Paxar Participates in Hardware Interoperability Test

Paxar Corp., a provider of bar code and identification technologies for the retail supply chain and the supplier of Monarch brand products and services, will participate in the EPCglobal Hardware Interoperability testing. The testing is part of an effort by EPCglobal Inc. to improve electronic product code (EPC) and radio frequency identification (RFID) hardware interoperability within the EPCglobal community. EPCglobal Inc., a joint venture of EAN International and the Uniform Code Council Inc. (UCC), is a not-for-profit organization entrusted by industry to establish and support the EPCglobal Network as the global standard for real-time, automatic identification of information in the supply chain of any company, anywhere in the world.

The Hardware Interoperability testing evaluated the interoperability of Paxar's Monarch 9855-RFID Class 1 RFID printer/encoder with those provided by other manufacturers. MET Laboratories, a company that provides extensive testing and consulting services, administered the test August 3-5 in a controlled environment located in its Baltimore, MD, facility. The interoperability test results for Paxar are as follows: Paxar's Monarch 9855 RFID printer/ encoder has proven interoperable with the Alien Omega "Squiggle" tag. Paxar's printer/encoder was shown capable of reading the tag, writing to the tag, writing to several tags with consecutive serial numbers, and locking the tag. For complete Hardware Interoperability test results, visit

"This is extremely significant because it signals a bold step forward in making EPC a reality in global commerce," says Michael E. Di Yeso, president and chief operating officer of the Uniform Code Council and interim president of EPCglobal." "Paxar is showing leadership in participating in this testing and has positively positioned itself in this newly emerging marketplace."

"We are pleased to have EPCglobal's independent testing confirm the capabilities of our printer/encoder,” says Rick Bauer, senior director, RFID technical research, Paxar Corp. “We welcome all such tests, and all efforts by the technical community to drive toward and test for open standards and interoperability of RFID products."

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