcock, president of EPCglobal Inc.

“The publication of this Amendment to ISO/IEC 18000-6 gives the EPCglobal UHF Gen2 specification global approval and makes it available to an even wider range of applications,” said Steve Halliday, chairman of the ISO sub-group responsible for the standard. “This was the first of hopefully many opportunities for EPCglobal and ISO to cooperate.”

The EPCglobal Gen2 standard was initially developed by more than 60 of the world’s leading technology companies and describes the core capabilities required to meet the performance needs set by the end user community. EPCglobal Gen2 is a foundational element for creating standard interfaces and protocols to drive the development of new RFID hardware products to provide accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information throughout supply chains.

Source: EPCglobal Inc.

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