EPCglobal Ratifies Global Standard for Secure, Real-Time Data Sharing

    EPCIS Standard Provides Greater Visibility for the Benefit of Business and
    Consumers Across Industries and the Globe

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 16 /CNW/ -- EPCglobal Inc. announced a
groundbreaking industry standard providing the capability for unprecedented
visibility into the movement, location and disposition of assets, goods and
services throughout the world. EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information
Services) allows for the seamless, secure exchange of data at every point in
the lifecycle of goods and services.
    EPCIS, by providing a standard set of interfaces for EPC data, enables a
single way to capture and share information, while still allowing the
flexibility for industry and organization-specific implementations. The
specification supports powerful business cases and consumer benefits such as
container tracking, product authentication, promotions management, baggage
tracking, electronic proof of delivery, chain of custody, returns management,
and operations management.
    "With the EPCIS industry standard, the technology supporting visibility
into the movement and whereabouts of goods and services is coming of age "said
Chris Adcock, president of EPCglobal Inc. "In terms of industry significance,
I believe that the EPCIS standard may have much more of a transformational
impact on the industry than the 2004 release of the UHF Gen2 Passive RFID
standard. Capturing EPC data has proven, well-defined advantages for
businesses and consumers, but the technology's true potential will be realized
when enterprises begin to share that data about products using the EPCIS
standard to improve efficiencies in a controlled setting throughout the supply
    In October 2006, EPCglobal successfully completed interoperability
testing of the platform along with 12 other large and small solution providers
from Japan, Korea, and North America, including Auto-ID Labs, Avicon, BEA
Systems, Bent Systems, IBM, Globe Ranger, IIJ, NEC, Oracle, Polaris Systems,
Samsung, and T3Ci. The interoperability test marked a significant milestone in
the development of EPCIS, which is the result of years of effort by more than
150 companies and organizations participating in the EPCIS working group. The
positive results of this test and solution provider support have led to the
ratification of this standard.
    "The EPCIS standard is a major step in the greater adoption of RFID and
sensors that can help protect us from counterfeit drugs, secure our ports and
provide food traceability," said Craig Asher, IBM WebSphere Product Manager
and EPCglobal EPCIS Software Action Group Co-Chair. "This standard has already
been deployed in real business scenarios around the world and will facilitate
revenue-enhancing and cost-saving collaboration among supply chain trading
    EPCIS is the foundational specification for capturing very granular event
information across and within organizations. It is anticipated that EPCIS will
be built upon, with additional end user and community use cases serving as the
driver for enhanced data sharing models.

    About EPCIS:
    EPCIS is used to track the progress of objects as they move through the
supply chain. The data shared at each read point in the supply chain provides
the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY of each EPC event. The EPCIS Standard
provides the foundation necessary for the capture, communication and discovery
of EPC event data. It enables standard event capture and query interfaces for
obtaining and sharing data about unique objects in the supply chain within and
across organizations.

    About EPCglobal:
    EPCglobal Inc. is a subsidiary of the global not-for-profit standards
organisation GS1, and supports the global adoption of the Electronic Product
Code as a global standard to enable accurate information and visibility about
products in the supply chain. More information about EPCglobal Inc. can be
found at http://www.epcglobalinc.org.

    For more information, contact:
    Smita Rode, Weber Shandwick
    212-445-8226; srode@webershandwick.com


For further information:

For further information: Smita Rode of Weber Shandwick, +1-212-445-8226,
 srode@webershandwick.com Web Site: http://www.epcglobalinc.org

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