EPCglobal Inc

September 21, 2005 13:59 ET

EPCglobal Ratifies First Software Standard for EPC/RFID As Build-Out of the EPCglobal Network Continues

BRUSSELS, Belgium--(CCNMatthews - Sep 21, 2005) -

Standard Enables Efficient Collection and Movement of EPC Data, Making Supply Chains Visible and Traceable in Real Time; Opens Door for Proliferation of Standards-Based Software

EPCglobal Inc, a subsidiary of GS1, a not-for-profit standards organization entrusted with driving the global adoption of Electronic Product Code (EPC) technology and the EPCglobal Network, today announced the ratification of a new software standard for using EPC technology in the supply chain.

The standard, known as the Application Level Events standard, or ALE, is the first created by the EPCglobal community specifically for software. ALE was developed by more than 100 leading companies within the EPCglobal Software Action Group and establishes the approach EPC-enabled software products will take in collecting, managing and routing data EPC technology generates in the supply chain.

"The community is making swift strides in the commercialization of RFID and EPC technology," said Chris Adcock, president of EPCglobal Inc. "This royalty-free software standard will facilitate the creation of a standardized approach for filtering and collecting EPC information within the EPC-enabled enterprise, allowing the development of systems that will achieve business value more efficiently."

Today's announcement follows successful interoperability testing of prototype software from several technology providers, including Acsis, ConnecTerra, GlobeRanger, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS), and Reva Systems. The tests ensure that the implementations built to the standard will work with each other to meet the requirements of suppliers, manufacturers, and end-user companies operating across multiple industries.

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 EPC to provide accurate, cost-efficient visibility of product information throughout supply chains.

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.

The new standard joins other EPCglobal standards, including the UHF Generation 2 standard, which was ratified in December 2004.

An EPCglobal standard ensures interoperability and sets minimum operational expectations for various components in the EPCglobal Network, including software and hardware components.

EPCglobal Inc is a joint venture between GS1 (formerly EAN International) and GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council). GS1 is a leading global organization 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 organization of GS1 and is dedicated to the development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions.

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