Setting standards to speed up process

Setting standards to speed up process

EXPERTS agree that adoption of RFID will speed up with the introduction of global standards.

Managing that responsibility is GS1, formed last year when international standards organisations EAN and UCC amalgamated.

The New Zealand arm of GS1 launched earlier this year, with a view to develo-ping standards for global identification systems.

The brand of GS1 is EPC (electronic product code) Global, which provides a unique product identity to track through the supply chain.

GS1 NZ chief executive Dr Peter Stevens says the technology is moving from atoms to bits.

“New Zealand hasn’t got a lot of EPC traction and it will require some hardcore evangelism to get going. We need to look at overseas companies like Wal-Mart and Tescos and work out what they know that New Zealand businesses don’t,” he says.

RFID is described as the enabling technology while the EPC system drives true interoperability.

Already tag data standards have been completed and reader management and protocols are expected this year.

Colin Robertson, GS1 NZ chair, says the organisation has been charged with develo-ping the network around New Zealand.

“The internet of people is being supplanted by an internet of devices. Businesses need to commit to the technology,” he says.

GS1 has already attracted one New Zealand alliance partner, EDIS, that provides electronic data interchange and e-messa-ging for business.

As a premium partner EDIS will work with GS1 to position itself as a leader in i-commerce development.

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